Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Cultural Foundations of Education
Colorism, Mexico, Racism
This study will open the discourse on inequity and its maintenance through colorism in
Mexico. The largest percent of the population is a mixture of indigenous and Spanish
descent. This is where racism via colorism occurs. Considered only as one group,
mestizos of a lighter skin color have more resemblance to being of white Spanish descent
and therefore are accepted over mestizos of darker skin color, who have a resemblance to
indigenous people. Racism is scarcely documented in Mexico. It is systematically
embedded in political, cultural and economic practices; and therefore limits democratic
and inclusive practices for all. Working with high school and college students, this study
will uncover students' experiences with colorism and racism by focusing on the ways in
which everyday practices maintain a system of inequality.
Perez Lopez, Yvonne, "Mestizaje Ideology as Color-Blind Racism: Students' discourses of colorism and racism in Mexico" (2017). Dissertations - ALL. 783.