The fifth in the series, this Sunday evenings Black in America scratched the surface of colorism in the Black community, in addition to the issues that bi-racial people face. For those who may not be familiar with the term colorism, it is the division between light skinned and dark skinned Black people. It plays itself out among other people of color as well.
While the Black in America series attempts to deal with issues that Black people face, there is a shortfall. I liked the artistic focus on this edition (what can I say, I am a spoken word nerd) and how they used their poetry to come to terms with many perception issues. However, I must say, that off hand, it seemed as though the tone of the thing was how attacked bi-racial people felt by Black people. It set up unambiguously Black people as the “Blacker than thou police” and depicted in-group persecution. Is this the best way to approach it, instead of pointing out how colorism cuts both ways?
What do you think out there?
-Marc W. Polite