Final Paper for AAS 202 Course

8-10 page paper based on the proposal I have provided below. Must also use sources that I included in proposal. The topic is skin bleaching in the Caribbean, specifically Jamaica. Should have knowledge on Caribbean history and African American Studies. 


I. For my final paper, I will be discussing the prevalence of skin bleaching in the Caribbean, specifically in Jamaica. My paper will start with a history of standards of beauty, colorism, and hierarchies of race in the Caribbean, during the colonial era. I will begin with I will include historical sources concerning whiteness as a standard of beauty and the hierarchies formed around this ideology. Then I will examine the affect this ideology had on dark skinned Caribbeans over time, and present statistics concerning skin bleaching in the contemporary Caribbean. I will also look at ideal images of beauty within the Caribbean and the social and cultural factors that contribute to the reinforcement of this standard today. I will also examine the motives of those who bleach and the role it has in modern Caribbean culture today. 

1. Skin Bleaching, Self-Hate and Black identity in Jamaica

Christopher A.D. Charles

Journal of Black Studies

2. Skin Bleaching in Jamaica: A Colonial Legacy

Petra Alaine Anderson

Journal of Pan African Studies

3. Skin Bleaching and the Prestige Complexion of Sexual Attraction

Christopher A.D. Charles

Sexuality and Culture

4. Bleaching skin grows in Jamaica

David McFadden

Gazette Journal 

5. Don’t Hate Me ‘Cause I’m Pretty: Race, Gender and The Bleached Body in Jamaica

Winnifred Brown-Glaude

Social and Economic Studies

6. Skin Bleachers’ Representations of Skin Color in Jamaica

Christopher A. D. Charles

Journal of Black Studies

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