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Black people were enslaved for over 200 years, during which, they were not even considered to be human, let alone beautiful.Beauty is an entirely new phenomenon post-enslavement and the dimensions of this paradoxical beauty have weighed heavily in favour of white supremacy.This is heart-wrenching for me to hear, but at the same time I am glad that somebody who has acquired a certain clout in the industry is now speaking openly about the austerity of this issue.It seems there are a generation of young girls (and boys) who have been left to suffer in silence for a lack of public outcry on an issue that has been comfortably embraced worldwide.12 Years A Slave actress, Lupita Nyong'o speaks openly about her struggle growing up as a dark-skinned child.She exclaims that in her youth, she would pray to God for fairer skin and would bargain with him that if he would grant her this one wish, that she would stop stealing sugar cubes.
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Countries annexed by European colonialism were imbued with a false perception of beauty based on an ideal of white supremacy.
Young, impressionable minds were geared towards the appraisal and pursuit of white power.
What needs to happen is that children, of all races, need to be educated properly.
People in general tend to accept the notion that pre-colonial Africans were barbaric with no social inclination until they were 'taught' how to live by the white man.