Summary of “About Your Skin”

Once she started investigating the science of skin color, Jablonski was pulled into the sordid history of racism, and she saw how even great thinkers like Kant and Thomas Jefferson believed people with dark skin were innately inferior to light-skinned people like themselves.
Today, she’s an anthropologist at Penn State University with a long string of published articles and two books, Skin: A Natural History and Living Color: The Biological and Social Meaning of Skin Color.
Humans probably evolved naked skin around a million and a half years ago, and at the same time they mostly lost their coat of fur.
So early humans in equatorial Africa developed dark skin as protection against the sun?
Skin color is evolving insofar as we see all sorts of exciting new mixtures of people coming together and having children with new mixtures of skin color genes.
If we’re going to talk about skin color, we also have to talk about how we separate people into racial categories.
Do we know when people of darker skin color started to be seen as socially inferior?
In the earliest recorded interactions between people of different skin color-in ancient Egypt between 4,000 and 7,000 years ago-we see a history of felicitous trading interactions between peoples along the Nile, darkly pigmented and lightly pigmented people trading with one another and having mutual respect for each other’s cultures.

The orginal article.