Love The Skin You In

Love the skin you’re in, no matter if you are black, white, red, or yellow.  God made you who you are for a reason.  Take pride in yourself and the complexion of your skin. No one’s color is any better than the other.  No one’s color makes them more special than another. You are who you are for a reason and do not let anyone tell you otherwise. We live in a world of colorism. 

What is colorism?  You ask.

"Colorism is prejudice or discrimination against individuals with a dark skin tone, typically among people of the same ethnic or racial group." (US Dictionary Lexico)

Where did the word of colorism come from?

"Colorism, is a term believed to be first coined in 1982 by Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Walker and defined by her to mean the “prejudicial or preferential treatment of same-race people based solely on their color." (Kimberly Jade Norwood, 2015)

Why do people have a different skin color?

"People have different skin colors mainly because their melanocytes produce different amounts and kinds of melanin. The genetic mechanism behind human skin color is mainly regulated by the enzyme tyrosinase, which creates the color of the skin, eyes, and hair shades." (Wikipedia the free encyclopedia)

Causes of colorism?

"Several reasons tie together the key factors of inter-racial and intra-racial colorism: discrimination, self-deprivation, self-hatred, white supremacy, social conditioning, etc. The desire to be accepted, or wanting to be “beautiful” is universal. The desire becomes concerning when “beautiful” is meant to appear similar, or like unto the appearance of a dominant societal group. Color as a determinant of personal value within a group forms the pathological basis for colorism, resulting in manifestations of the symptoms listed above."(Anna Yoni Jeffries July 10, 2019)

What does light skin mean?

"Light skin is a human skin color, which has little eumelanin pigmentation and which has been adapted to environments of low ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Humans with light skin pigmentation have skin with low amounts of eumelanin and possess fewer melanosomes than humans with dark skin pigmentation."(Wikipedia the free encyclopedia)

Are white people white?

"The term "white race" or "white people" entered the major European languages in the latter 17th century, in the context of racialized slavery and unequal social status in the European colonies. Descriptions of populations as "white" in reference to their skin color predates this notion and is occasionally found in Greco-Roman ethnography and other ancient or medieval sources.  But these societies did not have any notion of a white, pan-European race. Scholarship on race distinguishes the modern concept from pre-modern descriptions, which focused on physical complexion rather than race." (Wikipedia the free encyclopedia)

What does Mixed-Race mean?

"Relating to people whose parents or ancestors are from different ethnic backgrounds" (US Dictionary Lexico).

What is Colorism in sociology?

"Colorism, or skin color stratification, is a process that privileges lightskinned people of color over dark in areas such as income, education, housing, and the marriage market.

Research demonstrates that lightskinned people have clear advantages in these areas, even when controlling for other background variables. However, darkskinned people of color are typically regarded as more ethnically authentic or legitimate than lightskinned people. Colorism is directly related to the larger system of racism in the USA and around the world. The color complex is also exported around the globe, in part through US media images, and helps to sustain the multibilliondollar skin bleaching and cosmetic surgery industries" (Margret Hunter July 03, 2017).

Where did the brown paper bag test start?

"From 1900 until about 1950, "paper bag parties" are said to have taken place in neighborhoods of major American cities with a high concentration of African Americans. Many churches, fraternities, and nightclubs used the "brown paper bag" principle as a test for admission. The test was believed by many to be used in the 20th century by many." African-American social institutions, such as sororities, fraternities, and churches.  The term is also used in reference to larger issues of class and social stratification within the African American population. The bag typically used was brown and stands today as a metaphorical symbol for those vestiges of colorism still practiced in certain limited segments of society. (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

What does brown skin mean?

"Dark skin is the human skin color—effectively some shade of brown—that is rich in melanin, especially, eumelanin pigments." (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

How did East Asians come to be referred to as yellow-skinned?

"In their earliest encounters with East Asia, Europeans almost uniformly characterized the people of China and Japan as white. Yet by the end of the seventeenth century, the category of whiteness was reserved for Europeans only. When and how did Asians become "yellow" in the Western imagination? Looking at the history of racial thinking, we find that the label originated not in early travel texts or objective descriptions, but in the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century scientific discourses on race. The conceptual relationship between East Asians and yellow skin did not begin in Chinese culture or Western readings of East Asian cultural symbols, but in anthropological and medical records that described variations in skin color. Eighteenth-century taxonomers such as Carl Linnaeus, as well as Victorian scientists and early anthropologists, assigned colors to all racial groups, and once East Asians were lumped together as members of the "Mongolian race," they began to be considered yellow." (Michael Keevak November 23, 2017)

Is there really a red race?

"The origin of the choice of "red" to describe Native Americans in English is debated. While related terms were used in anthropological literature as early as the 17th century, labels based on skin-color entered everyday speech around the middle of the 18th century. "At the start of the eighteenth century, Indians and Europeans rarely mentioned the color of each other’s skins. By midcentury, remarks about skin color and the categorization of peoples by simple color-coded labels (red, white, black) had become commonplace. Although the term has almost disappeared from common use, it remains as the name of many sports teams, most prominently the Washington Redskins, and the term's meaning has been a significant point of controversy. That controversy has led to high schools in the United States changing their team name as a result of protests by Native Americans, government regulations, or voluntary action." (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Who started to categorize people by the color of their skin?

"Seventeenth-Century German and English scientists, Bernhard Varen (1622–1650) and John Ray (1627–1705) classified human populations into categories according to stature, shape, food habits, and skin color, along with any other distinguishing characteristics." (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

What does the Bible say about race?

"The Bible mentions families, tribes, peoples, and nations. When the word “race” appears in the Bible, it is referring to these categories.

However, some passages in the Bible have been used to separate people on the basis of race. For example, in the story of Cain and Abel, Cain kills his brother Abel out of anger and jealousy. As punishment, God cursed Cain to wander the world aimlessly and placed a mark on Cain so that others would not kill him.

Some have taught that this mark was different skin color, the first racial designation, passed down through Cain. That is simply not what the text says. The Bible says the mark was a clear warning that “anyone who kills Cain will suffer vengeance seven times over.” The mark was not intended for others.

The story of the Tower of Babel is also occasionally used as a reference for race resulting from divine action.7 During a time when “the whole world had one language and a common speech,” people decided to build themselves a tower that reached the heavens to become like God himself.8 But God stopped them by confusing their language.

However, as mentioned earlier, language and race are not the same things. God scattered them by introducing different languages, not different races. (By Frankie Rodriquez)

What does the word human race mean?

All people; Human beings as a group. (Not a particular group of people, or color) ALL PEOPLE!

"Most importantly, the Christian Bible reveals that all people who have ever lived are descendants of Adam and Eve. Therefore all people are of the same race—the human race. Peter was one of the twelve apostles tutored by Jesus. In one of his early sermons, Peter made a shocking proclamation about human relationships. All the Jews in Jesus’ time had grown up with the belief that they alone were God’s people. Imagine their shock when they learned that Jesus had come for the whole world—no matter their ethnic or religious background. After receiving a vision from God regarding this, Peter stated, “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.” The Apostle Paul made several major trips throughout the Mediterranean region to share the message that Jesus of Nazareth is the long-expected Messiah and savior of the world. Paul took the gospel of Jesus to white people, to black people, to olive-skinned people; he took it to all people. It was a universal message without any racial distinction for blessings or salvation.

Paul wrote in a letter to the church at Rome, “As Scripture says, ‘Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.’ For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’"(Frankie Rodriguez Explore God)

Where did the word Race come from?

"Humans created the categories of race. “Race” is man’s word, not God’s. Race is a human construct, not a Godly one. Race-developed from human interrelationships, not from God’s design. From Jesus, we learn that God’s plan is for us all—the human race—to be one with God."(Frankie Rodriguez Explore God)

Anthropologist Eugenie C. Scott writes that humans cannot be compartmentalized into racial categories:

“However, even if people in different geographic areas differ, it is impossible to draw sharp lines between racial groups. Few if any populations are cut off from others, and even if laws, culture, and/or religion prohibit it, mating does take place. Characteristics of people change gradually from one geographic area to another; where across Central Asia do European ‘whites’ leave off and Asian ‘yellows’ begin? Anthropologists see races as temporary, changing phenomena, products of genetic processes and natural selection. The races we see today are different from those of yesterday and will be different tomorrow.” (Eugenie C, Scott)

Bottom line, people, we ALL are different hues, and Essence of Nature Loves everyone, regardless of color and/or where you are from ( even the means ones).  Stop bleaching skin trying to get lighter, or burning yourself in the sun trying to get darker. Love what and how God made you. If you come across someone that doesn’t like you because of your color, pray for them and keep it moving.  You don't need negative people in your circle anyway (be cautious who you let into your circle).  Just think, if this world was all the same color, wouldn’t it be boring?  We were all made different shades for a reason. Have you ever heard of the word DIVERSITY (Meaning Variety)?  God put a variety of people here, not just one group of people.

For the youngsters, teenagers, and young adults, if you feel you are being bullied because of your color, TALK TO SOMEONE immediately.  And if that person doesn’t listen, you keep talking and telling until someone does listen. It is not worth getting depressed or killing yourself over. 

Be proud of who you are. WE ARE ONE RACE- THE HUMAN RACE!  LOVE THE SKIN YOU’RE IN!

Humanity With Care - Poem by Jon M. Nelson

Too many times we focus on race, 
And not the humanity of who we are.
We must leave color in its place, 
Before this is taken way too far.

When there is crime against another, 
The focus is always on tone of skin.
We should treat people like a brother, 
As our beauty is from deep within.

We're all part of the human race, 
That's all that should really matter.
We have to learn to share this place, 
So that no more lives will shatter.

Our color is only skin deep, 
As we all bleed red inside.
No more families should have to weep, 
Because of ignorance and pride.

Everyone's life is just too fragile, 
We need to treat each other fare.
We all should have that inner will, 
To handle humanity with care. 
 
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