The Bluest Eye and the Legacy of Colorism

Today, writer Zetta Elliott explores her own experiences with Shirley Temple, Frances Hodgson Burnett, and the impact of colorism.

Of course, what every girl really wants is to be treasured for who she is. But that can’t happen when those around you have swallowed the messages of worthlessness that society sends to those who are poor, of color, and/or obese. The Bluest Eye reminds me that “hurt people hurt people,” and children are especially vulnerable to adults who have surrendered to this relentless assault…

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