Colorism refers to a form of prejudice and discrimination based on skin tone, typically within the same racial or ethnic group. It favors people with lighter skin tones over those with darker skin tones, leading to unequal treatment and opportunities.

Here are some key aspects of colorism:

  • Within-group discrimination: Unlike racism, which targets entire racial groups, colorism occurs within specific groups, favoring certain skin tones over others.
  • Historical roots: Colorism has historical roots in colonialism and slavery, where light skin was often associated with privilege and power.
  • Global problem: While it may be more visible in certain communities, colorism exists across the globe and affects people of various ethnicities.
  • Harmful effects: Colorism can have significant negative impacts on individuals, leading to internalized racism, self-esteem issues, and limited opportunities.