18th Century Casta paintings and the Birth of Colourism

Sunday 5th November 5pm

Casta Paintings and the Birth of Colourism is a presentation of 18th century paintings from colonial Spanish South America, showing the variety of racial and social hierarchies. They influenced the British as they brought social order to Caribbean society and the Americans they too wanted that same racial order. These paintings make real the origin of today’s colourism, seen in the many pigmentocracies found throughout the region.

Colourism is very real…

Marcus Garvey on visiting National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) offices challenged them saying he was “unable to tell whether he was in a white office or that of the NAACP”. The late cultural historian professor Stuart Hall talks about the negative impact of his darker complexion when compared to his siblings had on him and his place in his family.

Ideas that made Big Bill Broonzy in 1930s sing in his song Black, Brown and White about getting a job :

if you was white, should be all right

If you was brown, stick around

But as you’s black, m-mm brother, git back git back git back

Colourism is with us today. This talk looks at its origins.

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