I just finished watching the documentary Dark Girls
Colorism, the term used in the documentary to describe bias of darker complexion, is not just an American phenomenon. Skin bleaching cream makes up 2/3 of the creams sold in India and 77% of women in Nigeria use a skin-bleaching cream, according to The Economist (http://www.economist.com/blogs/baobab/2012/09/beauty-nigeria). These statistics show how the effects of Imperialism are not just lingering but directly affect the way people think and act today. This issue goes deeper than skin. The history class that teaches that civilization comes from Greece and all great ideas from Europe, sends an underlying message of white supremacy. As the African proverb stated on the documentary says, “Until the lion has a historian, the hunter will always be the hero.” We must view our world from many different perspectives, in order to really see the truth and to see the beauty that surrounds. Read more about Colorism at http://www.oprah.com/oprahdotcom/Colorism-and-the-True-Definition-of-Beauty.