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ERIC Number: EJ924449
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0730-3084
Understanding Colorism and How It Relates to Sport and Physical Education
Forster-Scott, Latisha
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (JOPERD), v82 n2 p48-52 Feb 2011
Discrimination based on gradations of skin color can occur within and between racial or ethnic groups, including blacks, Latinos, and Asians. Lighter skin and Caucasian features tend to be viewed more positively than darker-skin qualities. Where a person of color falls along the "color line" may affect his or her social status, employment opportunities, dating and spousal relationships, and psychological health. This article illustrates how colorism is related to racism and how color stratification may play a role in sport settings. Several scenarios are given along with questions to consider when examining the role of colorism in school and sport settings. Suggestions are also made for reducing the negative effects of racism and colorism.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A