Colorism: The New Wave of Prejudice

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Being in the minority will soon be an outdated term. In the oncoming years, there will be no primary race that leads in census reports (Cooper). As the racial makeup of the United States increases, the idea of a post-racial society is discussed heavily. While racism subsiding is a possibility, another form of prejudice will take its place. An alternate form of prejudice pertaining to race is colorism.

Colorism can pertain to any race because it involves passing judgment based on skin bias. Despite its prevalence among other races (Latino, Asian, and etc.), the study of colorism primarily focuses on African Americans. As a result, the diversity in the research provided was limited. Therefore, the missing information required the implementation of subtopics that pertain to colorism and prejudice.

The limited selection provided a narrower angle than desired for the needed research. Some of the academic journals were excerpts from books that provided a link for purchasing, which was not what beneficial. Therefore, from the excerpts read and searched terms that consistently appeared like “taboo”, “interracial”, “mass media”, “racism”, and “post-racial”. This topic truly did prove to be almost untouched, because it was a process of trial and error to locate any results pertaining to directly to the thesis. The subtopic searches provided extraordinary articles that provided for more diversity on the topic of colorism.

A reoccurring subtopic of colorism is interracial marriages. The history of interracial marriages and colorism coincide when discussing it amongst the African American community. In the African American community, colorism goes back to the era of slavery.A beneficial article pertained to interracial relationships an...

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