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Lawrence Potter, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, discusses “colorism,” a social divide between lighter-skinned and darker-skinned African Americans, Monday in the President’s Dining Room. Potter considered a debate between W.E.B Du Bois and Marcus Garvey on colorism, a phenomenon that disadvantages darker skinned African Americans. Potter says that modern day colorism persists because media has created a beauty standard and superiority for lighter skin and Caucasian features.

Potter tackles intraracial prejudice

Lawrence Potter, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, explained the notion of the “color line,” or “colorism” within the African American community, otherwise known as intraracial prejudice between light skinned and darker skinned African Americans, Monday in the President’s Dining Room.

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