colorism

Colorism Is More Insidious Than Racism, But Just as Damaging

Colorism is the term for when a person is favored or disadvantaged based on the shade of their skin. It’s a worldwide problem that affects Black and Asian communities especially, and is still apparent in skin lightening creams marketed internationally and in the subtle favoritism shown to lighter skinned people in culture and media. Colorism may be less obvious than racism, but it’s just as harmful.