I can’t even call this Washington Post article about skin bleaching in Jamaica a good read. Americans aren’t the only ones with color issues. Read on to learn more.

3 thoughts to “Good (I mean, Interesting) Read

  • Keya

    Oh yeah this is big in Jamaica. My mom’s family is from Jamaica. I remember she was visiting her aunt and found some bleaching cream in her bathroom. Apparently this is very common to find that in someone’s bathroom.
    There is even a dance hall artist who has recently bleached his skin (I forget his name) and he looks terrible
    Back in the 90’s there was a big reggae song called “Dem a Bleach,” which discussed how people would bleach their skin.
    In Jamaica it seems like there is a caste system where whites/chinese/indians come first then blacks. Even if your black and your last name is Lee, Chong, or Wong you seem to be on the higher scale then an ordinary black person. It’s a shame.

  • Rania

    It’s not just the black race. There are Asian cultures (Thailand for example I believe is where the film I saw documented) that have some women experiencing permanent skin ailments (deformities, extreme blotchy/bleached and uneven patches) due to skin bleaching. In Brazil it’s the same thing. You aspire to the lighter skin, lighter hair…that is the ‘epitome’ of beauty. Unfortunate, but true. The dark vs. light skin issue crosses all ethnic and cultural lines.

  • Sunny

    So sad. The whole “Black is beautiful” movement needs to be re-played.

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