q. Why is the colour scheme black and white (especially that the zine is called COLOURFULL)?
a. The reason for the zine to be printed only in black and white is to strip back the distractions of colour and focus solely on the person. This, of course, contrasts with the choice of title -COLOURFULL- which implies a range of bright assortment of colours. This deliberate decision was made to play around with irony. The title name is also a direct association with who the zine is aimed for; people of colour.
“When you photograph people in colour, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls!” - Ted Grant
q. Why have you spelt colourful with two L's?
a. The extra 'L' was adopted along the decision process to embody the idea that the zine is aimed at and full of people of colour. The term colourful is defined as 'having much or varied colour; bright'. Due to the zine being black and white, the word colourful didn't seem to fit. We wanted to still play around with language and colours and felt the extra 'L' distinguishes the zine from being brightly coloured to full of (people of) colour.
q. Is the term 'people of colour' offensive?
a. People of colour (PoC) is a term used to describe non-white people; it is a collective way to create a safe space for people who have experienced systemic racism. It groups PoC into one category, implying that the experiences Black people have are comparable to Asian, likewise Latino. It can be criticised as an oversimplification. However, it also unites minorities into a combined community. COLOURFULL has embraced the term (and of course the word colour) because we need to distinguish that this print publication is for people who aren't white. This isn't to isolate PoC further but to understand that there is a necessary platform for PoC to express their feelings and thoughts. There are definite drawbacks to the word, such as highlighting otherness, however no matter what way we phrase it, there will always be that differentiation. We need to embrace that this difference is a positive. There isn't a better alternative to the term and this is considered most respectful, Dr Martin Luther King Jr. used the term 'citizens of colour' in his 'I Have a Dream' speech in 1963.
If the term 'people of colour' offends you or makes you feel uncomfortable then feel free to start a discussion below.
COLOURFULL has decided to embrace the term and hope everyone understands it's not being used as a tool to offend.
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