Behind Closed Doors: 'Colorism' in the Caribbean
In the interview “Behind Closed Doors: ‘Colorism’ in the Caribbean,” Michel Martin discusses colorism in the Dominican Republic with Frances Robles.
When and How to Pair: Have students read this text after they have finished the novel, in order to provide contemporary insight into racial relations in the Caribbean. Pair “Behind Closed Doors: ‘Colorism in the Caribbean” with Wide Sargasso Sea and ask students to evaluate how history has shaped the sociopolitical culture in the Caribbean. How has colorism been ignored over the years? What significant effects has colorism had in the Caribbean? Students should draw on evidence from both texts for their answers.