There is a little of that in the Native community, unfortunately. I have heard some of my [Indigenous] friends quietly ridicule other Indigenous people because they are “lighter” in skin tone. But part of this also stems from the fact that many Native people are vexed over the many people that try to “claim Native heritage” when their ancestry is predominately white.
So yes, I have heard people in the Native community say things like, “How Native is s/he?”, when referring to those people who don’t have some of the “obvious” or strong Native features. Especially with girls, because we can be so catty towards one another.
Personally, I think it’s in poor taste, so I just say nothing. But even I have to admit that I have my moments where I find myself thinking that way towards others.
But thankfully, beauty is still in the eye of the beholder.
However, I don’t see, or hear too much favoritism within the community as far as skin color/attractiveness goes when it comes to Natives dating Natives. But I have heard it. Someone’s “attractiveness” is very subjective. But it is kind of a toss up because I do know Native people that prefer to date lighter skinned Native people. But I also hear the reverse, where certain Native people are more attracted to other Native people that have the very strong genetic features because they want their future kids to look “very” Native.
So I’d like my Native followers to reply to this thread and add their opinions and thoughts on this. This was a good question though, because it’s not something that gets talked about very often, at least not in my inner circle. So thanks.