I’m a black, hispanic woman so that means I’m as woke as can be?? Ehh, WRONG!
As a minority, I always assume that I'm educated on topics concerning race, gender, sexuality, and class. But as I go through life, I realize that even as a minority I still have so much to learn. The prejudice I face everyday from being black since that’s the first thing people see when they look at me, is not the same prejudice that a person of the LGBTQ+ community feels, and vice versa. Both marginalized groups face oppression and it’s my duty to understand that.
Colorism is still a battle we’re fighting
Colorism is prejudice against darker skinned individuals in comparison to lighter skin. It’s the preference of lighter skin which is something many people across races face, especially in the black community.
Colorism is enforced throughout the media, the black community, and even within ourselves. It may be subconscious but it comes from the internalized prejudice against black people which in turn favors lighter skin because it looks more white. This is not limited to skin color because it also includes favoring other eurocentric features like straight hair.
The media contributes to this perspective because color stereotypes are often recognized through television. There are many instances that involve a lighter skinned individual being casted over a darker skinned individual. Mind you, the qualifications are the same.
Look at Fresh Prince. One of the infamous moments of the show includes the character, Aunt Viv, being originally casted as a dark skinned woman. Regardless of the reasons for the actress leaving, why do they replace her with a light skinned woman?