Same Family, Different Colors: Confronting Colorism in America’s Diverse Families
by Lori Tharps
Publication Date: Oct 04, 2016
List Price: $26.95
Format: Hardcover, 216 pages
Imprint: Beacon Press
Publisher: Beacon Press
Parent Company: Unitarian Universalist Association
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Weaving together personal stories, history, and analysis, Same Family, Different Colors explores the myriad ways skin-color politics affect family dynamics in the United States. Colorism and color bias the preference for or presumed superiority of people based on the lighter color of their skin is a pervasive but rarely openly discussed phenomenon, one that is centuries old and continues today. In Same Family, Different Colors journalist Lori Tharps, the mother of three mixed-race children with three distinct skin colors, uses her own family as a starting point to explore how skin-color difference is dealt with in African American, Latino, Asian American, and mixed-race families and communities. Along with intimate and revealing stories and anecdotes from dozens of diverse people from across the United States, Tharps adds a historical overview and a contemporary cultural critique. Same Family, Different Colors is a solution-seeking journey to the heart of identity politics, so this more subtle cousin to racism, in the author s words, will be acknowledged, understood, and debated.
- Family & Relationships / Prejudice
- Social Science / Discrimination & Race Relations
- Social Science / Ethnic Studies / General
- Social Science / Sociology / Marriage & Family
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