Race, Gender, and the Politics of Skin Tone tackles the hidden yet painful issue of colorism in the African American and Mexican American communities. Beginning with a historical discussion of slavery and colonization in the Americas, the book quickly moves forward to a contemporary analysis of how skin tone continues to plague people of color today. This is the first book to explore this well-known, yet rarely discussed phenomenon.

chapter 1|16 pages


chapter 2|20 pages

Th e Color of Slavery and Conquest

chapter 3|16 pages

Learning, Earning, and Marrying More

chapter 4|16 pages

Black and Brown Bodies Under the Knife

chapter 5|24 pages

Th e Beauty Queue Advantages of Light Skin

chapter 7|12 pages

Color and the Changing Racial Landscape