Colorism still an impact in terms of marriage rates in Black community

A must-see article was published by the Washington Post discussing the impact of colorism on the African American community. One of its most provocative points was a recent study that measurably indicates the effects of colorism via income and marriage patterns in the Black community. Researchers Darrick Hamilton, Arthur H. Goldsmith, and William A. Darity Jr. co-authored a study entitled “Shedding ‘Light’ On Marriage.” These researchers are professors at New School in New York, Washington and Lee University, and Duke University, respectively.

Some of its findings: “There is a well-established literature of colorism, a preference for lighter-skinned individuals,” finds the actual study. “We find that the light-skin shade as measured by survey interviewers is associated with about a 15 percent greater probability of marriage for young black women, and light-skin shade as measured by self-reported biracial status is associated with the presence of better educated and higher-earning spouses for married black females.”