July Tool-Kit: Colourism

Each month we will be posting a new digital tool-kit with reading materials and resources to aid in counter-movements and the enhancement of critical media literate and de-colonial perspectives. This month, following on from June’s tool-kit on “whiteness” and allyship, ERIF shares discussions on the complicated and problematic idea of “mixed-raceness”, as well as critical essays that address colourism and light-skinned privilege. 


5 Things Light-Skinned People of Color Say That Make Us Sound Like Racist White People (2017) by Nico Dacumos

14 Phenomenal Photos Reveal There Were Indeed Black Chinese People (2018) by Paco Taylor

A Graphic Novel That Answers a Child’s Question About Being Biracial (2019) by Ed Park

Anti-blackness in South Asian communities – how do we break the cycle? (2018) by Dhruva Balram

BGLH was just dragged for describing lighter-skinned women with loose curls as “black women” (2016) by Leila Noelliste

Diane Abbott and ‘misogynoir’: colourism, anti-blackness and sexism in the UK (2019) by Karis Campion

Famous Afro-Latinos Tired Of Trying To Explain To People They’re Black And Latin (2018) by Victoria Uwumarogie

For the love of God, stop telling mixed-race couples their kids will be cute (2017) by Miranda Larbi

“Game Of Thrones” Star Nathalie Emmanuel Says She’s Too Light To Play Princess Tiana: “Nah, That Part Has To Go To A More Melanated Sister” (2019) by Charise Frazier

Having mixed race kids doesn’t mean you’re woke (2017) by Miranda Larbi

How Black People Came to Believe 4C was a “Bad Hair” texture (2019) by Kayla Greaves

Photos of dark-skinned deities challenge India’s obsession with fairness (2019) by Zinnia Ray Chaudhuri

Reimagining the Mixed Race Experience (2017) edited by Shades of Noir

The birth of the new royal is a good time to leave behind your obsession with mixed race babies (2019) by Jessica Heron-Langton



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