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Running head: OPPRESSION WITHIN THE BLACK COMMUNITY 1 Oppression within the Black Community Student HUM 370 West Coast University
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OPPRESSION WITHIN THE BLACK COMMUNITY 3 Oppression within the Black Community When the word prejudice comes to mind, we think of different racial groups that have negative attitudes and are predisposed to behave negatively towards one another ( Koppelman, 2017) . In the case of colorism, prejudice exists within the same racial groups that is based on skin color. The concept of colorism derived from slavery. It negatively affects African American people who are darker in skin tone because they are looked down upon as inferior. The idea of light skin vs. dark skin originated from a “Willie Lynch Letter,” written by a British slave owner, known as William Lynch. His letter talked about the different methods on how to control slavery. One of the methods was to destroy the unity among the salves by implementing the light skin vs. dark skin. He used a small difference that the slaves had to his own advantage by using their skin color to put them against each other (Roberson, 2014). Eventually, the unity that the slaves once had diminished. After Lynch succeeded in breaking apart the slaves, slave owners did not treat them all same. Depending on the slaves’ skin color, some received better treatment than others. Their skin color was compared to a brown paper bag to determine their work tasks and conditions. Slaves that were lighter than the paper bag worked indoors and treated better (Parker, 2015). Slaves that
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