African-Americans: The Idealization of Light Skin

  • Ronald E Hall


Along with many other antebellum traditions was a strong race-based belief system that was all but totally and factually irrelevant. That belief system dictated that whites by virtue of race alone were entitled to what America had to offer because they were a superior race. Such belief, without interference of an alternative view, preceded the guiltless discrimination against victim-group African-Americans regarding quality of life. Whenever whites lost the ability to exercise political or otherwise superior power, they inevitably sought ways to gain advantage by advocating discriminatory policies. The objective of this Eurocentric activism was to reinforce colonial traditions, making white access to wealth a birthright.


Skin Color Black Community Black People Dark Skin Light Skin 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social WorkMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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