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Rachel Brothers, a bi-racial woman from Canada, was recently awarded a $11,000 in damages and lost income due to a lawsuit against her former employer, the Black Educators Association (BEA) in Nova Scotia.  Donald Murray, the Chairman of the Board of Inquiry at the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, ruled that she was discriminated against because of the color of her skin.

From Chronicle Herald:

Brothers, who is biracial, was a regional educator at the association’s Annapolis Valley regional office in Kentville in 2006. She was fired after less than a year on the job.

Murray said Brothers lost her job at the association in part because of decisions the association made in which her skin colour was a factor, “and the problems that her skin colour had created in her office for another…employee.”

He wrote: “Ultimately, the injury to be compensated is the injury to Ms. Brothers’ dignity and self-respect.”

The report said Brothers was undermined by her subordinate, Catherine Collier, who had applied for the same job Brothers landed. Brothers then hired Collier.

“It is clear to me that Ms. Brothers was undermined in part because she was younger than, and not as black as, Ms. Collier thought Ms. Brothers should be,” Murray wrote.

He went on to say, “In Ms. Collier’s eyes, Ms. Brothers was not really black enough.”

Murray said rather than being offended by Collier’s comments about Brothers’ skin colour, “too many of the staff made efforts to excuse them, or to contextualize them, or to even shrug them off as no big deal.”

He said the evidence showed Brothers was distraught, upset and saddened by the comment

According to the Murray, colorist thinking occurs to “someone who believes the closer a person’s skin tone comes to pure white, the better the chances of getting jobs, accommodations and other opportunities available to “actual ‘white’ people.” Murray went on to state that, “colorists also think the ‘more visibly black, East Indian, American Indian or Asian a person is, ‘the greater the potential there will be for discriminatory distinctions to be made based on ‘color'”.

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  • CoolChic

    Yep!

  • Cumberbatchfan

    Lmfao I was coming here to go off until I saw the picture. This broad look Italian. No honey,you aren’t black enough. You’re whte passing. You look like a New Jersey/Long Island Italian and you don’t belong in the organization when you more than likely benefit from white privilege beause you’re suoer white looking. Sorry boo,and I say that as being mixed myself. I’m black passing tho.

  • Jenb

    Well I thought she was white. I don’t think biracial should be considered black. White people don’t consider mixed race white, so I’ve never understood why some blacks are so inclusive. On the other hand, if the organization had a problem with her, she shouldn’t have been hired in the first place.