Turning Brown Eyes to Blue – What’s Next? - Page 2
Many of us remember reading “Black Like Me,” the autobiographical account of a man who voluntarily chooses to chemically change his skin color from white to black. Traveling in the Southern United States at the height of the civil rights movement in the late 1950’s, his story was painful and poignant. Suffering indignities and racism due to his altered skin color, the author learned first-hand what it was like to walk in another person’s skin – literally. His tale has not been easily forgotten. If, in instances like this, the treatment at the hands of others is denigrated due to deep-seated racism, wouldn’t it go to follow that the inverse is also true? That, given the opportunity to become more physically aligned with the existing ethnic majority, many folks would opt in?
The answer to this question is sadly known by those of us who realize that the ideal of “equality” is just that – an ideal, as we still have a long way to go. Accordingly, it’s a slippery slope when we start to look at ways that we can seemingly obliterate who we really are with a momentary zap of a doctor’s laser beam.
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