Beauty and Race: Colorism and African American Women

16 May

This video called A Girl Like Me by Kiri Davis, is very demonstrative of what we have discuss thus far in our class and especially related to Margaret Hunter’s article The Persistent Problem of Colorism: Skin Tone, Status, and Inequality. In this video, there’s an exploration of how dominant standards of beauty affects and manifests itself in the African American community. In particular, Hunter’s concept of colorism is very persistent in this video. As Hunter defines it, “colorism is the process of discrimination that privileges light-skinned people of color over their dark-skinned counterparts” (2007, pp. 237). As the video demonstrated, the consequences of privileging white skin in the African American community have many impacts on the dating and marriage market.

We also see how whiteness factors into how beauty is define in the Doll Experiment. At a very young age, these children are well aware of what is beautiful and what it not.
A Girl Like Me

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Posted by on May 16, 2013 in Uncategorized


One response to “Beauty and Race: Colorism and African American Women

  1. emilysteidel

    May 19, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    You might also be interested in looking at Dark Girls (or at least the trailer:, which has similar content.


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