Journal of Colorism Studies

JOCS

Call for Submissions

In Living Color: Exploring the Complexities of Colorism in the 21st-Century

Special Issue

Journal of Colorism Studies (JOCS)

 

Guest Editors:  Dr. Amir Gilmore, Washington State University

                        Dr. Vikki Carpenter, Heritage University

 

The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line, the question as to how far differences of race-which show themselves chiefly in the color of the skin and the texture of the hair-will hereafter be made the basis of denying to over half the world the right of sharing to utmost ability the opportunities and privileges of modern civilization.
—W.E.B. Du Bois (1900)

Are there multiple forms or species of racism or simply variations of a fundamental structure?
—Jared Sexton (2012)

I have only one solution: to rise above this absurd drama that others have staged around me
—Fanon (1952)

Wherever you are reading this from, you probably heard this ad nauseam: “We do not see race.” With remarkable ease, this well-intentioned phrase is invoked by media pundits, politicians, and citizenry worldwide as a justified public defense against accusations of racism but also as a political tool for refashioning grand narratives about the declining significance of race and racism. These incredulous claims of nonracialism and post-racialism illuminate the significant social phenomenon and philosophy of color-evasiveness. This race-neutral ideology purports race and racism are nonfactors in shaping people’s life chances (Bonilla-Silva, 2006). Seemingly the social construction of race and racism would disappear if people stopped seeing it. This vapid sentiment is disingenuous because color-coded ethnoracial inequalities shade almost every facet of social life in the United States (and globally) due to the pernicious manifestations of the color line (Du Bois, 1900).

While formal racial classifications and the overarching racial caste system were constructed during the Age of Enlightenment, the valorization of white skin, straight blonde hair, and Eurocentric physical features are rooted in antiquity (Ware, 2013). As such, the denigration of dark-complexioned people–a byproduct of this valorization–is a ubiquitous pathology exported through the European colonization of Asia, Africa, and the Americas, permeating the colonized psyche. Delineating between white/nonwhite and Black/nonBlack, the racial calculus (Hartman, 2008) of the color line stratifies people’s life chances, trajectories, and outcomes, based on their approximate possession of light or dark skin (Monk, 2021). Even as societies stride toward mixed-race futures (Sexton, 2008), the permanence of racial hierarchies will endure in the 21st century because skin tone will continue to serve as a proxy to race. In this racial order of things, color and colorism will employ the same hierarchy governing racism (Ware, 2013) because colorism is the sine qua non to racism.

Race matters (West, 1991), but so does skin color. Colorism is a hidden gatekeeper augmenting life outcomes across many significant social domains, such as education, criminal justice, immigration, healthcare, employment, banking, and marriage (Monk, 2021; Ware, 2013). While scholars have long recognized skin complexion as a determinant of social conditions (Du Bois, 1899, 1903; Frazier, 1957; Johnson, 1934; Davis, Gardner, & Gardner, 1941; Myrdal, 1944; Fanon, 1952; Banks, 2000; Hall, 2008, 2010), it was Alice Walker (1983) who first coined colorism and conceptualized the social construct as the “prejudicial or preferential treatment of same-race people based solely on their color” (p. 3). Several scholars have further conceptualized colorism through various terms such as being color struck (Brown, 1965), the color complex (Russell, Wilson, & Hall, 1992), skin color discrimination (Hall, 2010; Hochschild, 2006; Rondilla & Spickard, 2007), color consciousness (Monroe, 2016), color stratification (Keith & Monroe, 2016), and skin color bias (Hunter, 2016). As a vestige of colonialism, colorism is as injurious as racism (Ware, 2013). While race and color are related conceptually and interchangeably used in history (e.g., colored people, color barrier), they are not synonymous. Colorism is focused on actual skin tone rather than racial or ethnic identity (Hunter, 2007). In this formulation, skin color substitutes race as a social marker for enthoracial categories (Monk, 2021). Light and dark skin serves as a proxy for a superior or inferior race, preserving similar social pathologies and racial quality-of-life outcomes (Hall, 2018). Therefore, as Jones (2009) denoted, “while racism may affect an individual regardless of the person’s color, two individuals belonging to the same ethnoracial category may face differential treatment due to their varying skin tones” (p. 223).

As a hegemonic mainstay within the Black/White racial dichotomy, colorism has deep societal underpinnings in the United States, dating back to chattel slavery (Monk, 2021), as skin color (and kinship) determined an enslaved person’s work assignment (Ware, 2013). Those with darker skin worked in the farm or fields, while those with lighter skin worked in the enslaver’s house because they had direct kinship ties to the enslaver through sexual violence (Monk, 2021). In the afterlife of slavery (Hartman, 2008), color stratification ended no more than racism did, as intra-group colorism and white supremacist political-juridical structures determined the social and occupational status of light- and dark-complexioned Black people (Jones, 2009). This foreclosure on social mobility resulted in intergenerational dis/advantages (Monk, 2021) and negative cognitive biases (Maddox, 2004). Though colorism was rendered a Black-White issue, skin tone stratification is not exclusive to Black people in the United States (Rondilla & Spickard, 2007; Hunter, 2007) because it is a global phenomenon (Hall, 2018). Despite verbal assertions of people not seeing race, there is no shortage of examples showcasing the geographic reach of skin tone stratification, as cases exist in India (Melwani, 2007), Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, and Taiwan (Li, Min, & Beck, 2008); Mexico (Hernandez, 2001), Brazil (Nascimento, 2007), and the Dominican Republic (Roth, 2008). The idealization of light skin as the zenith of humanity highlights that color discrimination is a cultural and political fact worldwide (Hall, 2018).

Despite the evidence of colorism permeating all facets of social life, the attempts to characterize this multifaceted and complex social phenomenon has fallen secondary to social science research due to the primacy and gravity of race. The academic shading of color obscures the analysis of how skin color is relevant to ethnoracial life chances and outcomes. Coupled with the colorism’s media (in)visibility and lack of political recognition, this foreclosure is quite concerning (Monk, 2021). What is to be done about this absurd drama that surrounds us? It is imperative that we theorize in living color to address these enduring and pernicious attitudes surrounding skin tone to mitigate and improve ethnoracial inequalities. As guest editors of this special journal issue in The Journal of Colorism Studies, we invite you to illuminate the continuously unfolding and multifaceted manifestations of skin tone stratification in the U.S. and worldwide. Moreover, we invite you to explicate how skin tone discrimination is situated, operationalized, and machinated by structures of anti-blackness, setter colonization, white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, xenophobia, ableism, and classism.

While this special issue may not provide formative solutions, we are interested in perspectives and analysis that will allow us to “rise above” (even temporarily) the absurd drama of colorism. Towards that end, we want to be quite intentional about who this special issue is for and/or about with our three declarations. Our first declaration is that this special issue seeks perspectives on colorism and skin tone stratification within and beyond the mainstream hegemony of the Black/White racial dichotomy. To suspend the damage (Tuck, 2009), our second declaration is that our project is centered on dissonance as a corrective mode of truth-telling (Lozenski, 2016) to illuminate the persistent and multifaceted colonial ideologies that situate color prejudice and color evasion. The third and final declaration is that this political project is not aiming to seek if the U.S. and the global world participate in structural color discrimination but is centered on the how and why motivations of structural color discrimination.

The Guest Editors welcome and encourage submissions from emerging faculty of color, as well as graduate students whose work primarily lies at the intersections of colorism and/or: Black Studies, Indigenous Studies, Ethnic Studies, Cultural Studies, Queer Studies, Critical Race Theory, Feminist Thought, and Popular Culture.

Specific subtopics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Skin tone as a post-colonial racialized hierarchy and the policing of ethnoracial boundaries
  • ‘‘Blanqueamiento’’ and the globalization of skin whitening (the Bleach Syndrome) as ideology and practice
  • Blood quantum, racial purity, and one-drop rules
  • The psychodynamics of colonialism, color, and desire
  • Skin tone, law, and immigration
  • The complexity of identity within biracial and multiracial people
  • Miscegenation laws, interracial relationships, and the endowment of skin tone
  • Critical Skin Theory (see Hall, 2018)
  • Colorism, sexuality, and gender expression
  • Color Struck, Racial Passings, and “honorary white people”
  • Colorism within popular culture, sports, and social media
  • Colorism, employment, and labor
  • Colorism and criminal justice
  • Skin tone and self-hate racial pathology
  • Race-shifting, Blackfishing, and Pretendians in education and society
  • Anti-Blackness and people-of-colorblindness (see Sexton, 2010) in the tri-racial order (see Bonilla Silva, 2006)

Proposals:

Proposals should be a word document containing the following: (a) tentative manuscript title, (b) author(s)’ names, affiliation(s), and email(s), and (c) a proposal (~500 words) of the planned contribution that includes: a summary of the critical issues regarding skin color stratification or questions the paper will address and its relevance to the special issue. Note: Authors who do not submit a brief proposal by the February 17, 2023 deadline may still submit a full manuscript by the May 26, 2023 deadline (however, we cannot guarantee full consideration of these submissions). Please email your proposal to Amir Gilmore (amir.gilmore@wsu.edu) and Vikki Carpenter (carpenter_v@heritage.edu).

Manuscripts:

Manuscripts should generally be 4,000-7000 words (all inclusive) in length, 12-point Times New Roman, double-spaced, APA-style, with 1-inch margins. Manuscripts should be written for an audience that has a vested interest in colorism studies and cares about the mattering, survivance, and life outcomes of those marginalized by skin tone stratification. The Guest Editors and the editorial team will preliminarily review manuscripts submitted to this special issue. Those deemed suitable for journal publication will be sent anonymously to external peer reviewers.

 Podcasts

For audio works, please include:
File type: MP3
Title
All contributing authors
Abstract
Transcript of the audio

Tentative Manuscript/Podcast Timeline:

Proposal Submission Deadline: February 10, 2023
Special Editor’s Response: February 17, 2023
Submission Deadline for Full Manuscripts/Podcasts and transcripts: May 26, 2023
First decisions regarding submitted manuscripts/podcasts: June 30, 2023
Revised manuscript/podcast submission deadline: August 4, 2023
Publication: Mid August/Early September 2023

If you have any queries or questions about submission, please email the guest editors: Drs. Amir Gilmore (amir.gilmore@wsu.edu) and Vikki Carpenter (carpenter_v@heritage.edu).

Thank you again for your interest, and we look forward to receiving your proposal!

 

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Davis, A., Gardner, B. B., & Gardner, M. R. (1941). Deep south: A social anthropological study of caste and class. University of Chicago Press.

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Due: December 31, 2022

 

The Journal of Colorism Studies (JOCS) is accepting submissions for a thematic issue focusing on “Diversity, Anti-Racism, Race, Colorism, Inclusion, and Equity” in education, the workplace and society. We are specifically interested in submissions that focus on but are not limited to the following:

  • Allyship
  • Anti-racism (Asian Americans, Black Americans, and Latino/Hispanic Americans)
  • Authenticity
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  • Colorism in the millennium
  • Communities of color
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  • Unity
  • Weight and appearance
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Submissions Accepted

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Submissions will not be considered for publication if they have been published before or if they are under review by another journal or publisher. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to use from copyright holders for reproducing tables and figures. Submissions to JOCS are subject to an initial internal review. Submissions considered for potential publication will be reviewed using a blind peer review process. Submissions that do not follow author guidelines will not be considered for publication. Submissions will follow the style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition). Submissions should be single-spaced, using 1-inch margins for the top, bottom and sides of every page, 12-pt Times New Roman font, numbered pages. Lines should be left-justified, and words should not be divided at the end of a line. Submissions (including notes, references, and tables) should not exceed 25 pages.

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JOCS only accepts online submissions. Registration and login are required to submit items online. To submit manuscripts for review, please register at http://jocsonline.org (you will be required to create a username and password). Subscriptions to JOCS are free.

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JOCS Welcomes Assistant Editor

Dr. Shannan Moore

Please join the Editorial Board of the Journal of Colorism Studies in welcoming Dr. Shannan Moore as the new Assistant Editor.

Dr. Moore is an educational leader, content creator, mom and colorism awareness educator who is dedicated to being an advocate and raising awareness of colorism, featurism and texturism in the Black community.  Her research has been presented to a global audience and the findings have been taught at various workshops, professional development seminars and conferences.  Her newest accomplishment is being named Assistant Editor of the Journal of Colorism Studies where she works alongside a fabulous team committed to bridging the gap between academia and communities of color on issues/topics relative to colorism, diversity, girls and women of color, mixed race identity, identity issues, race, multiculturalism, multiracialism and societal ills affecting people of color.  She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the National Girls and Women of Color Council, Inc. (NGWCC).  Additionally, Dr. Moore serves on the research team for the Colorism Project, Inc.

 Dr. Moore’s educational background includes an MA in Learning Disabilities from Clark Atlanta University and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Liberty University.  Although she has over 20 years invested as an educator, Dr. Moore’s real passion is the work she does within the Black community as an advocate, traveling the world and dance.  She is dedicated to living a life filled with ease, joy and love and believes women should protect their peace at all times.  Her favorite quote is “If it costs you your peace, it’s too expensive!”

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Journal of Colorism Studies

Call for Submissions

“We, The Excluded People: How Racism in America Defers Dreams and Diminishes Hopes – Momentarily”  

                        Extended Submission Deadline:  December 31, 2022

The Journal of Colorism Studies (JOCS) is holding open submissions for essays to be featured in an upcoming anthology titled “We, the Excluded People: How Racism in America Defers Dreams and Diminishes Hopes – Momentarily” edited by Dr. Donnamaria Culbreth, Dr. Darien Senn-Carter and Dr. Reynaldo Evangelista.

We are interested in well-crafted submissions that focus on how racism in America affects Black Americans.  It is through these submissions that we hope to further enlighten society of the detrimental effects of racism on the psychological, emotional, physical, and social well-being and growth of Black Americans in the millennium. Essays should also recommend strategies to address racism in America.

Selected topics are noted below

Submission Guidelines

  • Submit a letter of interest identifying the selected essay category from the attached Essay Categories List.
  • No work may be more than 3500 words. Please watch your word count. Submissions over the word count will be disqualified for this
  • The work must not have appeared in print or online.
  • All submissions must be written in English, include a cover letter containing word count and writing
  • Each author may submit up to two (2) unique
  • Essays must be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word format, Times New Roman 12 point font and double

Author Bios

Submissions should include author biographies not to exceed one paragraph and may include links to personal websites.

Submission Deadline

December 31, 2022 (by midnight)with a targeted publication date of June 2023.

Submissions

Submit documents to: Anthology@jocsonline.org

On behalf of the Journal of Colorism Studies, thank you for your support and submissions.

Continued Success!

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Essay Categories

 Topics include but are not limited to the following:

Black Women

  • Negative stereotypes
  • Employment
  • Leadership
  • Hair
  • Body image
  • Standards of beauty
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Respect

Black Men

  • Disparate treatment
  • Incarceration
  • Racial profiling
  • Negative stereotypes
  • Employment
  • Education
  • Police brutality
  • Families
  • Opportunities

Community

  • Gang violence
  • Shootings
  • Gentrification
  • Neighborhoods
  • Segregation
  • Non-profits and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Conflict
  • Drugs (crack vs. opioids)
  • Healthy communities
  • Protests/marches

Education

  • Quality education
  • The Achievement Gap
  • K-12
  • Higher education
  • Faculty
  • Student learning
  • Advising
  • Racism on campus
  • Racist faculty
  • The purpose of education
  • Low income schools
  • College preparation
  • Student success

Employment

  • Equal employment opportunities
  • Hiring/terminations
  • Reporting racism
  • Racism
  • Disparate treatment
  • Promotions
  • Job opportunities
  • Corporate America
  • Black women in the workplace
  • Inequities in the workplace
  • Careers/career advancement
  • Exclusion in the workplace
  • Diversity
  • Tolerance as a catalyst
  • Colorism

Environmental

  • Environmental racism
  • Air quality
  • Neighborhood contamination
  • Inner cities
  • Flint and the water crisis

Family

  • Extended families
  • Relationships
  • Parenting
  • Saving the children
  • Children/teens
  • Conversations with Black boys/Black girls
  • Family structure
  • Black girls/boys – unique needs/challenges and traumas

Government

  • Federal
  • State
  • Local
  • Job training programs
  • Opportunities

Healthcare

  • Healthcare disparities
  • Black women and healthcare
  • Pregnancies and death rates
  • Black men and healthcare
  • COVID-19

Historical  (relate to issues in the millennium)

  • Post-slavery
  • Reparations?
  • 400 years
  • Racism in America
  • Reconstruction
  • Civil War
  • Jim Crow
  • The Civil Rights Era
  • Black Power Movement
  • The Deacons of Defense
  • The Black Panthers
  • The Civil Rights Era
  • Racism in the millennium
  • Lynching/murders
  • Emmett Till in the millennium
  • Boycotts
  • The Black Panthers and the Black Community

Leadership

  • What would DuBois and Booker T. Washington Do?
  • What would Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcom X Do?
  • Community leaders
  • The opportunists
  • Game changers
  • Leading change

Legal/Criminal Justice

  • Criminal justice system as a just system
  • Prisons/Incarceration
  • Criminal justice reform
  • Sentencing of Black boys/men/girls/women
  • Jury bias
  • Justice delayed is justice denied

Media

  • Perpetuating racism
  • Unconscious racism
  • Stereotypes
  • Reporting/news

Mentoring

  • The lack of inner-city programs
  • Recreational vs. Intellectual programs for inner city Black children
  • Mentoring Black girls/boys

Personal

  • Self-esteem
  • Self-love
  • Self-respect
  • Self-identity
  • Self-pride
  • Culture
  • Anger
  • Denial
  • Depression
  • Acceptance
  • Trauma/challenges
  • Trauma (psychological, physical, emotional and social)
  • Burdens of our children
  • Deferred dreams
  • Hope/diminished hope
  • Coping mechanisms
  • Colorism
  • Healing
  • Rising to the top

Police and the Community

  • Racial profiling
  • Police and racism
  • Policing black bodies
  • Murder of Black men/boys/women/girls
  • Protests
  • Civil rights
  • Incarceration
  • Prosecuting police officers
  • Conflict and differences
  • Police brutality
  • Police calls (false reporting of Black Americans for unsubstantiated reasons)
  • Colorism
  • Detaining Black men
  • “You fit the description”
  • Accountability
  • Police misconduct in the millennium
  • The Black Panthers and Police
  • Citizen Review Boards

Political

  • Democrats
  • Republicans
  • Voting
  • Pandering for the Black vote
  • Promises
  • Agendas

Racism/Institutional Racism

  • Speaking truth to power
  • Racial prejudice
  • Racial disparities
  • Negative stereotypes
  • Prejudice
  • Biasness
  • Racial perception gap
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Law
  • Employment
  • Financial industry
  • White privilege
  • White supremacy
  • Racial divide
  • Conscious and unconscious racism
  • Intentional and unintentional racism
  • Overt racism
  • Covert racism
  • Critical race theories
  • Strategies
  • Voices
  • Why we can’t wait
  • Enough

Social

  • Relationships
  • Interracial platonic and romantic relationships
  • Value of Black lives
  • Jim Crow in the Millennium
  • Organizations (NAACP, Urban League, etc.)
  • Unity
  • Solidarity
  • Psychic prisons
  • Interracial colorism
  • Voices and being heard
  • Taking a stand
  • Strategies
  • Conversations about racism
  • A seat at the table must include equal representation (diverse group of Black Americans)
  • Social justice

Social Media

  • Online Platforms
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Instagram

Socioeconomic

  • Income disparities
  • Small businesses
  • Opportunities
  • Financial
  • Credit
  • Home ownership
  • Mortgages
  • Neighborhoods
  • Housing
  • Black Wall Street in the Millennium?

The Black Church

The anthology is a fundraiser of the Journal of Colorism Studies with all proceeds supporting the Journal of Colorism Studies.

The Costs of Colorism

Join Dr. Donnamaria Culbreth for a presentation titled “The Costs of Colorism” on April 15, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. The presentation is sponsored by the Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute of Anne Arundel County Community College.

Register today

Contact Information:

Dr. Reynaldo Evangelista at raevangelista@aacc.edu

Dr. Darian Senn-Carter at dtsenncarter@aacc.edu.

Call for Anthology Submissions

 “We, The Excluded People: How Racism in America Defers Dreams and Diminishes Hopes – Momentarily”  

                        Extended Submission Deadline:  December 31, 2022

The Journal of Colorism Studies (JOCS) is holding open submissions for essays to be featured in an upcoming anthology titled “We, the Excluded People: How Racism in America Defers Dreams and Diminishes Hopes – Momentarily” edited by Dr. Donnamaria Culbreth.

This anthology is a fundraiser of the Journal of Colorism Studies with all proceeds supporting the Journal of Colorism Studies.

We are interested in well-crafted submissions that focus on how racism in America affects Black Americans.  It is through these submissions that we hope to further enlighten society of the detrimental effects of racism on the psychological, emotional, physical, and social well-being and growth of Black Americans in the millennium. Essays should also recommend strategies to address racism in America.

Selected topics are noted below

Submission Guidelines

  • Submit a letter of interest identifying the selected essay category from the attached Essay Categories List.
  • No work may be more than 3500 words. Please watch your word count. Submissions over the word count will be disqualified for this
  • The work must not have appeared in print or online.
  • All submissions must be written in English, include a cover letter containing word count and writing
  • Each author may submit up to two (2) unique
  • Essays must be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word format, Times New Roman 12 point font and double

Author Bios

Submissions should include author biographies not to exceed one paragraph and may include links to personal websites.

Submission Deadline

December 31, 2022 (by midnight)with a targeted publication date of June 2023.

Submissions

Submit documents to: Anthology@jocsonline.org

On behalf of the Journal of Colorism Studies, thank you for your support and submissions.

Continued Success!

Dr. Donnamaria Culbreth
Editor-in-Chief
Journal of Colorism Studies

Website: jocsonline.org

Twitter: @ColorismJournal

Facebook:  JOCS

Essay Categories

 Topics include but are not limited to the following:

Black Women

  • Negative stereotypes
  • Employment
  • Leadership
  • Hair
  • Body image
  • Standards of beauty
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Respect

 

Black Men

  • Disparate treatment
  • Incarceration
  • Racial profiling
  • Negative stereotypes
  • Employment
  • Education
  • Police brutality
  • Families
  • Opportunities

Community

  • Gang violence
  • Shootings
  • Gentrification
  • Neighborhoods
  • Segregation
  • Non-profits and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Conflict
  • Drugs (crack vs. opioids)
  • Healthy communities
  • Protests/marches

Education

  • Quality education
  • The Achievement Gap
  • K-12
  • Higher education
  • Faculty
  • Student learning
  • Advising
  • Racism on campus
  • Racist faculty
  • The purpose of education
  • Low income schools
  • College preparation
  • Student success

Employment

  • Equal employment opportunities
  • Hiring/terminations
  • Reporting racism
  • Racism
  • Disparate treatment
  • Promotions
  • Job opportunities
  • Corporate America
  • Black women in the workplace
  • Inequities in the workplace
  • Careers/career advancement
  • Exclusion in the workplace
  • Diversity
  • Tolerance as a catalyst
  • Colorism

Environmental

  • Environmental racism
  • Air quality
  • Neighborhood contamination
  • Inner cities
  • Flint and the water crisis

 Family

  • Extended families
  • Relationships
  • Parenting
  • Saving the children
  • Children/teens
  • Conversations with Black boys/Black girls
  • Family structure
  • Black girls/boys – unique needs/challenges and traumas

Government

  • Federal
  • State
  • Local
  • Job training programs
  • Opportunities

 Healthcare

  • Healthcare disparities
  • Black women and healthcare
  • Pregnancies and death rates
  • Black men and healthcare
  • COVID-19

Historical  (relate to issues in the millennium)

  • Post-slavery
  • Reparations?
  • 400 years
  • Racism in America
  • Reconstruction
  • Civil War
  • Jim Crow
  • The Civil Rights Era
  • Black Power Movement
  • The Deacons of Defense
  • The Black Panthers
  • The Civil Rights Era
  • Racism in the millennium
  • Lynching/murders
  • Emmett Till in the millennium
  • Boycotts
  • The Black Panthers and the Black Community

Leadership

  • What would DuBois and Booker T. Washington Do?
  • What would Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcom X Do?
  • Community leaders
  • The opportunists
  • Game changers
  • Leading change

Legal/Criminal Justice

  • Criminal justice system as a just system
  • Prisons/Incarceration
  • Criminal justice reform
  • Sentencing of Black boys/men/girls/women
  • Jury bias
  • Justice delayed is justice denied

 

 Media

  • Perpetuating racism
  • Unconscious racism
  • Stereotypes
  • Reporting/news

Mentoring

  • The lack of inner-city programs
  • Recreational vs. Intellectual programs for inner city Black children
  • Mentoring Black girls/boys

 Personal

  • Self-esteem
  • Self-love
  • Self-respect
  • Self-identity
  • Self-pride
  • Culture
  • Anger
  • Denial
  • Depression
  • Acceptance
  • Trauma/challenges
  • Trauma (psychological, physical, emotional and social)
  • Burdens of our children
  • Deferred dreams
  • Hope/diminished hope
  • Coping mechanisms
  • Colorism
  • Healing
  • Rising to the top

 

Police and the Community

  • Racial profiling
  • Police and racism
  • Policing black bodies
  • Murder of Black men/boys/women/girls
  • Protests
  • Civil rights
  • Incarceration
  • Prosecuting police officers
  • Conflict and differences
  • Police brutality
  • Police calls (false reporting of Black Americans for unsubstantiated reasons)
  • Colorism
  • Detaining Black men
  • “You fit the description”
  • Accountability
  • Police misconduct in the millennium
  • The Black Panthers and Police
  • Citizen Review Boards

 Political

  • Democrats
  • Republicans
  • Voting
  • Pandering for the Black vote
  • Promises
  • Agendas

 

 Racism/Institutional Racism

  • Speaking truth to power
  • Racial prejudice
  • Racial disparities
  • Negative stereotypes
  • Prejudice
  • Biasness
  • Racial perception gap
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Law
  • Employment
  • Financial industry
  • White privilege
  • White supremacy
  • Racial divide
  • Conscious and unconscious racism
  • Intentional and unintentional racism
  • Overt racism
  • Covert racism
  • Critical race theories
  • Strategies
  • Voices
  • Why we can’t wait
  • Enough

Social

  • Relationships
  • Interracial platonic and romantic relationships
  • Value of Black lives
  • Jim Crow in the Millennium
  • Organizations (NAACP, Urban League, etc.)
  • Unity
  • Solidarity
  • Psychic prisons
  • Interracial colorism
  • Voices and being heard
  • Taking a stand
  • Strategies
  • Conversations about racism
  • A seat at the table must include equal representation (diverse group of Black Americans)
  • Social justice

Social Media

  • Online Platforms
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Instagram

 Socioeconomic

  • Income disparities
  • Small businesses
  • Opportunities
  • Financial
  • Credit
  • Home ownership
  • Mortgages
  • Neighborhoods
  • Housing
  • Black Wall Street in the Millennium?

  The Black Church

 

 

 

Call for Peer Reviewers

The Journal of Colorism Studies  (JOCS) is an open access, peer-reviewed journal and the official publication of the Intraracial Colorism Project, Inc. The journal is accessible at JOCS Online and via the ProQuest and EBSCO databases.

Colorism and a plethora of issues continue to affect communities of color psychologically, emotionally, physically, and socially.  The mission of JOCS is to bridge the gap between academia and communities of color on issues/topics relative to colorism, diversity, girls and women of color, mixed race identity, identity issues, race, and societal ills affecting people of color.

We believe in bridging the gap through collaborating, educating, enlightening, discussing, reporting and sharing information.  It is our belief that absent sharing research with the masses as well as failing to include the masses at conferences, in dialogues, research findings, and articles, etc. on issues affecting people of color, valuable voices and contributions needed to bring about change are lost.

We further believe that by including the masses, communities of color in collaboration with academia will be able to collectively find solutions to help address many societal ills and open the door for honest dialogues.  By bridging the gap, we will be able to diminish the far-reaching divide that continues to separate the academic community and communities of color.  Accordingly, we believe that it is time for a change in the way that we act, interact and react with each other.

JOCS publishes high-quality content in a forum that is enlightening, educating, engaging, informative and collaborative for everyone from all walks of life.  JOCS uses a double-blind peer review process for all submissions. We are interested in submissions from EVERYONE especially members of the community.  We believe in and encourage celebrating and embracing the diversity of all people of color worldwide and with great enthusiasm, we invite you to submit content for review and publication in JOCS.   We are looking forward to the academic community and communities of color collaborating with vigor and great passion. Join us, help bridge the gap, and be a part of the change that is needed!

Peer Review Board Members

JOCS is seeking peer reviewers to join the Peer Review Board.  Peer reviewers commit to reviewing articles two times each year and are responsible for reviewing submissions for accuracy, clarity, and research rigor; identifying the strengths and weaknesses of submissions; providing detailed comments on reviewed submissions, and providing recommendations for accepting or rejecting manuscripts for publication.  The journal follows a double-blind review process ensuring authors and reviewers remain anonymous to each other throughout the process.

Composition of the Peer Review Board includes a wide variety of members representing the community, including organizational leaders, change agents, and educators from all sectors including scholars consisting of early career through senior academics.  Members should possess a master’s and/or doctorate degree in topics published by the journal and/or have equivalent experience in a relevant subject.

If you are interested in joining the Peer Review Board of JOCS, please request an application by completing the form below.

 

Thank you for supporting the Journal of Colorism Studies.

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Continued Success!

Dr. Donnamaria Culbreth
Editor-in-Chief
Journal of Colorism Studies

ISSN: 2329-3187
Website: http://www.jocsonline.org
Twitter:@colorismjournal

 

Call for Guest Peer Reviewers

The Journal of Colorism Studies is an open access, peer-reviewed journal and the official publication of the Intraracial Colorism Project, Inc. The journal is accessible at JOCS Online and via the ProQuest and EBSCO databases.

Colorism and a plethora of issues continue to affect communities of color psychologically, emotionally, physically, and socially. The mission of JOCS is to bridge the gap between academia and communities of color on issues/topics relative to colorism, diversity, girls and women of color, mixed race identity, identity issues, race, and societal ills affecting people of color.

We believe in bridging the gap through collaborating, educating, enlightening, discussing, reporting and sharing information. It is our belief that absent sharing research with the masses as well as failing to include the masses at conferences, in dialogues, research findings, and articles, etc. on issues affecting people of color, valuable voices and contributions needed to bring about change are lost.

We further believe that by including the masses, communities of color in collaboration with academia will be able to collectively find solutions to help address many societal ills and open the door for honest dialogues. By bridging the gap, we will be able to diminish the far-reaching divide that continues to separate the academic community and communities of color. Accordingly, we believe that it is time for a change in the way that we act, interact and react with each other.

JOCS publishes high-quality content in a forum that is enlightening, educating, engaging, informative and collaborative for everyone from all walks of life.  JOCS uses a double-blind review process for all submissions. We are interested in submissions from EVERYONE especially members of the community. We believe in and encourage celebrating and embracing the diversity of all people of color worldwide and with great enthusiasm, we invite you to submit content for review and publication in JOCS. We are looking forward to the academic community and communities of color collaborating with vigor and great passion. Join us, help bridge the gap, and be a part of the change that is needed!

Guest Peer Reviewers

JOCS is seeking guest peer reviewers for a special thematic issue titled Mastered and Phdished: Reflections of Women of Color in Higher Education.

(See the Call for Submissions)

Peer Reviewers are responsible for reviewing submissions for accuracy, clarity, and research rigor; identifying the strengths and weaknesses of submissions; providing detailed and constructive comments on reviewed submissions, and providing recommendations for publication.  The journal follows a double-blind review process ensuring authors and reviewers remain anonymous to each other throughout the process.

If you are interested in serving as a guest peer reviewer, please request an application by completing the form below.

Thank you for supporting the Journal of Colorism Studies.

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In Spirit and in Truth,

Dr. Nubian Sun, LCSW
Guest Editor
Journal of Colorism Studies

ISSN: 2329-3187
Website: http://www.jocsonline.org
Twitter:@colorismjournal

 

Call for Submissions (Revised)

 

Special issue: Mastered and Phdished: Reflections of Women of Color in Higher Education 

 

Due to the pandemic, the Call for Submissions has been extended until AUGUST 30, 2020 (by midnight EST).

 

The Journal of Colorism Studies is an open access, peer-reviewed journal and the official publication of the Intraracial Colorism Project, Inc. The journal is accessible at JOCS Online and via the ProQuest and EBSCO databases.

JOCS is currently accepting essays, articles, film/movie reviews, and book reviews for a special thematic issue, Mastered and Phdished: Reflections of Women of Color in Higher Education for publication. We are interested in well-crafted submissions that focus on graduate student experiences, administrative, faculty and other staff experiences. It is through these submissions that we hope to bring awareness, courage, empowerment, healing, solidary, and best practices in navigating graduate education, administrative, teaching and other staff roles in higher education. We are particularly interested in well-crafted submissions that include but are not limited to the following:

  • Mentoring
  • Faculty of Color
  • Adjunct Faculty Experiences
  • Administration
  • Classroom Milieu
  • Mental Health
  • Thesis and Dissertation Challenges and Successes
  • Historically Black Institutions (HBCU) Graduate Experiences
  • Predominately White Institutions (PWI) Graduate Experiences
  • Hispanic Serving Institutions (HIS) Graduate Experiences
  • Navigating Sisterhood and Friendships
  • Conference Presentations
  • Research
  • Research and Communities of Color
  • Publications
  • Promotions/Tenure
  • Professional Development
  • Motherhood/ Parenting
  • LGBTQ
  • Balancing Family
  • Personal, Academic and Career Goals
  • Non-Traditional Student Experiences
  • Non-Traditional Career Path Experiences
  • Disparate Treatment
  • Distance Learning/Online Degree & Certificate Programs
  • Program/Curriculum/Course Development
  • Business Degree Programs
  • Department Diversity
  • Teaching Experiences
  • Self-love and Respect
  • Faith and Spirituality
  • Identity
  • Colorism
  • Power
  • Conflict
  • Respect
  • Ethics
  • Racism/Bias/Discrimination/ Prejudice
  • Student Loans
  • Purpose/Passion
  • Writing

Journal Access

To submit manuscripts for review, please register at JOCS. (you will be required to create a username and password).

 Submission Guidelines

  • Submissions will not be considered for publication if they have been published before or if they are under review by another journal or publisher.
  • Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to use from copyright holders for reproducing tables and figures.
  • Submissions to JOCS are subject to an initial internal review.
  • Submissions considered for potential publication will be reviewed using a double-blind peer review process.
  • Submissions that do not follow author guidelines will not be considered for publication.
  • Submissions will follow the style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition).
  • Submissions should be single-spaced, using 1 inch margins for the top, bottom and sides of every page, 12-pt Times New Roman font, numbered pages. Lines should be left justified and words should not be divided at the end of a line.
  • Submissions (including abstract, main text, notes, references, and tables) should not exceed 25 pages.

 Author Biographies

Submissions should include author biographies not to exceed five single spaced lines and may include links to personal websites.

We are looking forward to your submissions. If you have any questions, please contact JOCS at submissions@jocsonline.org.

 

In Spirit and in Truth,

Dr. Nubian Sun, LCSW
Guest Editor
Journal of Colorism Studies

ISSN: 2329-3187
Website: http://www.jocsonline.org
Twitter:@colorismjournal

 

 

 

 

Call for Submissions

The Dynamics and Complexities of Colorism

Extended Due Date: March 31, 2019 (midnight)

 

The Journal of Colorism Studies (JOCS) is accepting submissions focusing on The Dynamics and Complexities of Colorism. We are interested in submissions that focus on but are not limited to the topics noted below.

SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED

Articles, essays, book reviews, interviews, film/movie reviews, and social media posts with purpose.

Submission/Author Guidelines

Submissions will not be considered for publication if they have been published before or if they are under review by another journal or publisher. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to use from copyright holders for reproducing tables and figures. Submissions to JOCS are subject to an initial internal review. Submissions considered for potential publication will be reviewed using a blind peer review process. Submissions that do not follow author guidelines will not be considered for publication. Submissions will follow the style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). Submissions should be single-spaced, using 1 inch margins for the top, bottom and sides of every page, 12-pt Times New Roman font, numbered pages. Lines should be left-justified and words should not be divided at the end of a line. Submissions (including notes, references, and tables) should not exceed 25 pages.

 ONLINE SUBMISSIONS

JOCS only accepts online submissions. Registration and login are required to submit items online. To submit manuscripts for review, please register at Journal of Colorism Studies (you will be required to create a user id and password). Subscriptions to JOCS are free.

We are looking forward to your submissions.

 

Dr. Donnamaria Culbreth
Editor-in-Chief
Journal of Colorism Studies
Website: www.jocsonline.org
Twitter:@colorismjournal

Topics

Racial features

Stigma

Skin color complexes

Girls of color

Women of color

Relationships

Family

Education

Housing

Business

Consumer affairs

Men of color

Boys of Color

Interracial colorism

Intraracial colorism

White superiority

White privilege

Racism

Historical perspectives

Skin bleaching

Phenotypes

Below the Mason Dixon Line

The Workforce

Girls of color and disparate treatment

Students of color

Film/movies

Music industry

Media

Literature

Healthcare

Mental heath

Communities of color

Groups/organizations/clubs

Politics

Law

Marketing

Religion

International

Trailblazers and torchbearers

Change agents

Unsung girls and women of color

Self-validation

The marginalization of girls of color

Diversity and inclusion

Specialized glass ceilings

Opportunities

Standards of Beauty

 

 

 

 

 


 

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