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Lupita Nyong’o: Colourism is the daughter of racism

 Lupita Nyong'o has starred in Black Panther and 12 Years A Slave
Lupita Nyong’o has starred in Black Panther and 12 Years A Slave

Lupita Nyong’o has said she was the “victim of colourism” as a child, when she “wished to have skin that was different”.

The Oscar-winning actor told BBC Newsnight that colourism “is the daughter of racism” in “a world that rewards lighter skin over darker skin”.

Nyong’o was raised in Kenya, before moving to the United States.

She was speaking ahead of the release of her children’s book, Sulwe, about a girl with darker skin than her family.

Colourism is prejudice against people who have a darker skin tone or the preferential treatment of those who are of the same race but lighter-skinned . . .

Read more at BBC

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