Fight the Pigmentocracy

Monday, April 07, 2014 - 07:00 AM

Franchesca Ramsey on Micropolis with Arun Venugopal

Video blogger Franchesca Ramsey has made a reputation for funny, provocative observations about race and American culture. The comedian and graphic designer is most famous for her viral video “Sh*t White Girls Say to Black Girls” which has received more than 10 million views to date. She sits down in a WNYC studio to compare skin tones with Arun and talk about the differences in the way African Americans and South Asians view pigment.


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Comments [5]

Ramin Ganeshram from westport, CT

Hi there, I listen to WNYC in car and on my phone AND on my computer. Stories like these make me feel that someone is concerned about what concerns me. I am a lifetime sustaining member. Tell Me More and Micropolis are two of the main reasons I listen because good multiethnic coverage is hard to find in media.

May. 13 2014 11:46 AM
Kay from Bushwick

SRB- this is awkward, but did you really just use the term "colored people?"

Apr. 14 2014 10:07 AM
Claude from Long Island

I think there might be an big issue with history in terms of your guest's portrayal of Key and Peele's skit about a black guy on the slave auction block, this is a knock off of the 1980's classic Mel Brook's Jewish humor film History of the World Part I by Gregory Hines.

Apr. 11 2014 09:06 AM
Jo from Rosedale,

I come from a family of many shades. My family is originally from the West Indies and South America. Whatever you grew up with, b/c most of our babies were born lighter than we ended up, was what you got. I am brown skin girl that didn't mind that my fault was hair. My daughter on the other hand didn't want to be brown at 3yrs old b/c her age group cousins were yellow and white.
We had to explain to her that everyone in her immediate family were brown and beautiful. I refused to let her harbor any self hate over skin.
This issue with shades is not going to be fixed with just Lupita and Alek Wek; They will have their 15 minutes and that will be that. It is a personal problem that can only be dealt with individually.

Apr. 11 2014 12:45 AM

Well, fairness creams in for colored people is the same as botox and plastic surgery for the so called fairer races. Everyone wants to conform to the prevalent norms of attractiveness.

Apr. 07 2014 10:23 PM

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