I never thought I’d actually write a post about this but I just finished Blanca and Roja and had some thoughts.
On that book we have two sisters as the main characters: Blanca and Roja, both of them latinas. Blanca is light-skinned and blonde while Roja has darker skin and brown almost black hair with hints of red. The way they are treated differently by everyone, even in their own family is an important point in the story and I highly recommend reading it if you enjoy magical realism.
“Everyone is on your side. You pretend they’re not. You pretend we’re the same. But people look at us differently. Boys. Teachers. Our own cousins. Even people who look more like me look at you like you’re better.”–Roja
First of all, let’s make a couple of things clear: Colorism is not the same as racism but it is rooted on it. Colorism is considering someone of the same race inferior because they are “less white”. This is usually done subconsciously and perpetuated thanks to imperialism and euro-centric beauty standards – Continue reading “Comments on Colorism in Latinx Culture”