Shades of Black: how readers responded to our series on the colorism taboo

We asked readers if they had experienced colorism. We received a huge range of responses from people of color, both men and women, belonging to many different ethnicities Our weeklong series to encourage conversation about ‘People don’t even look at me’: eight black women discuss politics of light and dark skin video Habeeb Akande, United Kingdom As a medium-tone black man living in the UK, I have experienced and perpetuated colourism several times. As a teenager, many black girls I pursued told me that they were only attracted to light-skin black boys. For many black men, an attractive golden complexioned woman is a sign of success and status, as is evident from the skin tone of highly successful black sportsmen …

‘Bike country No 1’: Dutch go electric in record numbers

E-bikes now outsell standard bicycles in Netherlands, with quality prized more than price In what was already a long-running purple patch for the Dutch cycle industry, domestic sales records have been broken in the last 12 months despite spiralling prices, as technological developments push the standard push-bike into the annals of history. The Dutch love affair with the bicycle is well chronicled there are 22.5m of them in a country of 17 million people but has moved up a level, according to a study by the RAI Vereniging, an organisation representing the automotive and cycling sector. More than 1m bicycles were sold last year in the Netherlands, up 5.7% on 2017, and at the same time Dutch consumers appear willing …