Skin Color

I watched “The Butler,” a 2013 American historical drama film based on Eugene Allen’s life as a White House butler. It gave a glimpse of the struggles African Americans had to go through in the US. It saddened me to be reminded of humanity’s tendency towards racism, discrimination, and hate.

The Holocaust, Apartheid, Ku Klux Klan. Only but a few illustration of this madness. I know war and conflict are part of life but it baffles me how we resort to violence without any sense of regard to human life just because we feel that THEY are different from us. THEY are not our equal. THEY are inferior.

I thought we have learned from the past. I thought that with technological advancement, we are no longer ignorant to cultural diversity. I thought we would be more accepting of our differences. That’s what I thought. Then Ferguson, Baltimore, and now Charleston happened.

In the Philippines, we claim that we don’t have this so-called racism. But TV shows, ads, billboards, and subjects of ridicule say otherwise. Colonial influence still dictate that having fair skin is the standard of beauty. Skin whitening products abound. And being dark is still considered inferior.

How stupid and shallow to pass judgement on people based on skin color. What’s wrong with the world?

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Author: Ryan Bestre

Environmentalist. Teacher. Writer.

5 thoughts on “Skin Color”

  1. yes, unfortunately racism is still a very real issue all over the world. In Indonesia people are obsessed with being white, there are so many whitening products on the market, I shudder to think what they are doing to their skin.

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