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Color Matters : Skin Tone Bias and the Myth of a Postracial America.

Author: Kimberly Jade Norwood
Publisher: Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2013.
Series: New directions in American history.
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In the United States, as in many parts of the world, people are discriminated against based on the color of their skin. This type of skin tone bias, or colorism, is both related to and distinct from discrimination on the basis of race, with which it is often conflated. Preferential treatment of lighter skin tones over darker occurs within racial and ethnic groups as well as between them. While America has made  Read more...
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Norwood, Kimberly Jade.
Color Matters : Skin Tone Bias and the Myth of a Postracial America.
Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, ©2013
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Kimberly Jade Norwood
ISBN: 9781317819561 131781956X
OCLC Number: 869092544
Notes: Skin Color and Interracial Intimacy.
Description: 1 online resource (540 pages).
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Notes; 1. The Ubiquitousness of Colorism: Then and Now; An International Look at Color; Latin America; Asia; India; China and Japan; The Philippines; Africa; Colorism in Black and White: The United States; Notes; 2. The Origins of Colorism in Early American Law; I: Moving into Colorism and Slavery; II: Toward a Limited Colorism; III: Mixed Ancestry as a Vehicle to Freedom; A: Gobu v. Gobu; B: Hudgins v. Wrights; IV: Color and Freedom; Notes. 3. The Rise and Fall of the One-Drop Rule: How the Importance of Color Came to Eclipse RaceThe Importance of Racial Classifications During Slavery; Primary Religious Justifications for Enslavement of Blacks; Enactment of Antmiscegenation Statutes; Constitution Makes Race Necessary for the Census; Distinctions Based on Color of Blacks in the Lower South; Charleston, South Carolina; New Orleans, Louisiana; Mobile, Alabama; The Rise of the One-Drop Rule; Methods for Determining Race and the Origin of the One-drop Rule Before the Nineteenth Century. Scientific Theory of Polygenesis and Addition of the Mulatto Category to the 1850 CensusScientific Evidence that Supported the Continued Prevention of Miscegenation after Abolition; Ascendancy of the One-drop Rule; The Civil Rights Movement and the Continuing Need for Racial Classifications; Supreme Court Opinions and Policies and Programs that Reinforced the Importance of Race; Adoption of Directive 15; Fall of the One-Drop Rule; The Supreme Court's Opinions that Deemphasized Race; Deemphasizing the Importance of Race by Rejecting Disparate Impact as the Definition of Discrimination. Deemphasizing the Use of Race by Eliminating the Ability to Employ Racial Classifications in Programs to Dismantle the Effects of DiscriminationImmigration Has Changed the Face and Complexion of American Society; The Multicultural Movement Leads the Federal Government to Abandon the One-Drop Rule; Increasing Numbers of Blacks Reject the One-drop Rule; Conclusion; Notes; 4. A Darker Shade of Pale Revisited: Disaggregated Blackness and Colorism in the "Post-Racial" Obama Era; Introduction; Colorism: A Few Caveats; Changing Notions of Blackness in America: The Obama Example. Skin Tone, Racial Stratification and WealthLight-Skinned Black Elites in the Post-Civil Rights Era; The Rise of Neo-Mulattoes; Implications; Unintentional Racism Based on Skin Tone; Colorism Examples; Two Unscientific Case Studies; Collective Blackness: The Miller Valley Elementary School Incident; The New York Times Magazine and Obama's (Black) People; Conclusion; Notes; 5. Colorism and Interracial Intimacy: How Skin Color Matters; Introduction; Overarching Impact of Skin Color in Racial Impressions; Interracial Intimacy and Marriage in the United States; The Matter of Skin Color.
Series Title: New directions in American history.

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In the United States, as in many parts of the world, people are discriminated against based on the color of their skin. This type of skin tone bias, or colorism, is both related to and distinct from discrimination on the basis of race, with which it is often conflated. Preferential treatment of lighter skin tones over darker occurs within racial and ethnic groups as well as between them. While America has made progress in issues of race over the past decades, discrimination on the basis of color continues to be a constant and often unremarked part of life. In Color Matters, Kim.

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