Skin Discrimination

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Growing up in the Untied States has provided me with many opportunities to be successful. Through out my life, I have been blessed with opportunities to work where I choose, eat where I please, and pursue the career of my dreams. To a young teenager, I was under the impression that everyone living in America possessed this wonderful opportunity as well. But it was not until I befriended person named Joe, that this impression was tarnished. Joe was a tall skinny African American teenager from the big city and although we lived in a fairly diverse location, it never appeared to me that skin color was ever an issue, but it was. Whenever the latest job opened up in town Joe and I would always go and apply for it, interview after interview, résumé after résumé, we faithfully performed our best. Joe and I could not have been a better match, in terms of our work experience and knowledge. But when I would receive phone calls from the places we applied too, it puzzled me to hear that Joe had not been phoned as well. I felt bad for Joe, that I received all the jobs offers, while he barely got any. I did not want to sadden Joe; by asking him why he did not receive any job offer, but one afternoon Joe informed me that the reason was based on the color of his skin. This “social sickness” as he labeled it, was commonly practiced. Joe explained to me that being African American has always been tough for him and his family before him. But the one thing I remember Joe saying that day, that has left an impression on me, something I never thought would take place. He said being a dark-skinned Black within the African American community was almost the equivalent to the death sentence. “ It’s one thing is to be discriminated by lighter skinned people ...

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...ndilla, Joanne L., and Paul R. Spickard. Is Lighter Better?: Skin-tone Discrimination among Asian Americans. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2007. Print.
Rondilla, is an author that has aimed to associate colorism with racism. This book sheds insight into the complex dynamic that exists for Asian Americans. Rondilla explains the pull between the culture they originate from and the country they live in now combined with traditional vs. modern standards of beauty combines to make a very unique read from a group voice not often heard from regarding this subject. Rondilla’s views and questions raised in her book help me support my own view that colorism is a form of racism and that it is not a micro-level problem anymore but is a social problem that is being advanced through social medias.
"Skin-Deep Discrimination." ABC News. ABC News Network, n.d. Web. 17 Dec. 2013.
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