Colorism Is A Serious Problem In The Black Community

Street Performer and Activist Uniska shows both dark and light-toned doll babies during the Women’s March Washington D.C. | Jan 2017 | Photography Credit: Johnny Silvercloud

I remember being a boy in school when I first came into contact with colorism. I think I might have been 14 years old when I first heard of a preference based on skin tone.

“I don’t like light-skinned boys.”

“I don’t like dark-skinned boys.”

As a kid I understood racism on the dating scene; perhaps the white girl is afraid…



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Johnny Silvercloud

Johnny Silvercloud

20 yr U.S. Army vet turned analytical street photographer who talks about power, protest, and politics. Do not defend racism or sexism when I’m in the room.