Skin bleaching amongst Black folks has been a thorn in the flesh of being black and proud. People who indulge in such activities have different reasons for doing so but personally, from my perspective i see it as an insult to the Black Activists and pioneers of the Civil rights movement such as Martin Luther King, Malcom X and Rosa Parks.
These people went through Thick and Thin to put an end to segregation, to make Black people walk around with their head held high. Yet some members of the black community feel the need to disregard their natural skin color and don a skin color quite similar to those of our slave masters.
As an Objective individual i can see that there are reasons for their actions that are beneath the surface, reasons we need to scratch and dig to find out. I mean what on earth would make Lil Kim go from Black to cream coloured, or Vybez Kartel or Sammy sosa?? The list goes on..
An extreme case would be Michael Jackson but, We know he had Vitiligo a rare Skin disease that transforms skin color. We also know of 23-year-old Darcel de Vlugt who was born Black but ended up turning white because she suffers from the same Skin diseas that Michael Jackson suffered from – Vitiligo.
But can the same be said about all black people who “turned” white? Vitligo doesn’t transform your skin in the space of a year or two years – It takes time.
Some of these Stars went from Black to white in the twinkle of an eye. But you never know, maybe its just a simple feeling of insecurity, mental trauma.. you can never judge these people unless you’ve been in their shoes.
I saw this video on the Tyra Banks show about Black women who would do anything to bleach their skin, you can watch it here and tell me what you think..