Who’s Guaranteed The Dance, Date, or Proposal, Dolezal or The Sisters?
“If you’re black, stay back;
if you’re brown, stick around;
if you’re yellow, you’re mellow;
if you’re white, you’re all right.”
Studies say, Dolezal will…we joke but the aforementioned is true.
“In our society, dark skin is devalued while white skin is valued. What you have in the black community is a microcosm of what exists in the society as a whole,“ said Ronald Hall, a former assistant professor of social work at Fort Valley State College, now at the University of Wisconsin.a report called “Shedding ‘Light’ on Marriage,”
A report called “Shedding ‘Light’ on Marriage,” found that Colorism doesn’t just play out in the workforce or in the criminal justice system Because fair skin is associated with beauty and status, light-skinned black women are more likely to be married than darker-skinned black women, according to some reports. “We find that the light-skin shade as measured by survey interviewers is associated with about a 15 percent greater probability of marriage for young black women.”
Colorism coined by Alice Walker, can be found specifically in parts of Africa, Southeast Asia, East Asia, India, Latin America, and the United States. The abundance of colorism is a result of the global prevalence of “pigmentocracy,” a term recently adopted by social scientists to describe societies in which wealth and social status are determined by skin color. Throughout the numerous pigmentocracies across the world, the lightest-skinned peoples have the highest social status, followed by the brown-skinned, and finally the black-skinned who are at the bottom of the social hierarchy. This form of prejudice often results in reduced opportunities for those who are discriminated against on the basis of skin color.
But, it is the result of colonialism, i.e., when whites went around the world using a system of ‘acculturation’ or cultural genocide to, among other things, after creating a ‘mulatto’ group and using them to create social hierarchy with the lightest at the top and the darkest at the bottom, according to Balandier who wrote the first substantive chapter is a history of critical writing about colonialism in Africa.