Black People Destroying Their Melanin And The Effects of Skin Bleaching
What is Melanin
Melanin:is a broad term for a group of natural pigments found in most organisms (arachnids are one of the few groups in which it has not been detected). Melanin is produced by the oxidation of the amino acid tyrosine, followed by polymerization. The pigment is produced in a specialized group of cells known as melanocytes.
There are three basic types of melanin: eumelanin, pheomelanin, and neuromelanin. The most common type is eumelanin, and is produced in 'black' and 'brown' subtypes. Pheomelanin is a cysteine-containing red-brown polymer of benzothiazine units largely responsible for red hair and freckles. Neuromelanin is found in the brain, though its function remains obscure.
In the skin, melanogenesis occurs after exposure to UV radiation, causing the skin to visibly tan. Melanin is an effective absorber of light; the pigment is able to dissipate over 99.9% of absorbed UV radiation. Because of this property, melanin is thought to protect skin cells from UVB radiation damage, reducing the risk of cancer. Furthermore, though exposure to UV radiation is associated with increased risk of malignant melanoma, a cancer of the melanocytes, studies have shown a lower incidence for skin cancer in individuals with more concentrated melanin, i.e. darker skin tone. Nonetheless, the relationship between skin pigmentation and photoprotection is still being clarified. From: Wikipedia
Why Black People Bleach
People who bleach to get a lighter skin tone definitely has an inferior complex. Not only is skin bleaching a disgrace to our black ancestors, it is dangerous to individuals who continue to do so. Some reasons given for the bleaching show that a lot of black people are ashamed of their God given melanin rich skin and are ignorant regarding the power of their skin.
Reasons Given For Bleaching
- They simply hate the melanin in their skin and if that is all that differentiates opportunities in USA and Europe they will bleach it away.
- They have placed tattoos on their skin and needs them to be more pronounced so they bleach their skin to allow the tattoos to be seen more.
- Bleaching makes them feel a bit more confident, and brings up the color of their clothing better than having a black skin.
- Studies reveal that most of the young people prefer using skin bleaching products so that they get a good status in their group and society. In fact, the commercials shown on the television also portray the same thing. All these things have a great impact on the minds of young men and women and they opt for whatever cream or pill they can afford.
Psychological Skin Hate
Sometimes when we look at Black people and wonder why anyone would do such a stupid thing as to destroy the beauty and power of their rich dark skin. There are many underlining psychological factors which contributes to people doing many tings thinking that it will lift their worth and self esteem. Many people give various reasons why they do bleach their skin, but one of the biggest reasons come as far back as slavery. This is not another blame it on slavery post, but history has shown that slaves who were of a much lighter complexion were treated better and psychologically had a higher ranking than dark skin slaves.
Brown Slave, Better Treatment
The White plantation owners and supervisors enjoyed many intimate moments with the African slave women. This lead to many mix babies being born. These brown babies were not accepted as the offspring of the plantation owners, but an offspring of an unknown mother as most slave owners were married "happily" with their white spouses and thus could not give the baby of a black women which they helped to conceive any form of fatherly support. Instead they were given much better treatment than the black African slaves. Most of these brown babies were not field workers and did much less back breaking jobs, such as being the house nanny, cook, groundskeeper, bookkeepers and so forth. Many of these brown babies were secretly home schooled by plantation owners. Some of the wives knew of their husbands infidelities, some accepted these brown babies as part of the family while some allowed the mother and child to leave the plantation.
The Black African Slaves saw that the brown slaves were given preferential treatment, they were much closer to the slave master and enjoyed better working conditions and some were even educated. This allowed much hate and envy and jealousy towards the brown slaves.Some slaves were downright disgusted by it while others only hated their color and hated each other. This psychological hate was embedded into the salves and after many centuries has resurfaced in the form of skin bleaching.
Do you think skin bleaching is ok to do?
Today Celebrity Bleachers
With all the brainwashing that entrainment and the media has flushed out to the public, morals and self awareness seems to have been flushed out along with it. Bleaching today i just a fad and a new look among many black people. Celebrities especially who have a great influence upon young impressionable minds most times has nothing good to offer. Their lifestyles are garnished with irresponsibility, money, drugs and Skin bleaching. Hollywood is a whore for image and also forces black males and females to do skin lightening to portray a certain image. Celebrities have endorsements that in order for them to honor they may need to lighten their skin tone so they can bring across a certain image.
Bleaching for the Poor
You would be surprise at the extent that some black people will go to wipe out the melanin in their skin. Many people in some Caribbean island have taken bleaching to a whole new level. In the beautiful island of Jamaica, that same Bob Marley Singing, Usain Bolt Running, white sand Tropical paradise has a strong bleaching epidemic. Women and men from mostly the inner-city (garrison) communities make and use their own bleaching agents. These are not trained chemist, but know what to mix to destroy their natural beautiful skin color. Some of the chemicals used by these poorer class of people are cheap and has to be applied and maintained constantly. The danger about this bleaching is that if applied or mixed wrong, could leave some serious damage t the user.
Bleaching Agents Used
Celebrities and people who can afford to lighten their skin tone expensively do so. This is done by purchasing certain pills which destroys the melanin. Another way that rich people bleach is by use of a chemical injection which also destroys the melanin in the skin. These agents target every area of the body and last much longer than rubbing agents. Rubbing agents are tiresome to use and has to be applied periodically to all areas of the body. Some garrison bleachers use skin lightening creams with hydrogen peroxide, cornmeal and sometimes diluted bleach. They are so desperate to achieve skin lightness that they care not of the after effects and the danger they put their own bodies in.
Effects of Skin Bleaching
The melanin in your skin is used to block out all the Ultra Violet (UV) radiation that the sun dishes out on your skin daily. This destruction of your normal skin pigment can result in the following:
Harmful Effects of Skin Whitening or Bleaching
Bleaching is, in fact, a process in which the hair on the skin is bleached to match with the actual skin tone. However, the side effects are:
- Dark grey spots
- Skin cancer
- Swelling of the skin
- Thinning of the skin
- Setting down of fat on face, chest, upper back and stomach
- Increase in appetite and weight gain
- Neurological and kidney damage due to high level of mercury used in the creams
- Psychiatric disorders
- Severe birth defects
- Liver damage
Some of these side effects could be seen almost immediately while some are seen after prolonged use of skin whitening creams
Skin bleaching is a terrible thing to do to oneself. You are not only hurting yourself physically, you are also hurting your race by depicting that you are ashamed of your melanin rich skin and also destroying the minds of future generation into letting them think that their black skin is worthless and it is alright to bleach your skin. Your skin is beautiful and so are you, stop the bleaching and let us begin the teaching, teaching beauty of our skin color and appreciation.