Shades of Brown: The Law of Skin Color

  title={Shades of Brown: The Law of Skin Color},
  author={Trina Jones},
  journal={Duke Law Journal},
  • T. Jones
  • Published 2000
  • Sociology, Art
  • Duke Law Journal
Because antidiscrimination efforts have focused primarily on race, courts have largely ignored discrimination within racial classifications on the basis of skin color. In this Article, Professor Jones brings light to this area by examining the historical and contemporary significance of skin color in the United States. She argues that discrimination based on skin color, or colorism, is a present reality and predicts that this form of discrimination will assume increasing significance in the… Expand
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