The worst parts of the book (and I admit I felt somewhat embarrassed) were the depiction of these:
At the bus station in Durham, North Carolina (Source: Library of Congress)
A street scene near the bus station (Photo by Jack Delano/sourced from the Library of Congress)
However in the Philippines, native people too are so obsessed with whiter skins until now, they consider them to be more beautiful – and used by women to allure rich men to marry them. This was passed through from Spanish occupation, when people with lighter skin are rich (mostly Spanish people) because they always stay inside their homes and didn’t need to work hard under the sun and get their skin tanned and scorched (most are Filipinos they turned into slaves). Now if you are a white person and wish to get tanned there, I warn you – the stores there are flooded with skin whitening products. Skin tanning products can be hidden somewhere, you may need to ask a sales person. I suggest stay under the sun but protect yourself with sun protectant, otherwise you may get serious sun burn.
Source: Frustrated Sosyalera (http://frustratedsosyalera.blogspot.com/2008/11/from-black-to-white-skin.html)
And their new promotional ad which says "Puputi ka rin" or in English "You will become white too"
And for gays:
Another whitening product for Filipino men:
Note: The picture on the left means that with 10% lighter skin, you are more sociable. On the right, a future father-in-law is flaunting a young man to be his future son-in-law for having a lighter/whiter skin (as it says in the bottom: A LITTLE WHITENING MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE)
Avon in Asia is also endorsing a 'whitality product line' called Anew 360º. Dr. Dr. Uma Santhanam’s statement: “What makes Anew 360º White distinct from other whitening products is the 360º whitening technology, which enables the skin to whiten and glow from within. The efficacy of the product can be immediately seen after one week when 70% of our women respondents testified a dramatic improvement on their skin's whitality.”
I showed these facts to my American husband who loves tanning under the sun. He shook his said.
Anyway, thanks Martin Luther King, Jr., for bringing all the races together.
At least, people are getting smarter to know that colored people are human beings too; that we are all equal; who believe and created by a God whom we all know.
And a message to my home country: Grow Up. There is no magic in whiter skin. It's all a fantasy! Your darker skin is a skin of beauty too.
God made us all beautiful. The whites, blacks, browns, reds, yellows - and the rest of colors spread to human race. Appreciate it. Have fun with it. Respect is FREE. Its prize is BIG, and it goes back to you.