“Each night, without fail, she prayed for blue eyes. Fervently, for a year she had prayed. Although somewhat discouraged, she was not without hope. To have something as wonderful as that would take a long, long time.”
― Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye
For ages, various members of the Black community have droned on and on about how perming hair is a sign of self hatred. While, I disagree with this blanketed statement, I do believe that on many levels it isn’t without merit. And I’ve written about this before. No one can deny the fact the many people get perms in order to avoid their African derived hair texture. Nevertheless, as technology advances, new ways of
Europeanizing changing our looks emerge.
Many of us laugh and poke fun at African Americans that are still wearing colored contacts in 2013. However, an even scarier thing is happening. People are running out to peel their eyelids in the name of “beauty.” Yes, for a $5,000 to $7,000 fee, you can change your dark brown eyes permanently to blue. However, patients are paying an even heftier price.
Thirty-six year old artist Beatriz Murillo, is now legally blind after having the procedure done in Panama. She wanted blue eyes and she got them. But they were more than she bargained for. Since the procedure, she has endured intense pain in her eyes. Murillo also began to have trouble seeing. Even after getting the iris implants removed, having a number of corrective surgeries and a cornea transplant, things did not get better. Now Murillo has to live with the possibility of only vaguely seeing blurry shapes and being legally blind for the rest of her life.
I can’t help but think of the irony of these situations juxtaposed to Toni Morrison’s Bluest Eye. I swear, that woman is prophetic.
Jessica Ann Mitchell is the founder of Black Bloggers Connect, the leading social network connecting Black bloggers. Mitchell specializes in multicultural outreach and communications. To reach JAM email her at info@OurLegaci.com.