In a forthcoming Southern Sociology journal article entitled "White Colorism", sociologist Lance Hannon compiles various research and evidence studies on the distinction between racism and colorism and the discrimination which takes place as the results of the latter. He addresses recent statements and beliefs that colorism is only a discrimination practice which is intra-racial as opposed to what he dubs "white colorism"...
Research and surveys demonstrate that racial discrimination is still a problem within the workplaces of America, despite protections which are set in place for diversity. Examples and research reveal the presence of colorism as both a part of and also, separate of, racism, specifically in workplace hiring and wage practices.
Further research and conducted studies show that the expected intelligence of an individual can be based on their skin tone. In one specific experimental study, sociologists found that an "increase in skin lightness roughly triples the probability of being perceived as having above average intelligence." Individuals with lighter skin throughout this study were more likely assumed to be intelligent and capable people as opposed to those with darker skin. The perceived "intelligence gap" widened as the skin tone darkened.
Unfortunately, racism and colorism still exist within the job markets of America. If you are experiencing harassment or discrimination based on your race, origins or color, contact the employment law attorneys of Heins Law Office for a free consultation call. We know your rights as an employee during hiring, firing, wage proposal and other workplace situations and practices, and we will never back away from a fight.
By Anna Witan
Source: "White Colorism" (soon to be published by Social Currents, the official sociological journal of the Southern Sociological Society)