Whereas racism relies on the belief that some races are better than others, colorism is the idea that, within races, lighter is better. Whereas racism is based on the worldview that the people of the world can be divided into discrete categories and judged on that basis, colorism gives differential value to people in the same racial group, based on a continuum from light to dark.

Tanya Golash-Boza on Skin-tone Stratification and Colorism in Race and Racisms: A Critical Approach.

Whereas racism relies on the belief that some races are better than others, colorism is the idea that, within races, lighter is better. Whereas racism is based on the worldview that the people of the world can be divided into discrete categories and judged on that basis, colorism gives differential value to people in the same racial group, based on a continuum from light to dark.

Tanya Golash-Boza on Skin-tone Stratification and Colorism in Race and Racisms: A Critical Approach.