Color Struck

How Race and Complexion Matter in the “Color-Blind” Era

  • Lori Latrice Martin
  • Hayward Derrick Horton
  • Cedric Herring
  • Verna M. Keith
  • Melvin Thomas

Part of the Teaching Race and Ethnicity book series (RACE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Cedric Herring, Anthony Hynes
    Pages 1-17
  3. Sarah L. Webb, Petra A. Robinson
    Pages 19-35
  4. Antoinette M. Landor
    Pages 37-53
  5. Vanessa Gonlin
    Pages 55-76
  6. Latasha N. Eley
    Pages 77-122
  7. Paul Easterling
    Pages 123-142
  8. Jahaan Chandler
    Pages 143-156
  9. Robert L. Reece, Aisha A. Upton
    Pages 157-177
  10. Stephen C. Finley, Lori Latrice Martin
    Pages 179-196
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 197-198

About this book


Skin color and skin tone has historically played a significant role in determining the life chances of African Americans and other people of color. It has also been important to our understanding of race and the processes of racialization. But what does the relationship between skin tone and stratification outcomes mean? Is skin tone correlated with stratification outcomes because people with darker complexions experience more discrimination than those of the same race with lighter complexions? Is skin tone differentiation a process that operates external to communities of color and is then imposed on people of color? Or, is skin tone discrimination an internally driven process that is actively aided and abetted by members of communities of color themselves? Color Struck provides answers to these questions. In addition, it addresses issues such as the relationship between skin tone and wealth inequality, anti-black sentiment and whiteness, Twitter culture, marriage outcomes and attitudes, gender, racial identity, civic engagement and politics at predominately White Institutions. Color Struck can be used as required reading for courses on race, ethnicity, religious studies, history, political science, education, mass communications, African and African American Studies, social work, and sociology.


race colorism skin tone racism discrimination

Editors and affiliations

  • Lori Latrice Martin
    • 1
  • Hayward Derrick Horton
    • 2
    • 3
  • Cedric Herring
    • 4
  • Verna M. Keith
    • 5
  • Melvin Thomas
    • 6
  1. 1.Louisiana State UniversityUSA
  2. 2.University at AlbanyUSA
  3. 3.State University of New YorkUSA
  4. 4.University of Illinois at ChicagoUSA
  5. 5.Texas A&M UniversityUSA
  6. 6.North Carolina State UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2017
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers, Rotterdam
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Online ISBN 978-94-6351-110-0
  • Buy this book on publisher's site