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A courageous, humane, and provocative examination  of how differences in color and features among  African Americans have played and continue to play a  role in their professional lives, friendships,  romances, and families.

This courageous, humane, and provocative book examines how differences in color and features play an ongoing role in socio-economic status, family relationships, friendships, romances, and professional ...

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A courageous, humane, and provocative examination  of how differences in color and features among  African Americans have played and continue to play a  role in their professional lives, friendships,  romances, and families.

This courageous, humane, and provocative book examines how differences in color and features play an ongoing role in socio-economic status, family relationships, friendships, romances, and professional lives of many African-Americans. Detailed discussion of the factors that have contributed to the color complex are presented to bring understanding, justice and healing.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Discrimination among African Americans on the basis of skin color. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385471619
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1993
  • Edition description: 1st Anchor Books ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.17 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Masters, Slaves, and Lovers 9
2 The Color Gap in Power and Privilege 24
3 Embracing Whiteness 41
4 Black Identity: Shades of Beauty and Pride 62
5 Hair: The Straight and Nappy of It All 81
6 Divided Families and Friends 94
7 Dating and Mating: A Question of Color 107
8 Color Harassment in the Workplace 124
9 The Media: Images in Black and Light 135
Epilogue: About Change 163
Sources 167
Acknowledgments 185
Permissions and Copyrights 187
Index 191
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2009

    reverse colorism

    The book claims that in Philadelphia and almost "every urban center across the country " there are sections where mostly light skin blacks reside,Adam Clayton made similar claims about Harlem.The book doesn't provide proof (street addresses,photos/names of residents)of these neighborhoods.The book doesn't mention Adam Clayton and Sally Hemmings could pass for white.Mary McLeod Bethune's Daytona Girls School was for dark skin girls.I'm black and light skin.There's a lot reverse colorism in Philadelphia.I had lived in Philly (blacks are the majority,ninth- poorest US city)for many years.In Philly many brown skin and dark skin black young adults don't date light skin blacks.I had lived in cities that weren't like this.In zipcodes in Philly that have many lecherous sex offenders many black men wouldn't date a light skin black woman.There are few light skin black and dark skin or brown skin black young adult couples in Philly.Often if a light skin black does end up with a nonlight skin black they end up with a brown skin black.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2007

    Quite Interesting

    This book is very informative. It's very objective and gives a lot of insight to the problem of intraracial discrimination among blacks

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2003

    Goes off track

    The book's analysis about intraracism among African Americans being a vestige white supremacist internalized thinking is correct, however using ancedotes to justify a theory about why light is preferable to dark is a disingenuous attempt and counterproductive. I don't recommend this book to parents raising darker skinned children trying to build healthy self-esteem.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2002

    About time somebody speak the truth

    This book is a well written peace of work. Written with facts and detailed messages that would live you wondering what type of soceity we really live in. The book gives a bitter taste of what lies beneath the African American soceity. You cannot read. this book as an African American without recognizing with it and acknowledging the fact that intraracism do exist. It is highly recommended

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    Posted June 10, 2009

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