Ronald E. Hall, Title: Associate Professor. Office Location: 224 Baker Hall. Phone: 517/432-3729. Fax: 517/353-3038. E-mail: email@example.com WEB: socialwork.msu.edu
Education: Ph.D, Atlanta University, MSW, University of Michigan, MCS, University of Detroit
|Skin color, more than race, is important cause of racism, according to new book Racism in the 21st Century|
The color of a person's skin, more than a person's race, is becoming a key cause of racism, according to a new book Racism in the 21st Century co-written and edited by Ronald Hall, associate professor of social work at Michigan State University.
In an era when Barack Obama, the first African-American U.S. presidential candidate nominated by a major political party, is running for president, many people still struggle against prejudice and racism. Lighter-skinned blacks, Hispanics, Asians and other minorities often receive preferential treatment over their darker-skinned counterparts in education, housing, employment, and other areas, Hall and his fellow authors argue.
Colorism, discrimination based on skin color, is a centuries-old legacy of Western colonialism, according to Hall.
"Racism is no longer an issue of black and white," said Hall who has researched skin color discrimination for 25 years. "As we move further into the 21st century, with increased levels of interracial marriage, we won't be able to make racial differentiations. You're going to have people, for example, with Asian facial features, African hair texture, and Caucasian skin tones – and that's unprecedented. But the way we'll continue to assess one another, unfortunately, is going to be based on the manifestations of skin color. ###
|Ronald Hall (Ed.) Racism in the 21st Century, An Empirical Analysis of Skin Color. XIV, 260 p. 9 illus., 2 in color., Hardcover $49.95, €34.95, £26.50, ISBN 978-0-387-79097-8|