‘I don’t want no black b*tch’: Florida rapper sparks colorism debate

A Florida rapper has generated controversy with his lyrics about black women.

Dieuson Octave, whose rap name is Kodak Black, has been in jail since May, but before he was jailed for robbery and a police car chase, he recorded a studio session which has many people up in arms for its derogatory lyrics about black women:

“Where them yellow bones? / I don’t want no Black b*tch / I’m already Black / Don’t need no Black b*tch.”

“Yellow bones” is slang for a black woman with lighter-colored skin.

According to Professor Margaret Hunter from the Department of Sociology at Mills College: “Colorism for Latinos and African Americans has its roots in European colonialism and slavery in the Americas. Both systems operated as forms of white domination that rewarded those who emulated whiteness culturally, ideologically, economically, and even aesthetically. Light-skinned people received privileges and resources that were otherwise unattainable to their darker-skinned counterparts.”