Welcome to Dr. Ronald E. Hall's Skin Color Clinic. Dr. Hall is Professor of Social Work and an affiliated scholar of both African American & African Studies and the Julian Samora Research Institute at Michigan State University. Dr. Hall has published widely on the topic of racism and skin color, and is a noted international lecturer and expert witness in court cases dealing with skin color issues.
Dr. Hall's Skin Color Clinic is a platform for learning about skin color issues, to improve professional expertise on the implications of skin color with the objective of aiding in the understanding and simplification of volatile and complex skin-color issues. Ronald E. Hall addresses the many facets of skin color issues with students, readers, and anyone who is curious: at Michigan State University, in his home community, on radio webcasts, around the globe, and in the pages of his books and journal articles. He welcomes comments and questions, and responds in a supportive, challenging style, using critical thinking, intellectual risk taking, and cutting-edge research.
Racist attitudes regarding skin color are more complex and divisive than ever before. In a nation as diverse as America is today, racism comes in as many hues as are the complexion tones of its people. The majority of the American population, especially people of color, are a product or immigration, colonization, or domination by other peoples at some point in their heritage, which is reflected in both overt and subliminal perceptions of dark skin tones. As a result, racism has become pervasive and weakens links that might otherwise unite people - in particular, peoples of a common ethnicity.
Dr. Hall's Skin Color Clinic Library is a resource for researchers, students, faculty, and professionals who wish to enhance their professional knowledge about skin color issues. The journal articles and books found in the library include resources for the preparation of grant projects, theses, and dissertations.
We belong to a worldwide extended family and share the ties and heritage of our individual histories: social, biological, medical, economic, legal, and political. Among the Akan peoples of Africa, the extended family is the foundation of society. A multitude of variations and background colors, woven Akan cloth symbolizes strong family bonds, the value of family, collective work, plus responsibility and cooperation of family: Abusua ye Dom.