colorism

[ kuhl-uh-riz-uhm ]
/ ˈkʌl əˌrɪz əm /

noun

differential treatment based on skin color, especially favoritism toward those with a lighter skin tone and mistreatment or exclusion of those with a darker skin tone, typically among those of the same racial group or ethnicity.

Nearby words

  1. colorific,
  2. colorimeter,
  3. colorimetry,
  4. coloring,
  5. coloring book,
  6. colorist,
  7. colorization,
  8. colorize,
  9. colorized,
  10. colorless

Also especially British, col·our·ism.

Origin of colorism

First recorded in 1960–65; color (in the sense “skin complexion”) + -ism

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