Lifetime Prevalence and Quality of Interracial Interactions on Color Consciousness Among White Young Adults

  • Alfiee M. Breland-Noble
  • Joy King
  • Stacy Young
  • Brea Eaton
  • Melissa Willis
  • Keri Hurst
  • Chastity Simmons


Color consciousness occurs when individuals identify and respond to the varied skin tones of others. Specifically, African American issues of color consciousness are rooted in the oppression and enslavement of the first Africans forcibly transported to America. As African Americans moved from the plantations to cities and towns, a color-based caste system followed. This caste system assisted in the establishment of an African American middle class with a disproportionate number of lighter-skinned African Americans. The findings regarding the salience of socioeconomic factors, though not conclusive, point to the continued significance of avoiding the trivialization of skin tone as a stimulus characteristic in Black-White interactions.


African American Male Skin Tone Black Skin High Status Occupation Interracial Interaction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alfiee M. Breland-Noble
    • 1
  • Joy King
  • Stacy Young
  • Brea Eaton
  • Melissa Willis
  • Keri Hurst
  • Chastity Simmons
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA

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