DAY 15! Blogmas Edition

Colorism at the work place

Hello everyone, I hope you are all doing well. I promise to post earlier next time though I have been so busy of late.

On this post, I am going to share with you on the issue of colorism in Kenya at the work place. Yvonne Okwara addressed the issue of colorism in the Kenyan media industry.

One follower of a popular Kenyan Youtube content creator (on over 25 Youtube channel) popularly known as just_ ivy on Instagram shared her predicament. The follower stated that she was denied promotion at the work place because of being dark skinned.

You can get the story here;

Stories • Instagram

Reverse Microaggression

What is microaggression

According to the online dictionary, microaggression is;

A statement, action, or incident regarded as an instance of indirect, subtle, or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalized group such as a racial or ethnic minority.

In the Kenyan context, it is evident that dark skinned people are the majority but they bear a ton of microaggression thus in my thinking, it creates a scenario of reverse microaggression.


The Constitution of Kenya, 2010 under Article 27 provides for protection of people from any form of discrimination.

The Labour Relations Act of 2007 also provides for protection of laborers from discrimination.

In my opinion, the Kenyan legislature should broaden the scope of discrimination and provide a special provision addressing the issue of colorism.

The special provision would be something like this;

Colorism is hereby defined as discrimination of people based on their skintone with a particular disadvantage towards dark skinned people bearing in mind that dark skinned is subjective but an objective standard test shall be applied in defining who meets the threshold of dark skinned person according to the lay man in the context and culture of the particular case.

Colorism shall be deemed to have occured at the workplace if/when;

When a person is denied a promotion/opportunity or any work related responsibility due to the shade of their skin.

When a person makes a rude remark or statement either subtly, indirectly ,directly or unintentionally with regards to a dark skinned person based on their skin tone.

When a person an employee undergoes any form of discrimination stemming from the shade of their skin.

It is worthy to note that dark skinned people can also be colorist .

The remedy would be putting the laborers who reach this law on probation or firing them.

This shall further protect the rights of dark skinned people at the work place and help reduce colorism at the work place.

Let me know what you guys think. Thanks for reading. I love you all.

Bye! See you on the next post.

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