Culminating Project Title
Mestizo, Negro, Blanco—What Does it Mean? Racism and Colorism’s Effects in the Latinx Community
Date of Award
Culminating Project Type
Social Responsibility: M.S.
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Keywords and Subject Headings
race, identity, relationships, immigration, community
This study explores how Latinxs understand their racial identity and how colorism emerges, develops and evolves in the lives of Latinxs. We want to look into how racial identity affects race and color perceptions and relationships in the community. Data in this study came from 10 individuals who participated through in-person interviews or submitted a paper survey between March 2018 and March 2019. The patterns that emerged in this research demonstrate a challenge and confusion to Latinx racial identity. Familial influence is a way that colorism and racial identity is formed and understood. Colonial history of Latinxs is also discussed as a mechanism that continues to uphold colorism in the Latinx community. The limitations of the study were also discussed.
Alvarez, Frida, "Mestizo, Negro, Blanco—What Does it Mean? Racism and Colorism’s Effects in the Latinx Community" (2019). Culminating Projects in Social Responsibility. 18.