Is Being Black No Longer Beautiful?

The Glutha Craze is gradually taking over the African community worldwide; a situation which calls about serious concern to the black race and pride as a Black African.

The 10 year picture challenge was amongst the most trending topic on all social media platforms. The concept was to show a picture of yourself from 10 years ago, in comparison to a current picture of yourself in 2019; trust Nigerians to always be on the forefront of the pack when it comes to such trends. Each day as I scrolled down my various social media pages I see tons & tons of pictures, before and after, with some taking it a step way farther than 10years.

It really had been an interesting ride seeing the total transformation on display. The only odd thing I noticed about most of these pictures was that, the majority of these people had beautiful dark skins as far back as 10 years ago, but today compete with Kim Kardashian in respect to skin color. This undoubtedly is as a result of the current crave in the market for skin whitening.

Skin whitening is currently one of the big businesses in Nigeria today…and topping the list of whitening products in the market is Glutathione.

Glutathione is an antioxidant naturally found in human cells that neutralizes free radicals, boosts the immune system and detoxifies the body. It can also cause skin lightening by converting melanin to a lighter color and deactivating the enzyme tyrosinase, which helps produce the pigment. The main effect in using it for skin whitening is most likely a side effect of making the skin lighter as it protects the cells from free radicals responsible for skin pigmentation and blemishes.

What are the health benefits of glutathione?

  1. Reduces oxidative stress.
  2. May improve psoriasis.
  3. Reduces cell damage in alcoholic and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
  4. Improves insulin resistance in older individuals.
  5. Increases mobility for people with peripheral artery disease.
  6. Reduces symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
  7. May help fight against autoimmune disease.

I do not wish to go in too deep into the Glutathione, because this article was not made to condemn nor encourage, or tell people how to make choices concerning themselves.

The main question here is, WHY? Why is there so much craze for skin lightening these days? Is it an indication that the black skin is no longer as beautiful as it once was regarded; or we have just been deceiving ourselves all this while that Black is Beautiful? Is the Black race no longer a proud race? Would this change anything about how the white man would look at us blacks?

What is your opinion?

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