The Skin You are In: Colorism (The “unspoken ACE)

Welcome to this page which is dedicated to helping people overcome the lasting affects of Colorism.

Colorism: Why should it be considered an Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE)?

Can you imagine being judge 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 creep in at the oddest times and have for over thirty years. I have been able to overcome them, but when I speak with many of my peers. The scars still permeate through their thoughts, decisions, and actions daily. 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 experiences can also include aspects of a child’s environment that undermine their sense of safety, stability, and bonding. When children are told that 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, mishapes 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?

Resources/References:

https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/aces/fastfact.html


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