You’d be surprised to know that whatever you have going on there in the US, it can be considered “Colourism Lite” compared to what obtains elsewhere in the world. In the Caribbean, Africa and India, light-skinned blacks have such a different world of opportunity available to them in comparison with their dark skinned counterparts that the desperate and dangerous practice of skin bleaching is ridiculously widespread. This slavish devotion to maintaining a colour/class hierarchy erases all other merits: education, experience, capability in favour of “good hair” and light skin. Ive lived in the Caribbean and in Africa where colourism is rampant, and Ive given it much thought and debated it with folks in both places and in the US ad nauseum. The only consensus we’ve ever reached in our discussions are that a) Colourism exists and is real b) since it is totally subjective (eg, in the Caribbean this has existed for so long that the privilige of lighter skin is endemic, and as a result, light skinned people are usually better educated and more qualified than darker ones) no one has a clue how to get rid of it.