Through the past decades people of color, men and women have been subjected to ideology that they are superior to another, black men and women are oftentimes based on the shade of their skin. It is commonly seen on social media, pictures of light skin vs. darkskin - at the bottom “Darkskins winning”, “ Darkskins ain’t got nothing on Light Skinned”, “I want mixed babies” or “If only she was lighter”- etc with heart eye emojis next to it. The plague of colorism was invented by colonization of white men, commonly slave masters that gave lighter slaves better jobs, such as working in the kitchen, maids, or nannies - their darker sibling, cousin, mother, and or father worked in the harsh fields. As children, they grew up to know that depending on their complexion where they’d be placed in society. Society still values this ideology today, with this societal biased on the rise, there has been an increasing number of fetish for one shade out of the spectrum of beauty.
More than not, many black men and women have experienced the murky and heavy effects of colorism. Daughters using lighter dolls to show a standard of eurocentric beauty-the darker dolls to be ugly and dirty. The concern during pregnancy, darker mothers rubbing their bellies thinking what will their child’s hair texture be like? Or their eye color, or skin? At the hospital their jaw drops when they receive a fair child with brown hair. As their child grows up, they pray they don't turn against them to lighter roots, and never to sep in the brown soil they were conceived in.
But my design will end this worry, and only provide the unbiased beauty of character. A guaranteed strategy to cure all the consequences of colonaztion and fetishzing. As a highly educated HBCU college professor, I have talked about colorism because, the dislike for shade isn't just black and white. Throughout the years, I have tried to be complacent, but the media shows no remorse or much change. We have tried to show all complexions are beautiful, but black children are still troubled- they look in mirror and say “I’ve always been black and ugly¨. It is repulsive to know how important skin color is in our society. In my experience, I’ve known people to bleach their skin just to fit in, and feel beautiful. My idea might be the only way to save us from the chance of a race going to war within itself. We must start by temporarily going blind. This can be achieved with your God given limbs. I’ve tried it myself actually, my favorite method is using my thumb and finger pressing on the bone of the eye socket, soon you’ll be able to experience a perfect vision of beauty. There are several benefits of us going blind.
Firstly, you will have different mentality on life and your other senses will heighten- you and your friends could be in the same situation but have a different viewpoint because of how your mind perceives it, instead of what your eyes see.
Secondly, You can now walk around and actually learn a person’s personality, their goals, and interests. With this in mind everyone will benefit, especially your black male friend who offensively says the common cheer ¨I prefer Light Skinned girls¨.
Thirdly, this should also give light to the issues other people of color face within themselves. No more race wars, like really imagine not having to debate about race issues in class without someone saying “Wow, I really, like feel like… black people should work on black on black crime”.
Fourthly, If we temporarily blind ourselves we can just ignore the issues of colorism all together, and the close relationship it has with racism. By ignoring them, we will no longer have to worry about the damaging results.
Fifthly, This solution will create peace on earth, with colorism everywhere in the world people with temporary blindness will have a better appreciation of life, and truly seek what’s important like the bad taste of scum at the top of your tea.
But if all else fails, I have a solution that will help a bit more extensively, we can just permanently blind ourselves. Eventually we’ll adjust to colorless world, this I know will take time. I imagine the first year will be successful if we market wisely on the method of gas, gauging, or surgery. I can no way of failure.
This I promise is the only solution, like I previously said we have tried all methods to end the issue of colorism, but if someone comes with a better idea, I hope it works-but keep in mind colorism has created a division and will continue on a steady rate. POC will continuously feel insecure about the way people see their skin- from a handshake, conversation, or looking in the mirror. I have no other reason for blinding people but for them to appreciate each other, have better understanding of themselves, and the people around them.