People come in many shades, so naming a beige paint hue “skin color” could easily leave out a large number of individuals. But unfortunately, a Swedish paint company ignored that minor detail.
But a local teenager has filed a complaint against the company, saying the name is racist and discriminatory against those whose skin color doesn’t fit that particular description.
“By renaming beige to skin color they show that there is a whiteness norm in society,” the 14-year-old, who has only been identified as Thyra, told a local newspaper. “It is completely sick that they just rename beige to skin color when black and brown are also that.”
The teen took her complaint against the paint producer, Universal Color and Chemicals, to the Equality Ombudsman, a government agency that aims to promote equal rights and regulate discrimination. Throughout her pursuit, Thyra has gained the support of both her family and her school and encouraged a conversation about race in the classroom.
Read more at The Huffington Post.