Self-hate within the black community is often noticeable, starting with Colourism. Colourism is widely described as discrimination against your own, simply because you have a darker skin tone than yourself. This issue is extreme, many would have grown up in the UK hearing the word “blick.” The word “blick” is a derogatory term for a black person who is dark-skinned. Blick stands for blacker than black, it can ultimately fall under the bracket of a racial slur. From a young age dark skin men are often programmed, and commonly think the lighter skin tone may just be more attractive.
When discrimination is spoken about within the black community, different subject matters arise.
In my research, I found that the gap between black women and their white counterparts was thoroughly discussed in America. The statistics show that black women earn 21% less than white women. Additionally, there is a higher percentage of young black men being incarcerated. Highlighted by the guardian which states “five times more likely” to be incarcerated. David Lammy Tottenham MP wrote a report stating there were disparities in arrest, charging, prosecution and imprisonment; I found that the ethnic minorities were being judged unfairly.
Despite these important topics being discussed, colourism still remains a taboo worldwide, “ism” is far less discussed. Colourism can be very detrimental as you will find darker-skinned people having to fight prejudice within their own community as if it was not hard for them as it is.