An article at gather, one of the sites I write, set me thinking and I thought why not write about it? Carol Roach wrote a very thought provoking article It is all in the DNA or is it?.
Here she talks about racism in Canada. Where there are whites, blacks or coloureds as she says. I cannot comment on that but for what I have read or heard.
I will talk about what happens here in India. We do not have white or black skin here. We have what the Britishers called brown skin....different shades of it...from darker to lighter. I come under the darker shades. This is called dusky complexion over here.
Despite not having white skin...most or I should say almost all....prefer fair skin over dark one. I have told on my face by the so-called educated people...wish you were fairer.
My skin colour never bothered me. But I do feel rage when I come across such mentality. Is it all I am......my skin colour? For Indians definition of beauty starts and ends with fairer skin. No wonder the skin whiteners(here they call those fairness creams) do a brisk business. As I shun those products, I have been told I am crazy.
At the end of the day...everything comes down to the colour of your skin....though we do not have white or blacks amongst us.
Indians are one of the most racist people in this world however much they deny it. Even on the issue of colour we are divided. Fair is in, (un)fair is out!!