Colorism: From Then to Now
We’ll be getting into the history of colorism, how it crops up in modern places like Bridgerton and the royal family, as well as skin lightening products. This episode includes a trigger warning for rape, discrimination, and body image. If any of these topics are difficult for you, please proceed carefully because your mental health comes first.
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Books mentioned in this segment: The Duke and I (the first in the Bridgerton series) by Julia Quinn
In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens: Womanist Prose by Alice Walker
Book review: The War Requiem by Kaia Solveig Preus
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White Colorism by Lance Hannon in Social Currents
Educated Black Men Remembered as “Whiter” by Avi Ben-Zeev et al. in Sage Open
Microaggressions, Discrimination, and Phenotype among African Americans: A Latent Class Analysis of the Impact of Skin Tone and BMI by Verna M. Keith et al. in Sociological Inquiry
Light Privilege? Skin Tone Stratification in Health among African Americans by Taylor W. Hargrove in Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
From Dark to Light: Skin Color and Wages among African-Americans by Arthur H. Goldsmith et al. in The Journal of Human Resources
The Relationship Between Skin Tone and School Suspension for African Americans by Lance Hannon et al. in Race and Social Problems
Skin Lighteners: Global Market Trajectory & Analytics, report by StrategyR
Mercury in Skin Lightening Products, report from WHO
Paying a High Price for Skin Bleaching by Pavithra Rao for Africa Renewal
This episode was edited and produced by Renee Powers on the native land of the Dakota people.
Original music by @iam.onyxrose
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