African American Colorism In Sociology

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What has first given to us by slave master in separating the house slaves from the field slaves, has now taken place in how we objectify our women and each other. Portrayed in Spike Lee film School Daze, prevalent in the modeling industry, and dating back to the slavery era, Colorism has and still remains a social issue that continues to segregate the black community. Racerelations.about.com defines Colorism as a practice of discrimination by which those with lighter skin are treated more favorably than those with darker skin. Colorism ties in to the field of sociology because it explores the topic of race relations amongst an ethnicity group. The social theory that would apply to the topic of Colorism would be the Scapegoat theory. The…show more content…
The Latin community has been plagued with the Colorism issues as well. The Latin community is very diverse with skin hues, ranging from the lightest whites to the darkest black, similar to the various skin hues found within the African-American race. In a Huffpost Blog, Claudio Cabrera accounts back to a time where his ““Dominicaness” was questioned because of [his] complexion…” He endured N-word taunts and had to prove to people that he was Dominican by speaking Spanish. This is just one example where Colorism is prevalent with the Latin community as…show more content…
Lighter skin blacks were given preferential treatment over darker skin blacks. Colorism has also been used as a form of admissions practices in some African-American sororities and fraternities. These sororities and fraternities would conduct a “paper bag” test by placing the brown paper bag against a prospects skin. If you were darker than the paper bag, you were not allowed entry. There have been many studies conducted in sociology research on the topic of Colorism. One of the first, the “Doll Test” experiment was conducted by Dr. Kenneth Clark. Clark wanted to conduct this experiment to study children’s attitudes and views about race. During the experiment, children were given two dolls, one black doll, and one white. They were then asked questions, such as: which doll is prettier, which doll is bad, which doll is nicer, which doll would you play with, etc. At the end of the experiment, it was founded that most of the children preference the white doll over the

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