The Political Implications of Colorism Are Gendered

The Political Implications of Colorism Are Gendered

By Danielle Casarez Lemi, Southern Methodist University and Nadia E. Brown, Purdue University

We contend that skin color may be associated with feelings of linked fate differently among Black men and women. We explored internal politics among Black Americans of differing skin tones to advance the idea that skin tone is related to linked fate differently for Black men and women. Using data from the 2016 Collaborative Multiracial Post-Election Survey (CMPS), we found that (1) colorism is gendered, and (2) the gendered component of colorism has ramifications for linked fate.

 

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