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What is Colourism?

Here are a few dictionary definitions of colourism. I don't want to delve too deeply into definitions and I prefer to focus on the deeper social issues. One point I should make quite early on is that I don't generally agree that it is mostly down to European colonial influences in Africa and Asia and the slave trade in the Americas.

Collins Dictionary

Discrimination against people with a different skin tone, esp within the same racial group

Wikipedia

Discrimination based on skin color, also known as colorism or shadeism, is a form of prejudice or discrimination in which people are treated differently based on the social meanings attached to skin color.

Dictionary.com

Colorism is a form of racial discrimination based on the shade of an individual's skin tone, typically favoring lighter skin. It can occur both within a specific ethnic group and across ethnic groups.

To add more colour to a boring looking blog here is the delightful and effusive Pratyusha Pilla giving a talk at TED on Colourism

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Views on Approaches to Tackling Colourism

Over the years I viewed a number of discussions and approaches to colourism and none of them has sat well with me. It is a multifaceted issue and none of them have really tackled the various parts of the problem properly. It is one of tribal values, maturity of young men, pre-marital sex, easy divorce, media influences, social engineering, generational differences and a whole lot of other things besides. Each feature is not tackled properly and separately to give the young people a deeper understanding of themselves.
I will be presenting some excerpts from some of these discussions and my views on them

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Audience, Readership

This series is targetted primarily at Africans, the African Diaspora, Indians, ie Desis and other dark-complexioned people around the world, who are made to feel bad about themselves or lesser on account said complexions. Indians are a particular focus for reasons I will go into later. Native Americans, particular south of the border who are subjected such sentiments are also a focus. Unfortunately those north of the border were either exterminated or subsumed into the remaining populations of Europeans and Africans.
I want to to be clear about this. It may not be comfortable reading for a lot of white people and may even be so for so called olive-complexioned ethnicities or fall in the space between those who are clearly half-caste and their whiter unmixed relatives. I can't truthfully say I apologize for that but it really isn't my focus. Some of the approaches to colourism I see are too apologetic for my liking. They try too hard not to be offensive towards whiter people whilst ignoring the unapologetic discrimination and disparaging attitude towards normal skin which is still ongoing.

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Organization

The topics will be organized as a book, with each page having links to the previous, next, and parent pages. I will be updating a master page with the newer pages as I write them and that will be the page regular views should visit to see new pages and updated ones.

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