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A blog by Leon Oudejans

Skin colour

Assuming a new identity

The title of a recent Dutch interview with international classical baritone singer Ernst Daniël Smid caught my immediate attention: If I can no longer sing, then who am I ? A familiar question for me. Nowadays, I state that I'm a thinker and a writer. Before, I was working in Finance (eg, CFO, CPA). In between, I felt lost due to a severe burnout and depression (my...

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Skin Lightening: Africa’s Multibillion Dollar Post-Colonial Hangover (Bright)

Bright title: Skin Lightening: Africa's Multibillion Dollar Post-Colonial Hangover Bright subtitle: "One thing we cannot deny is that skin lightening has impacted Africans' individual and collective beauty standards; lighter skin is often perceived as a marker of superior beauty and economic status." Date of publishing: 7 May 2019 "Growing up in Lagos, Nigeria, my...

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Ebony and Ivory

I really thought that I finally understood all of these discrimination terms: ableism (disabilities), ageism (age), anti-semitism (anti-Judaism), classism (social class), heterosexism (same sex), racism (skin colour), and sexism (gender). My first confusion was about anti-semitism, which word is (very) misleading. See my 2016 blog: The origin of antisemitism....

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Slavery of the mind

The African Holocaust Society defines slavery of the mind as follows: “Mental slavery is a state of mind where discerning between liberation and enslavement is twisted. Where one becomes trapped by misinformation about self and the world. So someone can claim to be conscious, they can read all the books they can recycle the popular rhetoric but still be unable to...

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White privilege

Last week, I read the words white privilege again in a Dutch newspaper. Being white myself, it’s hard to have a non-biased opinion on this topic. The 1st time ever that I felt my whiteness was in Atlanta, Georgia, back in 1996. I felt less white in Kenya than in southern USA. I do recognise the concept of white privilege, although I think I've been in...

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Identity and skin colour

Identity and skin colour

Our perception of skin colour in animals is very different than how we perceive ourselves. To humans, skin colour has become part of their identity. This is actually quite surprising as our human skin colour is the result of a gene mutation to adapt to local circumstances (eg, abundance versus lack of UV sunlight). Please see my 5 May 2015 blog: Out of Africa - skin...

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