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When I saw his original tweets, I thought I was having a fever dream or acid trip. I'm gobsmacked by his bravery, and so happy he's speaking out. I believe this is good for current and future competitive skaters, as well. Kudos doesn't cover it.
I'm sure her experience as a true international athlete gives her a different perspective on racism. (International being Canadian-born, lived in Bermuda, Represented US/UK/France, etc) But I'd be super curious to find that interview. Maybe she did say she was lucky to not experience racism, and maybe she did mean in general. A black friend of mine is hella racist herself, and doesn't think she experiences "much" racism, so it's not unheard of for me. But I find myself wanting to assume she was just saying it to keep an interview drama-free, and that is my own unfair assumption.
This from last year doesn't prove either way, because it's the kind of mega-positive spin Vanessa seems to put on everything. She shouldn't have to talk about race in the sport just because she's black, and I get a small impression she's more comfortable keeping it at a distance.
Thank you for this. Agreed.
I've sadly long-compartmentalized the ISU's ass-backward mode of operation. Whether it's a snooty European caricature of a federation head, or Skate Canada chirpily playing the "well, we aren't the USA" schtick, I just expect the worst and enjoy when I'm pleasantly surprised.
“Colorism”?? FFS are you serious?Each Black Skater's experience will be different based on their physical appearance/ethnicity/culture/socio-economic background and generation they entered the sport. Debi Thomas faced strong initial challenges as she was the very first Black skater. That subsided when her upper-middle class background and persistence in the sport became apparent. She also acknowledged having plastic surgery which somewhat lessened her "ethnic" appearance.
Surya Bonaly faced more Colorism than actual "Racism" as she was much darker than Debi and had very strong African features which clashed with commonly held beauty standards. Mei-Berenice Meite, who like Surya, is an ethnic Ivorian (Surya's birth parents were from the Ivory Coast NOT Reunion); confirms that she frequently receives racist taunts and even threats on-line for looking "too Black". I actually suspect Asher Hill actually dealt with more "Colorism" than "Racism". His experiences seemed much more intense than Elladj Balde's.
And what about Vanessa? Vanessa James is likely being 100% truthful that she experienced little to no racism. While she is dark-skinned, she possesses "delicate" facial features and an extremely petite body type which conform more to the skating community's expectations than either Surya's or Mae- Meite's.
All of this combined with the fact that she comes from an extremely affluent and prominent Washington D.C. family would make her "race" significantly less noticeable.
The funny thing is, the word colorism doesn’t even exist. Not officially. It autocorrects on one’s computer screen. It does not appear in the dictionary. Still, the author and activist Alice Walker is the person most often credited with first using the word colorism, out loud and in print. In an essay that appeared in her 1983 book, In Search of our Mothers’ Gardens, Walker defined colorism as “prejudicial or preferential treatment of same-race people based solely on their color.” Light-skin preference had been common practice in the black community for generations, but Walker gave it a name and marked it as an evil that must be stopped in order for African Americans to progress as a people.
I would prefer not to deviate too much from the original thread or stir debate as my intention was to offer insight as a Black person with an insight in skating. I can strongly attest Colorism is something many persons of African and South Asian descent deal with or have dealt with. It's been heavily researched and documented throughout the years.Seriously?
“The funny thing is, the word colorism doesn’t even exist. Not officially.”
“Colorism”?? FFS are you serious?
Why are you being such a dick about this? It took me a 2 second search to find numerous sources for what colorism is and how it differs/fits within the spectrum of racial discrimination.Seriously?
“The funny thing is, the word colorism doesn’t even exist. Not officially.”
This has nothing to do with the topic at hand, new user with 3 posts unrelated to skating.You know what? I'm still amazed that in the 21st century, we are facing racism. So many educational programs, so many Hollywood movies that treat this topic. I don't understand why people are still discredited by color, race. Does God say that there is a superior race and there is an inferior one? You know, in a country as developed as Canada, discussions about racism still exist, and that's not normal. Likewise, there is political corruption in this country, which seems even more worrying. Have you ever heard about this guy https://calgaryherald.com/news/poli...rek-fildebrandt-wont-be-allowed-back-into-ucp ? Such news amaze me.
If hearing a word like "Colorism" is upsetting, please consider how upsetting it is for Mae-Berenice Meite to be called a "Primate", and told she doesn't belong in the sport because she's "too Black". If you go to the comments under her Youtube videos, the overwhelming majority are polite; but there is a very vocal minority who criticize Mae for having strong African features.
The purpose of bringing up Colorism was merely to explain how some Black skaters may face certain additional challenges on top of just being Black.
Point taken. I get it. Small brain fart, I guess. Same story was true for aboriginals (Rabbit Proof Fence, anyone?).Good Lord Japanfan. Colorism is a real issue. It's pretty straightforward: in the U.S. (and elsewhere). Lighter-skinned Black people are treated better, given more opportunities, experience less racism, and are portrayed more favorably in media than darker-skinned Black people. I honestly can't believe you are attacking a Black person for pointing this well-documented fact out.
We don't use that word of human beings any more. It's considered rude and dehumanising - not to mention ungrammatical, given that it's an adjective and not a noun. Please say Aboriginal Australians, Torres Strait Islanders or First Nations Australians instead, or if you know a person's nation (e.g., Kaurna, Larrakia, Ngaragu, Dharawal) use that.aboriginals (Rabbit Proof Fence, anyone?).
Good Lord Japanfan. Colorism is a real issue. It's pretty straightforward: in the U.S. (and elsewhere). Lighter-skinned Black people are treated better, given more opportunities, experience less racism, and are portrayed more favorably in media than darker-skinned Black people. I honestly can't believe you are attacking a Black person for pointing this well-documented fact out.
We don't use that word of human beings any more. It's considered rude and dehumanising - not to mention ungrammatical, given that it's an adjective and not a noun. Please say Aboriginal Australians, Torres Strait Islanders or First Nations Australians instead, or if you know a person's nation (e.g., Kaurna, Larrakia, Ngaragu, Dharawal) use that.
I've actually not heard the term 'colorism' before, but I have not read this whole thread and missed something?
I always thought that prejudice against people because of their skin color or ethnicity was just racism. Perhaps I'm just old-fashioned?