Differences in Skin Tone Among Hispanic Inmates in Florida's Prisons
Ethnicity and Race in a Changing World: A Review Journal 5, 1, 37-44, 2014
17 Pages Posted: 9 Nov 2014 Last revised: 6 Dec 2014
Date Written: November 16, 2013
Purpose: This research asked whether darker skin tones are more prevalent among Hispanic inmates in Florida.
Methods: Von Luschan’s Chromatic Scale includes 36 shades between “white” and “black”. Raters compared photos of inmates to the shade scale.
Results: Among female inmates in Florida, “brown” shades were most abundant. “Brown” shades are darker than intermediate or “olive” shades, which are reportedly most abundant among Hispanics worldwide. However, “black” shades were not as prevalent among female inmates. Among male inmates, “black” and “brown” shades were most abundant. Proportionally, more female inmates than male inmates were light.
Conclusion: These findings are potentially relevant to literature about differences between Whites, Blacks, and Hispanics in arrests, sentencing, and incarceration.
Keywords: shade, inmates, Florida, Hispanics, White, Black, Native, Mestizo, dark-skinned, light-skinned, olive-skinned, brown people, racism
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