Latino-Americans: Skin Color and Mixed-Race People



Discrimination in some form is as old as Western civilization itself [1]. However, in a historical context, discrimination by victim-group populations on the basis of skin color is a relatively recent phenomenon. Among Latino-Americans, similar to other victim-group populations, such discrimination is the direct result of Euro-American domination, including the traditions of immigration and the assimilation experience. Following their various forms of domination, Western colonials who associated more often with Spanish and Catholic, as opposed to British and Protestant, evolved a no less potent skin color hierarchy, as dramatically displayed today in the behavioral interactions between and among Latino-Americans and victim populations.


Skin Color Dark Skin Racial Profile Light Skin White Supremacy 
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  1. 1.School of Social WorkMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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