Eight black women discuss the politics of skin tone

Eight black women discuss the politics of skin tone

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.
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Comments (42)

  • W L Reply

    2:34 denial?

    July 23, 2019 at 5:26 am
  • Solo Grenade Reply

    Damn shame that black folks divide themselves self destruction

    July 23, 2019 at 5:26 am
  • Unknown Unknown Reply

    Brownskin girl..ya skin just like pearls..best thing in the world..I never change it for anybody else💕

    July 23, 2019 at 5:26 am
  • Dana Cody Reply

    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.

    July 23, 2019 at 5:26 am
  • FatBabyCheeks Reply

    Class does not equate money.

    July 23, 2019 at 5:26 am
  • Vanessa Fundi Reply

    third time watching this so so amazing

    July 23, 2019 at 5:26 am
  • Amphithere Reply

    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.

    July 23, 2019 at 5:26 am
  • The Shepp Reply

    The title of this video should be "8 ugly, fat, jealous black women have a moan"

    July 23, 2019 at 5:26 am
  • lamar mikell Reply

    WOMEN ARE SO WEAK MINDED!!!!

    July 23, 2019 at 5:26 am
  • Lisa B Reply

    All of these Queens are Beautiful Black Women.

    July 23, 2019 at 5:26 am
  • rohlehr Reply

    Wonder if Beyoncé saw this 🤔 Based off her new album “The Gift,” seems like she is trying to be that ally 👍🏾

    July 23, 2019 at 5:26 am
  • Alicia W Reply

    Wow the referral to the “power couple” picture speaks volumes and I never realized the message behind the caption til now smh.

    July 23, 2019 at 5:26 am
  • Mfalme Dome Reply

    Lovely group of sistahs.I enjoyed this.

    July 23, 2019 at 5:26 am
  • Michael Miller Reply

    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.

    July 23, 2019 at 5:26 am
  • A L Reply

    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.

    July 23, 2019 at 5:26 am
  • Anonymous Anonymous Reply

    ”people ignore dark skin fat women” 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.

    July 23, 2019 at 5:26 am
  • Solange Boccovi Reply

    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.

    July 23, 2019 at 5:26 am
  • Andream Hall Reply

    Best index of all times.

    July 23, 2019 at 5:26 am
  • Ice cream Reply

    "People literally ignore dark skin women" 2:13 I legit get ignored almost all the time.

    July 23, 2019 at 5:26 am
  • Taylor Mariah Reply

    i just have to say i lovvvveeee everyones hair in this video

    July 23, 2019 at 5:26 am
  • Author Tolu2 Reply

    Author Tolu2, " There are more laws and longer to protect animals than females." (C)

    July 23, 2019 at 5:26 am
  • Judi Grace Reply

    start with black hair to be darker. Lol

    July 23, 2019 at 5:26 am
  • Bree Pearson Reply

    I’m just going to be blunt with this one
    If you are half white & half black, stand in all shades don’t claim just your black side and pretend your white Heritage don’t exists, if you are mix , acknowledge both Black and White sides of you

    July 23, 2019 at 5:26 am
  • mallowhawk294 Reply

    beautiful group of women having a beautiful enlightening conversation. love

    July 23, 2019 at 5:26 am
  • Monique Mosley Reply

    Where's the rest of it? Please post the entire conversation!!! This was great!

    July 23, 2019 at 5:26 am
  • Yaya Fatty Reply

    Black woman skin colour is your problem get out be more you intelligence urban lead

    July 23, 2019 at 5:26 am
  • Nala Mc Reply

    Yep when I try doing a messy bun I look like a scruff accept I look white so 🤷🏽‍♀️ so yh

    July 23, 2019 at 5:26 am
  • Addam Smyth Reply

    Why only women?

    July 23, 2019 at 5:26 am
  • Max Wilson Reply

    The U.K. has a lot to apologize for.

    July 23, 2019 at 5:26 am
  • Akeyshur Bartholomew Reply

    Grenada!!!! <3

    July 23, 2019 at 5:26 am
  • KittyMitten007 Nya Reply

    Anyone watching now???

    July 23, 2019 at 5:26 am
  • zero Reply

    its called having standards, females want to police man' standard he set for himself dating

    July 23, 2019 at 5:26 am
  • Ashley Bogle Reply

    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

    July 23, 2019 at 5:26 am
  • Odera Anowkwalu-Igwebuike Reply

    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.

    July 23, 2019 at 5:26 am
  • Maryann Hayes Reply

    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

    July 23, 2019 at 5:26 am
  • zouk61 61 Reply

    if your mother is white…you ARE HALF WHITE. the end.

    July 23, 2019 at 5:26 am
  • Tiffany Gilmore Reply

    All black is beautiful…….period

    July 23, 2019 at 5:26 am
  • shonte henry Reply

    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

    July 23, 2019 at 5:26 am
  • Lila Freeman Reply

    Why some men don't want to date black women when they are black ?

    July 23, 2019 at 5:26 am
  • Benny Booysen Reply

    2:54 do not say that in South Africa…its a no no…Apartheid was real here

    July 23, 2019 at 5:26 am
  • Keith Baucum7 Reply

    Biracial is not black.

    July 23, 2019 at 5:26 am
  • Keith Baucum7 Reply

    I love black women.

    July 23, 2019 at 5:26 am

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