The discrimination observed by Mebane against darker complexion black women is still evident in the current generation of black college students. Darker women are considered by some to be unattractive and lighter toned women are considered more attractive. These beliefs have been carried over through generations from the times of segregation and slavery. During slavery lighter toned slaves were treated better than darker skin slaves by being allowed to live and work in the plantation house instead of the fields. Having a lighter complexion started to become associated with havi...
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...ly in the Atlanta University Center, can generally assess that a person is from a low income, or inner city, neighborhood based on how they behave. Solely because of the behavior associated with people from inner city and low-income environments those students are discriminated against.
A major offense of which many college students are guilty of is assuming that a person is less intelligent based on the fact that they exhibit behavior . For example, in one of my classes at Clark Atlanta many of the students in the class feel that a particular student is unintelligent and not serious about college because he is loud and brash; two behaviors associated with some people from low income communities. Whether this student is from a poorer family is unclear, but because he exhibits behaviors similar to what black students have associated with undesirable poorer people.
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