Colorism in the Black Community

Prejudice against people with dark skin color in American society is an alarming practice whose roots are embedded firmly from time immemorial. Most Africans have in one way, or another suffered discrimination from the whites when they cross the continent into the overseas be it for touring purposes, educational reasons, work deployment, immigration among other reasons (Dixon and Edward 414). Creation theory of Christianity states clearly that all human beings are equal and regards humans as a clear representation of God’s image irrespective of the color or parental status. Therefore, colorist of the black community, its consequences and how to counter it has ever since been a frequent problem that has continuously kept popping into my mind. As a result, this developed my initiative of conducting extensive research on the effects of the colorism of the black community and possible integrated solutions to this challenge.

From the boundless research, I have ventured in by the aid of media technology and more access to ethnic capital; it is evident that colorism subjects the black persons to extreme oppression as the whites get endless privileges. Research depicts that colorism has a significant effect on interpersonal relationships. For instance, in the white’s supremacy history, a member of the same ethnic group may get rejected due to color difference. The African American circle houses some substantial discrimination of blacks by the whites as well as blacks with light skin regarding services accessory such as schools and other groups (Gasman and Ufuoma 42) Colorism emergence in the family becomes more crucial as it results to parental biasness to children of different colors. Children that get prejudiced tend to be disconnected from their parents and also stimulate rivalry between siblings.

Discrimination of dark skin may cultivate self-hatred as children grow to have the feeling of shame when they are born black and discover they do not get treasured by their society as well as their peers. Also, colorism tapers standards of beauty as the as people tend to consider white humans as more beautiful and brighter than the blacks (Jankowski et al., 5) The assumption is contrary to the 2014 people’s magazine results that crowned the dark-skinned actress “Lupita Nyong’o” as the most beautiful actress out of a multitude of white actresses (Smith 1).

What are the possible remedies to the colorist in the black community? The solutions to colorism stem from this question. Societies get recommended through global literature to shun color prejudice. First, family as a basic unit of living should actively check the colorist language of each member of the family ton disconnect negative comments towards other members of the family with different skin color (Trotman Scott 47). Churches can also act colorism disconnect avenues where the pastors get involved in the preaching of racial love and unity to the church members. An interview conducted on children of tender age reveals children’s obsession with the images than words. Therefore, the images on television in most cases display the white people’s innovations which makes the black children think the whites are more superior than the blacks. In conjunction with this, parents are therefore responsible for controlling the television and other imagery attributed media for their children.

Men should also detach themselves from color biasness when it comes to spouse selection as many men tend to get attracted to bright skinned ladies contrary to the dark-skinned ones (Wilder and Colleen 601). Therefore, in culmination, pointing out and discouraging the delinquents of colorism is critical for the eradication of color discrimination and will aid in redemption of the future generations and the overall betterment of the community.


Works cited

Trotman Scott, Michelle. “Resisting Dark Chocolate: A Journey through Racial Identity and Deficit Thinking: A Case Study and Solutions.” Interdisciplinary Journal of Teaching and Learning 4.1 (2014): 43-55.

Smith, Monesca. “The Blacker the Berry?.” Journal of Colorism Studies 1.1 (2015): 1.

Jankowski, G., S. Tshuma, and M. Hylton. “Light except Lupita: The representation of Black women in magazines.” Psychology of Women Section Review (2017):4-7

Wilder, JeffriAnne, and Colleen Cain. “Teaching and learning color consciousness in Black families: Exploring family processes and women’s experiences with colorism.” Journal of Family Issues 32.5 (2011): 577-604.

Dixon, Angela R., and Edward E. Telles. “Skin color and colorism: Global research, concepts, and measurement.” Annual Review of Sociology 43 (2017): 405-424.

Gasman, Marybeth, and Ufuoma Abiola. “Colorism within the historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).” Theory Into Practice 55.1 (2016): 39-45.