Masters Thesis

The dark side: an examination of skin tone discrimination among Black women

Colorism is rooted in racism. Because the institution of racism stems from the enslavement of Africans in America, colorism has a history in the United States just as long as slavery itself. Using a color system among women sets the standard of beauty against Eurocentricity, the idea that beauty standards based on beauty in the continent of Europe. The idea that white is right creates a barrier that lighter skinned Black women are more attractive than darker skinned Black women. Skin tone discrimination has caused tension within the Black community for years. The purpose of this study is to examine skin tone discrimination using African-American literature as the backdrop.