“Dark Girls”: A Look at Colorism and Internalized Racism

Portia recently posted on her experience with colorism and dating. The term colorism was coined by Alice Walker in 1982 to describe the discrimination based upon the social meanings attached to skin color. It is not solely related to the African Diaspora, as colorism is felt in many other communities around the world, including Asia and India.

The documentary ‘Dark Girls‘ was released in 2012 and aired earlier this year on Oprah’s OWN network. The documentary explores the deep rooted topic of colorism within the African diaspora and its effects on how woman perceive themselves. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend watching the documentary to learn about how internalized racism and colorism is still rampant within our community.

by Bai Kamara



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