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Are light skinned people treated better?
Posted 5/8/15
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My skin is rather light as a Afro Americano, yet I still have to wait at the end of a line like everyone else.

I think that answers that...
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AiYumega wrote:

What the title says.

I've been told time and time again that white skin privilege is a thing. I won't accept that, but I won't deny it either.

Personally you could be orange or blue for all I care and you're still treated with respect, because you're a person. Skin color has nothing to do with anything for me.

What do you think?


Unfortunately evidence suggests otherwise. It is one aspect of the circle of privilege. Other factors such as language spoken, height, gender etc. might make it seem that there is not much privilege in being pale. But it remains a factor

Myself I'm pale enough to enjoy white privilege even though I'm multi-racial. I find it interesting how people talk about the native population when they don't think anyone red is in the room.

Edit: The concept of privilege isn't personally directed at you. you may treat all people the same. Society as a whole doesn't work that way. Blacks still deal with unusual attention by police and neighbours, Woman still get burned by the fires that fuel feminism.


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Well i'm not sure about other places, but in the city i live in england it doesn't seem that good to be pale. White, yes. But pale, no. I'm often mocked and bullied for being "too white".


I heard they don't like Polish people in you're country is that true?
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It depends in what area and which people. Some people don't really mind, but i know there are a lot of racist people who dislike the polish here. In the north, they really do seem to hate them.
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AiYumega wrote:



The thing is it's not necessarily racism this whole thing is about. Just day to day how people treat you. Like not necessarily abuse or outright violence/racism, just daily life is easier.

This is how it was explained to me. I never thought of this beforehand tbh


This is true privilege can be unconscious and collective. In Foot traffic women yeild to men. Men walk in straight lines never noticing how easily they traverse crowds. A woman's path is more serpentine and more likely to get clobbered with another woman's purse.

I would have never noticed this had I not walked in both sets of shoes as a transgendered person.

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eclair-lumiere wrote:



It depends in what area and which people. Some people don't really mind, but i know there are a lot of racist people who dislike the polish here. In the north, they really do seem to hate them.


But they're white too...
It seems people just like to hate
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it's really stupid. As you said, polish people are white too. I'm originally from the south of england, but I had to move north. People in the north seem to hate polish people. But they also tend to hate me because of my southern accent. I'm not only white just like they are, but also still english. Some people just like to hate for no reason.
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Posted 5/8/15

We have the same problem in Mexico. Northern Mexicans think Southern Mexicans are ignorant country hicks.
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That's awful. There seems to be a weird north vs south rivalry in a lot of countries, but it seems completely unnecessary to me.
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no, even light skinned people get treated like shit too. everyone gets treated like shit every once in a while (or everyday) . it doesn't matter what skin color you are, like for example, a Caucasian emo guy gets bullied everyday by a mixed color of boys. People always find something to hate on
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I'm half black and half hispanic and only once in my life did I get bad vibes from a white guy. I know for a fact I got bad vibes from some of my fellow blacks "they told me so to my face" because I don't share in black culture " rap music"prefer J-pop/rock and K-pop/rock , hating cops " I wave to everyone regardless of what jobs they do, and I have conservative ideals " despite being told repeatedly I could get more benefits if I vote straight D".
When I was in college in Dallas the apartment me and my friend were assign to was in the mexican neighborhood and they knew just from looking at him he was hispanic and me not so clear my skin is to light to be considered black or caramel and not the right bronze color to be considered hispanic. They paid me no mind since all my roommates were hispanic but I had to walk to get to work and to do that was to go through the black neighborhoods. Needless to say both sides did not get along while the mexicans would ignore me the blacks would yell things to me and follow me till I got through. One day while coming back from work a car passed me and made a u-turn one guy lowered the window and pointed a gun my way as much as I hate stereotypes I made the mexicans proud and jump fences like a pro. The black guys in the car shot at me and lucky for me they stayed in the car just taking pot shots at me while I cut through the negiberhoods till I got to the mexican area.

If you read all that I thank you
My point is
Is their racism yes does it only come from whites no there is such a thing as reverse racism. Being light skin " or any color" shouldn't make a difference but because my skin color was not dark enough did it cause me trouble.
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I'm half Latino (Because my moms from Panama) but I look white because my dad is white (Italian and English descent). During the Fall/Winter I look white and Spring/Summer I look a little bit more Latino. I like to use this to my advantage because when people at school talk crap about whites I say i'm Latino but when people make fun of me because i'm Latino I say i'm white, It always works out great at least for me.
Posted 5/8/15
if you want proof that these types of things exist... just look at entertainment. there are fewer darker skinned characters in anime, Korean or Japanese idols are all fair skin. you barely see a darker skin person being worshipped as an idol. and yes, there are darker skinned Koreans and Japanese, they're not all light skinned.

in Australia, the soap operas here are like 90% white actors on the screen. doesn't that signify something...
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Posted 5/8/15
They are. If you're still doubting it then I'm sorry, but obviously you're light-skinned. This happens everywhere. Not only are light-skinned people treated better and given more opportunities, but they are also considered the epitome of beauty in most countries. This ideal has gone so far that many people have started bleaching their skin, which carries many dangers in itself. Many people also know these dangers, but their desire to be "beautiful" (read: light) is too strong.
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