Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation
Pan-African Studies, MA
Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)
colorism; African American; healing; internalized racism
This study examines the impact of experiences of colorism on the crime trajectory of African Americans. It is qualitative in nature and utilizes semi-structured interviews with incarcerated African American people. As previous research has shown the painful impact of colorism on its victims, this study ultimately seeks to unearth if that pain translates into crime commission and trajectory. The primary purpose of this research is to contribute to the existing body of research that seeks to support “colorism healing” in the African American community. If this indicates that colorism contributes to crime trajectory, such an outcome would have practical implications: more programs in schools, social work agencies, and Black community groups may be developed to address the problem.
Sibley, Shaderica Ta'shawn, "Putting colorism on trial intraracial colorism and its impact on crime trajectory among African Americans." (2022). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 3900.