When we let these truths expand the story that’s told about colorism, our ability to understand and fight it grows. And that’s a win for us all.
In a piece on Ebony.com, Erica Williams Simon conceptualizes a new way in which to think of colorism by breaking down five myths about colorism and redefining them. Simon aims to get rid of the overriding narrative of colorism that says that dark girls have low self esteem and that men need to tell them that they are attractive in order for them to find self-esteem, which will result in the end of colorism. We have been essentially looking at colorism through a very patriarchal lens. First, she points out that every dark skinned woman didn't hate herself at one point; secondly, she says that colorism isn't about finding a man or being chosen by one; thirdly, that it (colorism) does not only impact women; fourthly, that it is not just an African American problem; and lastly, that social media can't be the only way in which we seek to solve colorism. She says:
I applaud Erica Williams Simon for attempting to create a new dialogue on the subject of colorism. As she points out, we often talk about the topic of colorism in a very sexist and racist manner which complicates the issue.
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