Discrimination from whites and other groups remains a big problem for blacks. But colorism is just as serious, if not more so. Colorism saps our strength from the inside. It weakens our power and ability to fight the outside forces that keep us marginalized in larger society.
----from The AAPRP (All African People's Revolutionary Party) ideological training guidelines, coming from the ideology of Kwame Nkrumah, Sekou Ture, Marcus Garvey, and other pan afrikans
Malcolm X was light skin,Huey Newton was light skin,Web Dubois light skin,plenty of balck panthers in the 60s were light skin. There has been light skin black folk that contributed to the black struggle worldwide.
Marcus Garvey was heavily influenced by Booker T. Washington's (a "mulatto") ideas of Black Capitalism and Black Self-Sufficiency. He was inspired by Booker T. Washington's book Up from Slavery.
There are un-mixed African ethnicities that have a common trait of 'light skin', for example the San people (as brothah Garveys mentioned) in Southern Africa. The Igbo as well.
And while colorism does have an effect on our society - anytime we play into that mess is just simply us playing into white people's game and only divides us more.
Willie Lynch letter: The Making of a Slave
The Black slaves after receiving this indoctrination shall carry on and will become self-refueling and self-generating for HUNDREDS of years, maybeTHOUSANDS. Don’t forget, you must pitch the OLD black male vs. theYOUNG black male, and the YOUNG black male against the OLD black male. You must use the DARK skin slaves vs. the LIGHT skin slaves, and the LIGHT skin slaves vs. the DARK skin slaves. You must use the FEMALEvs. the MALE, and the MALE vs. the FEMALE. You must also have white servants and overseers [who] distrust all Blacks. But it is NECESSARY THAT YOUR SLAVES TRUST AND DEPEND ON US. THEY MUST LOVE, RESPECT AND TRUST ONLY US. Gentlemen, these kits are your keys to control. Use them. Have your wives and children use them, never miss an opportunity. IF USED INTENSELY FOR ONE YEAR, THE SLAVES THEMSELVES WILL REMAIN PERPETUALLY DISTRUSTFUL.
African by Peter Tosh
Don't care where you come from
As long as you're a black man, you're an African
No mind your nationality
You have got the identity of an African
'Cause if your plexion high, high, high
If your complexion low, low
And if your plexion in between, you're an African