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Color Matters: Skin Tone Bias and the Myth of a Postracial America (New Directions in American History) 1st Edition

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"Distinctions based on skin tone are not as obvious as overt discrimination between black versus white, and therefore are rarely acknowledged. The glare of race obscures this more subtle form of discrimination. Color Matters casts a revealing light on this (often) taboo subject. Summing Up: Highly recommended." -W. Glasker, Rutgers, USA in CHOICE

About the Author

Kimberly Jade Norwood is Professor of Law and Professor of African and African American Studies at Washington University, St. Louis.
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Product Details

  • Series: New Directions in American History
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (December 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415517753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415517751
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #626,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Gary J. Richmond on January 1, 2014
Format: Paperback
Norwood's book is both scholarly and readable-- a rare combination. She brings together tremendous erudition as well as a heartfelt ethical sensibility which will surely have a profound effect on anyone who reads her book. It's clear that Professor Norwood has experienced the bias implied by her title both personally and through personal relations. But she brings also an historical, psychological, even a philosophical perspective which deepens her book's theme while never weighing it down. This is a book to read and reread, then to give to your relatives--especially the young ones: it is truly a gift--a difficult one at times, but certainly an eye-opening look into a never before so thoroughly explored topic of considerable contemporary interest. Those interested in the theme of a "post-racial America," certain myth that it is, need to read this thoughtful and beautifully written book.
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Great research joined with Prof. Norwood's extensive knowledge of personal experiences makes her argument very strong and convincing. The book is well-written, clear and thought provoking. I believe the subject matter is one that should be discussed, perhaps especially by women, and this book allows this to be done in considerable depth. It caused me take a good hard look at my own attitudes regarding this topic.
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Color Matters will make you realize how much skin tone has an influence in how we judge people of color. It is a well-written book that although written in a text-like format, is filled with a lot of facts no one ever thinks about. The recommendations at the end of the book should be put into practice and this book should be discussed in every school in the nation so that our kids, especially our girls can grow up loving themselves and others no matter how light or how dark our skins are. This is a must read book!
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