I don’t watch Tyra Banks much. Not because I don’t like her. I just don’t have the time. I missed a show she did about skin bleaching. For those of you who are wondering what skin bleaching is, it’s something done a lot in the Black and also Asian community where both men and women use chemicals on their skin to make them look lighter or ‘whiter‘. I saw clips of the episode at a Black History Walks Event in London. Some of you might have seen it already. I was speechless when I first saw it. Then I got angry really quickly. I didn’t know whether I was angry at the mothers or at the fact that they felt they had to bleach their children’s skin to better their lives.
However, I always try to go beyond my initial reactions to certain things and to try and see the other side. Now I just believe that these women need help in seeing the real danger in what they’re doing. But how do you help and stop this madness? To be able to combat a logic where a mother feels that she has to put harmful chemicals on her children’s skin to better their lives, a lot of work needs to be put in on many levels. I really feel for the kids because what physical and psychological damage are they going to incur as a result of all this. How self confident about their true selves will they be? I wish I could speak to the mothers one on one to really hear their point of view no matter what it is so one can come up with more solutions because it’s obvious to me that things just aren’t working at the moment.