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Old 06-27-2009, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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I think that there's quite a bit to that. Over the years, I've noticed that people are fascinated with those who have two different colored eyes.

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It seems years ago I had heard of White Mormon adoptive parents of Native- American children using bleaching creams and keeping the kids out of the sun to make them "more attractive". An anthropologist might be able to answer the question as to why many cultures with degrees of brown skin find it necessary to be lighter. I would guess the fewer fairer skinned individuals, resulting from recessive melanin restrictive genes , might seem to be "special" by virtue of being fewer and different. There has always been the idea of the rareness of a thing indicating it's value; white deer, white horse. It's truly an arbitrary deduction resulting from coincidental natural selection traits. Too bad our modern day intellect hasn't gotten beyond our ancient superstitions.
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Old 06-28-2009, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Ocean Shores, WA
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This is an old "Negro saying" about skin tone.

"If you're light - alright.
If your Black - step back."


It was true in the past, it is true today, and it will continue to be true until ethnic diversity ceases to exist.
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Old 06-28-2009, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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This is an old "Negro saying" about skin tone.

"If you're light - alright.
If your Black - step back."


It was true in the past, it is true today, and it will continue to be true until ethnic diversity ceases to exist.
i think you may have that wrong.
i'm pretty sure that, originally, those were words that white racists used (or at least conceived) and it was "if you're white, alright - if you're black, step back".
perhaps folks in the black community gave it another twist (changed white to light) due to their own psyches being infected by this racist culture.
i don't know.
and let's hope you're wrong about racism not ending until there is no ethnic diversity.
i don't think humans will be on this planet long enough to witness that.
and i'm not sure that, in terms of evolution, that's a valid theory (that there will be no ethnic diversity) but i don't know.
you mean a golden race?
it seems to me that the conditions that led to different skin color will continue. no?
and geez, more importantly, it's possible that people will evolve out of this racist non-sense.
i mean, c'mon.
it's so old already.
and i think it's quite possible.
young people of today are carrying a lot less racist mentality .... thank god!
and Obama was elected.
that speaks volumes!

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Old 06-28-2009, 10:09 PM
 
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Well I can say that in latinos (especially caribbean) is still prevalent and I still hear it around.
"casate con alguien mas blanco que tu" meaning marry someone whiter then you.
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Old 06-30-2009, 01:20 AM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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I believe in parts of Louisiana the Creoles deemed themselves "different" to black Americans and part of that difference was enough French ancestry that they were noticeably lighter skinned. They looked down at darker-skinned blacks at times, sometimes bordered on being racist to them. In some parts of the South those deemed "High Yalla", lighter-skinned, had better positions in certain black colleges. Still I'd like to think this declined with time.

A more extreme version though exists in Sudan. Pretty much all Sudanese have some Black-African ancestry, but the Northern Sudanese deem themselves "Arab." Sudan is even in the Arab League. Therefore not looking too dark is important for Northern Sudanese self-perception however erroneous that perception might be. In fact they sometimes even refer to "Blacks", even devoutly Muslims blacks like the Fur people, in derogatory fashion. They even kill or enslave them for being black in some cases. (Darfur means "The Abode of the Fur") This is true even when the "Arab" Sudanese referred to are naturally of the same shade as "The Black Sudanese."
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