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17th Apr '18 12:06:18 AM Sharysa
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* DeconstructedTrope in ''Literature/TheCrocodileGod'', where the titular god Haik is emphatically dark-skinned thanks to being a native Tagalog deity from before Spain came to the Philippines. In modern times, he's often mistaken as Polynesian due to his skin-tone combined with his [[TattooAsCharacterType cultural tattoos,]] and immediately pegged as an ''indio'' Filipino[[note]]a term for the indigenous tribesmen[[/note]] once he corrects people. Unfortunately, that same combination means that when he's revealed to be [[TheIllegal an illegal immigrant,]] [[{{Profiling}} the ICE department starts hunting him down the minute they can't find his records,]] despite the fact that they can't find ANY records on him, [[ExactWords including crimes he would have done.]] The Filipino-American Mirasol (who's been having a ReincarnationRomance with him for several centuries) is also olive-skinned, and her Latina friend Imelda points out that they're either going to jail her for "helping a criminal" or even figure out a way to deport an actual American citizen, because [[RealityEnsues even SHE'S too dark and ethnic-looking to be seen as properly "American."]]

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* DeconstructedTrope in ''Literature/TheCrocodileGod'', where the ''Literature/TheCrocodileGod'': The titular god Haik is an emphatically dark-skinned thanks to Filipino, being a native precolonial Tagalog deity from before Spain came to the Philippines. deity. In modern times, he's often mistaken as Polynesian due to his skin-tone combined with his [[TattooAsCharacterType cultural tattoos,]] and immediately pegged as an ''indio'' Filipino[[note]]a [[note]]a term for the indigenous Filipino tribesmen[[/note]] once he corrects people. Unfortunately, that same combination means that when he's revealed to be [[TheIllegal an illegal immigrant,]] [[{{Profiling}} the ICE department starts hunting him down the minute they can't find his records,]] despite the fact that they can't find ANY records on him, [[ExactWords including crimes he would have done.]] The Filipino-American Mirasol (who's been having a ReincarnationRomance with him for several centuries) is also olive-skinned, and her Latina friend Imelda points out to a white neighbor that they're either going to jail her for "helping a criminal" or even figure out a way to deport an actual American citizen, because [[RealityEnsues even SHE'S too dark and ethnic-looking to be seen as properly "American."]]
16th Apr '18 6:23:59 PM Morgenthaler
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* Mixed-race actress Rae Dawn Chong is probably one of the earliest examples of a light-skinned actress constantly being paired up with white males.

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* Mixed-race actress Rae Dawn Chong Creator/RaeDawnChong is probably one of the earliest examples of a light-skinned actress constantly being paired up with white males.
8th Apr '18 10:08:10 AM Caps-luna
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* As noted on the CommonMarySueTraits page it popular for people sues to have native American ancestry but it will never be more than half. Doing so would usually make them a different race than the author.
7th Apr '18 7:16:30 PM honeybrown1976
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Fair skin is a common beauty standard by some cultures, one strengthened by Euro-centrism ('the West'[[note]] Europe west of Belarus, the former self-governing territories of the British Empire (Australia, etc. etc.), and the USA [[/note]] produces or influences the majority of the world's media). However, much of the world's population is possessed of brown skin tones of varying shades. As the trope title states, this hits ethnic Africans particularly hard; some 'Western' casting directors are in the habit of only--or mostly--hiring non-European actors and actresses with lighter skin tones because they assume that they will be more relatable to their largely ethnic-European audiences. Black actresses are hit even harder ([[http://www.teenvogue.com/story/hollywoods-colorism-problem-cant-be-ignored?mbid=social_twitter as detailed here]]) due to Eurocentric beauty standards favoring fair skin for women.

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Fair skin is a common beauty standard by some cultures, one strengthened by Euro-centrism ('the West'[[note]] Europe west of Belarus, the former self-governing territories of the British Empire (Australia, etc. etc.), and the USA [[/note]] produces or influences the majority of the world's media). However, much most of the world's population is possessed of brown skin tones of varying shades. As the trope title states, this hits ethnic Africans particularly hard; some 'Western' casting directors are in the habit of only--or mostly--hiring non-European actors and actresses with lighter skin tones because they assume that they will be more relatable to their largely ethnic-European audiences. Black actresses are hit even harder ([[http://www.teenvogue.com/story/hollywoods-colorism-problem-cant-be-ignored?mbid=social_twitter as detailed here]]) due to Eurocentric beauty standards favoring fair skin for women.
13th Mar '18 8:30:25 PM Malady
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** It had a [[ContemptibleCover cover]] featuring an [[http://justinelarbalestier.com/blog/2009/07/23/aint-that-a-shame/ obviously white girl, although the protagonist is black.]] Especially given the story, since the chosen cover called into question one of the few true things, according to the author, that the protagonist shared about herself.

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** It had a [[ContemptibleCover cover]] {{cover|sAlwaysLie}} featuring an [[http://justinelarbalestier.com/blog/2009/07/23/aint-that-a-shame/ obviously white girl, although the protagonist is black.]] Especially given the story, since the chosen cover called into question one of the few true things, according to the author, that the protagonist shared about herself.



* Another ContemptibleCover comes from the second book in ''Literature/TheMysteriousBenedictSociety'' series. Sticky appears to be a very, very pale boy, even practically white, while it is stated in the books that he has light brown skin.

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* Another ContemptibleCover comes from ''Literature/TheMysteriousBenedictSociety'': The [[CoversAlwaysLie lying cover]] of the second book in ''Literature/TheMysteriousBenedictSociety'' series.book. Sticky appears to be a very, very pale boy, even practically white, while it is stated in the books that he has light brown skin.
5th Mar '18 6:24:04 PM Maljen
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* [[SuperMarioBros Princess Daisy]] was depicted with darker skin than the other human characters (especially Peach) during her appearences in the N64 era's spinoff games, assumedly to represent how she's the princess of Sarasaland (a desert kingdom). From Mario Party 4 onward she was redesigned to have lighter skin (among other changes), as seen [[https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/mario/images/4/42/20050324_daisy-oldvsnew.png/revision/latest?cb=20100621161603&path-prefix=es here.]]

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* [[SuperMarioBros Princess Daisy]] was depicted with darker skin than the other human characters (especially Peach) during her in some appearences in during the N64 era's spinoff games, assumedly to represent how she's the princess of Sarasaland (a desert kingdom). From Mario ''Mario Party 4 4'' onward she was redesigned to have her current look, with lighter skin (among other changes), being cemented for her, as seen [[https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/mario/images/4/42/20050324_daisy-oldvsnew.png/revision/latest?cb=20100621161603&path-prefix=es here.]]
5th Mar '18 4:13:59 PM Maljen
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* [[SuperMarioBros Princess Daisy]] was depicted with darker skin than the other human characters (especially Peach) during her appearences in the N64 era's spinoff games, assumedly to represent how she's the princess of Sarasaland (a desert kingom). From Mario Party 4 onward she was redesigned to have lighter skin (among other changes), as seen [[https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/mario/images/4/42/20050324_daisy-oldvsnew.png/revision/latest?cb=20100621161603&path-prefix=es here.]]

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* [[SuperMarioBros Princess Daisy]] was depicted with darker skin than the other human characters (especially Peach) during her appearences in the N64 era's spinoff games, assumedly to represent how she's the princess of Sarasaland (a desert kingom).kingdom). From Mario Party 4 onward she was redesigned to have lighter skin (among other changes), as seen [[https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/mario/images/4/42/20050324_daisy-oldvsnew.png/revision/latest?cb=20100621161603&path-prefix=es here.]]
5th Mar '18 4:12:05 PM Maljen
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* [[SuperMarioBros Princess Daisy]] was depicted with darker skin than the other human characters (especially Peach) during her appearences in the N64 era's spinoff games, assumedly to represent how she's the princess of Sarasaland (a desert kingom). From Mario Party 4 onward she was redesigned to have lighter skin (among other changes), as seen [[https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/mario/images/4/42/20050324_daisy-oldvsnew.png/revision/latest?cb=20100621161603&path-prefix=es here.]]
23rd Feb '18 6:10:30 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* In what could have been a TakeThat to this trope, in 2003 the very dark Teddy Long developed the gimmick of an oppressed black man and starting a stable with black wrestlers and having them squash white jobbers in what he dubbed the "White Boy Challenge". The kicker? Most of the wrestlers he recruited were very light skinned such as [[Wrestling/DLoBrown D'Lo Brown]] and Rodney Mack. However he did also recruit the very dark [[Wrestling/CarleneMoore Jazz]] and Wrestling/MarkHenry.) Jazz and Rodney Mack are married in real life, so they were a package deal)

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* In what could have been a TakeThat to this trope, in 2003 the very dark Teddy Long Wrestling/TeddyLong developed the gimmick of an oppressed black man and starting a stable with black wrestlers and having them squash white jobbers in what he dubbed the "White Boy Challenge". The kicker? Most of the wrestlers he recruited were very light skinned such as [[Wrestling/DLoBrown D'Lo Brown]] and Rodney Mack. However he did also recruit the very dark [[Wrestling/CarleneMoore Jazz]] and Wrestling/MarkHenry.) Jazz (Jazz and Rodney Mack are married in real life, so they were a package deal)
20th Feb '18 5:42:59 PM akih08
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* Mostly averted in ''Half & Half'', where the difference in skin tone between half-sisters Mona and Dee Dee has absolutely no correlation with their status in life as a music executive and a law student turned sports agent, respectively. The "mostly" comes in from the fact that lighter-skinned [[DaddysGirl Dee Dee]] is raised in near luxury with her affluent father and former-actress mother, while [[TheUnfavorite Mona]] was raised mostly by her single mother and leads more of an inner-city life. Ironically, the darker-skinned Mona is 1/4 Caucasian Jewish on her mom's side.
** At one point, Mona dates a white recording studio operator and while they initially don't see the racial difference as an obstacle, his [[DatingWhatDaddyHates bigoted parents]] don't do much to hide their displeasure. They ultimately split because of this.

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* Mostly averted in ''Half & Half'', where the difference in skin tone between half-sisters Mona and Dee Dee has absolutely no correlation with their status in life as a music executive and a law student turned sports agent, respectively. The "mostly" comes in from the fact that lighter-skinned [[DaddysGirl Dee Dee]] is raised in near luxury with her affluent father and former-actress mother, while [[TheUnfavorite Mona]] was raised mostly by her single mother and leads more of an inner-city life. Ironically, the darker-skinned Mona is 1/4 Caucasian Jewish on her mom's side.
** While both sisters are generally successful in life as far as being employed and successful at their jobs, Dee Dee tends to have better luck with men and more of a social life and this, in part, is what drives the ongoing SiblingRivalry between them. She's also portrayed as having more fashion and decor sense.
** At one point, Mona dates a white recording studio operator and while they initially don't see the racial difference as an obstacle, his [[DatingWhatDaddyHates bigoted parents]] don't do much to hide their displeasure. They ultimately split because of this.


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** It's worth noting the Sheila "Grams" Bennett, Bonnie's grandmother, is portrayed by Jasmine Guy, who is maternally of half Caucasian (specifically Portuguese) descent.
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