Color Outside the Lines

Hello! Welcome to COTL, a discussion place for BIPOC. Posted the first 3 Wednesdays of the month

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  1. We ask that only those who identify as people of color participate in this discussion. White Avocados, while valued members of this community, should remain in ‘lurk’ mode.
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Prompt: Racism and Colorism

LA city council members were recorded saying virulently racist, anti-Black words against another councilmember’s child. They also said things against Oaxacans or people they perceived as Oaxacans, which within Mexicans is essentially anti-indigenous sentiment

This had me thinking, what do you do when you hear racist and colorist sentiment within your own community. How do you try to push back?


What do you do if you experience colorism within your own community, or racism by other BIPOC people? How does it make you feel, how do you react?

I’m know Razzmatazz, our former COTL creator, has posted this topic before, but I think it’s one of those topics you can’t post too often