The Color Complexby Kathy Russell
A courageous, humane, and provocative examination of how differences in color and features among African Americans have played and continue to play a role in their professional lives, friendships, romances, and families.
- Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
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- 1st Anchor Books ed
- Product dimensions:
- 5.17(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.54(d)
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This book is very informative. It's very objective and gives a lot of insight to the problem of intraracial discrimination among blacks
The book's analysis about intraracism among African Americans being a vestige white supremacist internalized thinking is correct, however using ancedotes to justify a theory about why light is preferable to dark is a disingenuous attempt and counterproductive. I don't recommend this book to parents raising darker skinned children trying to build healthy self-esteem.
This book is a well written peace of work. Written with facts and detailed messages that would live you wondering what type of soceity we really live in. The book gives a bitter taste of what lies beneath the African American soceity. You cannot read. this book as an African American without recognizing with it and acknowledging the fact that intraracism do exist. It is highly recommended
The book claims that in Philadelphia and almost "every urban center across the country " there are sections where mostly light skin blacks reside,Adam Clayton made similar claims about Harlem.The book doesn't provide proof (street addresses,photos/names of residents)of these neighborhoods.The book doesn't mention Adam Clayton and Sally Hemmings could pass for white.Mary McLeod Bethune's Daytona Girls School was for dark skin girls.I'm black and light skin.There's a lot reverse colorism in Philadelphia.I had lived in Philly (blacks are the majority,ninth- poorest US city)for many years.In Philly many brown skin and dark skin black young adults don't date light skin blacks.I had lived in cities that weren't like this.In zipcodes in Philly that have many lecherous sex offenders many black men wouldn't date a light skin black woman.There are few light skin black and dark skin or brown skin black young adult couples in Philly.Often if a light skin black does end up with a nonlight skin black they end up with a brown skin black.