“That baby is so ugly”, it always shocks me when such words come out of people’s mouths. Like how can you say that, it’s a child for Pete’s sake, do you have no heart?!
It’s also sad that in my community, babies with distinguishable South Asian features like rich brown skin, or big noses, or excessive hairiness aren’t deemed to be as “cute” as babies born with typically Western features like light eyes, light skin and turned up button noses.
The same goes for babies in the black community. Ones born with coarse hair, wide noses and ripe skin tones aren’t considered to be as visually appealing as their lighter-skinned counter parts. Just look at all the flack Beyonce’s daughter Blue Ivy has got for inheriting her black father’s features!
It all goes back to the whole “white is right” ideology and the centuries-deep self-hate that’s present in all ethnic communities. Whenever people even hear of the possibility of mixed races kids being created by a couple, the automatic reaction is always one of “Omg your kids will be sooo cute!” because there’s a widely held belief in society that the watered down version of an ethnic race is gorgeous. Again, white somehow makes it right because apparently “racial ambiguity ” is #goals, while full Asian or full black are much less desirable and meh.
The other day, one of my friends informed me of a hugely popular Instagram account that showcases mixed race babies, nothing else, just mixed race babies. And upon further research, unfortunately there’s not actually just one, there are dozens of such accounts and they have so many followers! It’s just so ignorant and feeds into the whole racial exoticism fetish. Come on people, wise up!
All babies are blessings, end of story. If you don’t have anything nice to say, keep it zipped! Why does beauty have to be synonymous with ethical makeup? Oh yeah, it doesn’t.