About the Project


The purpose of the Intraracial Colorism Project is to study and report the effects of colorism on the thought processes, views, opinions, behavior, and skin color preferences of people of color. We propose to develop strategies to educate, enlighten and eventually eradicate colorism. The Intraracial Colorism Project, Inc., through donations, sponsorship and other funding, will investigate colorism using several project components.


The mission of the Intraracial Colorism Project, Inc. is to investigate and report the existence and occurrences of colorism among people of color throughout the United States and abroad; to develop strategies to eradicate colorism by encouraging positive and inclusive thought processes, views, opinions and behaviors; to educate all members of society of the detrimental effects of colorism; and to encourage members of society to embrace the diversity of all people.


The vision of the Intraracial Colorism Project, Inc. is to educate the world of the existence and detrimental effects of colorism and to be instrumental in educating all members in society of the importance of embracing the diversity of all people.

Website: The Intraracial Colorism Project

2 thoughts on “About the Project

  1. I found your site while searching for studies or articles on color distinction within races. My interest stems from my observations, as a neonatal nurse, of families of color who discuss among themselves the lightness or darkness of a newborn’s skin tone. I wonder if there are further implications for the baby and whether this has been studied.
    My personal background is that I have a Caucasian father and Latina mother, so I’ve always felt I didn’t belong to a single race. I have adopted children from Ecuador and India. We learned during the process and travel to their countries that there is differentiation and priority given according to the shade of the child’s skin. We have been asked if we requested a “wheat” colored Indian child, because they usually aren’t placed in non-Indian families. Our Ecuadorean son is dark skinned and very Native American looking, so we had no preference for our Indian
    daughter, who does have lighter skin.
    I live and work in the Dallas, Tx area.
    Please let me know if my observations have
    ,meaning, or I can help with your project.


    • Greetings Ms. Adair:
      In her dissertation titled ‘Home is Where the Hurt Is: Racial Socialization, Stigma, and Well-Being in Afro-Brazilian Families”, Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman explored the issue of light skin and phenotypes in Afro-Brazilian families. She appeared as a guest on The Dynamics of Colorism Talk Radio on May 9, 2013. This is a link to the archived show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dynamicsofcolorism/2013/05/10/afro-brazilian-families-and-colorism
      While Dr. Hordge-Freeman’s study does not focus solely on newborns and skin color issues, she noted how families treat darker complexioned children, focus on pinching their noses to avoid the child having a broad nose, treat darker complexioned children with Afrocentric features differently then they treat lighter skinned children. So far, I have not identified any particular research that focuses mainly on colorism and a newborn’s skin tone among people of color. I have interviewed people of color who have noted the light skin tone of a newborn’s skin and that the color will change to same color of the child’s ears (which are normally darker). One woman allegedly bragged that that her new born daughter was going to be light and that she was a blessing. Despite family members noting that the child’s skin tone would eventually turn dark (the same color of her ears). When the child’s skin turned darker, the mother became distraught and another family member obtained custody and raised the child. This type of behavior is a psychic prison that many become caught in resulting in mental health issues among other issues.

      I am including a chapter in my book on colorism that focuses on this very issue and have scheduled to commence a study on this topic on February 1st. I would love to discuss this with you further because your observations are by all means, important especially in the study of colorism. Thank you for sharing and I will contact you via e-mail to discuss the study in detail and look forward to working with you on the project.

      Moving forward in Unity!
      Dr. Culbreth


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