How do blacks perpetuate colorism within their own community?

The moment a race focuses its attention on other races to justify its delirium of superiority it creates in the members of that race a feeling of superiority on the one hand and inferiority on the other hand. In the moment that within a same racial ethnic group a division is created between the members of the same group (dark skinned women vs light skinned women) taking into consideration the tone of the skin we are creating the colorism.

Colorism is a reflection of a racist ideology in which blacks, for whatever reasons, imitate the discriminatory behavior of white people against members of their own community, as a mechanism to achieve the racial privileges that a post-slavery society offers in this moment.

Whitening the skin, the use of wigs under the excuse of comfort or personal preference and modifying any negroid characteristics is a consequence of the colorism that exists within the black community as a way of seeking personal acceptance in a multiracial society.

The black community must define the concept of blackness starting from a modern vision of race in which the socio-cultural identification within a multiracial society should not be subject to a slave experience, which still defines the mentality of blacks in America. The slave system ended in America, but the slave mentality is still part of the collective consciousness of black people right now. Colorism within the black community is an example of this.

When we talk about colorism or skin whitening we see it through the eyes of white people, ignoring the complicity of blacks in the perpetuation of this negative behavior by blacks against blacks.

This stupidity rivalry between the dark-skinned woman against the light-skinned woman in the desire to acquire racial privileges is no more than a reflection of the slave mentality that still exists in the mindset of the black community, when some people focus their attention in the skin tone as the only reason behind the little opportunity that the black woman has to achieve success in a multiracial society, without taking into account the other skills and qualities which are necessary to obtain personal success right now .

What prevents the black community right now from creating its own models of female beauty that fill the expectation as a racial ethnic group different from that of the white people? The answer is always associated with the opportunity to achieve the racial privileges that color offers in a post-slavery multiracial society. While blacks have the mentality of personal success only through color skin color will be part of this community.

How can we reduce the negative effects of colorism?

It all starts with the kind of message that parents send to a black-skinned girl, which may or may not perpetuate the colorism in the mind of this black-skinned girl. There is no more powerful message than the one that parents send to their children, especially dark-skinned girls when they show genuine appreciation for the feminine beauty that she has as a future dark-skinned woman.

Many times parents tend to pass on to dark-skinned girls all the prejudices and negative attitudes associated with the dark skin color of black girls in negative comments and gestures that imply a lack of appreciation when they talk about their color. skin or type of hair in a derogatory way.

But, parents should also be careful when they positively appreciate light-skin girls in front of a dark-skinned girl, which could imply a message of preference for fair skin in the undeveloped mind of a dark-skinned girl. For a dark-skinned black girl the lack of appreciation of her female beauty by her parents can translate into a negative message in the mind of this girl which can affect her self-esteem in the future and in the way she appreciates her own beauty.

One of the important thing is to protect the dark-skinned girl at an early age from an event in which racial discrimination and prejudice negatively affects dark-skinned people, because she could internalize this event negatively in the wrong way in the which sees itself as responsible for this negative event, which could affect the image it has of herself as a dark-skinned girl. Parents in front of their children should avoid language that is negatively associated with people with dark skin.

When a dark-skinned woman whitens her skin as a mechanism to achieve success without wanting to, she is sending the message that having black skin is synonymous with being ugly. When a black woman uses wigs as a way to hide her natural hair she is telling everyone that she hates herself as a black woman and prefers the white woman's hair.

One way to combat colorism or skin bleaching within the black community is to make a difference between black and biracial (mulatto) and try to stop the myth that everyone who has a black relative is black (the rule of a drop of black blood will makes black). When I assume this lie as a truth we are once again looking at the descendants of black slaves through the eyes of white slave owners, who look at black slaves and mulattoes as inferior.

Telling a dark-skinned girl that biracial women or mulatto women are black as she is, with this assumption they are perpetuating the colorism within the black community with this racial lie. We all know that the biracial and blacks belong to different racial groups. Without wanting to, it also creates an inferiority complex in that dark-skinned girl by not being able to fulfill the beauty expectations that biracial women impose on black-skinned women when we send the message that biracials are black as well as her.

If we start from the fact that colorism is discrimination or prejudice within the same racial group, establish that biracial or mulatto belong to the same group as blacks in many cases is the source of colorism in the black community. For historical reasons we still insist on putting the biracial and mulatto as part of the black community, when racially they are not black but a kind of hybrid race different from the black one.

When we speak of a person with dark skin or fair skin we must accept that we are contributing to colorism when we ignore the genetic reason for this difference in skin tone. These differences in skin tone as part of the blackness does not help to diminish the colorism in the black community and the negative effects that it produces.

 I have the belief that one of the reasons for low self-esteem in many dark-skinned girls and the reasons why some of them whiten the skin is when we adults include the biracial and mulatto as part of the black community. Ideas of racial equality that the dark-skinned girl accepts as true when we all know that it is not true. In this particular case, colorism is nothing more than the struggle between two racially different groups for access to racial privileges if we accept the concept of blackness from a racist philosophy.

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