The Persistent Problem of Colorism: Skin Tone, Status, and Inequality

  title={The Persistent Problem of Colorism: Skin Tone, Status, and Inequality},
  author={Margaret Hunter},
  journal={Sociology Compass},
  • M. Hunter
  • Published 1 September 2007
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  • Sociology Compass
Colorism is a persistent problem for people of color in the USA. Colorism, or skin color stratification, is a process that privileges light-skinned people of color over dark in areas such as income, education, housing, and the marriage market. This essay describes the experiences of African Americans, Latinos, and Asian Americans with regard to skin color. Research demonstrates that light-skinned people have clear advantages in these areas, even when controlling for other background variables… 

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