This week we’re talking about colorism. First a quick definition: Colorism is discrimination based on skin color. It differs from racism in that with colorism (or shadeism) people are treated differently based on the social meanings attached to skin color, as opposed to racism. (Per Wikipedia, because I couldn’t articulate it as well as they did here, so why reinvent the wheel, right?): “Racism is the dependence of social status on the social meaning attached to race; colorism is the dependence of social status on skin color alone.” We got here this week because of two individuals. The first is Gilbert Arenas and his infatuation with trying to convince the world that Lupita Nyong’o is generally unattractive and elaborated this point on, where else, but… twitter. The second is Amber Rose. She was on a recent episode of Drink Champs podcast and said “I don’t know how to say this without sounding f—ked up, but a lot of the people where I’m from (Philly…yes the same Philly that Jill Scott and Phyllis Hyman are from, but anyways…) aren’t traditionally attractive people.” It made us think about the fact that these seemingly unrelated events are somehow linked in colorism. We decided to talk about it and give some of our own experiences with colorism, both as victims and, in some cases, unwitting victimizers (and as we both found out during the taping).

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