Mainstream feminism marginalizes women of colour. It fails to recognize that gender inequality and racial inequality are intersectional.
“Why can’t black people just get over slavery? It happened over 400 years ago.”
We are obsessed with pigmentation, or a mere chemical compound that is found in our human body, and we are using that as a hallmark of beauty.
Do you see the problem with this ad??
Maybe white people who tell us to, “get over it”, just live in sincere and blissful ignorance of the realities of their own domestic workers.
As someone of Indian ethnicity myself, I often heard advice from my older relatives telling me not to go out into the sun for fear of getting too dark. I saw my grandmother use Fair & Lovely and cover her face with powder to look fairer. When relatives told me that I had gotten ‘darker’ from being in the sun too much, I always used to wonder why that was something to be ashamed of; something to worry about.
Gender equality is an issue, race is an issue, equal marriage is an issue, I could continue but I think you can catch my point. I think it’s time that we reach within ourselves for the answers to all of these questions.
At the Oscars, Chris Rock, who ironically made it a point to address the lack of diverse representation at the awards ceremony, also made an insensitive joke that played to Asian American stereotypes and child labor.
While it is true that black people can be prejudiced towards white people, they cannot be racist towards them.