Moreover, colorism has often been considered a Black or U.S. issue, but the color complex is global, diverse and multifaceted. It impacts the way Whites see and interact with people of color. (Consider this new study finding that Obama supporters believe him to have lighter skin than his opponents do, or Senator Harry Reid’s 2008 comments on the subject.) And colorism operates in places as varied as Jamaica, India, Malaysia, Korea, the Dominican Republic and Mexico. To appreciate just how pernicious colorism can be, consider these facts:
- Dark-skinned defendants [PDF] are more likely to be convicted and receive the death penalty than lighter-skinned ones.
- India’s skin-lightening cream Fair and Lovely boasts 38 million users worldwide.
- Dark-skinned Brazilians make up 63 percent of the poorest sectors of Brazil.
These statistics and more make me cringe whenever I hear the phrases “colorblind society” or “post-racial”. We live in a world where color matters; so why aren’t we talking about it more?
(Source: justtracey, via newwavefeminism)