I SAW something on both Facebook and Instagram that has left me to this minute still baffled. It was the ghost of one time top female rapper Lil Kim.
Okay, before thinking she is dead, no she is not but let’s just say that if the Creator was to come to earth looking for her, he would pass her tail straight because she is the complete opposite of what she originally looked like.
The once beautiful chocolate skinned, thick lipped, broad nosed boss of hip hop has now transformed herself into Barbie’s long lost short sister.
Yes, she has gone on to have unnatural looking whiter than Caucasian skin, blue eyes, razor sharp (slightly porkish looking) nose and straight blonde hair.
Now, I’m not usually one to judge one’s personal image choices. I truly am not because I believe in “to each their own” but this one not only freaked me out, it also brought back many memories of my short stint working at a local general store that sold everything from appliances to pharmaceuticals.
I spent the majority of my time working in the beauty section of that store and whilst I am not one to judge, I was almost floored on a number of occasions when I saw so many customers coming in looking just like our former black sister Kim.
Although I saw one or two men, women were the main customers who walked in with seemingly paper thin, ghostly, pale white skin that you could literally see through…veins and all.
These customers would come in to top up on their batches of bleaching creams which the store of course had in abundance.
From the time I saw the zombie like figures approach with their black knuckles and black feet/toes (because for some weird reason, they always forget the feet), I knew exactly what they were coming for and with pain in my heart, I would have to put on a smile, seeing that I was doing my job, and direct them to (and sometimes even guide them on) the strongest and fastest working products.
There are many things that I couldn’t understand then, I can’t understand now and I don’t think I will ever understand and this business of skin bleaching is high on that list.
We are all different thankfully and no one thinks the same but, the way I look at my skin, as well as the way that I look at the skin of black people and just go into complete awe because of how amazing our melanin rich pelts are, it hurts my brain trying to understand how people could hate theirs so much that they would want to change it.
And then we have the likes of Sammy Sosa, VybzKartel, Lil Kim and yes, I will say it, Michael Jackson… who are/were so influential and use that influence (intentionally in some cases like Kartel and unintentionally like some of the others) to encourage their sheep, I mean fans, to hate their black skin too.
After all, it’s 2016 right? Where we have the power to live whatever life we choose and so if we hate being black, for whatever reasons, we could just jump the black ship and swim over to the white ship to be Caucasian, besides, if our idols did it then they must be onto something and surely we can do it too?!
That trail of thinking, in my humble opinion is pure idiocy and my gosh, I feel sorry for the people who have to fight such personal demons.
I mean, could you imagine hating yourself so much? What must be going through these people’s minds when they see their skin? I literally can’t understand…my mind is boggled.
With the exception of that phony Rachel Dolezal who tried to claim that she was trans-racial, I have never seen a white person try to do whatever to their skin to be black.
Yes they tan and some over tan to get darker sun kissed skin but you don’t see them going full afro, big lips, big bum etc. (well they do but not all at once) to look like they were born black.
I can only blame it on mental illness…that is the only logical reason in my opinion behind this behaviour.
Meanwhile, there I am trying to go deeper into my black roots by chopping off all of my chemically relaxed hair and rocking my natural God given hair…man I love my black skin!
If I have to look for the silver lining, I would say it’s a good thing that the bleaching cream and cake soap were created because at this rate, it looks like some people would resort to trying to peel off their skin just to see the white layer under it…graphic I know but I would not be surprised.
I’m sorry if I seem to be rambling today but honestly, this matter has my mind scattered and if you were to look at the extent that people, our people go, to even in Saint Lucia look “socially acceptable” it would blow your minds too.
I know that this is none of my business and Lil Kim as well as all the individuals who bleach their skin have all the right in the world to do as they please with their bodies but I honestly can’t help but speak my mind on this matter especially now that black people are under the microscope more now than the past few decades.
I truly hope that this trend stays small to the point where people can clearly see what’s wrong with the picture and not see it as a norm.
Again, I am left to wonder, when will my people wake up and learn to love themselves for the flawless and amazing beings that they are?