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Colorism is the assumption that a African American person with a lighter skin color and more European features is better than a person with darker skin kinky hair and more African features There has always been a long history in America of favoritism for fairer skin than darker skin when looking for a job The huge role that media plays in the brainwashing of colorism in AmericaSince the days of slavery skin color has been used as a way of separation to divide the black community During the times of slavery the slave master had a preference for light skin slaves light skin slaves were able to work in the house and not take on vigorous field jobs such as darker slaves After slavery ended in America colorism didnt disappear in America those with light skin received more job opportunities than darker-skinned African Americans For example during the mid-20th century most jobs in the front of a store were only open to light skinned applicant because expectations were higher for light skinned applicants and they wouldnt scare the customer away There is a skin tone preference when regards for a job because we associate a fairer color to intelligence competency attractiveness and likeability there have been studies that suggest light skin women offenders get more lenient criminal justice outcomes Women who have light skin are sentenced to approximately 12 less time behind bars than their darker skinned counterparts 2 Its not surprising to be presented with the results of the experiment it fits in perfectly with past results of other experimentsI believe that colorism is has been brain washed in to our minds since we were born with media constantly portraying lighter skinned woman as more attractive and being more visible than darker skinned women I think colorism has even spread to how we view our own family members their own family tried to train them to endure the cruelness of the
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