Thesis Statement/ Research Question Is Colorism a Growing issue within workplace for African Americans in the Chicago area and how do we fix the issue of Colorism? Colorism is defined as people who stereotype others into groups based on skin tone and treat them a certain way according to how dark their skin color is. ● Fix gaps that are present for workers (25%-20% less than white full-time male workers in Chicago area) ● Raise Awareness of Colorism ● Rainbow/PUSH Organization
Research and Methodology ● EEOC v. Patterson-UTI Drilling Co. ● EEOC v. Shanska USA Building, Inc. ● EEOC v. New Koosharem Corp. yjhHLc&authuser=0 Dark brown lighte r light
The Study ● 400 participants ● Apply with skin tone ● Must be employed in Chicagoland area ● 200 light skin African Americans ● 200 dark skin African Americans In the separated groups they will be asked the same questions to find the different experiences. With this information we will be able to go to work forces and change rules accordingly.
Significance Colorism is becoming a more prevalent issue within the workplace Goes frequently undetected within the workplace.
Continued People of darker color are being short-handed within the workplace as any African American with darker skin tone is less preferred by employers simply based on their skin tone, not abilities Our resolution to this issue is to raise awareness about the discrimination happening within African American race. How?
Our Game Plan ● Holding discussions within communities where people explain how they feel about colorism/how it has affected them. ● Educating those about the History of colorism and what it initially represented during Slave History ● Educate employers about how to stand up against colorism within the workplace, possibly create policies where hiring policies are strictly based on abilities not racial bias.
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