Ronald Hall


Too pretty to play? Steph Curry and the light-skinned black athlete

To white Americans, the idea that skin color and toughness go hand-in-hand might seem odd. But in the black community, it's a big deal.

During a recent interview, Golden State Warriors Draymond Green discussed why players around the league have long doubted or dismissed the talents of his superstar teammate, Stephen Curry. But it was Green’s last point, mentioned almost as an aside—“And of course, Steph is light-skinned so [players] want to make him out to be soft”—that got the most attention.

To white Americans, the relationship between skin color and toughness or masculinity might not be obvious. They might associate skin color with race or with attractiveness. But toughness? Not so much.

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