Being Dark Skinned And Black People Essay

2352 Words May 26th, 2016 10 Pages
Being light-skinned is better than being dark-skinned. At least this is what many people believe in the Black community and in society. Many people believe that light-skinned Black people have better lives, and Black people with darker skin have a harder time getting through life. These beliefs make the issue of colorism much harder to be overlooked. The beliefs that numerous people have are the reasons that colorism is such an issue within the Black community. Colorism means, “Prejudice or discrimination against individuals with a dark skin tone, typically among people of the same ethnic or racial group” (Oxford Dictionary). Colorism is an issue that is occurring all over the world and in many different cultures. It is a problem in places like India, Korea, Africa, and Hispanic communities to name a few. Colorism within the Black community has been prevalent since slavery. There was a difference made between light-skinned and dark-skinned Black people on plantations. Slave masters made it known that fairer skin was “better”. Light-skinned African Americans were often house slaves, meaning they normally did house work; they cooked, served meals, washed clothes, and so on. On the other hand, the slaves with darker skin were used for the hard labor. They were usually in the fields, and they did all of the rough work. The differences made between light-skinned and dark-skinned African Americans are much different now than from the time of slavery, but people still believe…

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