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March 2019

What is Colourism?

Submitted by Carlos Quinto on Tue, 26/03/2019 - 20:38

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Here are a few dictionary definitions of colourism. I don't want to delve too deeply into definitions and I prefer to focus on the deeper social issues. One point I should make quite early on is that I don't generally agree that it is mostly down to European colonial influences in Africa and Asia and the slave trade in the Americas.

Collins Dictionary

Discrimination against people with a different skin tone, esp within the same racial group

The View From The Whiter Side

Submitted by Carlos Quinto on Mon, 25/03/2019 - 15:28

https://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/15/travel/15next.html

One afternoon, when Mr. Sheridan took two young Chinese couples out for a surf lesson in Sanya, he got an unusual request from one of the women. “Can I take this umbrella with me onto the surfboard?” she asked. Mr. Sheridan fought off laughter and soberly told her that he didn’t think it was a good idea.

But he did admire her effort. He said, “Why not have it both ways?”

Daughters of our Suns

Submitted by Carlos Quinto on Mon, 25/03/2019 - 13:45

Daughters of our Suns

This post is about the stories of four girls, young women actually, but I would rather describe them as girls because it was as girls that their lives were hampered. It was as girls their growth, self-awareness, self-exploration was arrested. In having these experiences they are reclaiming their lost childhood, experiencing themselves as God and evolution intended they should. A great deal of our learning and self-discovery comes from our bodies' interaction with nature, not just from social interaction, which in their case has been the source of a lot of unhappiness.

Our Planets and Our Suns, Starshine or Sunshine?

Submitted by Carlos Quinto on Mon, 25/03/2019 - 05:43

When we consider the possibility of life on the planets of other star systems besides ours, one thing is for certain. All stars give off UV radiation, and if we are to maintain the same form as we have on this planet, ie with hairless thin skins, then we will need our melanin as much on them as we need it on this planet.

Alternatives to Dark Skin

Submitted by afrocentric on Sat, 23/03/2019 - 23:18

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What are the alternatives to a skin compound that protects against UV? I guess hair or fur, tough reptilian skin, or scales. I guess if we would like to moult every now and then that would be fine, or we could resemble some weird reptilian aliens in scifi movies.

Daughters of the Stars of Our Planets

Submitted by Carlos Quinto on Sat, 23/03/2019 - 17:51

This post is about the stories of four girls, young women actually, but I would rather describe them as girls because it was as girls that their lives were hampered. It was as girls their growth, self-awareness, self-exploration was arrested. In having these experiences they are reclaiming their lost childhood, experiencing themselves as God and evolution intended they should. A great deal of our learning and self-discovery comes from our bodies' interaction with nature, not just from social interaction, which in their case has been the source of a lot of unhappiness.

White skin is an illness

Submitted by Carlos Quinto on Sat, 23/03/2019 - 00:37

Shocking isn't it? Yes it is. Properly speaking it may described as a maladaption or a genetic fault, and it is fatal in any other animals other than human beings who are versatile enough to cover themselves with fabrics to protect their bare skins from sunshine. The only other animals with white skin I know of are mole rats, but that may be primarily because the live underground where they are protected from the Sun. They also have some genetic traits which provide resistance to cancer.

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