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    THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BLACK AND LIGHTSKIN


    Let me set the premise for this statement. Michael Jackson as a solo entertainer became famous in the US once he released the "Off the Wall," album. He was a brown skin Michael Jackson. Michael became a international star in 1987 once his skin lightened up around the time he released the "Bad" album. Many don't see the correlation between lightskinned and being an international superstar other than being a magnificent entertainer. Let me give you another hint. Michael Jackson and Prince had features that the world accepted as Caucasian like that no other Black entertainers had? Because of this the other Black entertainers were not able to cross over with their music. Michael Jackson became international when his skin tone changed to be much lighter. Prince was already their.


    Now that you know what I am about to surmise. Let's go back in history a couple of centuries. Black and white photography of African American people hide an element of truth that is barely mentioned in our history unless you read about the color-strucked paper bag test history in Louisiana. Many African Americans got a boost by the color of their skin, this is not to take anything away from their intelligence but their skintone surely allowed access. Their lightskin had some influence on white people. Lightskinned African Americans still struggled with racism but the passage to money came about a little easier from their lightskinned color. The exception was heavyweight champion Jack Johnson who made it by brute strength.


    There are those darksinned billionaires like Oprah Winfrey, Bill Cosby, and JayZ who wouldn't pass the Louisiana paper bag test who made it by intelligence. But looking back on Black history centuries ago revealed that the darkskinned negroes had it much harder with acceptance and survival. Those lightskinned individuals like Frederick Douglass, Booker T Washington, and Madame CJ Walker did not have the surmountable struggles as their darkskinned counterparts contended with. Lightskinned people have an element of acceptance even today among whites. Colorism as it is called not only occurs in different racial or ethnic groups but can happen within them as well. Colorism differs from racism in that racism is based on beliefs about the racial inferiority of a group. Racism can include systemic inequality, prejudiced attitudes and discriminatory acts. Colorism is thought to only have negative implications for individuals of darker skin tone. However, lighter-skinned African Americans have been victims of colorism as well. But the bottom line is lightskinned African Americans were and are afforded more opportunities to make money.