‘NEGRO’: exploring identity and the color complex among Latinos

‘NEGRO’ is a docu-series exploring identity, colonization, racism and the African Diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean and the color complex among Latin…

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Browner America: Reality Is More Important Than Numbers

(The Root) — Recent census data reveal that, for the first time, racial and ethnic minorities make up more than half of all children born in the United States, with 50.4 percent of children under age 1 identified as Hispanic, black, Asian…

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‘Snakes and Ladders’ is Sarah Lee’s second play and is a comic drama about three ‘Mixed -Race’ sisters. One sister is very light skinned and has ‘good hair’, meaning straight European type hair and is on the surface, the favoured child, the one propelled forward. The second sister has skin that is ‘mid- toned’ being neither White nor Black, and wavy hair, and finally the third sister, looks wholly Afro- Caribbean. In the play the sisters use these loaded terms, such as ‘good hair’ themselves, and through their dialogues we see racism within family dynamics. However at the same time, ‘Snakes and Ladders’ is not only about racism or shade-ism but also about the construction of individual identity in the normal complexity that is family life.

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The Invisible Line Between Black and White

Vanderbilt professor Daniel Sharfstein discusses the history of the imprecise definition of race in America

See on www.smithsonianmag.com

The Color Complex (Revised): The Politics of Skin Color in a New Millennium:

The Color Complex (Revised): The Politics of Skin Color in a New Millennium [Kathy Russell, Midge Wilson, Ronald Hall] on Amazon.com. *FREE* super saver shipping on qualifying offers.

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Why I Don’t Sleep With White Guys

I live in a predominately white city. Everywhere I went, I was white men’s object (emphasis on object) of desire. I was being objectified, exoticized and sexualized for being one of few coloured girls in a sea of white men.

Community Village‘s insight:

At first I wasn’t going to share this because I didn’t see a photo in the post. However, this post seems to have hit a nerve with a lot of people. When I scooped it, the photo above was pulled in by Scoop.it. I don’t think she’s the author – but it’s a photo 🙂

Here’s my favorite line from this article:

“As a mixed-race girl, I also found it unsettling that the colour of my skin allowed people to label me as “Black,” or as something tropical and exotic — it was always one of the two.”

Emphasis is mine.


See on www.huffingtonpost.ca

The Ongoing Problem of Race in Young Adult Literature

In 1965, 11 years after the Supreme Court outlawed segregated schools, Nancy Larrick wrote an article titled “The All-White World of Children’s Books” for the Saturday Review. Much has changed since then.

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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

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Reuters TV | Skin bleach fears grow after Japan cosmetics recall

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July 31 – Japanese cosmetics giant Kanebo says thousands of Asian customers are suffering from skin discoloration after using whitening products that the company recalled earlier this month. Sarah Toms reports.

Community Village‘s insight:

I’m not sure if this brand was sold in the U.S. or not.

Also this news is from July 31st 2013 so hopefully people will not still see this product in the market.

See on www.reuters.com