Black Colorism and History Month: an unfinished business

Black Colorism and History Month: an unfinished business

By Rogette Harris

It’s the end of February and a lot has happened in the shortest month of the year. Former President Donald Trump has been acquitted by the Senate, Valentine’s Day, problems with the continued distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, etc. Black History Month is ending!

For those of us who are black, every day is a holiday, but it is in February that others pay attention to us. more than usual. While disparities in pay, education and criminal justice, and racism in general are often discussed, one topic often overlooked is colourism.

Colorism is discrimination based on skin color, not race. Human beings are visual, and skin color is the most notable criterion in determining how a person will be assessed. In the United States, because of deep-rooted racism, we already know that dark skin is …

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