As part of our Shades of Black series, we invited eight women 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. Subscribe to The Guardian on YouTube โ–บ http://is.gd/subscribeguardian Shades of black โ–บ https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/apr/08/colorism-series-editors-note-why-we-asked-black-women-taboo Have you experienced colorism? โ–บ Share your story here Support the Guardian โ–บ https://support.theguardian.com/contribute Today in Focus podcast โ–บ https://www.theguardian.com/news/series/todayinfocus Sign up for the Guardian documentaries newsletter โ–บ https://www.theguardian.com/info/2016/sep/02/sign-up-for-the-guardian-documentaries-update The Guardian โ–บ https://www.theguardian.com The Guardian YouTube network: Guardian News โ–บ http://is.gd/guardianwires Owen Jones talks โ–บ http://bit.ly/subsowenjones Guardian Football โ–บ http://is.gd/guardianfootball Guardian Sport โ–บ http://bit.ly/GDNsport Guardian Culture โ–บ http://is.gd/guardianculture
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  1. I live in Waterloo, Iowa and we make up for barely 5% of the population. I have never experienced anything that these women are talking about. And I been around plenty of black people all my life. I have traveled and gone places. The color of my skin is beautiful and I am not going to let that stopping me from living my life.

  2. sooo what about us black women who are light-skinned but aren't biracial? both of my parents are black, everyone in my family is. I wish there was another woman in the video with a similar situation that could represent.

  3. Wonder if Beyoncรฉ saw this ๐Ÿค” Based off her new album โ€œThe Gift,โ€ seems like she is trying to be that ally ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ

  4. Wow the referral to the โ€œpower coupleโ€ picture speaks volumes and I never realized the message behind the caption til now smh.

  5. The media is the cause for some of this color ism, because they have made black women feel like you have to be light skinned, or European looking in order to be beautiful. Beyonce is overrated, but she is overrated because she is a light skinned woman. Janet Jackson was a much better performer in her day, but she is not light skinned, and a lot of times Janet went natural looking. The black men on here feel guilty and do not understand because they too do not respect dark skinned women, and probably only date white women, or Black women who look damned near white. It all comes down to self-hate, and people who have conformed to the European way of thinking, and its also a slave mentality, which goes back to dark skin slaves being in the field, but lighter skinned slaves being in the masters house. It was all designed during slavery. Denzel Washington spoke about this when he started acting, and he refused get involved with a white woman on screen, because Hollywood believed a white woman was the example of what we should consider beautiful, and he wanted no part of it. A very intelligent brother.

  6. I know it's said a lot here, but I feel like there would be a deeper conversation if they had other races, and genders in on the conversation. Maybe the conversation could also include how they grew up, their social status, if they had any problems with their skin tones. Like, I love this video, but I think the conversation could go much deeper if there was a difference in the groups skin tone, gender, social status, etc.

  7. โ€people ignore dark skin fat womenโ€ that hit home. I can't tell you enough how many people ignore me and say hello to the person standing next to me who may be white, asian or light skin black.

  8. Internalizing external skin classifications is self hatred. Whichever skin colors we are as long as ones think she/is ugly there is no skin tone which is gonna save your self esteem. All colors are beautiful or ugly depending on ones self acceptance. There is no need to look outside for self reassurance. Self esteem is the cultivation of SELF love.

  9. Iโ€™m just going to be blunt with this one
    If you are half white & half black, stand in all shades donโ€™t claim just your black side and pretend your white Heritage donโ€™t exists, if you are mix , acknowledge both Black and White sides of you

  10. YOU WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND WHAT IT'S LIKE BEING BROWN IN AMERICA IF YOU ARE NOT BROWN IN AMERICA, SO DON'T ACT LIKE YOUR A WINNER ON SOCIAL MEDIA ECT. THEN COME ON THIS POST AND TRY TO PLAY VICTIM , THEY ARE ACTUALLY TALKING ABOUT THE HURT AND PAIN OF A BLACK WOMEN , WE DON'T GET SEXUALIZED LIKE LIGHTER COMPLEXIONS AND WHITE FEMALES IN MUSIC VIDEOS AND ON TWITTER , DO NOT LIE AND SOB AND PLAY PITTY ON HERE FOR ATTENTION .. WHEN IT'S NOT EVEN ABOUT YOU , WE ARE ABOUT TO START EXCLUDING CERTAIN PEOPLE … WATCH IT HAPPEN , 10000 YEARS FROM NOW IT'S GOING TO BE A HONOR TO HAVE DARKER SKIN BECAUSE IT'S GOING TO BE RARE

  11. I have a question: So, in my town and sometimes on social media, hear woman and men who have a white and a black parent usually claim one race and that race is usually Black. The line would roughly be like, "I'm not white, I'm black." Which you are who are and I respect that but why claim one? Why not claim the mixture? I would honestly like to know someone's first hand perspective on it.

  12. i am a very light complected woman my grandmother and daddy were white my grandfather very black raised me my sisters very black i do not pass i am a black girl

  13. Intentionally breeding lighter babies and only mating with lighter counterparts happened before in history along time ago. How do you think lighter people got here in the first place. History repeats itself

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