29 Mar The Power of Melanin
For centuries, black people have been socialized to feel ashamed of our skin. It has been the cause of ridicule, discrimination and self-hate. Even if you’re not a victim of self-hate. There are children who are growing up thinking that white skin is most ideal. Below is a video where young black children are expressing their bias toward a white skin tone.
It’s extremely disheartening because our skin is the complete opposite of what we’ve been told. It’s not dirty, ugly or evil. In fact, the darker the skin the more superior the genetics. Now when I say this, I’m not talking about a superior race. I’m referring to our skins ability to keep us youthful, healthy and beautiful.
Humanity says that our skin is bad but biology says otherwise. This is why we want to teach you about the health benefits of your dark tone. Not only is your skin beautiful but it is a gift from our ancestors that keeps us safe. If interested, read more after the break.
What is Melanin?
Our dark skin is a result of a skin color rich with the eumelanin pigment. This pigment was developed through natural selection to protect our ancestors from DNA damage. All humans were dark skinned until humans began to migrate to higher altitudes where the sun wasn’t always readily available. As a result, lighter skin contained materials to create Vitamin D which supplemented the lack of sun.
Those of us with a darker skin tone maintained our tone because we had access to the sun for most of the year.