The US Embassy is canceling visas of persons who no longer look like the person photo held in their passports.'
We are tired of having to resort to fingerprinting to confirm the identity of the VISA holder due to the fact that most Jamaican men and women have resorted to extensive bleaching and we can no longer identify them as the true owner of the visa.
We are currently treating the situation as a fraud. Persons who have changed their skin tone are now being asked to re-apply for their visas as a WHITE male/female.
If you get the visa as a white person and go back black your visa can be canceled again.
Please choose a color and stick with it"
The practice of skin lightening has been around for many years worldwide. Historically, the lighter complexion has been seen as a symbol of beauty, social rank, and privilege throughout the world. In 1901, toxic skin-whitening soaps were marketed as antiseptic soaps and, in the 1950s, deaths were recorded from using these soaps.
Some Japenese female entertainers (Geishas) painted their skin white while some Chinese women swallowed ground pearls to try to lighten their skin.
Health officials in Jamaica say skin bleaching has been going on for decades. In the Caribbean, lighter skin has been seen by many as associated with a higher social status since the days of slavery. There have been popular phrases like, 'Nutten too black nuh good', 'tar brush ketch im', 'black ugly bwoy', 'high color' and 'nice browning' which are still being used in society.