What has first given to us by slave master in separating the house slaves from the field slaves, has now taken place in how we objectify our women and each other. Portrayed in Spike Lee film School Daze, prevalent in the modeling industry, and dating back to the slavery era, Colorism has and still remains a social issue that continues to segregate the black community. Racerelations.about.com defines Colorism as a practice of discrimination by which those with lighter skin are treated more favorably than those with darker skin.
Colorism ties in to the field of sociology because it explores the topic of race relations amongst an ethnicity group. The social theory that would apply to the topic of Colorism would be the Scapegoat theory. The Scapegoat theory suggests that prejudice springs from frustration among people who are themselves disadvantaged. For example, darker skin blacks that were made to work in the fields during the slavery era may have developed a prejudice towards lighter skin blacks because they were allowed to work in the slave masters home, and treated better, even though they are both still slaves. The Conflict theory suggests that prejudice is used as a tool by powerful people to oppress others. For example, blacks were viewed as inferior to whites during the slavery era. Blacks were captured and forced to perform manual labor, against their will, as well as abused if defiant in any way. Whites used tactics such lynching, beatings, and speaking degrading and insulting remarks as to control blacks into submission.
Some terminology that is applicable to the topic of Colorism would be: prejudice, stereotype, racism, discrimination, and segregation.
Colorism is not just prevalent within the black community. The Latin community has been plagued with the Colorism issues as well. The Latin community is very diverse with skin hues, ranging from the lightest whites to the darkest black, similar to the various skin hues found within the...