“I think this is important because it’s usually not addressed, this divide within our group is not addressed as divisive as it is,” Johnson said. “It reinforces white privilege, white racial superiority and it’s not addressed, so for the community to realize that this white privilege still exists whether you’re a little bit higher with privilege than the other black person, I think it’s really important for that to happen.”
After the performances, Liburd moderated a discussion panel. She said she has been involved in the Body Politics program for four years and has had her own experiences with colorism.
“In ninth grade, I had a boyfriend that said I was pretty for a darked skin girl. I don’t think it necessarily impacted the way I felt about myself, but I just thought it was interesting because I had never heard that before that point,” Liburd said. “Then you know, of course I ran into other girls that had been hearing that same thing.”
The panel, which featured North Carolina Central University professor Yaba Blay and UNC sociology postdoctoral fellow Taylor Hargrove, tackled topics in relation to colorism, including the dynamics of house and field slaves, beauty standards and discrimination within communities of color.
Junior Anissa Williams said she was excited by the performance’s main topic and said body positivity is an important message.
“I support the idea of body politics and like, appreciating your body, and just loving yourself no matter what and not conforming to any standards,” Williams said.
Sophomore Angelica Villanueva said she found attending the event to be a show of support for body positivity, and the theme is one that many could identify with.
“We’ve all struggled with feeling beautiful at some point in our lives, we’ve all struggled with colorism and I think it’s just an important message to send out, especially to the people that’re coming to this event,” Villanueva said.