Though, colorism can go both ways in the Black community. While darker-toned women are seen as less desirable and less respectable, those with lighter skin are often not seen as Black enough, becoming completely ostracized by the Black community as a whole. The history of colorism dates all the way back to slavery. The act of colorism, that has been influenced and created by white people, seems to only bring damage to the Black community.
What do the terms "red bone" and "yellow bone" mean in the black community?
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This term seems to appear everywhere, on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook used to describe people and also used as a hash tag. The term yellow bone is used as a supposedly positive description and reference to black people who have light skin. They can often be very rare to see in comparison to other blacks because there are not as many of them in the general black population. This term is used to suggest that light skin black people are beautiful but it also means that they derive their beauty from the fact that they have light skin.
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High yellow , occasionally simply yellow dialect : yaller , yella , is a term used to describe a light-skinned person of white and black ancestry. It is also used as a slang for those thought to have "yellow undertones". It is now considered offensive and outdated. In an aspect of colorism , "high yellow" was also related to social class distinctions among people of color. In post- Civil War South Carolina , and according to one account by historian Edward Ball , "Members of the colored elite were called 'high yellow' for their shade of skin", as well as slang terms meaning snobbish.
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