Le Blanchiment, Or, Who Taught You To Hate Yourself?

In a previous post, when I was discussing whitewashing a culture or the culture of whitewashing, I did not make particular reference to physical interventions that come as close to achieving phenotypic plasticity as technology allows at this time. Of course, it was at the back of my mind. Most of us can think of at least one person of colour who has engaged in skin bleaching, hair straightening, and modification by surgery of some facial or bodily features. When I am treated to arguments about why these "fixes" are required, I must confess that I have had scant compassion for the persons behind the voices. I tend to forget that they are also victims and have instead viewed them as active perpetuators of racial discrimination.

I am focusing on the taming of blackness in this post but the industry is just one of many which exist to manipulate human beings struggling to come to terms with inherited societal biases or, if you like, congenital wounds to the psyche. Malcolm X, as someone bound to attempt to repair the self esteem of his people, had even less patience with this determination to alter by whatever means available, the physical characteristics of blackness. In one of his famous speeches featured below, he confronts his black audience with the question, "Who taught you to hate yourself?"

WHO TAUGHT YOU TO HATE YOURSELF? | Uploaded by mrholtshistory
I searched for other explorations of this problem and I found the following videos on the Internet. What they all have in common is an exposition of the woundedness of people who have been taught to disparage themselves and others because of skin colour.
BLACK OR WHITE: SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT. | Uploaded by PhotoEditor69
CNN STUDY: WHITE AND BLACK CHILDREN BIASED TOWARD LIGHTER SKIN.
Read the full CNN Commissioned Doll Study Results
101 EAST: A WHITER SHADE OF PALE. | Uploaded by AlJazeeraEnglish
WHY ARE INDIANS OBSESSED WITH FAIRNESS? | Uploaded by ndtv
SKIN BLEACHING EPIDEMIC IN JAMAICA: SHORT DOCUMENTARY. | Uploaded by WickedHype1
BLEACHING EPIDEMIC IN JAMAICA. | Uploaded by TasmanianAngel3000
JAMAICA, BLEACHING CREAM, BROWN SKIN BETTER JOB. | Uploaded by richkid639
And recognising today, as human beings of conscience have always, that all men are made equal, what is it that prevents us from throwing off the biases which we know to be unfounded. What causes many of us to cling to the comfortable discomfort of subjugation? In that previous post, I asked in my comment, with the naivete of the armchair social engineer, why is it that a society cannot make a decision to dissipate its poisons? If it has been calculated that the body takes one hour to dissipate one unit of alcohol, has any social scientist studied how long it will take to dissipate self-hatred?
Can it happen over the course of one year, over one generation or three? ............................................................................................................................. "Patria est communis omnium parens" - Our native land is the common parent of us all. Keep it beautiful, make it even more so.

Blessed is all of creation 
Blessed be my beautiful people 
Blessed be the day of our awakening 
Blessed is my country 
Blessed are her patient hills.

Mweh ka allay! Guanaguanare

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