By Mubashirul Amin
Edited by Maisha Zahir and Adeeb Chowdhury
Have you heard of the creams, Fair and Lovely, or perhaps, Fair and Handsome?
I’m sure you have. And, you know what’s funny about the advertisements? They show us how being fair can magically give a person three years of experience, and how it can give you a breeze that comes to you at your own will.
Needless to say, Yami Gautam has been a sensation towards the dusky females of Indian and somewhat a number of nationalities. She has taught many of the dark women how much of a waste they are to the world. She has taught them that THE ONLY WAY to fit in is to be fair.
(Going off topic)
Did you guys know, somewhere in Bangladesh, there is a feminist who speaks for the rights of women who isn’t educated despite the fact that she has both the ability and situation to do so.
And, there is a feminist who protests about the fact that women should be able to wear any kind of clothes they prefer.
And, there’s this activist who screams about equal rights.
I must say, that everything they have been doing is very innovative and hugely admirable. They have become the pioneers of a future that shatters the shackles that holds any of the genders back to who they are.
But, I feel like we’re missing a point here. A point that affects both men and women; their color.
I have been called ‘black’ countless times, and every time, they had a tone that suggested being black is something comical. And, not that this is something new, but unfortunately, it’s something very common. I don’t know why, but this situation is very normal in almost all the countries. The society accepts this perspective of dark being an ominous color with ease.
Every single dark toned person is being criticized every instant, and there’s nobody to defend them. This form of racism is considered to be ‘okay’. And if anyone raises a voice on this topic, they are only seen as serious people who do not understand simple jokes.
It hurts me to see what the society has done to a racial group.
Not only are they subjected to color-shaming, in several parts of the world, they do not even get basic human rights. There have been cases where people are not given proper medicine just because they are black.
Because of these fairness creams most of the dusky people now feel confined in their skin and are trying to get out of this prison of their color every day. They use smartphone screens to hide themselves and seek help from apps that make them look fair. They sell a part of their soul just to fit into this grotesque society of two-faced parasites. They shred every ounce of their integrity with each ounce of makeup they put on. On most Bengali weddings, we see that the bride is adorned with jewelry, and makeup. Even on their ‘best day’, they are forced to embrace a skin tone that is not their own, because apparently their dusky tone is not beautiful enough. We have turned into humans, which defines as;
Human (noun): a civilized being that overpowers most of the world’s population. They have inhibited the earth for as long as they can remember. And, they share an avid interest in fair humans and a disregard towards any other color whatsoever (also: Africans to be specific)
It’s a matter of great anguish that one of the main ingredients used in making these fairness creams is bleach, as in; toilet cleaning bleach. I know most of you won’t bother researching about the fact, but just in case you do, I’m sure you’ll come across the name Hydroquinone. And, Hydroquinone is called a skin bleaching agent according to the internet, and I don’t know why I have a hunch that all of the companies will have the same thing to say.
It’s most amusing that, just like words, there are a few different meanings and uses of Hydroquinone.
Hydroquinone happens to fall under the group of phenols, which are used as a general disinfectant for cleaning toilets, stables, floors, etc.
I don’t know if it’s just me, but I feel like the dark skin tone is being seen as dirt, or maybe something even worse; an ailment. If my assumption is right, and if this continues, something similar to the following dialogue script will be happening in the world;
*Dark toned child is born*
The mother fainted due to the fatigue and pain of giving birth, and after the orthodox and somewhat essential consuetudes, the doctors let in the father. Shunned, right after his gaze falls upon the child. He goes to the doctor and,
Father: what has happened to my son! What have you done to him!?
Doctor: I’m sorry, sir, I don’t know what ails your son…
*Rhapsodic music starts playing in the background as a storm suddenly comes baffling towards the hospital’s windows*
I’ll leave the ailment of the child to your imagination.
We’ve all heard the quote, “be comfortable in your own skin.” I’ve heard it too, but don’t you think the point of saying it has no point at all? I mean, think about it, why would a person not be comfortable in their own skin if others don’t make them feel that way. It’s ridiculous to see the amount of irony and hypocrisy people have put into this quote. I feel like it’s another attempt to degrade the dark & dusky, and to make them feel like they’re the ones to be victimized and criticized for something they have no control over, which also isn’t a bad thing. This world will be comfortable in their own skin only when people won’t have to use that quote anymore.
About the Author
Journalist of the Refugees and Racial Minorities department
Mubashirul Amin is an O level candidate who is currently a private student. His hobby includes observing anything in which life vibrates. He shares an avid interest of dark places and has an illness of wanderlust, and has a ‘thing’ for knowing words. He specializes in delivering sarcasm to the less intelligent and pieces of writings to people.