Do I GOT too Much Melanin?? (Asking for a friend): The Effects of Colorism within the Latinx Community

  • Nahla Atroon (Iowa State University)
  • Fabrice Eteka (Iowa State University)
  • Madelin Spikes (Iowa State University)
  • Satoria Williams (Iowa State University)


Historically, race relations in the United States have been deeply embedded within a black-white binary. The polarized racial construction causes people to not fully realize that the topic of race and racism affects all people of color. Race in the United States has been built upon the ideology of White Supremacy, in which white skin or people with lighter skin tones are perceived to be better than those with darker skin tones. Discrimination based on skin tone preference of light over dark is defined as colorism. This prejudice often comes from someone who belongs to the same ethnic or racial group. White Supremacy has led to a number of issues within the Latinx community, namely colorism amongst its people. This session will discuss the effects that colorism has on the social, psychological, physical, and financial well-being of the students within the Latinx population at Iowa State University.

Keywords: NCORE-ISCORE Project Scholars



Published on
28 Feb 2019