peppercurls (peppercurls) wrote in linguaphiles,
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Civil Rights in America

I don't suppose this is directly related to linguistics, but seeing how that is an integral part of demographics, I thought I would shout out to all the international people in this community and ask for universal input.

I went to a lecture this morning on Civil Rights, and the speaker brought up several points of discrimination that I found interesting. She discussed the Clark experiments, where small Black children, given a choice between a white doll and a black doll, chose the white doll as "nicer" and said the black doll was "bad." Then she went on to discuss the documentary by Kiri Davis, "A Girl Like Me," where the same experiment was repeated in 2005, with much the same results. One of the key points was that the black idea of beauty was determined by how light one's skin was, and this was a result of discrimination. Given that other countries have, for centuries, valued lighter skin, do you think this is a valid claim? And also, does your country value light skin as a component of beauty?

I know Vietnam, India, Sudan, and historically, many countries in Europe have considered fair skin to be beautiful.
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