Streaming issues? Report here
Kieno Kammies 2019 1500 BW
Today with Kieno Kammies
09:00 - 12:00
volume_up
volume_mute

Up Next: The Midday Report
See full line-up
Today with Kieno Kammies
09:00 - 12:00
Home
arrow_forward
Lifestyle

Why we need to talk more about colourism and light-skinned privilege

26 June 2018 2:02 PM
Tags:
Discrimination
Skin
Race
Prejudice
colourism
light skinned privilege
fair
complexion
bias
Phrases like 'Beautiful for a dark girl" or "Yellow bone" can perpetuate light-skinned privilege and create harmful social ideals.

Skin complexion can be a very sore point for people of colour.

Unfortunately, colourism continues to exist across black, coloured, Asian and Indian communities, says diversity advocate Devan Moonsamy.

Colourism is prejudice or discrimination against individuals with a dark skin tone and bias in favour of lighter-skinned people.

Colourism permeates through family structures, classrooms and even workplace environments, Moonsamy advises.

Moonsamy is the CEO of the I Can Help Africa Foundation (ICHAF) Training Institute and specialises in diversity training.

He says that phrases like "Beautiful for a dark girl" or "Yellow bone" perpetuate light-skinned privilege and create damaging social ideals of beauty.

'Yellow bone' is the contentious slang term often used to describe light-skinned black women in South Africa.

Moonsamy says people need to raise greater awareness about the negative effects of colourism, which include a rise in harmful skin-lightening products and procedures.

He adds that society needs to promote self-confidence, and positive dialogue around skin tone and authenticity.

Having more conversations about colourism will encourage people to challenge social biases, Moonsamy explains.

We need to educate people that it is completely okay to be yourself, because we are measured not on the colour of our skin but on the content of our character.

Devan Moonsamy, CEO of the ICHAF Training Institute

It's so fickle and so shallow to be measured based on texture of hair, colour of skin or even diction.

Devan Moonsamy, CEO of the ICHAF Training Institute

We need to go a little bit deeper, because young children are forming identities and self-esteem.

Devan Moonsamy, CEO of the ICHAF Training Institute

We must firmly resist beliefs that any one skin colour is better because it damages our social structure and our self-image.

Azania Mosaka, 702 presenter

Moonsamy recently wrote an opinion piece titled 'Complex Complexions', which inspired the conversation.

He engaged with listeners and presenter Azania Mosaka about his experiences and views.

Listen to the discussion on colourism:


This article first appeared on 702 : Why we need to talk more about colourism and light-skinned privilege


26 June 2018 2:02 PM
Tags:
Discrimination
Skin
Race
Prejudice
colourism
light skinned privilege
fair
complexion
bias

More from Lifestyle

speedsterpng

[VIDEO] Driver posts video clocking 306km on Joburg highway

20 January 2020 9:17 AM

The video shows the driver's dashboard speedometer ramping up to an astronomical speed on the N1 South Midrand.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

191028sussexgif

Harry and Meghan to give up royal titles, state funding

19 January 2020 11:44 AM

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will no longer be working members of the British royal family, announces Buckingham Palace.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Young man reading books in library literature 123rflifestyle 123rf

John Maytham's Weekly Book Review: 17 January 2020

17 January 2020 5:18 PM

CapeTalk host John Maytham shares his top book picks for the week, including a new read by British author Robert Macfarlane.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Flores Island beach Indonesia travel 123rflifestyle

These are 3 beautiful destinations South Africans can travel to visa-free

17 January 2020 12:40 PM

TravelBug director Tess Faber recommends 3 visa-free countries out of the 100 that South Africans can travel to visa-free.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

South-African-Reserve-Bank-Bursaries.jpg

Reserve Bank to cut repo rate to 6.25%

16 January 2020 4:15 PM

South African Reserve Bank (Sarb) Governor Lesetja Kganyago has announced that the repo rate will be reduced to 6.25%.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen-chef-insta-pic

Michelin chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen gives us a taste of what's to come

16 January 2020 3:41 PM

Mzansi's first-ever Michelin-starred chef visited CapeTalk studios to talk about his new restaurant in the Kalahari and much more.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Houghton Ridge mansion Rolls Royce Chas Everitt

Buy Johannesburg’s greatest mansion – get a free Rolls Royce and a R28m discount

16 January 2020 12:52 PM

“You’ve got a majestic view of Johannesburg! A Feng Shui expert said it’s like having your kingdom below you,” says Rory O'Hagan.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Kenny Africa.jpg

Traffic Chief Kenny Africa opens up about his journey, his kids...and grandkids

16 January 2020 12:23 PM

Africa lost his eldest son in a gruesome traffic accident in 2001 and says his grandkids are his everything.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

multi-prong-plug-wendy-knowlerjfif

Can't use all the sockets of your multi-plug at once? Here's an explanation why

16 January 2020 11:24 AM

Why can't the socket-outlets on multi-plugs be used all at once? Consumer journalist Wendy Knowler looks for answers.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Shocked little girl cellphone internet safety children 123rflifestyle 123rtf

[READ] Creepy death chain letter goes viral on kids' phones, causing terror

16 January 2020 11:21 AM

Dean McCoubrey of MySocialLife gives tips for parents on how to deal with a circulating chain letter causing fear among children.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward