Sunday, November 10, 2013

Why do people try to change their skin pigmentation: bleaching and Tanning!

Bleaching is brought about by being hyper-conscious of how one's skin looks like. The more one gets obsessed with one's skin pigmentation in a negative manner the greater the chance that one might bleach. 

The statement 'Black is Beautiful' is part of an obsession with one's skin pigmentation. What's beautiful is not 'black' but the person uttering the statement. 'So and so is beautiful or X is beautiful.' 'Black' as applied to people is a social construction but X is not. X is a human being. Instead of glorifying a social construction meant to debase a human population, we should glorify Xs...human beings.

And remember, what is important is not that someone is bleaching, what is important is that someone is not comfortable with their skin pigmentation or how one's nose looks or how one's chest looks. This is all about self-esteem and it applies to all races.

People of European descent tan because they believe tanned skin is more beautiful than pale skin. Tanning can result in skin cancer. Others go through dangerous plastic surgeries or facelifts...
Any attempt to change one's natural looks is a function of low or questionable self-esteem no matter the race.


Dear Melbournians, the South Sudanese people to be precise. Do you think we have seen it all? Do you think we have seen that: I mean in the aftermath of yesteryears, in regard to our culture and the notions around identity and belonging? Do you think we have seen the true reaping of what we sowed years ago? Do you really think so? After all, did we really sow anything like seeds and that there’s something to be reaped? Did we really live it out well to be seen today?

I am sorry to have bothered you, my potential readers, with questions regarding our social, economic, and political location in our host society: Australia. I think we have not seen it all and as a whole: The idea that people are bound by certain values and beliefs of significance to them. This requires cooperation and role-specific obligations on the roles of every man and woman across a given people and their society.


While it is possible for us to racially discriminate or judge people we know, the chances of judging people we know diminish significantly the more we know them. An easy example of the importance of understanding others is the attitude people develop when they want to harm others or when they want to deny them something valuable. Essentially, before you fight someone, you insult them. Insults are attempts at diminishing the value of people, an attempt at estranging them, as Toni Morrison argued in The Origin of Others. It is easy to discriminate against strangers or make others strangers or dehumanized in order to discriminate against them.

Transformational Leadership, Inclusive Institutions and Service Provision

Leadership, given what is happening now in South Sudan, and generally in Africa, fascinates me. And it fascinates me not in a good way but because of the sociopolitical and socioeconomic ills facing the African continent and most of the so-called 'Third World.' To me, South Sudan, now, is a classic case.

Rebellion by disaffected politico-military leaders and repression by the government of South Sudan in Juba have stunted institutional development and leadership growth. This has made service provision almost irrelevant as political survival has taken primacy and supremacy. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

‘Black’ as an Identity Oversimplification and Mockery

Black as a universalized cultural identity of the African Person (AP)* is a residual effect of slave and colonial mentality; a racial/race paradigm. It is a malady I call, conservatively speaking, stuck-in-the-past syndrome of color constraints. Black could be an on-the-street ‘social identifier’ of race figures not a meaningful phenomenon of deep cultural identification on a universal scale.

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