An Historical Analysis of Skin Color Discrimination in America

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  • Ronald E HallAffiliated withSchool of Social Work, Michigan State University Email author 

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Historically, variations in skin color enabled human racial categories, which consequently facilitated victim-group discrimination [1]. Scholars differ as to the number and implications of skin color for the various race categories, but included are Negroid, Caucasoid, and Mongoloid, which represent every ethnic and national variety of human. The first or “original” man, as far as archaeologists are able to determine, was a member of the Negroid race [2]. Negroids are indigenous to Africa and characterized by dark skin, course hair texture, and broad noses. In contrast to the Negroid, Caucasoids and Mongoloids are characterized by skin color and features: They are lighter-skinned and broadly located throughout the world.