In the Makola Market here, endless shops and stalls had walls filled with potions dedicated to the lightening of skin. There is Ultra Fair Super Whitenizer by Caring Chemistry promising “restorative ultrafast action whitening” and Grace White 100% Double Action Whitening Body Lotion by Grace White Cosmetique that even features helpful before-and-after photos; the “before” … Continue reading “New York Times: Where beauty means bleached skin”
A detergent commercial in China has sparked criticism as it depicts a woman throwing a black man into a washing machine. After a wash and a tumble, he comes out as a light-skinned Asian man, to the woman’s obvious delight. Oddly, this racist ad was actually based on a detergent commercial in Italy that showed the opposite happening. Reverse racism, anyone?
A commercial by Banjara’s skin cream called “Be FAIR to your loved ones. Stop asking them to become FAIR” is spreading a positive message in India. Watch it below.
Anjuli, 28 Background: Guyanese (with black, Portuguese, Indian, and First Nations descent) I know that [my light skin] benefits me, which is a really sad fact. At places where I’ve worked, I doubt I would have gotten my job if I didn’t look so ambiguous, because people can’t tell where I’m from all the … Continue reading “What It’s Like to Be Discriminated Against by People of Your Own Race”
It has been at the root of division and persecution for centuries, but it seems the white skin of most modern Europeans did not evolve in Europe at all. Now genetic research has revealed that ancient European populations were dark-skinned for far longer than had originally been thought. Rather than lightening as early humans … Continue reading “Europeans were dark-skinned until 8,000 years ago”