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Layers of Blackness: Colourism in the African Diaspora
"This book takes the link between slavery and racism as a starting point from which to examine colourism as an internalised form of racism" ...more
ebook, 145 pages
Published by Imani Media Ltd.
(first published 2007)
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To trace the history of anti-blackness, Gabriel looks at some Biblical roots, the so-called curse of Ham. Chattel slavery in Africa predated the arrival of Europeans, with Arabs keeping African slaves (meanwhile Europeans such as the Greeks had long had their own slaves, but that is not in the scope of this book!). Mixing across Africa and Asia resulted in a spectrum of colour in Africa and the lighter skinned formed an elite slave-trading class. Maps show that Europeans saw 'sub-Saharan' Africa ...more
Dr Gabriel is an academic specializing in race, gender, culture, media and communication, and a consultant in educational equity, diversity and inclusion. Her work is focused on social transformation in higher education and the wider society. She is the Founder and Director of Black British Academics, a global network of scholars committed to tackling racial inequality within and beyond higher edu ...more
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