Welcome to the Skin You Are In Book Study which is dedicated to helping people discuss and overcome the lasting affects of Colorism.
Why should we talk about Colorism?
The book, The Skin You are In: Colorism in the Black Community offers an easy-to-understand overview of the history of Colorism, illustrates the long-lasting impact this type of microaggressions has on individuals of color, and provides insights to counteracting the effect for future generations. This book provides a research-based analysis of how colorism effects adults today, guides readers through a shift in mindset towards characterizing it as an unspoken trauma and provokes readers to commit to helping others help to lessen its impact on people of color.
In a world where so much focus is placed on race. I challenge you to take it a step further. Take a look at the interactions within a race. The interactions between individuals that belong to a specific race but possess different tones or shades of skin. These interactions sometimes become heated and even discriminatory.Tweet
Colorism’s origin dates back to the early days of slavery when jobs were determined based on the color of an individual’s skin. Most people do not think that Colorism exist today, but the reality is that it has been around for centuries, occurs many times a day, and its effects last for many years. This book will help any organization which recognizes the need to educate their staff about colorism and its effects on African Americans at both ends of the color spectrum. Despite what many may believe, Colorism still exists today.
Colorism: Why should it be considered an Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE)?
Can you imagine being judged by your family, your friends, your colleagues, and the world solely on the color of your skin? If you are like me, you can. For as long as I can remember, some people in my family would say things such as “you better marry a light skinned woman so you can have pretty children“. I am much older now, but thoughts like this still creep in at the oddest times and have for over thirty years. I have been able to overcome the long-lasting effects of the Colorism experiences throughout my life. However, as I conducted my doctoral research on this topic, I found that…
When I speak with many of my friends and colleagues from across the country the scars of their Colorism experiences still permeate through their thoughts, decisions, and actions daily.Tweet
Colorism as an “unspoken” ACE
According to the Center for Disease Control, an Adverse Childhood Experience is defined as potentially traumatic events that occur when children are between 0-17 years of age. These microaggressions include experiences which undermine a child’s sense of safety, stability, and bonding. When children are called black, tar baby, high yellow, not black enough daily by those who are closest to them. It is traumatic, it warps their sense of self, misshapes their view of the world, and it has lasting affects on their ability to bond. If that does not fit the definition of an Adverse Childhood Experience, ACE, I’m not sure what type of trauma does?
An Intricate Web of Learned Behavior Accepted as the Norm
Yoshino (2008) noted in his research, it was more than just the race an individual was born into, it was also how an individual viewed the race in which they were born. The author remarked, individuals emulated what they had observed as characteristics of their race. The author stated when individuals saw different societal interactions with race and skin tone the memories of those interactions weaved a very intricate web in the individual’s life. To read more on this topic, visit https://bit.ly/UnspokenAce2
The Skin You are In: Colorism in the Black Community (#BookCampPD-March 2021)-Book Study Questions
Find more questions for your school reads and discusses the implications noted within the book at: https://bookcamppd.com/weekly-questions/
The Mindset Pendulum: Keep it Swinging Towards Positivity
Reflect on the strategies you are using daily to keep a pulse on your mindset. When was the last time you conducted a self-check on your mindset? Mindset, or mental attitude, can positively or negatively impact all aspects of your life. Take a moment to answer these three questions. And how are the children? A…
Educator Reflection Tips (Snapshot #88): What strategies are you teaching students to help them learn to be independent and more self-directed?
As students move through school and onto college, they must become increasingly self-directed and independent learners. Being able to set up and follow through on their own learning goals is an essential skill that will help them be successful in all areas of their lives. Here are some tips to help your students become self-directed…
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