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What Is Colorism?

As humanity’s understanding and discussion of the concepts of race,
racism, and antiracism have evolved over generations, so have the words
and phrases we use as we continue the work of obeying God and
advancing racial justice.
In this “What Is?” series, the General Commission on Religion and Race
offers this compilation of concise definitions, examples, and
Biblical/theological foundations to create common vocabulary for
Christians as we engage in anti-racism work.
Our hope, as you engage this series, is that the learning equips you to
move into deeper waters in anti-racism work in your respective context.
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Colorism is the prejudicial or preferential treatment of people of the same
ethnicity based on their [skin] color alone. Often, colorism is thought to be
restricted to people who belong to the same ethnic group. However,
colorism exists across all nations, with lighter-skinned people
preferentially treated over those with Caucasian features.
Colorism is based on "color hierarchy" that puts white people and
traditionally white features at the top and black/African features at the
bottom. Thus, colorism is a legacy of slavery and colonialism. Within
cultural groups, it created classes of people based on mixed-race heritage.
Colorism still exists in terms of who is most thought to be safe and who is
thought to be a threat.
A once popular Southern saying explains colorism best:
If you are white (light), you’re all right,
If you are brown, stick around,
If you are black, get back.

Example(s) of Colorism:
Internalized oppression is an example of how colorism works within ethnic
groups. Some ethnic social clubs use things like the "brown bag test" to
determine admission.  In some Asian and Spanish-speaking countries,
people are admonished to stay out of the sun so as not to get “too dark.”
Despite detrimental effects, the skin-whitening industry sells billions of
dollars of products in African, Asian, and Spanish-speaking countries.[1]   It
is also possible for oppressed ethnic groups to engage in colorism against
other oppressed ethnic groups.
Like racial bias, colorism is often hidden and taught at home.Several
studies have found clear evidence that colorism has economic and social
consequences for both darker and light-skinned people of the same race
in terms of “who gets hired, who gets convicted, and who gets
elected.”According to one study, light-skinned Mexican Americans earn
more money, earn more years of education, live in more integrated
neighborhoods, and have better mental health than darker-skinned
Mexican Americans.[2]The entertainment industry also suffers from
colorism, with white or lighter-skinned actors often cast in lead roles and
darker-skinned actors usually portrayed as inferior.[3] [1] Karishma Daftary, Neha S. Krishnam, Roopal V. Kundu, “Uncovering the
roots of skin bleaching: Colorism and its detrimental effects,” Wiley Online,
May 5, 2022,
[2] Lori L. Tharpe, “The Difference Between Racism and Colorism,” Times, October 6, 2016,
[3] Terry Tang, “Colorism reveals many shades of prejudice in Hollywood,” ABC News, January 16, 2019,
Biblical/Spiritual/Theological Framing or References:
Colorism contradicts the belief that all humans are created in the image of God regardless of their attributes (Genesis 1:27). Furthermore, colorism contradicts the Biblical teaching that God has no favorites (Romans 2:11).

Colorism often emphasizes physical attributes instead of inner qualities,
gifts, and graces, which is contrary to 1 Samuel 16:7.
Reflection Questions:
1. This week, notice how often darker-skinned people are portrayed
positively on television compared to white or lighter-skinned people.
2. Review one of the suggested resources and think about how colorism
is portrayed and how it shows up in our society today, and what
response we should give based on Scripture.
Additional Resources:
 Lori L. Tharp, Same Family, Different Colors: Confronting Colorism in
America's Diverse Families
 Tanya K. Hernandez, Racial Innocence: Unmasking Latino Anti-Black
Bias and the Struggle for Equality
 Margaret Hunter, Race, Gender and the Politics of Skin Tone
 Nikki Khanna, Whiter: Asian American Women on Skin Color and
 The Guardian, “In Their Own Words, How Dark Skinned Women Broke
Through The Entertainment Industry”
 Blackish, “Black Like Us”  television episode, January 15, 2019
 ABC News, “People of color discuss the impact of 'colorism'”