color conscious? watch this film!

This short TV documentary is an introduction to the issue of shadeism,  the discrimination that exists between the lighter-skinned and  darker-skinned members of the same community. This documentary short  looks specifically at how it affects young womyn within the African,  Caribbean, and South Asian diasporas. Through the eyes and words of 5  young womyn and 1 little girl – all females of colour – the film takes  us into the thoughts and experiences of each. Overall, ‘Shadeism’  explores where shadeism comes from, how it directly affects us as womyn  of colour, and ultimately, begins to explore how we can move forward  through dialogue and discussion.

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~ by elliottzetta on November 7, 2010.

2 Responses to “color conscious? watch this film!”

  1. All this documentaries on color are always touching and hits the nail on the head, but at the same time, we’ve been talking about these color issues for years. This is nothing new. Personally, I’m sick of talking about it. We know the problem, where it comes from, so let’s do something about it. Let’s stop it. I guess its not as easy as that, but we just need to call people out for being color prejudice, even if its members of our own race. We should stop supporting rappers, tv shows, and magazines that don’t feature all colors of women of color. We need to realize that in America, dark skin was always considered bad and ugly, and light skin is considered beauty, because its close to white people’s color. We need to get rid of this brainwashing. We need to go back to realizing that black is beautiful. But it is hard when your constantly shoot down, overlooked, or face racism because of how you look. Light-skin people have their problems as well, some may give them advantages, but they face a lot of hate within the black race, even if they do want to fit in, and then because they are black, they still face racism. As Vanessa Williams once said, she was called the “n” word growing up, as light as she was, whites still looked at her as different from them. Black women need to learn to stick together. Get rid of the oppression and brainwashing, which was only started to keep us brainwashed and confused, cause if we love ourselves, we will have power and strength. People come in all shades and we need to see the beauty in all of that. Any black person who discriminates is a fool and has their own self-hating issues. We all have different colors within our family, and no matter what color we are, we all come from someone dark-skin, and we all have black blood in us, so how dare any of us think were better oe less. White women must have issues with themselves to, because they tan, their getting lip injections, booty injections, are they trying to be black? Are they ashame of themselves? It seems women of color, black, latino, asian, etc, are all dealing with these color issues, we need to realize America is a melting pot of beauty, and everyone has their own unique beauty, and we need to show it, and not feel that only white is beauty. Don’t let other people’s ignorance, make you hate yourself.

    • Hey, AT! Maybe you should make Part 3 of this video series, and offer concrete steps we can all take to bring an end to colorism.

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