As a woman and a nanny with years of experience it’s quite interesting to note the general assumptions about nannying based on class, gender and race. These two articles highlight being a woman of colour who also happens to be the mother to lighter skinned children. I’m not a mother myself but certainly my own mum, darker in complexion than I, had her own parentage thrown into contention when out with me in public when I was small. It’s very interesting, and of course problematic, that almost all activities in daily life can be so easily racialised.
In response to my post, Black Men Can’t Swim? I thought I would share a scene from the beautiful film Moonlight – director Barry Jenkins’ commentary connects to many of the key points in that post. Enjoy!
From Kameelah Janan Rasheed’s 2013 ‘STRAIGHT FLEXIN’/Flexin’ My Complexion‘
Pantone have interestingly released a colour chart which claims to feature every known skin colour in the human race. But is it really possible to chronicle every known shade from all corners of the globe? An interesting project nonetheless.