Empirical Analysis of the Impact of Skin Color on African-American Education, Income, and Occupation

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An examination of the dynamics between the various skin colors of African-Americans as pertains to their projected aspirations for education, occupation and income.


“[This] book by Dr. Ronald E. Hall explores the widely recognized, yet seldom discussed phenomenon of skin color in the African American community, which he calls “The Bleaching Syndrome”, using empirical evidence and critical analysis of both the historical and present day experiences of African Americans in the areas of education, occupation and income. His approach is innovative in both style and substance. Though other scholars have explored skin color...few have done so with the rigor included in this book. ...Dr. Hall provides us with a comprehensive exploration of and explanation for the many contemporary implications of skin color for African Americans, lest we be lulled into the false sense that skin color no longer matters for African Americans. ...I sincerely commend Dr. Hall for his bold foray into a controversial topic and his mastery of present difficult findings with compassion and aplomb....” – (from the Commendatory Preface) Dr. Alfiee M. Breland-Noble, Premier Fellow/DCRI Fellow, Moods & Anxiety Disorders Program, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center

“[This work] is timely and brings to light an important phenomenon that few people are willing to risk talking about. I highly recommend it as required reading for anyone interested in leaning about the social and psychological complexities of living in a multicultural, multiracial society.” – Dr. Lorna Roth, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Communication Studies, Concordia University, Canada

“In this book, Dr. Hall delivers a necessary amount of skin color prejudice faced by African Americans. Not only does Hall describe the rich history and science behind the origin of race, power, and color in the United States, but he challenges controversial theories about the disposition of racism in this country, while closely examining the implications of skin color among African Americans. This book is a must have! It is an excellent resource for students, educators, psychologists, sociologists, activists, and cultural enthusiasts. I highly recommend this stimulating work for every bookshelf.” – Kelly M. Lewis, Ph.D., National Science Foundation Fellow, Emory University

“This book is a must read not only for any student of history and anthropology, but it is an essential review for those in clinical and social work practice who deal with people of color who continue to psychologically and socially negotiate the issues of skin color and race.” – Jonathan Livingston, Ph.D., Outreach & Engagement, Michigan State University

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. The Genesis of Skin Color and Education
3. The Genesis of Skin Color and Occupation
4. The Genesis of Skin Color and Income
5. Contemporary Implications of Skin Color
6. The Study
7. An Empirical Analysis
8. Men Have a Dark Skin
9. The Bleaching Syndrome
10. Conclusion
Definition of Terms
Classic Bibliography
Contemporary Bibliography

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