In recent times, a lot of us have seen one, two or maybe even tons of post addressing colorism. I am definitely not the first person to write about this issue nor will I be the last one, however I thought it was important to have at least one post discussing the matter on my blog. I’d like to recall some facts and reflect upon the roots of colorism. How deeply engrained is colorism in our community? How did we get exposed to this idea of associating fairness with beauty ? How is colorism extremely gender-based ?
To begin, for anyone who has never experienced or acknowledged colorism, colorism is a prejudice towards people with a darker complexion within a same ethnical or racial group. Within South Asia, colorism wasn’t widely present as we know it today, in fact it was only recent times that this problem took place unlike other issues such as caste system which appeared back in Ancient India ( read more about caste system here). In a study led by Neha Mishra on the global perspectives of colorism, she highlights that Ancient India was a society that accepted the physical differences of each part of India. In fact, many hindu goddess and gods were described black in skin tone and extremely beautiful such as Kali, goddess of power, strength and destructor of evil spirits. In ancient texts, there was no mention of color in order to discriminate, dark skin wasn’t attached to a stigma and was embraced. However, as per any problem in this community, colonialism had its fair share in the implement of this “beauty standard”. Continue reading “The True Colors of Colorism in South Asia”