Editorial: Skin Bleaching and Global White Supremacy
Journal of Pan African Studies, Vol. 4, No. 4, June 2011
3 Pages Posted: 27 Dec 2013
Date Written: 2011
This Special Issue of the Journal of Pan African Studies focuses on the practice of skin bleaching -- the intentional alteration of one’s natural skin color to one relatively, if not substantially lighter in color, through the use of chemical skin lightening agents -- as it manifests among people of African descent. Within the context of global white supremacy, skin color communicates one’s position to and within the dominant power structure. Given this reality, many people,namely those subjected to white domination, colonization, and enslavement, have historically internalized projected notions that the basis of their inferior condition is their skin color. Although the contributors to this issue examine the phenomenon from a variety perspectives, all draw attention to the impact of global White supremacy on valuations of skin color and the extent to which skin bleaching, as a social practice, is functionary of white domination.
Keywords: White Supremacy, Skin Bleaching, Power Structure, Oppression, Skin Whitening, Skin Toning, Africans
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