EXCERPT // IMAGERY
Occupation: student/ Graduate Assistant/ Humanitarian/ Clinical Mental Health Counselor
Hobbies: Yoga, watching Ted talks, and sleeping all day when possible.
Colorism* goes back to the brown paper bag test of the 1980s. Brown paper bags were used for admittance to parties and even acceptance to HBCUs*. If you matched or were lighter than the bag, then you were admitted. I have a lighter complexion, so I have experienced “benefits.” People would tell me that I was cute because I was light-skinned with curly hair—a “Redbone*.” These terms didn’t hit me until I got older. They might have been positive, but I did not want to be known for my light-skin and curly hair. My skin is brown and that is all that matters. Appearance, race, skin tone, hair texture, and other such features do not define who people are.
Back then, methods were created to pit blacks against blacks. Such methods were also implemented to break up organizations such as The Black Panther Party with Black Spies. This was another way to cause disruptions within the Black Community. As we all know, breaking a group is easier from the inside out. No matter the skin tone, body type, or hair length, we were bringing each other down.
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