Bill Duke: ‘Colorism Hurts Us And That’s Why I’m Exploring It On MLK Day’

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As the nation celebrates Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 86th birthday, we are immersed in an intensive, often divisive, conversation about race in America.  Sixty years after King marched through the streets, like he did in Selma and cities throughout the South, we find ourselves still on the streets battling many of these same issues.  The 2014 “battle” has focused on how police treat us in our communities, which has pitted “white police” against black citizens.

My concern is that we are too narrowly focused. We need to make sure we battle this issue of race on all fronts. Today, we face prejudice from those outside the Black community and from within it as well. Let’s face it: Skin color is still an issue in our community. The bullying that takes place between dark-skinned and light-skinned people is alive and well – and quite honestly Martin Luther…

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