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Don’t tell me I’m ‘too pretty to be Aboriginal’. It’s not a compliment; it’s racism | The Guardian

Aboriginal women are all too familiar with this phrase. In her new documentary, Sasha Sarago investigates the racism behind it. I was 11 years old when my best friend’s sister approached me at her birthday party. She asked me what my nationality was; when I told her, she replied, “You’re too pretty to be Aboriginal.” A cloud of shame washed over me. Two adults standing nearby muttered “Aboriginal!” in a condescending tone which signalled to me that being Aboriginal was somehow dirty. I stood there humiliated. Until this moment, I hadn’t known that I was the only Aboriginal child at […]

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‘I’m either too black or not black enough’: One teenager’s experience | BBC News

Aries Brown, BBC News Illustration by Debie Loizou. [Reuters], Featured Image article was written by Aries Brown, an 18-year-old African-American student at an international school in eastern Europe. It was originally written for her school newspaper, and has been reprinted with her permission, and that of her school. Coming here for my senior year has been quite an experience. The most jarring: I feel like a minority. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been a minority before. Technically, all people of African descent are minorities in America, the place where I’ve lived most of my life. Yet, this is the first […]

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Why black people discriminate among ourselves: the toxic legacy of colorism | The Guardian

Kaitlyn Greenidge, The Guardian Colorism is not just an American phenomenon; skin bleaching cream is sold in majority black or people of color countries throughout the world. Illustration: Jamilla Okubo., Featured Image cannot separate the often painful stereotypes of colorism from misogyny and the sexual exploitation inherent in American slavery. To combat it we need to speak about it Read our entire Shades of black series Have you experienced colorism? Share your story here My grandmother was a great beauty. Everybody said so. “Like a black Elizabeth Taylor,” was the comment heard most often, because her eyes looked violet in […]

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‘Passing for white’: how a taboo film genre is being revived to expose racial privilege | The Guardian Rebecca Hall’s directorial debut is an adaptation of Nella Larsen’s 1929 novel Passing, a theme little seen since the likes of Show Boat and Pinky

Rebecca Hall’s directorial debut is an adaptation of Nella Larsen’s 1929 novel Passing, a theme little seen since the likes of Show Boat and Pinky.

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