This is excellent!
I feel as if women of color are forced to be as white as possible before they can become successful. This starts as basic psychology, and the assumptions that a white supremacy society established and continues to hold: that whiteness is superior. This is expressed most succinctly in the term ‘passing,’ which begs the question of what constitutes failure.
If passing is white, then failure is black. Everything less than white will fall on a continuum; ie, colorism. This is exactly what we see, and what you describe in Chopra’s behavior: whitening up as desire for success.
Until we as a society deal with the basic psychology, which is to say that white is better, that being white ‘passes,’ we still have a significant dilemma. Unfortunately, it seems that a majority of white people — and some people of color — do not want to acknowledge this fundamental psychology, so through denial, it persists.
Yes, Chopra is disappointing in this regard. I have often wondered why the general public hasn’t seen, in her evolution, a form of internalized racism.
I’ve perceived Chopra’s evolution as a study in highly penetrated internal racism.