Publication Date

Spring 2015

Degree Name

MA in Social Justice in Intercultural Relations

First Advisor

Karen Blanchard

Abstract

The following research examines and addresses an ideology about race and the color of skin. The goal is to bring forth knowledge about a Mexican community that experiences discrimination and racism due to their skin color. It will view how and why skin color became a tool against a community that has existed in Mexico for centuries. The villages reside off the coastal areas of Mexico evolved from the ramifications of slave trading and owning. Mixed marriages between villages altered the color fabric of Mexico’s society in many ways; fair skin was not the dominant player any longer. This began a new caste system among an already existing archaic hierarchy that has existed for centuries in Latin American. Mexico’s idea about race and color is not common amongst most colonialized societies. It will show how Mexico’s views one’s skin as a major denominator in one’s social position due to their law of exclusion and inclusion. Although, they believe that speaking about race is impolite, their reasoning for different skin color relies on the coastal sun as the reason for dark skin. This research will show Mexico’s ideology about race, color and their caste system. The following information address why and how the idea of race and color is viewed amongst their “melting pot” society.

Disciplines

Family, Life Course, and Society | Inequality and Stratification | Latin American Studies | Race and Ethnicity

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