Sunday, February 28, 2010

Are we really color blinded? Or are we pretending to be one??

Are we really color blinded? Or are we pretending to be one?????

Recently there was a news in the Strait Times Paper, Singapore about three people who posted some derrogatory comments on the basis of skin color in the face book. Their FB accounts were terminated I guess. I was wondering just by terminating the accounts is it possible to wipe away the similar thoughts that run through thousands of minds in this world??

Though we all pretend to be color blinded when it comes to skin tone still I feel that differentiating human beings on the basis of skin tone is still predominant in every society.Coming from a town in Tamil Nadu, I know how people are differentiated on the basis of the skin color. When a baby is born, the first question asked is "Is it a boy or a girl?" The second question asked is "Is the baby fair or dark?" There is no question of how the mom and the baby are doing? or is the baby healthy? I dont know whether it is becos of ignorance or that people refuse to accept the fact that a child can take up the color of the grandparents and it involves genes, that is something to do with heriditary . If the parents happen to be fair skinned and the child dark skinned then there is always a question of "from where did u get this color?" I feel this is the most abusive way of testing the child as well as the mom's intergrity.People can choose the gender of the baby not the skin tone of the baby. May be one day when man goes to live in the moon this also will be possible.If it is a girl child the problem is even more prominent. When it comes to marriage age there is always a question of "is the girl fair or dark?" If dark skin, the girl is rejected at the outset even before having a glance of her.

People dont look at the character of a person. Fair skinned people always have an upper hand wherever they go and wat ever they do. Dark skinned people are considered to be less trustworthy, not clean enough, lacking in social etiquettes and so on.Even dark skinned people have no issues in accepting fair skinned people to have a better edge than them. Though we all talk about unity in diversity , love a person for the character, treat everyone equally, I dont think practically we are following this in which ever part of the world we are in.Thousands of Lincolns may come and go but human nature doesnt change that easily. We give a hell a lot of impportance to the skin color. Otherwise why would there be so many fairness and whitening creams and lotions on this planet selling like hot cakes ?

Ironically When it comes to the hair color i guess everyone loves black and when u get a line of silver hair u detest it. It is then that the black color has an abundant value.I have a few questions to those people who show disparity becos of skin color. Do fair skinned people travel for free, eat for free in hotels, shop for free in shops, study for free in universities? Or do they get any discounts? NO !I pay the same school fees for my children as any other white skinned person. I have been paying the same school fees , air fair as any other fair skinned person. But customer service rendered towards the so called fair skinned people is always with a much more welcoming smile.In Asian countries Westerners and Europeans are looked high upon. What kind of a superior tinge do they add to this behaviour other than surrendering to the skin color? When a natural disaster strikes does it spare all the light skinned people and destroy only the dark skinned people? Is there any myth that fair looking people will be hale and healthy while dark skinned people will be disease struck? Are light skinned people immortal and dark skinned people short lived? After one dies is it anything like the body of light skinned people be never be decomposed and only dark skinned people 's body will be decomposed and eaten by worms. We humans with six senses should think that all our lives are short lived. We should learn to accept people as they are.

Let the next generation atleast learn to respect and accept all people alike. This world is global in every sense of the word. So accepting and being accepted becomes part of globalisation. Otherwise we all have to stick to our own coccoon for the fear of not being accepted for our inner self.Let us all learn the lesson from the Ugly duckling story. All that glitters is not gold and Diamond, the precious metal comes from the dark coal. A zebra looks beautiful just becos it has a mix of white and black stripes.If all the zebras look either black or white we wont turn to look at them. Same with our society. Mix of people with different skin tones gives beauty to the society . Let us see black just as any other color.

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