Colorism


Why does lighter skin improve women's chances of getting through school, getting a job and getting married? Cristen and Caroline explore the historical roots, repercussions and cross-cultural shades of colorism around the world.

Episode sources:

"5 Things You Need to Know about Colorism." Ebony. http://www.ebony.com/news-views/5-things-you-need-to-know-about-colorism-784#axzz43rg2gA3Ehttp://www.ebony.com/news-views/5-things-you-need-to-know-about-colorism-784#axzz43rg2gA3E

"A Conversation on Latino Identity, Skin Color and Portrayal in Hollywood." Buzzfeed. http://www.buzzfeed.com/adriancarrasquillo/a-conversation-on-latino-identity-skin-color-and-portrayal-i#.ie7OOzgB6w

"Africa: Where Black Is Not Really Beautiful." BBC. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-20444798

"Black Girl Magic Flashback: Watch the Lupita Nyong'o Speech Heard Round the World." Essence. http://www.essence.com/2014/02/27/lupita-nyongo-delivers-moving-black-women-hollywood-acceptance-speech

"Forget Fair and Lovely, Dark Is Divine: Pakistan's First Anti-colorism Campaign." India West. http://www.indiawest.com/news/global_indian/forget-fair-and-lovely-dark-is-divine-pakistan-s-first/article_8d1f87ae-1f5d-11e5-8684-0bfe7ff82da8.html

"India's Unfair Obsession with Lighter Skin." The Guardian. http://www.theguardian.com/world/shortcuts/2013/aug/14/indias-dark-obsession-fair-skin

"N.W.A Movie Casting Call Conflates Black Skin with Unattractiveness." Spin. http://www.spin.com/2014/07/nwa-biopic-straight-outta-compton-racist-casting-call-skin/

"Schools' Discipline for Girls Differs by Race and Hue." The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/11/us/school-discipline-to-girls-differs-between-and-within-races.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=3

Shades of Difference: Why Skin Color Matters. Stanford University Press. https://books.google.com/books?id=WewhspE2Q9UC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

"Shades of Prejudice." The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/19/opinion/19vedantam.html?_r=1

"Study: White and black children biased toward lighter skin." CNN. http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/05/13/doll.study/

Academic insights:

"The Hidden Prejudice in Selection: A Research Investigation on Skin Color Bias." Matthew S. Harrison and Kecia M. Thomas. Journal of Applied Social Psychology. 2009. http://abcnews.go.com/images/Politics/Colorism_JASP_Article.pdf

"The Persistent Problem of Colorism: Skin Tone, Status and Inequality." Margaret Hunter. Sociology Compass. 2007. http://www.mills.edu/academics/faculty/soc/mhunter/The%20Persistent%20Problem%20of%20Colorism.pdf

Topics in this Podcast: racism, women of color