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‘If you’re white, you’re alright’: Understanding the impact of colorism on families, relationships, and health ♥ ✚

Monday, Dec 6, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


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The UCI School of Education Brown Bag series presents

“‘If you’re white, you’re alright’: Understanding the impact of colorism on families, relationships, and health”

Presented by Antoinette Landor

Associate Professor, University of Missouri

Monday, December 6, 2021

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (PST)

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Note: This Brown Bag will be held virtually via Zoom and in-person in the UCI Education conference room. 

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Abstract: “If you’re white, you’re alright. If you’re yellow, you’re mellow. If you’re brown, stick around. If you’re black, get back.” This children’s rhyme from the early 1900s communicates a racial hierarchy of “white” over “black” and a color hierarchy of people of color with “lighter skin” over those with “darker skin.” The color hierarchy, referred to as colorism, is defined as the unequal treatment and discrimination of individuals on the basis of the lightness or darkness of their skin tone. Colorism is found in our institutions (families, justice system, educational system), media, and in our everyday language. Colorism shapes how we view ourselves and others, and often has detrimental consequences for individuals, families, and communities in the U.S. and around the world. Why care about colorism? How does colorism affect all of us? Dr. Landor will answer these critical questions and highlight her work on the historical and contemporary impact of skin tone and colorism on how parents interact with their children, how individuals choose romantic and sexual partners, and individuals’ well-being. Lastly, she will discuss what we all can do to fight against colorism and promote healing.

Bio: Antoinette M. Landor is an Associate Professor and the Millsap Professor of Diversity and Multicultural Studies in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at the University of Missouri. She is co-founder and Associate Director of the Center for Body Image Research and Policy (CBIRP) and a fellow at the Center for Antiracist Research directed by Ibram X. Kendi. Dr. Landor received a PhD from the University of Georgia and completed a National Institutes of Health (NIH) postdoctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on the impact of colorism and racism on individual, relational, and family health and functioning. She also examines how sociocultural factors influence the sexual and romantic relationship behaviors of adolescents and young adults. Her work has appeared in top-tier journals, such as Perspectives on Psychological Science, Journal of Adolescent Health, Journal of Sleep Research, Journal of Youth and Adolescence and Archives of Sexual Behavior, and has been presented at domestic and international conferences, such as the European Congress of Psychology in Milan, Italy and the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development in Gold Coast, Australia.


Monday, Dec 6, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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