Color Matters: Skin Tone Bias and the Myth of a Postracial America (edited by Kimberly Jade Norwood)

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Color Matters: Skin Tone Bias and the Myth of a Postracial America (edited by Kimberly Jade Norwood)

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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, Kimberly Jade Norwood has collected the most up-to-date research on this insidious form of discrimination, including perspectives from the disciplines of history, law, sociology, and psychology. Anchored with historical chapters that show how the influence and legacy of slavery have shaped the treatment of skin color in American society, the contributors to this volume bring to light the ways in which colorism affects us all--influencing what we wear, who we see on television, and even which child we might pick to adopt. Sure to be an eye-opening collection for anyone curious about how race and color continue to affect society, Color Matters provides students of race in America with wide-ranging overview of a crucial topic

A volume in the New Directions in American History series

Professor Brown's contribution, chapter 3, is entitled "The Rise and Fall of the One-Drop Rule: How the Importance of Color Came to Eclipse Race."

ISBN

9780415517744 (hb.), 9780415517751 (pb.)

Publication Date

2013

Publisher

Routledge

City

New York

Keywords

African Americans-Race identity, Human skin color-Social aspects-United States, Race awareness-United States, Race discrimination-United States, Racism-United States, New Directions in American History

Disciplines

Civil Rights and Discrimination | Law | Race and Ethnicity

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Full bibliographic details available here.

Copies available in the Jerome Hall Law Library, E 185.625 .C646 2013

Color Matters: Skin Tone Bias and the Myth of a Postracial America (edited by Kimberly Jade Norwood)

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