In Tanzania, only 2% of people born with albinism will live to the age of 40.
Our ancient ancestors didn’t have clothes or houses – but that constant exposure to the sun helped their skin protect itself from the worst sun damage.
A scholar of social work shares what he has learned about colorism by conducting research in more than 20 countries over the past few decades.
Fair skin as a beauty ideal underpins the global bleach cream industry – valued at $8.6 billion. There is a nascent backlash against the practice, which endangers health and can perpetuate racism.
The long history of racist beauty standards alone cannot explain the ongoing global use of harmful skin lighteners.
For migrants, prejudice can be a life and death matter. Research in India and South Africa shows life is considerably harder if migrants have a darker skin and come from a poorer country.
In the US, black children wait longer to be adopted and cost less to adopt than white children.