- June 5, 2020
Instructor`s name Colorism
Variousforms of injustice exist in the world today. Since the historicaldays, people have been discriminated or treated differently withespecially due to their skin colors. As such, Colorism is defined asthe discrimination acts caused by variation in skin color. The termwas created early in 1982 by Alice Walker, colorism should not beconfused with racism. This is mainly because racism depends onelements such as ancestry and other factors, not just skin color.However, in most instances, color has been widely used as a method ofracial classifications to individuals. On the other hand, race ismade up of beliefs, practices, and cultures. Colorism is entirelydependent on the social status on a skin color basis. Additionally,for an act of discrimination to be viewed as colorism, it must bedone in a way that doesn’t lead to racial discrimination but fromthe skin color alone [ CITATION Lor16 l 1033 ].Responses to the questions concerning colorism are quite complexsince deepheritages and influences pre-exist in all parts of the world. Amongthe communities that exist, there is widespread bias in favor of thelighter color. This is what colorism is all about. The issue emergedduring the European colonial period and spread globally, becomingestablished in almost all parts of the world [ CITATION Kri14 l 1033 ].The practice is evident in the commonplatforms such as television, films and media illustrations in adswhich prefer to raise light skinned people. As a result, bothgrownups and the young engage in color-oriented conversationparticularly when most of the contributing factors cannot be easilycontrolled. Colorism is a widespread evil that is practiced by bothblacks and whites although the effects are more obvious on darkskinned individuals.
Colorismhas significant effects in the society and in most cases, the resultcan be felt at a personal level. First and foremost, research studieshave provided sufficient evidence to suggest that skin-color biasaffects perception and interactions in a manner that is not onlydelicate but also intense. At the moment, the youth of color arestrongly aware that the dark color faces disregard. This is thereason as to why there is always a mockery between individuals in anunconscious manner such as unspoken biases (implicit biases) in a waythat favors white skin. Schools have been vastly affected asportrayed by a study performed on Latino students [ CITATION Dav151 l 1033 ].Apparently, Mexicans and Puerto Ricans with skin resemblingthat of the white man are perceived as white hence treatedsatisfactorily compared to those with dark skin yet of the sameethnic background. Such are viewed as black [ CITATION Tan16 l 1033 ].These students experienced discriminationoften. Despite having close relations, individuals of the sameethnicity can face varied expectations, realities, educationaloutcomes and economic consequences exclusively based on the skincolor and appearance (Monk 8). These findings are not exceptionalespecially since hidden bias has been so common to the extent ofbeing ignored and unexamined until recently. This bias has importantoutcomes including the psychological development. For example,psychologists have revealed that skin-color bias in the United Stateshas led to white children showing positive characters while childrenwith dark skin indicating negative behaviors. As time goes on, evenblack children show a portion of racial bias towards the white ones.Specifically, the white children seem to hold onto the prejudices ina more convincing manner as they develop into adulthood. This is astrong message to the society today, openly illustrating our behaviorwhich is directly imitated by the young ones [ CITATION Mar162 l 1033 ].The communicationis clear that we are in a world where the dark skinned people are notvalued while on the other hand, the light ones are highly valued.
Criminalityis also associated with dark-skinned individuals, and it has nowbecome a deeply rooted label more so in the American society. A lotof research studies done purport that the dark people are seen by thecommunity as suspicious, and more likely to engage in crime than thewhite people. More often than not, police officers have always beenblamed for the routine arrest of black and Latino individuals [ CITATION She161 l 1033 ].Also, the officers have been reported to overestimate the ages ofthis group of people but not in white individuals. The most uniqueyet dehumanizing fact is that the age overestimation was done by thegreatest margin based on the beliefthat the black children were possibly guilty and thus likely tosustain the application of coercion against them [ CITATION Rol16 l 1033 ].Skin color has a lot of effects simply because human beings are a“visual species” hence the capability to respond and interactwith one another on the basis of physical appearance. Adding theracial prejudices yields a society that is heavily loaded withindicators of value and identity. Even in nations that have diversepopulations, race and color still matter to a great extent. However,color is much more important because it is an aspect that isunquestionable and cannot be hidden. Touching on skin color, a widecollection of articles further prove that even the most open-mindedpersons in the society are biased towards the light skin despitebeing enlightened thinkers [ CITATION Jud14 l 1033 ].As such, both skin tone and the specific racial features havepowerful effects even in the social and economic advancements. Ashocking revelation is that it even affects the hiring of workers,courtsentences and most of all, the election of politicians (Bertrand andSendhil 993).
Anothersurprising revelation is that skin tone plays a significant role inthe progression of social, economic and even political development.The United States is a classic example of the regions where colormatters a lot. Researchers have explored into the process of trackingthe existence of the term, and it was keenly reported that employersgenerally prefer light-skinned black people to dark skinned ones,qualifications aside. Sociologists such as Margaret Hunter also claimthat in most cases, people with light skin earn more, have access toand attain higher education levels, live in well establishedneighborhoods and have a considerably better mental health conditioncompared to the dark skinned and even Mexican Americans [ CITATION Ste14 l 1033 ].Additionally, students with dark skin seem to be three or more timeslikely to be suspended or expelled from school than the light-skinnedcounterparts who are African-American. It is, therefore, convincingthat the health, wealth and the success opportunities presented aresubstantially affected by the skin appearance, irrespective of therace in some cases. On top of that, white people with darker hue havedifferent experiences in comparison to their lighter-hued Caucasianindividuals concerning access to resources (Berman and Wesley). Assuch, colorism is deeply entrenched within the structure of societiesto the extent that each and every person is affected and infected byits massive presence. Sadly, the source of this immorality beginsfrom the homes and schools.
Colorismis a social disease present in many parts of the globe from Asia toEurope, the Caribbean and even in Africa. This is a bright signalthat the black Americans are not the only community obsessed with thedarkness or lightness of the skin. The situation in the United Statesseems to be resulting from immigrants as well as the hosts [ CITATION USG14 l 1033 ].Some scholars actually claim that the white Americans are coloristsin the same levelas their brown or dark-skinned citizens. In black, Latino, Asian andeven Mexican families, the skin color can vary considerably givingrise to several shades. Often, the color ladder in the socialenvironment penetrates the families and they unconsciously becomepart of the teachings provided by the parents (Turner et al.). Theterm colorism doesn’t exist officially but the light skinpreference has been in existence for ages. The word was invented in amanner that marks it as an evil practice which needs to be stopped inthe mission to ensure that all people advance fairly.
Itis quite obvious that skin color will keep on being used as the maincriteria for determining the population’s evaluation and judgment.The presence of racism further brings out the demonization of darkskin while appraising the lighter appearance. This event is based onthe fact that most regions are built on the foundation of racism anddiscrimination. It cannot be overemphasized that without racism, thendiscussions concerning varied skin color would be diverted intoconversations about beauty. However, the sad truth is that the lightskin privileges over the dark is in control of colorism. The solutionto this issue doesn’t necessarily lie at the household level, butthat is where the discussion must first begin. Parents are burdenedwith the responsibility to outwardly appreciate color differencesrather than uplifting one above the other while pretending thateveryone is the same. By doing this, the society will greatly benefitfrom increased public interaction as well as cross-cultural dialoguethat will address the global problem of colorism and thereafter planfor its permanent eradication.
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