Dear Skin Bleacher,
I don’t know your name or anything about you. I’m not here to judge, just to give you a life’s lesson in being proud of who you are.
It’s a shame you feel that by bleaching your skin, you now look prettier. Yes, I’m coming at you from a dark skinned point of view – because my skin tone is darker than your new and (un)improved self.
It’s a shame that you use the word ‘nigger’ to describe people who are darker than you. I don’t know you, as I said, and you seem young, so I don’t want to patronise or talk down to you – but let me ask you a question – is your mother dark skinned? Your grandmother? Auntie? Siblings? Friends? Nieces or cousins? If they are – are you saying that they are all ‘niggers’ too? Do you refer to darker skinned members of your family and people you know in that way? To their faces? I can’t imagine you do.
Do you feel empowered and beautiful now that you have altered your appearance? You can go out into the world and conquer it? Be that young woman you now feel that you can be? Skin Bleacher – if that had to all come because you are now ‘light-skinned’ I have to break it down to you because you’re acting like the skin has bleached you white. Which you are not. It appears that you think light (or white) is better? Whether you are black. Light, dark, caramel, coffee, cocoa, mocha – you are black. Black – whatever the tone – is beautiful. Men see that too. I had to bring that up because it seems that having male attention is important to you, which is fine. But a man doesn’t fall in love with your pale skin and maybe the attention that you are putting to your appearance is attracting the wrong sort of man. Then you’ve got it all wrong. Maybe you need to bleach the inside of you and get rid of the impurities there first. Do you know what constant bleaching to the skin does? When your skin gets red raw and your knuckles are black. And what about the babies you may have one day? Of course, they may have a white or light-skinned father. And for you – I hope there’ll be no throw-backs and your babies come out darker anyway. Bleaching does not filter into your melanin.
Skin bleacher – be you. Go out into the world and make a difference. I’m one hundred percent certain Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks and the likes, didn’t do what they did so we can be light skinned. I’m sure it was because of equality, freedom and choice, no matter the skin tone.
So Skin Bleacher – be confident in the skin that you were meant to have. You will have younger people around you see you and think that what you are showing them or telling them is right. You are the next generation and I’m sure that your children and your friends’ children don’t want to grow up knowing that you once described darker skinned people as – well, you get what I’m saying.
From a Black Woman Who Chooses to Live the Life of Freedom Women Before Her Sacrificed Themselves For.