Prof. Kimberly Norwood
Professor of Law and African and African American Studies
Washington University, St. Louis
Taylor & Francis Group
‘Global Perspectives on Colorism’ Conference
In the United States, as in many parts of the world, people are discriminated against based on the color of their skin. This type of skin tone bias, called colorism, is both related to and distinct from discrimination on the basis of race, with which it is often conflated.
On Thursday and Friday, April 2 and 3, The Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute at Washington University in St. Louis School of Law will host ‘Global Perspectives on Colorism’, a conference on this crucial topic that is free and open to the public. Organized by Kimberly Norwood, professor of Law and African and African American Studies at Washington University, St. Louis, the conference will address the economic, social, and psychological impacts of colorism.
Norwood’s book, Color Matters: Skin Tone Bias and the Myth of a Postracial America, collects the most up-to-date research on this insidious form of discrimination, including perspectives from the disciplines of history, law, sociology, and psychology. The contributors to this volume bring to light the ways in which colorism affects us all--influencing what we wear, who we see on television, and even which child we might pick to adopt.
Norwood says, “The direct connection between skin color and education, social capital, marriage, income and wealth, health and overall success is pervasive, clear, and undeniable. This conference will focus on the global recognition of the problem and thus the magnitude of the challenge of eradication.”
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