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Don't Play in the Sun: One Woman's Journey Through the Color Complex

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2013


    A large, hallowed out log is the elders den. It is surprisingly warm and comfortable, with lots of room for nests.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2004

    Enlightening and Didactic

    The color complex has been a problem with African-Americans since the days of slavery, where the some of the lighter sons and daughters of slave owners were given preferential treatment over darker ones. In Marita Golden¿s (Migrations of the Heart) new memoir, ¿Don¿t Play in the Sun,¿ she examines the intricacies of what it means to have grown up a dark-skinned African-American woman where women of lighter complexion were favored.................................... The book commences with snippets of Golden¿s experiences dealing with color including the recollection of mother¿s stark warnings not to play in the sun or else she will have to get a light-skinned husband for the sake of her children. The statement causes the young Golden to question her beauty and self-worth based on skin tone and hair texture throughout her entire life. Witnessing intra-racial preference influences her decision not to American University instead of Howard because of the favoritism shown towards lighter-skinned Blacks at the all-Black school and influences how she views the portrayal of dark-skinned women on television. The author also reminds the reader that light-skinned women are subjected to discrimination as well, particularly objectification and sexism......................... Golden recalls her world travels in Nigeria where many women surprisingly use skin-lightening creams to attract men, Cuba, where darker-skinned denizens hold menial jobs as maids, doormen, and even prostitutes while their lighter-skinned neighbors hold more visible, success-oriented positions, and Belgium, where her romance with a European man was, for the most part, socially accepted......................................... The book not only serves as an intriguing memoir but also a critique on popular culture, social norms, and political practices throughout the world. Golden offers her opinion on the popular Hip-Hop videos, the Grammy awards, the works of Zora Neale Hurston, and much more. People of all colors and gender should be able to find something enlightening and didactic about ¿Don¿t Play in the Sun.¿ Golden has penned a wonderful, succinct, page-turner that examines the complex relationship between lighter skinned and darker skinned people. One can only hope that the reader will take Golden¿s life lessons to heart and grow from them...........................

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2004


    If you are a person of color this is the book for you. It makes you realize that there are little nuances throughout your life where color was an issue. Talks about all shades of color not just one and shows how each has impacted our lives. One of the best books I have read in a long time. A fast and interesting read.

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