Colourism - The Book

This is a book on my thoughts on Colourism and I suppose this is my own foreword to my own book. It isn't a book yet, but I intend to organize it better. I have been thinking of the issue of colourism for quite a while, and I feel that I won't be at peace until I compose my thoughts about it properly. What has bothered me most is the feeling that it is not being tackled the right way, that most of the people discussing are not proceeding from the viewpoint of reforming society. There is a tendency to blame the "structure of white supremacy" instead of tackling the cultural flaws and poor social attitudes within the communities itself.

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Colourism - Introduction

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Colourism - Introduction

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Introduction

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What is Colourism?

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

Wikipedia

Discrimination based on skin color, also known as colorism or shadeism, is a form of prejudice or discrimination in which people are treated differently based on the social meanings attached to skin color.

Dictionary.com

Colorism is a form of racial discrimination based on the shade of an individual's skin tone, typically favoring lighter skin. It can occur both within a specific ethnic group and across ethnic groups.

To add more colour to a boring looking blog here is the delightful and effusive Pratyusha Pilla giving a talk at TED on Colourism

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Views on Approaches to Tackling Colourism

Over the years I viewed a number of discussions and approaches to colourism and none of them has sat well with me. It is a multifaceted issue and none of them have really tackled the various parts of the problem properly. It is one of tribal values, maturity of young men, pre-marital sex, easy divorce, media influences, social engineering, generational differences and a whole lot of other things besides. Each feature is not tackled properly and separately to give the young people a deeper understanding of themselves.
I will be presenting some excerpts from some of these discussions and my views on them

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Audience, Readership

This series is targetted primarily at Africans, the African Diaspora, Indians, ie Desis and other dark-complexioned people around the world, who are made to feel bad about themselves or lesser on account said complexions. Indians are a particular focus for reasons I will go into later. Native Americans, particular south of the border who are subjected such sentiments are also a focus. Unfortunately those north of the border were either exterminated or subsumed into the remaining populations of Europeans and Africans.
I want to to be clear about this. It may not be comfortable reading for a lot of white people and may even be so for so called olive-complexioned ethnicities or fall in the space between those who are clearly half-caste and their whiter unmixed relatives. I can't truthfully say I apologize for that but it really isn't my focus. Some of the approaches to colourism I see are too apologetic for my liking. They try too hard not to be offensive towards whiter people whilst ignoring the unapologetic discrimination and disparaging attitude towards normal skin which is still ongoing.

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Organization

The topics will be organized as a book, with each page having links to the previous, next, and parent pages. I will be updating a master page with the newer pages as I write them and that will be the page regular views should visit to see new pages and updated ones.

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You are African. Why do you focus on India so much?

In summary it is down to the fact of the features of colourism in India manifesting in the American setting, and then creeping into Africa.

Let us consider the nature of colourism in three different parts of the world, Europe, Africa and Asia. In Asia. In the case of Africa I am referring to Sub-Saharan Africa and with Asia I am referring to Indian subcontinent in particular.

I focus on these three regions in particular on account of ther racial and ethnic homogeneity, although in India an allowance has to be made for caste differences.

In Europe let us consider the case of blondes vs brunettes. As the saying goes, "gentlemen prefer blondes, but marry brunettes". In Europe the preference for blondes is basically cosmetic. A blonde is considered prettier but not necessarily worthier.

In Africa too the same applies. A lighter skinned woman may be considered more physically attractive, but the ebony complexioned woman is not considered less worthy as a woman. Admittedly some changes appear to be occurring here where light skin is due to white Eurasian admixture. How much of is due to the proliferation of video vixens in hip-hop videos is nothing I can be sure of.

It is India is where the situation is entirely different. In India to be a dark-skinned woman is not just about being less beautiful, or ugly to all intents and purposes. It seems to be treated as the effect of a karmic sin, where her suitability as a wife, a mother and homemaker is open to question, where her worthiness as a female of the species is held in doubt.

It is expressed in cases examples like these:

  • The parents tell the friends of girl not to play with her on account of her complexion, in her presence (In truth this probably happens to boys as well)

  • A person outrightly declines, or relucts to make physical contact with a blood relative or an in-law on account of their dark complexion.

  • Girls are denied roles in school plays because they are the wrong complexion.

  • Strangers make direct disparaging comments to a girl, or make disparaging comments within earshot with the intention that she hears them. It as though the girl harbours or embodies an unwelcome spirit, or her body is the expression of an unwelcome ancestral feminine presence.

  • Female relatives and acquaintances express the sense of the girl being socially handicapped and wanting in some way, and offer all kinds of advice and treatments for the condition

  • A girl is told that her father and grandfather went into mourning for months when she was born with an Aquitaine red complexion.

For me parents and relatives who express such attitudes, or are even tolerant of such expressions within their social environment even though they don't express such attitudes themselves are being disloyal to their girls, regardless of how much they love and care for them. It as though no matter how much they love their girls, a deference or loyalty to some social or cultural beliefs and attitudes comes first. This for me is wholly unacceptable, and I express the sentiment irregardless of how much my opinions carry weight or are accepted within such communities.

I see this state of affairs as being rooted in the fact of Indians being biracial, with the light-skinned Indians being the whites and dark-skinned Indians being the blacks. So the colourism towards dark-skinned women in particular is really the hostility rooted in the era when the blacks and whites were separate. Having come together through miscegenation, that hostility is taken out against the darker-complexioned women who express those original differences in their complexion. This is irrespective of the fact that the genes for complexion are a minuscule portion of the whole human genome. I have the suspicion that an earlier generation of dark-skinned women may have been quite hostile to the miscegenation later and current generations suffering from the ensuing resentments.

For me this state of affairs is morally wrong because a community has a duty to motivate and inspire their offspring, both male and female to attain their full potential and this attitude is a betrayal of that duty on the most specious of grounds.

Among the African diaspora ie in the USA, I am beginning to see this shift away from colourism bound to perceptions of beauty, to one based on perceptions of a woman's fundamental worthiness as a woman simply on account of being black, the association with a karmic fault, and the ensuing effect on their self-esteem and even destructive behaviours which arise from those sentiments.

The current situation in America is more the result of the pressures being placed on a black community by a totally white controlled media and economic structure. India is not ruled by white people, so the colourism must be the result of a biracial or outwardly biracial power structure being disloyal to its own kind, its darker-skinned females in particular. It is either that a society which is riven by unthinking loyalty and attachment to old prejudices, or one in which some elements within a people who were forced together by practical need or unyielding cultural regulations still have at heart the original seeds of their hatreds, and continue to take out that on Black females.

For a community in which one expects to see a psychic unity, a psychic cohesion, this structural fault expressed in the oppression of women is unacceptable. The emergence of something like that within the American population, and the sense that something may develop Africa where there is hardly a population which may be regarded as biracial (Sudan being the exception) is the cause for this focus. It has to be dissected as much as possible for the faults within it to be seen, so societies which haven't gotten to that state can examine themselves better and check themselves from falling into that state.

I hope this short answer explains my reason well enough, and as I have mentioned earlier, caveats apply.

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Vogue's genocidal proclivities - Part 1

ExhibitE: Black Men and Gods, Marco Polo


For when boys or girls are born in this province you must know that they are born black, but not as black as they are made afterwards. Because it is true that when the infant is born he is born fair; but they anoint him once every week with sesame oil and that is how they make them become more black than they were born a great deal, so that they become as black as a devil. For I tell you that in that country he who is more black is more precious than the others in beauty and is held better than the others who are not so black. And again I tell you another thing. For I tell you quite truly that they make those people have all their gods and their idols portrayed and painted very black, and the devils they paint white as snow. For they say that God and all the saints are black; and they speak of their God and of their saints; and they say that the devils are white. And so they portray and paint them in such a way as you have heard; and again I tell you that they make images of idols all black. And you may now that the men ..

ExhibitD: Benjamin Franklin, "Observations Concerning the Increase of Mankind, Peopling of Countries, etc.", 175

Which leads me to add one Remark: That the Number of purely white People in the World is proportionably very small. All Africa is black or tawny. Asia chiefly tawny. America (exclusive of the new Comers) wholly so. And in Europe, the Spaniards, Italians, French, Russians and Swedes, are generally of what we call a swarthy Complexion; as are the Germans also, the Saxons only excepted, who with the English, make the principal Body of White People on the Face of the Earth. I could wish their Numbers were increased. And while we are, as I may call it, Scouring our Planet, by clearing America of Woods and so making this Side of our Globe reflect a brighter Light to the Eyes of Inhabitants in Mars or Venus, why should we in the Sight of Superior Beings, darken its People? why increase the Sons of Africa, by Planting them in America, where we have so fair an Opportunity, by excluding all Blacks and Tawneys, of increasing the lovely White and Red? But perhaps I am partial to the Complexion of my Country, for such Kind of Partiality is natural to Mankind.

ExhibitB:vogue - meaning (OED)

  • 1The prevailing fashion or style at a particular time.

    ‘the vogue is to make realistic films’
    More example sentences
    • ‘The popularity of the stage ballet intensified a vogue for social dancing and for the staging of private divertissements in the homes of the nobility and the bourgeoisie.’
    • ‘His brilliant, fluid landscape sketches in oils and watercolour were inspirational and he helped create a vogue for ‘troubadour’ subjects.’
    • ‘There is something of a vogue at the moment for producing regional and global environmental histories.’
    • ‘Colleagues in the fields of literature and film will likewise draw our attention to the vogue for sequels and prequels based on works written by others long after the involvement of the original author.’
    • ‘This created a vogue for such biographies in which the fictional element became progressively greater until the world saw the emergence of a new genre - the novel.’
    • ‘But despite the thrills of modern technology, today the vogue for antique timepieces is big business, with collectors spending serious money on complex, hand-crafted gems.’
    • ‘The current vogue for silent film screenings accompanied by live music is truly international.’
    • ‘By the 1980s people were sick of chemicalised foods, and a vogue for real bread, real beer and organic products grew up.’
    • ‘Collectors and antiquarians were largely responsible for the vogue for collecting antiquities that took root in the eighteenth century.’
    • ‘In the 18th and 19th centuries, there was a vogue for the building of follies on the estates of landowners.’
    • ‘It initiated a vogue for revenge theatre that lasted for decades, and it shares many elements with the greatest of all revenge tragedies, Hamlet.’
    • ‘The religious architecture of the twenties might have been dubbed the era of ‘more is more,’ long before ‘less is more’ became the vogue.’
    • ‘After his sojourn at Versailles, he brought with him a vogue for French and Continental cuisine.’
    • ‘The sensational painter of Biblical disasters, John Martin, was one of many who enjoyed a wide vogue in reproduction.’
    • ‘During the 1890s there was a vogue for things Spanish that encompassed everything from music and dancing to flamenco dresses.’
    • ‘The Hyacinth enjoyed a vogue in the 18th and early 19th centuries, grown not only indoors and out but used as ornaments for women's fashions and even as a pharmaceutical.’
    • ‘There was a vogue for animal painting in Munich at this time, but Marc's approach was radically different to that of any of his contemporaries.’
    • ‘There was a brief vogue for black brick in the 60s, and all the buildings looked just like this.’
    • ‘The 18th century experienced a vogue for ‘sympathy’ or fellow-feeling, explored by Scottish Enlightenment thinkers such as David Hume and Adam Smith.’
    • ‘Apparently there was a vogue for mandolins when she was a young girl, and she had one.’
    Synonyms
    fashion, mode, style, trend, taste, fad, fancy, passing fancy, craze, rage, enthusiasm, passion, infatuation, obsession, mania, fascination

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    1. 1.1mass noun General acceptance or favour; popularity.

      ‘crochet garments are in vogue this season’
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      • ‘However, he said, as part of the Government's commitment to urban generation, parks were in vogue again.’
      • ‘Incentives were in vogue even in the early 1950s.’
      • ‘Trends in gardening come and go, but individuality and aesthetics will always be in vogue.’
      • ‘Commercial property is also back in vogue with UK fund managers.’
      • ‘Indian art definitely seems to be in vogue.’
      • ‘This system, in vogue during the colonial era, enabled the colonial powers to carve out their own commercial spheres of influence in the countries within their imperial domain.’
      • ‘Nowadays, with e-commerce in vogue, flowers, cards and all sorts of gifts can be purchased and dispatched through a wireless network to the other part of the world.’
      • ‘City living is back in vogue.’
      • ‘In fact, a lot of American things are still in vogue.’
      • ‘Of course, we also got lucky because what we do is in vogue at the moment.’
      • ‘The cocktail was back in vogue, Broadway was booming, and new restaurants and nightclubs were opening every week.’
      • ‘It was established by a Japanese gardener at the time the house was built - when such gardens were in vogue - but over the years has become more anglicised, added to and replanted by Lady Sandberg.’
      • ‘Preservation of old growth forest wasn't in vogue at the time, according to Graham.’
      • ‘The military coup may be a thing of the past, but the popular coup is in vogue.’
      • ‘Sharp tailored suits are very much in vogue at the moment.’
      • ‘A clerk announces that Candide will not be given a proper burial if he doesn't accept the religious practices in vogue at the time.’
      • ‘Bellbottoms, beads and long hair will be back in vogue for a night of hippie nostalgia in the Ridgepool Hotel on Saturday night week next, October 30th.’
      • ‘Trips to India seem to be in vogue with people I know.’
      • ‘In the late '80s, the miniskirt became very stylish, and nowadays, clothes that expose the shoulders, the back and sometimes the belly are in vogue.’
      • ‘Dance films were in vogue in the 1980s.’
      Synonyms
      fashionable, in fashion, voguish, stylish, in style, modish, up to date, up to the minute, modern, ultra-modern, current, prevalent, popular, in favour, in demand, desired, sought-after, all the rage, trendsetting, chic, smart

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  • ExhibitC: dusky - meaning (OED)

  • 1Darkish in colour.

    ‘dusky red’
    ‘a dusky complexion’
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    • ‘Day was fast giving way to dusk as the sun quickly made its descent, leaving behind a sky full of dusky pinks and reds.’
    • ‘Organic tones predominate - pond greens and dusky browns mixed with occasional violets and reds.’
    • ‘The flowers are big, bold and abundant, and they come in several colors - pinks, purples, dusky reds, white, pale green and even some yellows.’
    • ‘It's all dusky reds and yellows, shag-headed battle royales, exploding tanks, and getting up the next day to relive it on the playground.’
    • ‘Toulouse is known as La Ville Rouge (the red city) because of the dusky red hue of most buildings in the city centre; very pretty it is too.’
    • ‘It is similar to the outdoors Red Hot Poker but its colour, a dusky pink, is much less aggressive.’
    • ‘The chipped off-white of the wall behind her stood out starkly against her unusual dusky complexion and tan-and-green attire.’
    • ‘The dusky red grass grew in abundance, thicker and shorter than before.’
    • ‘The colour combination of pale bill, dusky red tail, red on face and red under wings distinguishes the parrot from lorikeets.’
    • ‘The crunch leaves of autumn had shrivelled and the sun was a lazy, dusky peach colour.’
    • ‘They were concerned about her dusky complexion and how that would affect her prospects in landing a good catch in the marriage market.’
    • ‘She feels that Malayalis, with their dusky complexion, stand a good chance in modelling.’
    • ‘This room is decorated in dusky pink colour with another sash window.’
    • ‘Walking slowly towards him in the dusky red twilight was the last man he really needed to see now.’
    • ‘The old cafes are still local favorites, but now it's also possible to watch a dusky red sunset filtered through a mellow golden Chardonnay at several very good restaurants.’
    • ‘Dead muscle is dusky in colour, shows little tendency to bleed, and does not contract to forceps pressure.’
    • ‘The lesions are bright to dusky red and reach up to 1.5 cm.’
    • ‘We are standing in a spacious kitchen painted a dusky pink colour that, were it a lipstick or nail varnish, would be called Plum Beautiful or Berry Sorbet.’
    • ‘Its paints are quite chalky, which gives a softness that means you could venture into greens or dusky reds without making the hallway feel dark.’
    • ‘Colour is important from dusky pastels through to the darkest hues.’
    1. 1.1dated Used in euphemistic or poetic reference to black or other dark-skinned people.

      ‘a dusky Moorish maiden’
      More example sentences
      • ‘If there's a dusky maiden to rub on the sun oil, so much the better.’
      • ‘One of my English correspondents has recently spent a couple of months in Indonesia and mentioned with approval the dusky maidens there.’
      • ‘He was probably off to meet the dusky maiden when he returned to his chalet.’
      • ‘I wandered about tripping over palm roots and bumping into dusky maidens in my fit of jet-lag and bliss, before falling asleep among the other bodies and bright cushions.’
      • ‘As a small crowd gathered to watch the dusky maiden play a few hands of blackjack, I asked one of the crowd whether she was a film-star or a Kiwi pop musician.’
    2. 1.2literary Dim.

      ‘dusky light came from a small window’
      More example sentences
      • ‘Back then, the question of water quality in the Huangpu or Suzhou Creek was not an issue and one can imagine tourists bathing in the dusky light on a summer evening before returning to the Astor for an evening meal, drinks and a dance.’
      • ‘When I came in the dusky light of early morning they were singing, and when I opened the door they jumped beneath the tables and onto counters, their narrow legs humming.’
      • ‘It was just getting dark as we walked along the riverside to the Taj and the dusky light falling over the Ouse added to the romance of the outing.’
      • ‘The sun dips around 1am, there's a dusky twilight and then light again at 3am.’
      • ‘The light was becoming dusky so I decided that sidelights were probably the way to go.’
      Synonyms
      shadowy, dark, darkish, dim, gloomy, murky, shady, cloudy, misty, hazy, foggy

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    3. 1.3attributive Used in names of animals with dark coloration, e.g. dusky dolphin, dusky warbler.

      Example sentences
      • ‘And dusky sharks don't breed until they're 20 to 25 years old, after which small litters typically arrive at 3-year intervals.’
      • ‘An osprey flying past with a fish in its talons was another bonus while a dusky flycatcher hawked insects from various perches around the garden.’
      • ‘They go to watch sperm whales spout and dive or to swim with pods of dusky dolphins.’
      • ‘An analysis of extrapair paternity in the dusky warbler, Phylloscopus fuscatus, revealed that females choose copulation partners on the basis of the quality but not of the quantity of song.’
      • ‘Observations have been made of groups of up to twenty dusky broadbills building a single nest.’
      • ‘Researchers have identified what could be signature whistles in other dolphin species, including spotted, white-sided, and dusky dolphins.’
      • ‘To be surrounded by dozens of squawking, hissing sea birds with 10 ft wingspans was one thing, but add to that a pod of 600 acrobatic dusky dolphins and you had a wildlife spectacle to rival anything on earth.’
      • ‘I have a dusky conure, and she is that parakeet's twin.’
  • ExhibitF: Some "Dusky" Indian Women

    ExhibitA: Vogue Cover Page 2010 - The Dawn of the Dusk

     The Dawn of the Dusk

    Really, Vogue?

    ExhibitG: Some Black New Orleans Schoolkids 1

    ExhibitH: Some Black New Orleans Schoolkids 2

    ExhibitI: Some Black New Orleans Schoolkids 3

    ExhibitK: Teen Vogue "Black" Model

    ExhibitJ: Teen Vogue "Black" Cover Girls

    Really, Vogue?

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    Vogue Cover: The Dawn of the Dusk
    Excerpt on Black South Indians - from The Travels of Marco Polo (Moule, Pelliot translation)
    Dusky Indian Women
    Some Black New Orleans Schoolkids 1
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    Why do white people have black spots on their back?

    This the lead page for a section that summarizes a few points I want to make about the white skin, white people.

    The title video summarizes something in particular about a perspective on white skin that people from the belt stretching from the Mediterranean to the near orient and all the way to Japan, and people in so described Latin America don't quite understand. Many of the people from these regions had much darker-skinned populations in the past, and many still do. To all intents and purposes they are biracial, light-skinned blacks, mulattos, the kind Nordic Europeans simply label as Black on account of their olive complexions.

    The African boy, not being in an environment which is flooded with images of virtues of white skin simply spots the evident flaws of white skin and calls them out like the Emperor's new clothes, something which the average dark-complexioned person in the aforementioned regions probably never gets round to noting.

    The purpose is to make people with normal skin approach the matter of colourism from a perspective rooted in the strengths of the biological make up, not from the viewpoint of the slighted and disparaged whose self-esteem need building up.

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    White is not right

    This world we live in has another name - under the Sun. I am sure you've noticed the term used in the Bible and in other literature. What you may not be aware of is that in some languages, Twi for instance, the term for the world is wiase, which literally translates as Under the Sun. From this interpretation the expression under the sun as used in the Bible probably has no allegoric or poetic meaning. It literally means the world.

    The Sun is a star, and all stars emit ultraviolet radiation in varying amounts, so to argue that UV output is a feature of the Sun that is inherently hostile to humans or planetary life is rather bogus. The Sun powers our planet's life cycle and the UV radiation it emits is an essential part of its nature. No UV = No Sun = no life. We have to be Black to be here. If exposing your skin to the Sun can result in severe sunburn in 15 minutes, there is either something wrong with your skin or there is something wrong with the Sun. When you consider that the Sun powers the planet and all other life including your own body and indirectly your skin, I know where to put the blame (hint - it is not the Sun). All animals that live under the sun have evolved traits that protect their skins from UV and humans are no exception. Most mammals and birds have fur or feathers which protect the skin from UV rays, but humans have virtually none, except on our heads. We must have melanin in our skins.

    How many hairless mammals have white/pink skin? Virtually none, only humans and (white) domesticated pigs. Humans can fashion clothing and build shelters to protect themselves from the Sun. With the exception of the pigs we are accustomed to, we immediately observe hairless mammals featuring white/pinkish skin as sickly and aberrant. White domesticated pigs have been selectively bred by humans and live in shelters. When domesticated pigs escape or are released into the wild, within a few generations their hair grows back and their skins become darker. The other animals that are hairless are mainly elephants and hippos, both of which have their melanin, with hippos secreting oils which protect their skins further. Hippos also wallow in mud to keep themselves cool and protect themselves as well.

    We are meant to be coloured, we are meant to be black. Roaming around our under the sun and cavorting around in the skins we are born with means being black.

    So you see people, your complexions are not dark. Your complexions are evolved, adapted, normal, in harmony with the Sun, your life giver. When your ancestors stepped outside to recite the Gayatri did they fret that the Sun would darken and burn their skins, and did the women worry it would make them less eligible? The condition where the world's main media companies promote white skin as the desirable trait, especially the blonde and red-haired kind even in countries where such traits are minority traits, traits marked by skin which is deeply stressed when exposed in its natural solar powered environment is plain pathological.

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    White skin is an illness

    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. The pigs you see which have white skin are only viable because they are bred in captivity and their exposure the Sun is controlled by their farmers. White skinned pigs need to have sunblock applied to their skin before being let out into the Sun. Naturally they can't wear clothing. Not only it seems that when they are released into the wild they revert to having more colour and hair that give their skins greater protection.

    Before I proceed with this section I have to make the distinction between white skin and White people. White skin is the physical trait itself, the trait people with a cream/ivory/offwhite which tends to appear pink when suffused with blood possess. It is a trait which in its most idealized form in the old world is generally displayed by people mostly in North Europe, but is found in many other parts of the world. It is not associated with blonde or red hair in the other parts of the world where it is found, such as in China, Central Asia and Japan. White people simply means the ethnic groups constituted mainly of white skinned people. Ethnicity is more appropriate than nationality because some countries which have been mostly white in the past have had high levels of migration which have changed their ethnic composition.

    The indigenes or natives of your tropical environment who naturally possess white skin in its idealized form (the type with red and blonde hair) are actually persons with albinism, with the attendant opinion that it is an illness, an affliction. For all practical purposes their skin suffers from exposure to the Sun in the same way that the skin of African albinos suffers from Sun exposure. White people restrict the term albinism to the kind with neurological symptoms which affect vision, and don't apply it to their skin, although from the perspective of a Black person, their skin types are affected by Sun exposure in the same manner.

    The point I want to make here is that a preference for white skin is basically a preference for what is essentially a physical flaw. How often don't you see moles and freckles on white skin. So in effect the desire to breed for white skin is essentially a pathological cultural and social attitude, and only exists among Black people because of its relentless propagation by the media and commercial institutions White people as the trait to be desired. I think there is an instinctive fear of normal skin among White people because of an intuitive sense that it is genetically fitter, and they feel the need to daemonize it because it is a threat to their survival. It is hard to tell whether white skin is simply a badge of tribal identity they believe they should maintain, or whether their form is the product or a desire of a non-human intelligence, one that doesn't want to coexist with normal people.

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    Alternatives to Dark Skin

    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.

    Take your pick. We have a sense of how horrible hairless animals look, although we are hairless animals ourselves, and it is especially so when they are pink skinned animals, because we associate that pink skin with a kind of vulnerability, a kind of exposedness. We have an intuition that dark skin in hairless animals is some what more acceptable than pink skin. Because with pink skin there is the sense that some essential ingredient is missing, namely the melanin compound needed against UV protection.

    Another alternative is a form of melanin or an alternative to melanin which would result in other colours besides the reddish-brown or fawn/ruddy colour and the lighter greenish-browns that we display. We could then have all kings of colours besides our dark colours, even the pink that a lot people seem to favour. Perhaps the jet black complexions we see in the worlds oldest populations is the most effective protection against UV, though I would leave that to the scientists.

    There a number of theories as to why human beings lost the fur that their fellow primates have. The one I prefer the most is the Aquatic Ape Theory, a theory based on the idea that human beings lost their fur/hair as part of a process of adapting to live on the shorelines of inland seas, rivers, the sea itself etc. Some of the human traits which also evolved from that are also bipedalism, subcutaneous fat, crying in the form of tears etc.

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    Daughters of the Stars of Our Planets

    This is the story 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.

    It was prompted by philosophical concepts, philosophical awareness, in fact the whole series is underpinned by the deeper philosophical concept of what is considered to be a man, ie a human being. But for now I have to focus and the social and cultural issues before delving in the philosophical aspects which are well covered elsewhere. In short it is an advaita thing

    Initially I wanted to express the deeper psychic awareness, the profound shift in outlook these women had when they realized that they are perfect as they are, and contrast it with the limitations on their experience if their bodies conformed to their light skinned ideals.

    Marisa summed it with these words - But every step I took into nature, every tree, every speck of sand, every piece of gold, every flower, every drop of ocean blended so beautifully with my dark skin almost as if I could've created it all. In truth Marisa, you did create it. It is an advaita thing which is why Krishna is at the centre of the Bhagavad Gita.

    It aims to stress the extent to which being dark is aligned being a true denizen of the planet, a native of the planet, both psychically and physically.

    I also contrast it with what it means to be otherwise, ie very light-skinned which seems to be the Asian ideal, and how that is at odds with having a total freedom of the environment, a freedom of the planet.

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    Our Planets and Our Suns, Starshine or Sunshine?

    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.

    You may then forget all those scifi films which depict all other foreign planets being populated by white skinned people bossing it everywhere. Whatever planets humans find ourselves on if they are close enough to stars that gives us the kind of climate here and our skin types remain the same (no fur, no scaly skin) we will have to be dark.

    Hence this trait is a universal thing. It is not unique to this Earth. You are universally dark wherever you are.

    Starshine or Sunshine

    What we call sunshine is really starshine. It is the same light and energy given off by all other stars, only in this case our planet is at the right distance for the intensity of the energy reaching it to be be just right to support our planetary life.

    This is why the notion of the Sun being hostile to our skins is so nonsensical. Any star would have the same effect. The stars are as they are. They provide their planets with the energy for the life they have. The cells of our hairless skins cells have evolved under the constraints one of these stars set, and it would be the same under any similar star.

    There is a beauty in that. They provide us with a freedom, the freedom of a star, the freedom of a sun, the freedom of a planet. The stars are our makers.

    Is it so bad to have a form that allows the stars to gaze on their creations without burning them? Is it so bad for a child to have a form that allows its parent to gaze on it without withering it up? It is so bad for the Sun to see Sharon's chocolate form as she floats on the sea, her joy, the way her the whiteness of a teeth sets of her dark skin, the glistening of the water on her skin?

    Would you deny the Sun the joy of seeing the beauty of the joy of His own creation, the joy within of His own creation, all day long?

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    Daughters of our Suns

    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.

    Marisa

    Story time. So for most of my 21 years , I have hated so much about myself but mostly my skin. I researched skin clinics to lighten my skin and at one point I even saved money towards getting skin lightening procedures. Being born indian and dark skin feels like being born with a curse. For as long as I could remember I was never considered pretty because I was dark. I would cry myself to bed after every family occasion because I was the dark one and the "fat" one and they made sure I knew it. As a child I dreamt of being a bollywood actress but eventually I realised that I didnt match the skin tone of any of the bollywood stars. People have given me fairness creams and I would use them and pray for God to take away my curse. By my third year of uni I had slowly stopped hating myself and through all the drama readings and acting and performance I somehow found myself as a beautiful woman but somewhere at the back of my mind, my skin was still a hidden insecurity. So my best friend took me to Thailand last year and I carried three sunscreens and an umbrella because I feared my skin getting darker and never returning to its original shade. But every step I took into nature, every tree, every speck of sand, every piece of gold, every flower, every drop of ocean blended so beautifully with my dark skin almost as if I could've created it all. And as I watched white people turn into tomatoes in the sun, attempting to get the very thing I was convinced was a curse..I just closed my eyes and thanked God for making me the colour of earth.

    Swarnaa

    Kisses all around from the girl who used to fear the sun to the girl who basked like no tomorrow under it - because what's more fun? Sitting under a tree with a massive sun hat watching your day go by & getting irritated by the slightest sunshine hitting your skin? OR strolling the beach like a free bird, jumping into that water, entering a spectacular under water realm and just exploring all the beauty this world has to offer whilst getting 50 shades darker with that melanin magic!! Trust me guys I've gotten darker from this trip to the point people don't recognise me and I ain't even mad (Please wear sunscreen guys!!) Thank you for the memories and for putting this sick edit together! Yalla Habibi!!! click

    Sharon

    This is me, floating in the Pacific Ocean in Oahu, Hawaii on a magnificent vacation about 3 months ago. Many years ago, this happy girl in the picture would've been hiding under a hat on vacation, covered up, afraid her skin would get too dark & tan. But, now I know the truth: DARK IS BEAUTIFUL. Now, I'm free to love the sun & myself with reckless abandon. (PS - Don’t forget the sunblock - Your skin health is important too!) But, don't be afraid, friends... Dark Is Beautiful. Pass it on.

    Seema


    Seema revelling in her inner tomboy. Better late than never.


    When I was a little kid, I was bullied a lot about my skin color and some crazy parents would even tell their kids not to play with me (to my face), so I basically had no friends. So my best friends were my house plants. I had a name for each one of them, I would share my day with them, kiss them and cry to them whenever I got bullied. My favorite pass time was climbing trees and hiding in them, away from the rest of the world. Actually not a fun story but the fun part is that I grew up with great balance and strength because I climbed trees so early on with my brother and I am pretty good at personifying things because I had the best kind of imaginary friends - plants and trees

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    The View From The Whiter Side

    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?”

    I am not quite sure whether she wanted the umbrella to prevent her from getting wet or to protect her skin from the sunshine, but given that one can hardly surf without getting wet I must conclude it must have been the latter reason.

    The experiences of the women here are worthy of relating in their own right, but I was prompted to contrast with an account of Chinese women's relationship with the Sun and why normal complexioned women would want to acquire skin like theirs.

    I was watching a Youtube video by an African blogger and white companion and their experiences working in China, and the issues which came up in relation to skin color.

    One of the points which came up was that some Chinese women were reluctant to go in holidays to countries like Thailand and Malaysia because their skins would get dark or damaged by the tropical sun. The thought that struck me was how people could cherish a trait which limits their ability to enjoy and experience your environment so much. Not only that they are conditioned to compound the situation through a lifetime of applying skin lotions which rob the skin of whatever little defences it has. Incidentally it was in Thailand that two of our daughters discovered the worthiness of their nature.

    When you compare the beauty of the girls to the images below, you are prompted to ask what kind of hatred and vindictiveness exists in the external influences that prompts people with a whole range beautiful people to bread out the beauty in exchange for scenes like this.

    Come on people. Do you intend to breed out your black so much so that one day you have to send your kids to the beach looking like the children of *The Creature From The Black Lagoon?

    Don't be such a depressing bunch!!

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