Congratulations to Dr. Rashawn Ray, whose paper titled “Skin in the Game: Colorism and the Subtle Operation of Stereotypes in Men’s College Basketball” was honored with the 2021 Oliver Cromwell Cox Article Award by the American Sociological Association!
In their essay, Ray and his co-author, Steven Foy, analyzed broadcasts of NCAA Division I basketball tournaments and tracked observations on performance, physical characteristics, and mental characteristics of players across various skin tones. They find that "announcers are more likely to discuss the performance and mental abilities of lighter-skinned players and the physical characteristics of darker-skinned players," and argue that "although the two concepts are related, skin tone is not simply a proxy for racial classification. Rather, skin tone inequality transcends traditional racial boundaries."
Read the full paper from the American Journal of Sociology here.