Mishaal and Zarek on Colorism & Cultural Appropriation

38m | Jun 23, 2020

This week, we sit down with our friends Mishaal and Zarek to talk about the colorism that is so deeply entrenched in many minority communities, including our own. Mishaal breaks down why exactly colorism is so harmful, and how it feeds into anti-blackness. Zarek shares his personal experiences with Ismailis in other parts of the world, and how they perceive skin color so differently. Further, we discuss how South Asians both borrow from other cultures, and are victims of cultural appropriation. We also define gaslighting, and the unique way in which it is used as a manipulation tactic to trivialize the experiences of marginalized communities. Plus, we read listener stories surrounding their own experiences with colorism.

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