The Skin Color Paradox and the American Racial Order

  title={The Skin Color Paradox and the American Racial Order},
  author={Jennifer L. Hochschild and Vesla M. Weaver},
  journal={Social Forces},
  pages={643 - 670}
Dark-skinned blacks in the United States have lower socioeconomic status, more punitive relationships with the criminal justice system, diminished prestige, and less likelihood of holding elective office compared with their lighter counterparts. This phenomenon of "colorism" both occurs within the African American community and is expressed by outsiders, and most blacks are aware of it. Nevertheless, blacks' perceptions of discrimination, belief that their fates are linked, or attachment to… 

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