The Paper Bag Principle: Of the Myth and the Motion of Colorism

  title={The Paper Bag Principle: Of the Myth and the Motion of Colorism},
  author={A. Kerr},
  journal={Journal of American Folklore},
  pages={271 - 289}
  • A. Kerr
  • Published 2005
  • Sociology
  • Journal of American Folklore
  • This article, extracted from a larger study, is attentive to the national folk culture of African-American communities—especially rumor and legend—in a number of city centers. The study begins with Washington, D.C., as a representative model to examine the role of complexion-related lore in black neighborhoods, organizations, and institutions, and then extends outward to other urban areas. Complexion lore, the article argues, functioned as a sophisticated negotiation of racism, wherein black… CONTINUE READING
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