Update June 30, 2011
Research study shows that lighter skin Black inmates get shorter prison
sentences than darker inmates, when imprisoned for the exact same crime.
Racism and colorism has continued to marginalize many dark skin people through out the world in countries where whites or light skin people are the dominant culture. As a consequence, we are seeing a continued growth of dangerous skin lightening creams and hair relaxers in these societies, where some dark skin people, based on overt bias and their own insecurities, are trying to assimilate and be accepted by attempting to adopt the appearance of the more dominant culture.
I have seen white people who are as pale as a glass of milk, yet I have never heard someone white talk about how white and pale another Caucasion is. Yet I have heard a few whites as well as many blacks talk about how dark an athletic, model or celebrity is. (See Study: Whites Prefer Light Skin Black Males)
Some of you may be to young to remember how Negros in college sororities in the 50"s and 60's would be given the manila envelope test. If you were darker than the manila envelope then you couldn't get in. A recent report by John Stossel on ABC 2020 showed that many producers of music videos primarily select light skin black females to be the devia's and dark skin girls to be the hoochies. On this segment, young black boys indicated their preference for light skin girls. It's apparent that white racism has lead to colorism among most people of color as evidence by the below clip.
Our kids are to young to realize that they are the victims of brain washing. Ask the average African American teenage boy to describe a beautiful girl and you will see what I'm talking about. By having so few dark and brown skin Black women who are displayed as beautiful in magazines ,commercials and movies, this allows someone else to impose their standard of beauty on you. What makes it worse is that so many people of color globally have internalized this racism keeping us at odds with one another.