Bicultural Mama: The Oddity of Skin Color Labels to Identify Race

 

Society gives skin color labels to people to identify race. When I was a child, I learned that Asians like me were “yellow.” I recall looking at my skin and thinking, “It’s not yellow. Looks kind of tan to me.”

Community Village‘s insight:

I was just thinking the other day that I need to write another post about how ridiculous these skin color labels are.

Here’s the new over simplification:
Africans are Ebony
Asians and Native Americans are Golden
Europeans are Pink

Three things combine to create our color:
Hemoglobin, which can only be seen through thin skin
Carotene, which can only be seen if there is not a lot of melanin
Melanin, which blocks the other two colors when there is enough of it

See on www.biculturalmama.com

 

One thought on “Bicultural Mama: The Oddity of Skin Color Labels to Identify Race

  1. ctfranklin28 August 23, 2013 / 3:31 pm

    It’s interesting that you brought that up! In a book called “I‘m Chocolate, You’re Vanilla: Raising Healthy Black and Biracial Children in a Race-Conscious World” by Marguerite Wright. One of the issues with children learning skin color is that (according to the author), children don’t see skin color the way adults do. Some children when asked about their race would say that they were a different color than their parents expected. Others believe that color could change or was temporary.

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