THE EDITOR, Sir:
I am shocked that in 2013, we still have persons, worse, journalists, who believe/accept that being black is implicitly ugly.
George Davis' article ('He ain't pretty, but he's pretty damn good', Gleaner, August 22) on coach Stephen Francis, while trying to be backhandedly complimentary, was fairly offensive on two fronts. It was bad enough calling someone ugly, but Coach Francis was being described as ugly because he was black ("A corpulent man who makes the shade of black look black").
I can imagine George Davis must be seeking to marry (or has married) a woman with 'pretty' hair and 'good' brown skin to ensure his children do not come out in a shade of black that makes "black look black".
How The Gleaner could allow this young 'black' man to parade his inferiority complex on its editorial pages is beyond me. Now we know why it's so hard to build this country. If most of our black people feel this way about themselves and each other, it is unlikely we will invest in ourselves to achieve anything.
George, I see myself as a handsome man, precisely because of my dark hue. My sympathies to you for struggling with this burden. May your mental anguish be soothed at some later time through enlightenment. Please go read some Marcus Garvey - you will see yourself in the pages of his work under the heading 'Mental Slavery'.
HANDSOME BLACK MAN