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"Colorism": Should The Law Protect Against It?  
User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1735 times:

According to the following, lighter-skinned blacks receive better treatment than darker-skinned blacks.

http://www.blackamericaweb.com/site.aspx/bawnews/skintonestudy925

Given this, do you think that legal protections afforded blacks should also be extended to cases in which there is shown to be discrimination in favor of lighter-skinned blacks over those of a darker complexion? In what way?

[Edited 2007-01-17 22:39:36]

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User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1726 times:

Quoting AerospaceFan (Thread starter):
lighter-skinned blacks receive better treatment than darker-skinned blacks.

A woman of my acquaintance presented a post-graduate research paper that pretty thoroughly demonstrated that ALL races, ALL societies on earth quite commonly discriminate in some degree against even their own darker-skinned members. It represented a couple of year's work on her part, was quite exhaustive. If you placed your hand on the map anywhere on the inhabited parts of the earth she had studied examples from that region.

The prof. told her he would not accept the topic and she had to start over.

There is no doubt whatever that taller people are treated better than shorter ones or that "pretty" people are favored over the rest of us.

Good luck on trying to change these things.



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User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1724 times:

^^ It's human nature, I suppose, in that case.

But wouldn't this take away some of the impetus from protecting against discrimination on the basis of race, since "visible minorities" are often the ones that the law is determined to protect?


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