Criticism of Skin Lighteners Brings Retreat by Unilever and Johnson & Johnson

Priya Arora and 

The companies have responded to a new wave of criticism calling beauty products that advocate lighter skin discriminatory.

As major consumer products companies have rushed to declare their opposition to racism in response to the national outrage over the killing of George Floyd, many of them have been accused of openly promoting a beauty standard rooted in racism and discrimination.

Unilever, Procter & Gamble, L’Oreal and Johnson & Johnson — some of the world’s biggest advertisers — sell beauty products that advocate lighter, whiter skin in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Those products are not marketed in the United States, but the sales of the skin lighteners have drawn criticism, especially from South Asians, for perpetuating colorism — the term describing the preference for lighter skin — in other countries, under popular brand names like Pond’s, Olay, Garnier and Neutrogena, and their own labels like Fair & Lovely.

The backlash appears to be forcing action.


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Trump cranks up attacks on the Black Lives Matter movement for racial justice

Christina Wilkie in MSN News –

  • President Donald Trump launched his most direct attacks to date on the nationwide Black Lives Matter movement.
  • Trump highlighted a quote from a man who runs a Black Lives Matter knock-off group, and a chant that is not popular with protesters, to suggest that the racial justice movement poses a threat.
  • The tweets come near the end of a week during which Trump, trailing badly behind Democrat Joe Biden in polls, has repeatedly sought to sow fresh racial divisions among Americans.


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David Murrin of Murrinations –

  • Although America and Britain speak the same language, they exhibit many fundamental differences with respect to social integration of its various races.
  • Today in Britain, based on a 2011 census, some 86% were white; 8% Asian and 3% of African Black decent. Whilst in America today, the total non Hispanic white population is some 60.4%; Hispanics are 21% and those of African Black decent 13%. Note that out of the 18% Hispanics, 11% would classify themselves as white, taking the total white population to 77%.
  • The Differences between American and British Social Integration…
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CDC chief says cases may be 10 times higher than reported

Agency expands list of people at risk of severe illness, including pregnant women

Lena H. Sun and Joel Achenbach of  the Washington Post –

The number of Americans who have been infected with the novel coronavirus is likely 10 times higher than the 2.3 million confirmed cases, according to the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Posted in Coronavirus, government, Washington Post, Women

Dead people got $1 billion in COVID-19 stimulus checks, watchdog says

Sarah D. Wire of the Los Angeles Times –

The federal government’s internal watchdog says that the IRS sent stimulus checks to more than 1 million dead people — worth more than $1 billion — under the coronavirus relief package approved earlier this year.


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