"We were speaking of the hostility many black black women feel toward light-skinned black women, and you said, ‘Well, I’m light. It’s not my fault. And I’m not going to apologize for it.’ I said apology for one’s color is not what anyone is asking. What black black women would be interested in, I think, is a consciously heightened awareness on the part of light black women that they are capable, and often quite unconsciously, of inflicting pain upon them; and that unless the question of Colorism–in my definition, prejudicial or preferential treatment of same-race people based solely on their color–is addressed in our communities and definitely in our black ‘sisterhoods’ we cannot, as a people, progress. For colorism, like colonialism, sexism, and racism, impedes us."
The Shades We Wear, solo exhibition and interactive dialogue featuring art by Stamps MFA student Stephanie Brown.
On Thursday, April 13th, at 5:30 pm please join the W.M. Trotter Multicultural Center for an interactive dialogue on colorism. Come share, listen, and reflect on what colorism truly means and how it affects our greater community. The overarching question we hope to ask and discuss is what happens when race is used as costume?
Light refreshments will be available.