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Colorism in the Latinx Community
Sponsored by ASFC
October 29, 2020
Hear about the lived experience of guest speaker Alecia Barillas, a native San Franciscan who identifies as Afro-Latina. She will share her personal story of how colorism has affected her through her development as a child and her career choices. She will provide an overview of her inspirational life story despite many obstacles. We will discuss Alecia's story, our own experiences with colorism, and establish ways in which to build bridges of solidarity within and beyond the Latinx community.
The term 'colorism' was first coined by Alice Walker to describe the 'the prejudicial or preferential treatment of same-race people based solely on their color.' In the Latinx community, distinguishing people by their skin color--'light-skinned' or 'dark-skinned'--is common practice and a legacy of white supremacy. In this lecture, we will discuss the history of colorism within the Latinx community and establish ways in which to build bridges of solidarity within and beyond the Latinx community.
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