Skin Bleaching, Self-Hate and Black Identity in Jamaica

Journal of Black Studies 2003; 33; 711

19 Pages Posted: 27 Dec 2013

Date Written: 2003

Abstract

The Afrocentric view concerning Jamaicans who bleach their skins is that they suffer from self-hate, a result of the lingering psychological scars of slavery. The self-hatred thesis is tested by comparing the self-esteem scores of a small convenience sample of skin bleachers with the scores of a control group. The two groups have almost the same average scores above the median, which indicates that skin bleaching did not occur because of low self-esteem. The preliminary results suggest that there are varied reasons for skin bleaching and there is a range of Black identities as each person constructs his or her identity in a multicultural society.

Keywords: skin bleaching; self-hate; miseducation; identity; survival

Suggested Citation

Charles, Christopher, Skin Bleaching, Self-Hate and Black Identity in Jamaica (2003). Journal of Black Studies 2003; 33; 711. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2372167

Christopher Charles (Contact Author)

University of the West Indies ( email )

Kingston
Kingston 7
Mona, Mona Kingston 7
Jamaica

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