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Oscar award-winning actress, Lupita Nyong' o, spoke out against colorism in a recent interview, calling it the "daughter of racism."

Lupita appeared on BBC Newsnight on Monday to discuss her new children's book, Sulwe, which centers on a Black girl who has darker skin than the other members of her family. 

According to the Black Panther star, colorist is the daughter of racism" in "a world that rewards lighter skin over darker skin."

"I definitely grew up feeling uncomfortable with my skin color because I felt like the world around me awarded lighter skin," she said. She added that "Race is a very social construct, one that I didn't have to ascribe to on a daily basis growing up. As much as I was experiencing colorism in Kenya, I wasn't aware that I belonged to a race called Black because suddenly the term Black was being ascribed to me, and it meant certain things that I was not accustomed to."

Do y'all agree?