Colorism/Shadeism Project

When I watched the documentary ‘Dark Girls’ for the first time, I cried at how ignorant people can be to how alienated they make others feel. Although I am mixed race, I empathised with how the women in the documentary felt isolated and stigmatised due to the colour of their skin.

Now, due to the release of the sequel, ‘Light Girls’ on the 19th, I have been inspired to share my own experiences of shadeism while also asking you all what your experiences are. Together, we can come together and highlight the ignorance of the colorism in our society; finally putting to bed the ‘light skinned vs dark skinned’ jokes and instead learn to love each other for who we truly are, rather than judge each other by the colour of our skin. <3

Chloe: “You Can’t Sit With Us!” – My Experience of Shadeism

At the time I didn’t see how my treatment at school affected my external image until after leaving secondary school. When I first started secondary school my hair was always in cainrows. I had long hair, which reached my hip, and my mother never let me wear it out. As I got older the other girls would laugh at how my hair would start looking messy as the weeks went on. All those fly away curls trying to pop out. So I persuaded my mother to let me wear my hair natural without the cainrows.

Rayna: Being Dark Skin in a “Light Skin Preferred” World

  Growing up I didn't love my brown skin. My mother is a deep chocolate brown while my dad is more caramel in complexion. Although my mother is absolutely beautiful, growing up I always wanted to be the same color as my dad. So let me break down some of my experiences being dark skin in a "light skin preferred" world. Well, that's how I saw it...

Shannon: Picking Sides

I have been through different stages in my life when it comes to how I felt about being mixed race. The earliest memory I have from school was me being introduced to the fact that I no longer was just a human being but that I had two races, two categories, that there were two types of people and apparently I had to choose one.

Hannah: My Mixed Race Hair and Me

"You're confused. You're diluted. You're a pick'n'mix. You're a lightie. You're yellow." Well no actually. I AM MIXED RACE.
I've heard it all. You're not in touch with your black side enough... You're definitely more black than white.
Blah blah blah!
No matter what 'side I'm in touch with' I'm proud of my mixed heritage. I've got my mums nose and my dads smile. I'm a beautiful combination of a relationship people deemed at the time as unacceptable and not made to last. Well, 28 years later it's still going strong!

Simone: You’re not Black, You’re not White, You’re Just Confused.

 Dear Classmate,
You're not Black You're not White, You're Just Confused.
You said this to me 10 years ago. I was 15 years of age, yet you made this foolish statement in front of our fellow classmates. You called out to me and said, "come over here for a minute." I walked over, without knowing you were about to humiliate me in front of everyone. I didn't realise I would soon hear their laughter as you said, "You're not black, you're not white, you're just confused."

Tawn: Growing Up Biracial in the U.S.

Hello everyone! I’m Tawn, and I am super excited to guest blog for The London Curls! I’m going to share a little bit about my experience growing up bi-racial child in the U.S., and share some things that I have learned along the way.  I hope you find a bit of your story within mine, and we can share a touch of life with each other on this page.