Dark skin is a blessing in disguise

2014-10-08 08:29

I sometimes get angry when I see dark skinned people (both men and women) being portrayed as ugly and undeserving of praise. The media goes to great lengths to promote light skinned women, portraying them as angelic,  pure, very beautiful and highly successful.

Americans pioneer the European way of beauty and we see that by promoting light skin beauty products every minute of everyday. And I would ask,  how many products do you know that promote dark beauty or rather enhance your darker completion? Probably 2 out of 10. And what about the commercials? Close to none. Instead of me bickering about commercials, beauty products and the media, I would like to make you understand why we have melanin, why it is a blessing and not a curse.


According to News Medical "melanin is a complex polymer derived from the amino acid tyrosine. Melanin is responsible for determining skin and hair colour and is present in the skin to varying degrees, depending on how much a population has been exposed to the sun historically...melanin deposits determine the skin pigment which varies depending on the number and distribution of the melanosomes. Aside from determining skin colour, the light absorbent melanin protects the DNA against UV radiation from the sun" (http://www.news-medical.net/health/Melanin-What-is-Melanin.aspx);mind you that people had to move from one place to another to find food and a place for their herds. Some people moved to places where there was not much sunlight and that resulted to less produce of melanin but people who moved to places where they were exposed to the sun had to have melanin so that they would be protected from cancer and all sorts of skin diseases.

The exposure to the sun causes premature aging of the skin, hence people who have melanin to a certain degree experience a slower rate of aging, depending on the levels melanocytes. Even the light skin people produces melanocytes, hence when they are exposed to the sun their levels will increase and give the effects of tanning. In general light skin people experiences more skin problems than dark skin people, the mystery is in the protective layer of melanin.


Nature has equipped everyone of us in ways that we cannot comprehend. Beauty has never been determined solely by color, each color on its own is implicitly beautiful. Mankind has diverse skin color for a reason, deep down psychologically everyone of us has been wired to be pro diversity.

There was a show I watched on Discovery Channel where they conducted a psychological experiment at a super market, where they put 2 bowls that contain sweets (smarties). In one bowl they only put smarties with one color and the other bowl they put a variety of colors. Then they put a label saying "these sweets are free on both bowls, take as many as you like". In about an hour, the bowl that had variety of sweets was finished by a huge margin compare to one colored sweets. That goes to show that our minds prefers diversity a subconsciously. So what went wrong?

We all have been conditioned to accept lighter skin color and associate it with beauty, through slavery, media and advertisements, it is a case of pure social engineering. Our minds are no longer capable of appreciating the true sense of beauty beyond color and skin complexion.

As a result, racism is a global phenomenon and also colorism among black community. Because of social engineering and conditioning, black skinned people in general have been conditioned to think that they are inferior to the white skinned people as a legacy of racism, blacks have sort to change their appearance to be like European or their "Master", throughout history black people have changed their hair, removed their melanin to make their skin lighter, because they aspiration to look like their "Masters". It is a classical case of inferiority complex.

Meanwhile the whites are tanning their light skin to gain melanin realizing the benefits of having melanin, on the other hand blacks are clinically removing their melanin not realizing the dangers of reducing their melanocytes.

There is a reason why a leopard has spots, a tiger have stripes and a lion having a solid color. They were created so.

Hence our creator asked a question:

"Can Cushite change his skin, or a leopard its spots?...."  Jeremiah 13:23 (Revised NWT)

Melanin is not a curse but a blessing to dark skinned people, you were just conditioned to think otherwise.

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