Challenging Color Discrimination in Our Society: Embracing True Beauty

The Significance of “Perfect Color”: Unveiling a Deeply Ingrained Stigma.

Color discrimination continues to persist in our society, particularly within South Asian households, where the concept of the “perfect color” holds significant importance. This deeply ingrained stigma perpetuates discussions about skin tone, creating an environment that hinders true acceptance and appreciation of diversity.

The Ruthless Nature of Racial Slurs: Understanding the Impact on Self-Esteem

Despite global efforts to combat discrimination based on color, it is disheartening to witness its persistent existence in our subcontinent. As someone who has personally experienced its impact, I am aware of the ruthless nature of racial slurs, even directed at newborn babies. The casualness with which such remarks are made reflects a lack of understanding regarding their profound effect on an individual’s self-esteem and confidence.

Matrimonial Ads and the Obsession with Fair Skin: Thriving Market or Discrimination?

If calling people “kaalaa” (black) were criminalized, a significant portion of our elderly family members would find themselves behind bars. Unfortunately, such discussions have become commonplace within our living rooms. Glancing through matrimonial ads in local newspapers reveals the extent of the obsession with fair skin. It has evolved into a thriving market, fueled by an overwhelming demand for fairer girls. Parents constantly seek products promising to enhance their daughters’ fairness. The existence of a massive cosmetic industry catering to these desires is painful, and what’s even more distressing is the collective acceptance that this is not wrong. No one questions how the color of one’s skin can determine their worth as a person. It is disheartening to witness girls being rejected for marriage solely based on their lack of fairness.

The Wisdom of Allah and the Last Sermon of the Prophet: Embracing Unity and Equality

Allah reminds us, “O mankind! We have created you from a male and a female and made you into nations and tribes so that you may know one another. Verily, the most honorable of you with Allah is that (believer) who has At-Taqwa [i.e., one of the Muttaqun (pious)]. Verily, Allah is All-Knowing, All-Aware” (Noble Quran: 49:13). In the eyes of Allah, we are all equal. By discriminating among ourselves, aren’t we questioning His creation? Every individual, regardless of appearance, has a purpose and reason for being the way they are. Even the final sermon of our beloved Prophet (pbuh) emphasized unity for all, declaring that no Arab is superior to a non-Arab, and no white person is superior to a black person, except through piety and good actions (Khuṭbatu l-Wadāʿ), also known as Muhammad’s PBUH Final Sermon.

Breaking Free from the Colonial Hangover: Redefining Beauty Standards

Why is it so challenging for us to accept that brown and black are beautiful? Have the years of British rule impacted us to the point that we cannot appreciate anything other than white as a standard of beauty? It is high time we break free from the colonial hangover and redefine beauty on our own terms.

Initiating Our Own Revolution: Empowering Girls and Ending Discrimination

In a world where the global movement against color discrimination is gaining momentum, it is our responsibility to initiate our own revolution. Our girls deserve better, especially considering the burdens they already face due to gender bias. Let us work towards creating real change instead of perpetuating living room discussions centered around someone’s color or physique. Let us discard the fairness creams and foundations we carry around and take pride in our unique colors.

Creating a Stigma Around Color Discrimination: Rejecting the Norm

Only then can we create a stigma around color discrimination and stop considering it normal. We need to ensure that our daughters are comfortable in their own skin, instilling in them the belief that they are wonderful creations of Allah and need not please anyone but Him alone.

Instilling Confidence and Self-Worth: Celebrating Our Unique Colors

This vicious cycle has been perpetuated for generations, and if left unchecked, it will continue to affect future generations. We must acknowledge that this form of discrimination is utterly unacceptable. It is time to put an end to color discrimination and embrace the true beauty that lies within each.

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