Racial discrimination isn’t just about the color of one’s skin, but also the shade. YR Media’s Ashura Mujawashema brings us inside the world of colorism.
Have you heard of the brown paper bag test? It was a practice that’s been documented in Black fraternities and churches through much of the 20th century. Anyone whose skin was darker than a brown paper bag was denied entrance.
It speaks to colorism, a hierarchy where even within the Black community lighter skin is valued over darker complexions.
I am a dark-skinned, Black girl. All my life, I have received comments not just about my race, but specifically the shade of my skin.
My classmates taunted me. I was compared to a gorilla. While walking down the hallway, I heard gorilla grunts behind my back.