Sunday, May 31, 2009

Getting Sunshine vs. getting dark skinned

My Mom, who I adore, but has her quirks.  She told me just before my big wedding day (when I was 22) that I should not go to the beach because I would be too dark for the wedding.

Its a big thing in Mexican culture (and many others) - that if you are dark skinned you are lower on the social scale...

Especially for a wedding, a bride needs to look white.

What a problem. For one, we are told that the UV rays from the sun can kill us. We may be made fun of if we are dark. 

Now we are being told that we need more sunshine so we won't get cancer.

Maybe the answer is balance. Go walking in the late afternoon. Don't weed your flower bed in the middle of the day.

But if you are already brown and have a good tan, don't be embarrassed about being dark. I know that is a hard one for many people. It often happens if you are Latino and look white, many people tell you so... "oh, you don't look like a Mexican!" or "you don't look Puerto Rican!" - And you are supposed to take that as a compliment.

One of dreamacttexas' readers sent a comment recently about "the darks" taking over the world. I have to admit I reacted to that. But now I'm thinking, hey, that isn't so bad for someone to say that We are always talking about "the whites taking over the world." Why be insulted when someone says it?...  the reality is that the power balance isn't changing anytime in the near future, even if people think they see the hoards of brown people coming.

More on whiteness and darkness later.

In the meantime, read this article about the sun, vitamin D, and cancer prevention:

"Revealed: the best protection against cancer: Global study discovers astonishing power of vitamin made by the sun" London Independent, May 30, 2009

1 comment:

Vicente Duque said...

I save energy by warming my water ( inside Rubbermaid Boxes as swimming pools ) by means of Sunshine. That is Solar Energy.

But I am very careful not to spend a lot of time in the Sun. I also use Rain Water.

Up to now I have not died. And I recommend saving Electricity and Utility Water by being "Naturistic" ( but with a bathing suit )


Upheaval in Phoenix Arizona against Border Patrol

Videos : White People of Phoenix and the Injured Pastor - Upheaval against Border Patrol Abuses, far away from the Border. BP abuses American Citizens deep in American Territory.

The White Pastor Steven Anderson is not Passive now, he is not lying idle. He continues confronting his torturers of the Border Patrol that injured and mistreated him.

The Pastor is more humane now, and begins to understand certain painful facts. This Video is Violent and Confrontational. He enlists White People from Phoenix to protest against The Border Patrol checkpoints deep into American Territory.

The Pastor Steven Anderson speaks up here :

June 01, 2009
On memorial day I and the rest of The Phoenix Revolution took a road trip to honor the people that have supposebly died so we would NOT have to go throught checkpoints.

We confront the checkpoint nazi's who beat and tazed Pastor Steve Anderson.

They claimed that SS officers in Nazi Germany were just doing there job as well when they gased and murdered innocent people.

If their job is to violate your God given and Constitutional rights then that is a job they should NOT be doing....Furthermore they cannot plead ignorance. These gestapo are grown adults not children.

Here is the video of our friend and hero Pastor Steve Anderson who was beat and tazed by DPS and Border Patrol for standing up against treasonous NAZI checkpoints.

Do something and pass this video along to others..This is part 1 of 4.

NEWSFLASH the border is 60 miles south and we were on a highway that runs east-west?

Why don't they do their job at the actual border instead of unconstitutionaly harrasing, assaulting and tazing thousands of Americans on a daily basis.

Special thanks to Renaa, Chuck G, and High Tower (FireZues).

Thank you to all my viewers and donations without it this is not possible!

One who breaks an unjust law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

4409 -- NAZI Checkpoint Confronted - 1

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