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By Greg B.
We have all heard this right; light skin women are prettier than dark skin women? If you havent heard this, congratulations on not being subjected to the unfortunate world of colorism. This is not a new concept, however, it has been the subject of debate and contention for years.
But now the debate has managed to catch the attention of Oprah Winfrey and her LifeClass series. Ms. Winfrey plans to tackle this issue with Iyanla host of the show Iyanla Fix My Life.
This effort to open up new conversations about colorism, comes on the heels of the “Dark Girls” documentary directed by Bill Duke that takes an introspective look at color through the eyes of a woman and perspective based interviews from Hollywood actresses, as well as, everyday sisters. Oprah and Iyanla will discuss how colorism impacts self esteem, and the general misconceptions that it brings about.
For many years colorism, has impacted women from the 1800’s with the tragic mulatto; the mulatto was made tragic in the minds of whites who reasoned that the greatest tragedy was to be near-white: so close, yet a racial stride away. The near-white was to be pitied and shunned.
However in relation to dark skinned women, there has been a pitting of sorts against one another. Light skinned women are viewed in general society as more attractive, smarter and better than their dark skin counterparts. This is a myth that is being dispelled by conversations such as the one Oprah’s LifeClass will address and hopefully in our communities as well. Sadly, the stereotype is perpetuated in Hollywood because of a perception of who moviegoers want to see on the screen.
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I am curious to know how many of the female readers have experienced colorism, or perhaps have benefited from it, chime in.
Greg B., is a financial professional and native Ohioan who is the writer here. I am an avid reader, coffee connoisseur and dog lover. Follow me on Twitter @love2edify.