Subtle And Not-So-Subtle Ways Parents Cultivate Anti-Blackness And Self-Hate In Children

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Showing preferential treatment to children based on skin tone

Internalized oppression can be passed down from generation to generation, which is why it’s not uncommon to see parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles show preferential treatment to the children in their lives based on skin tone. In many cases, this is not a conscious decision, which is why it’s so important for the caretakers of Black children to check their own biases and explore the ways in which they may have internalized anti-Blackness.

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