Actor Kendrick Sampson has been entertaining audiences for more than a decade, appearing on hit shows such as How to Get Away with Murder and Insecure.
The 31-year-old recently shared his encounters with toxic masculinity and colorism while growing up in a recent interview with Teen Vogue.
Sampson, who says being biracial did afford him certain privileges, revealed colorism still affected him.
"Essentially, it is white supremacy forcing itself into our communities even when no white people are present," Sampson said. "I was taught not to like dark skin girls and was made fun of for liking and dating them."
Sampson, whose mother is white and father Black, continued speaking about problems he encountered because of his lighter complexion.
"I was told I look better because I have lighter skin, but then lighter skin is seen as weaker and less threatening in our culture, so I ran into a lot of problems with that. It teaches us to hate ourselves and each other."
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The conversation did not mark the first instance in which Sampson has openly discussed the topic of interracial relationships or colorism. The Greek alum celebrated Loving Day in 2017 with a Twitter thread describing the struggles his parents endured from his family members as a result of their blended union.
Sampson discussed how he'd fit in with certain white circles, only to find out he was often a subject of mockery from those same associates.
Thread. #LovingDay My parents were married in the early 80s. When my mom was 15 / dad was 20 in 1967, 50 years ago today, June 12...(Cont.)— Kendrick Sampson (@kendrick38) June 13, 2017
"We are taught to hate the more stereotypically Black magnificent parts of us in certain scenarios and to try to be proudly stereotypical as possible in others, for better or for worse. My education and "acceptable" demeanor gave me access into white circles, only to be ridiculed, insulted and/or given the "privilege" of hearing what insulting, bigoted things many white people really say behind our backs, not realizing they are insulting me, my family, and my loved ones."
Sampson has also used his platform to discuss the stigma around mental health in the Black community. Following the Season 3 finale of Insecure, he posted an emotional Instagram message about the damaging effects of ghosting on one's mental health.
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