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    Default Skin tone fixation...

    In the Dominican Republic there are several different names for the various shades of skin color. Indio lavado, indio claro, blanco jipato, etc. The historical mentality is the whiter the better. In India it's the same way but even more so, or at least it seems that way, because skin whitening creams such as "Fair and Lovely" are very popular there. How is it that the DR is not so big on the skin whitening creams the way India is? Not including Sammy Sosa's "skin rejuvenation treatments" by the way.

    Please don't be offended; that's not my intention. I'm doing a research paper and a presentation on racial views in the DR and, as part of it, wanted to look into comparisons with other countries. It's already been stated that some Dominicans try to deny their African heritage by straightening their hair, but then I wonder, if Dominicans really do want to be less black, why isn't there a huge demand in the DR for "Fair and Lovely" and other skin whitening creams?

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    not offended ! just bored

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    What is that supposed to mean?

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    upper classes and colorism aside, in the DR, unlike in india, we do appreciate a nice, brown, bronze or golden skintone.

    i am a morenita and i dont know how many times in my life i have heard "mira que colorsito mas bello" while passing by the average guys. if i had a peso for every time i'd be rich! most popular dominican music also celebrates morenas ("mira esa morena, ay que buena esta!") and indias and prietas.

    basically, even though theres a general preference for all things light, we also very much love those indiesita and morenita skintones. we are nowhere near as colorstruck as some make us out to be.

    im quite tired of being dominicans being villified when we have some of the best race relations in the world. people can say what they want but we embrace each other and all colors as much as humanly possible, imo. and i say "humanly" because you know being human involves having some kind of questionable biases. its inevitable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by POPNYChic View Post
    upper classes and colorism aside, in the DR, unlike in india, we do appreciate a nice, brown, bronze or golden skintone.

    i am a morenita and i dont know how many times in my life i have heard "mira que colorsito mas bello" while passing by the average guys. if i had a peso for every time i'd be rich! most popular dominican music also celebrates morenas ("mira esa morena, ay que buena esta!") and indias and prietas.

    basically, even though theres a general preference for all things light, we also very much love those indiesita and morenita skintones. we are nowhere near as colorstruck as some make us out to be.

    im quite tired of being dominicans being villified when we have some of the best race relations in the world. people can say what they want but we embrace each other and all colors as much as humanly possible, imo. and i say "humanly" because you know being human involves having some kind of questionable biases. its inevitable.
    Then where does the whole concept of "black denial" come from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonnaLaDivina View Post
    Then where does the whole concept of "black denial" come from?
    Usually foreigners for whom black is a prime political identity, whereas for Dominicans it isn't. I think this has all been covered in the threads linked to above.

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    POPNYChic: Very well said...we do have some of the best race relations in the world, and probably one of the most mixed, varied population as well for such a small island.

    I think a lot of foreigners misunderstand Dominicans a lot when it comes to this, because we are not very politically correct and they try to apply their own standard / experiences and believe we're being racist, in denial, etc...when that may not be the case at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonnaLaDivina View Post
    Then where does the whole concept of "black denial" come from?
    Because every person who isn't blond or blue-eye shouldn't be called black. AS you just said, there are different shades of colors not only black and white.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suarezn View Post
    POPNYChic: Very well said...we do have some of the best race relations in the world, and probably one of the most mixed, varied population as well for such a small island.

    I think a lot of foreigners misunderstand Dominicans a lot when it comes to this, because we are not very politically correct and they try to apply their own standard / experiences and believe we're being racist, in denial, etc...when that may not be the case at all.
    Bingo!

    The primary ones I see/hear making a big deal out of skin color here are PC foreigners. I see/hear very little among Dominicans. Maybe about Haitians, but even that isn't primarily over skin color, there are abundant cultural/social issues well beyond that.

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