What really took me aback was their rationale which basically to sum up the collective response was that the dark skinned women looked poor because they didn’t comb their hair and the light-skinned women looked rich and pretty. My internal conversation went something like, “Where they say that at?” but my woke self was like “Girl, that ain’t nothin’ but some colonialism.”
After I picked my jaw up from the floor, I realized a few things. The term colorism wasn’t a familiar concept nor the word intra-racism so they didn’t believe that there could be racism within the same race. However, they did acknowledge color discrimination within their own culture (the majority of my students were from the Dominican Republic).