Colorism and Anti-Blackness in Latino/x Communities Workshop
Phrases such as “Pelo Malo” (bad or curly hair) and “Mejora la Raza” (better the race) are heard in the vocabulary of many Latinos/x. These are indicators of colorism, a preference for lighter skin tones, and anti-Blackness, a specific form of racism against Black people.
In this session, we define, understand, and explore their role in our development and self-concept.
By the end of the workshop, participants will have
- Defined Colorism and Anti-Blackness in the context of Latino/x culture
- Understood how Colorism and Anti-Blackness become internalized during identity development
- Explored the tension between self-acceptance and the adoption of Colorism and Anti-Blackness
[I liked] talking about racism and colorism in the professional setting. The presenter’s honesty and openness were refreshing and essential in creating the open discussion we had.
As a white woman, it gave me an abundance of information I can use personally and in my profession. It was great hearing my colleagues’ personal life experiences and learning everyone’s different perspectives. I will remember this training forever.
Ysabel offered a huge wealth of knowledge on the history of colorism. She was very open, kind, respectful and an effective communicator- speaking AND listening. We had an amazing open space for talking about some really tough subjects.
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