"You can have preferences, but not exclusion. When you exclude everything about others who don’t fit your preference then you are colorist."- Dr. Camille Charles
Dear Black Students of UPenn,
For some of you that quote above might be a tough pill to swallow, but the truth hurts.
It has been one long month, but don't fret The Black Student League was keeping up! Last month, we announced our theme for the fall: "The Skin I'm In." Hence, we started October off with BSL's Colorism Panel. The three panelists, Dr. Camille Charles, Dr. Ufuoma Abiola, and Dr. Herman Beavers sat down with some of the black student body to address a prominent issue within the black community: colorism. Dr. Camille Charles wasted no time easing people into reality. In her own words she stated: "You can have preferences, but not exclusion. When you exclude everything about others who don’t fit your preference then you are colorist."Dr. Ufuoma followed up by highlighting our willingness to play into this system of heirarchy based on skin tone. As a community we need to stop adding to postitve reinforcement of lighter skin, and instead dismantle the idea that there are shades of blackness more worthy than others. In order to do this, Professor Beavers urges us to be more self critical. It is much more productive and beneficial to face the truth than to hide from it. That may just be the first step in moving forward.
October was quite a hectic month for some of us. Exams and assignments were being thrown at us left and right. To help get your minds of off all the busy work that had to be done, BSL hosted Trap and Paint. The turnout was amazing and the mood was just right!
Relatable Black Penn Student
"Don’t police blackness.”
-Dr. Camille Charles
"Colorism can also be a opportunity to become more self critical.”
Trap and Paint
Students gathered for some post-Halloweekend fun and tapped into their artistic abilities to creative amazing works of art!