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Keona Waller SO365 June 8, 2017 Prof. Gehl Dark Girls Colorism as defined by the film we viewed is “prejudice or discrimination based on the relative lightness or darkness of the skin, generally a phenomenon occurring within one’s own ethnic group”. According to the filmmaker African American’s suffer from colorism because of a deep-rooted history of being treated a little better if you were a black person with lighter skin. I am an African American woman of medium complexion and I have witnessed black men and women treating other black people either better or worse depending on the shade of skin that they were. I have had women of my own ethnicity say things to me like I’m very pretty for a black girl or I’m very smart for a black, and I must be honest and say, that it is very confusing when I receive those types of comments; to me it is a put down of my race by my race. I have always believed that African American skin no matter the shade, is beautiful. I have a friend and she has four daughters, two of which are fair skin, one medium, and the other dark skin. The dark
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