Colorism, Or Nah?

We don’t know what to think, here. Sherri Shepherd recently spoke with The Breakfast Club about her son Jeffrey’s interaction with African-American girls at school, and we’re not sure how to feel.

“I am going through this thing, he likes these girls,” Sherri told the show’s hosts. “He came in and he said, ‘Mommy, I like white girls.'” Sherri was sure to tell the radio show hosts that “the little Black girls get mean with him.”


According to Shepherd, Jeffrey has a hard time connecting with African-American girls because they refuse to speak to him and, when they do acknowledge him, cannot hold a conversation without the epic neck roll. “Sometimes they act crazy,” Shepherd revealed.

So what makes the White girls so nice? “The other girls see him and they go, ‘Hey, Jeffrey’ and they wanna feel his hair.”

Gabrielle Union had a similar experience with her stepsons who gravitated more towards light-skinned rather than dark-skinned girls at their school. The actress did not place blame on the overlooked girls but instead pointed to the reality of colorism in which individuals with features more closely aligned to the European way are often viewed as more valuable.

Sherri Shepherd, however, ignored the notion colorism and instead suggested that the problem is with the girls at young Jeffrey’s school. “I keep trying to tell the little girls to be nicer so he can come towards you,” she told The Breakfast Club.

BCK Asks: What do you think? Is Jeffrey’s perception of Black girls at his school hinged on the notion of colorism? Or, do you think that all of the African-American girls genuinely mean to him?



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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  1. Chris says:

    Sherri you are absolutely correct. I am a Black mother who has raised two sons. My oldest son that is 24 has a white girlfriend. He explained to me that in high school and in College if you wasn’t a thug or a frat brother the black girls wasn’t trying to to talk to you. My son is 6’2, nice built, lighter complexion, curly hair. He was a high school football star and a track disc thrower and seriously he is VERY handsome. But he’s not a thug! He was raised in a christian home with morals and values. As a Black woman this really bothers me because my son is a college graduate working for a great company in Chicago and I think black women deserves good men too. However, he reminds me that he and his brother wasn’t raised to see color but to see people. Now my younger son a senior in College tells me the same thing about the girls at his University.

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