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Pushing the Color Line- The Effects of Skin Tone in the Lives of African Americans Thesis Statement Skin tone and darkness has greatly influenced and divided the African American community in the areas of social class political involvement and education for over a century Thesis Paragraph Not only have skin colors divided human beings into racial groups but also skin color has divided a racial group into classes Europeanization of African peoples is not merely restricted to language lifestyle and religion The intermingling of African slaves with European slave masters created a new breed of Negro mulatto This new Negro learned to exist in the middle of two social segregated racial groups living as a mixture of whit and black They learned that they were not as good as white men and women but that they definitely were not as bad or beastly as the average black slave White society however grouped this hybrid race with the average black slaves and the entire group became known as African Americans Skin tone and darkness has greatly influenced and divided the African American community in the areas of social class political involvement and education for over a century Topic Outline 1 Maintaining an even and light skin tone and color is important in maintaining good social standings 2 The introduction of hair relaxers and skin bleachers encourage the further perpetuation of the white is right doctrine 3Intraracial segregation administrated social clubs and neighborhoods 4Mulattos and light skinned blacks were more politically involved in the reconstruction government 5Mulattos and light skinned blacks were more likely to be educated
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