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Colorism: From the West and back to Africa

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Dina Anur

on 18 April 2016

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Transcript of Colorism: From the West and back to Africa

Colorism: From the West and back to Africa
by Dina A, Sara G,Yosan K, and Leia S
What is "Colorism"?
"prejudice or discrimination against individuals with a darker skin tone, typically among people of the same ethnic or racial group."
Colorism in Ethiopia
Colorism in Rwanda
Colorism in Liberia
originated during slavery
darker skin associated with evil
Western society has created a competitive divide for opportunity and resources between dark-skinned and light-skinned individuals
lighter skin = higher status
children are taught at a young age to look up to lighter skinned role models
American Colonization Society
Freed slaves to return to Liberia
Hierarchical caste system
One Drop Rule
Skin bleaching
speech by Lupita Nyon'go
society teaches us from a young age that "white is right"
sets black/female children up to believe they don't have role models who look like them
key to countering colorism is to first acknowledge it exists
rediscover black history
promote society that appreciates all people, regardless of skin tone
unequal opportunity race
medium skinned women are viewed as most beautiful
darker skin viewed as lower class, "hagerseb"
lighter skin shamed for not upholding classic Ethiopian beauty
racial fetishism by American rappers puts East African women on a pedestal
concept of "good hair"
The Doll Test, skin bleaching
Rwandan Genocide of 1994
Europeans who colonized Rwanda turned indigenous Hutus against immigrant Tutsis
Tutsis had more Westernized features thus higher positions in society
Ethnicity and colorism used to maintain social order
In this presentation we’ll be focusing on three countries: Liberia, Ethiopia, and Rwanda.
We will
Discuss the long lasting effects of colorism in these regions
Comment on the influence of Western society, and the experiences of the people living in these places
Analyze the negative impacts of the many laws put in place by institutions
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