Skin Bleaching, Self-Hate, and Black Identity in Jamaica

  title={Skin Bleaching, Self-Hate, and Black Identity in Jamaica},
  author={Christopher A. D. Charles},
  journal={Journal of Black Studies},
  pages={711 - 728}
The Afrocentric view concerning Jamaicans who bleach their skins is that they suffer from self-hate, a result of the lingering psychological scars of slavery. The self-hatred thesis is tested by comparing the self-esteem scores of a small convenience sample of skin bleachers with the scores of a control group. The two groups have almost the same average scores above the median, which indicates that skin bleaching did not occur because of low self-esteem. The preliminary results suggest that… 

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