I love this article. The tone is on point and the message clear. It isn’t just skin and hair bleaching that makes self hatred in the African / African American community. The messaging in many of our popular movies, hip hop songs, our persistence in keeping the N-word and perpetuating it through popular society. ALL of these are signs that we often fail to give ourselves the respect we demand The situation is sick (in the traditional use of the word) and saddens me as a mother of an African American son and daughter. By the way, the close to your article was hilarious!