Etymology[ edit ] "High" is usually considered a reference to a social class system in which skin color and associated ancestries is a major factor, placing those of lighter skin with more European ancestry at the top and those of darker skin at the bottom. Use as social class distinction[ edit ] In an aspect of colorism , "high yellow" was also related to social class distinctions among people of color. In post- Civil War South Carolina , 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. The behaviour of high yellow society was a replica of high white, except that whereas the white woman invested in tightly curled permanents and, at least if young, cultivated a deep sun tan, the colored woman used bleach lotions and Mrs.
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Evolution[ edit ] An old light-skinned Tatar man in Russia An abundance of clinical and epidemiological evidence supports that light skin pigmentation developed due to the importance of maintaining vitamin D3 production in the skin. This accounts for the development of dark skin pigmentation of people living near the equator but does not account for the increasingly lighter-skinned people living outside the tropics. The overwhelming positive effect of UV radiation in land-living vertebrates is the ability to synthesize vitamin D3 from it. A certain amount of vitamin D which penetrates the skin helps the body to absorb more calcium which is essential for building and maintaining bones, especially for developing embryos. Vitamin D production depends on exposure to sunlight.
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My mother is a beautiful shade of brown. My father, who passed away when I was a young girl, was a dark shade of chocolate. It boggles my mind that these two black people could produce someone with a honeyed yellow skin tone like mine. Skin tone that looks a little like Rachel Dolezal's. Mine is naturally curly — Rachel uses a weave — and it's currently in long micro braids because summer.
This is colourism in its most brazen form: All of the statements in the video are taken from real-life incidents, and their ridiculousness is only dampened by the boldness with which the narrators say them — as if they're facts, not malicious falsehoods. Marian was first exposed to colourism when she was just 13 years old. But this is a problem which extends outside the black community.