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The discrimination of African Americans by Skin tone in their own community, usually subconsciously done, as most Blacks dont realize they're doing it until some dumb rapper or famous person makes a stupid untrue statement about darker toned women.

Perpetuated during slavery and by the media which seems to suggest lighter skin females to be of a higher stance than darker ones.

Perpetuated by rappers who often show more lighter skinned women in videos and hardly any darker ones.

Perpetuated by some Black men who treat lighter skinned females in a higher regard than darker toned ones.

An untrue Inplication that darker skin girls cannot be as fine as lighter ones. Bullshit.
Example of statements made for colorism

1.(rapper) "She gotta be a thick lightskinned redbone...long hair..."

2. "Dang you cute... for a dark skinned girl."

3. "Lightskinned girls just way finer! I dont want no dark girl!"
by loblg88 January 17, 2010
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A stupid person; it refers to the lack of surface area on an individual's brain. The general thought is that the more surface area (wrinkles, creases, etc.) a brain has, the smarter the person is. Conversely, a person with a smooth brain (no wrinkles) has less surface area and would therefore be stupid.
That fucking smooth brain put his shirt on backwards again...

That smooth brain is dumber than a pile of shit.
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Racism within members of the same race. For instance, light-skinned African Americans looking down on and discriminating against darker-skinned African Americans.
Colorism is just as harmful as racism perpetrated by whites on blacks.
by anne white December 12, 2008
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The disproportionate and unfair treatment of an individual because of the lightness or darkness of their skin.

Colorism can affect any race, as it is racist in origin.

Colorism is often thought to negatively affect dark skinned individuals and only positivly affect light skinned individuals, however, both sides take harm from it. All though lightskinned individuals get more hollywood shine, they are often treated as token blacks as well as not being seen as black enough within the black community. Being rejected by both sides actually, as not being black enough. Ex: when a movie is about black empowerment and and has an african american focus, or they want a strong black lead, they go for a darker skinned individual, as they are seen as "black enough" while someone of lighter skin is not. This by no means diminishes the serious issue of the fact that dark skinned individuals do not get treated as well as lightskinned individuals, not by a long shot. As darker skinned individuals get far less leading rolls, accolades, and leeway than lighter skinned individuals. With that said, saying only one side of the issue of colorism exists and dyning the other only perpetuates the cycle of Colorism; as no one should ever have to ask them self, "aren't I good enough?" or "aren't I black enough?"
"Colorism is a bitch cause no matter how light or dark you are, you are never good enough to somebody."
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A theoretical sub-tier of racism that is both invented by and about non-white people who are too scared of calling themselves racist.

Also used to accuse non-racist people of racism without using the word itself.
Person 1: They cast people of color in this movie.
Person 2: But the director employed colorism; all the actors are white!
Person 1: But they're literally Native American and Brazilian...
by dontspeak5me August 27, 2020
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A racist term mostly used by members of the black community who must make up words like this to perpetuate their pseudo-victim hood status and use them as a club to get what they want which, ironically, disparages members of the black community based on their skin color.
"Hey, that black actor isn't black enough to play a role that I feel should be played by a darker-skinned black person! That's colorism and I'm a racist for judging light-skinned black people for the color of their skin!"
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by keepinithunnit March 06, 2019
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The liking of just about anything that's in your favorite color. // Judging everything by its color.
Girl 1: "Oh my gosh! That dirty old fork in that landfill is purple!...IT'S SO CUTE! I WANT ONE!!"
Girl 2: "Wow.. colorism, much?"
by sarah o. August 03, 2007
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