Eight black women discuss the politics of skin tone
As part of The Guardian’s “Shades of Black” series, eight women are invited to talk about their experience of colorism in their relationships, careers and everyday life.
Colorism is the discrimination against individuals with a dark skin tone. This means that darker skinned black people have to fight prejudice even within their own community, where lighter skin is seen as more desirable. As such, darker skinned black people can experience both racism and colorism.