Pew Confirms the Obvious: Darker-Skinned Latinos Say They Experience More Discrimination

Jul 8, 2019
10:56 AM

As if we needed actual research about this, a new post by Pew Research published last week stated this obvious headline: “Hispanics with darker skin are more likely to experience discrimination than those with lighter skin.”

According to Pew, “About two-thirds of Hispanics with darker skin colors (64%) report they have experienced discrimination or been treated unfairly regularly or from time to time, compared with half of those with a lighter skin tone.”

The Pew post also broke down other responses to the survey, which is part of a larger Race in America study.

“A majority of Latinos with a darker skin color (55%) say that, because of their race or ethnicity, people have acted as if they were not smart, compared with 36% of Latinos with a lighter skin color,” Pew stated. “Similarly, about half of Latinos with darker skin (53%) say they have been subject to slurs or jokes, compared with about a third of those with a lighter skin color (34%).”

So now that there is actual new data to confirm what we have known for years, what are we as a community going to do about it?

You can read the whole Pew post here.