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Are we 'bleaching' hypocrites?

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

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Dear Editor,

Holy Trinity High School was in the news recently for barring from the compound students who have, among other school code violations, chemically altered their skin complexion.

The issue of skin-bleaching has been topical for some time now, as more and more of our people engage in the unfortunate practice.

Some opponents of the practice claim to bleach is to alter God's creation, effectively spitting in God's face for making us the way he did.

I am indubitably against skin lightening or bleaching, which is fundamentally a function of low self-esteem or self-hate on the part of those who are so engaged. However, I wonder if our stance might not be a bit hypocritical vis-a-vis other chemical alterations we often engage in.

Where is the outrage when women chemically alter the texture of their hair through the use of relaxers, or dye their hair to change its colour? Have some of those women, including possibly some of those enforcing the school code of conduct at Holy Trinity, not themselves engaged in chemical alterations of their being, likely the texture and possibly colour of their hair?

Would it not therefore be a little hypocritical of them to be so enforcing the school code of conduct when they and other students may possess chemically altered hair?

Would the school code of conduct be similarly enforced against lighter-hued/white students, who would be mindful to tan their skins with the aid of chemicals, or inject themselves with melanin so they could assume a darker or more beautiful hue? That such changes may be more temporal than dark folks bleaching their skin is of no moment, as they are still exercises aimed at altering aspects of our body to lift our self-esteem or appreciation of our beauty.

Ironically, Rastafarians, especially in my childhood years, though still to some degree today, were heavily criticised and discriminated against for their supposedly unkempt hair, yet all they were doing was maintaining that with which they were naturally blessed.

Kevin KO Sangster

sangstek@msn.com

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