Speaker Jomo Thomas concerned about “bleaching” in SVG

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Speaker of the House of Assembly Jomo Thaoms says that after 38 years of independence and four years since SVG has taken over the banner of Reparations, it troubles him that so many young people, men, and woman are engaging in the practice of “Bleaching”.

 Bleaching of the skin has become a controversial subject and one that certainly raises many questions and concerns.

 Also referred to as skin whitening or skin lightening, skin bleaching involves using chemicals to lighten up the tone of the skin.

Thomas speaking in Parliament on Tuesday 29th August said, people of African descent are not the only ones who bleach; “ it is stated that Japanese bleach, Indians and so, from a humanity standpoint that is important for us to know, but as someone who lives in St Vincent I am really concern about this”.

Thomas said he does not know what the government or the Ministry of Health thinks.

“The leader of this administration I don’t know his position or even the head of the opposition. However, it’s something that we ought to be paying serious attention to”.

The speaker noted that the trend of bleaching is a clearly a reflection of the proliferation of Euro – Centric ideas, issues of beauty and so forth, or what is acceptable in the world, but it is something he would like to see Vincentians think about.

In responding, Gonsalves said he agrees with the speak 100 percent.

“Well there is a view that it should be banned, but let’s talk about it,  as to see whether or not the bleaching should be banned”.

Gonsalves said the point about this issue of bleaching is that it goes beyond.

“For instance, if you ban the bleaching are you going to ban the hair pieces, I am asking, so that I raise the question, I was not expressing a view on it, am only stating that for when the discussion begins”.

Gonsalves said that he has his personal opinion, but as a policy maker, he can’t impose such on people. He said the matter that was raised by the speaker is deserving of consideration for further policy action.


  1. Black people have been brainwashed into thinking that their skin colour is inferior. Its sad that even in this 21st century, this mindset still burdens many of our people. I was fortunate to learn at an early age that “BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL”!

  2. Skin bleaching is just a metaphor for political bleaching since we, in SVG, have the whitest PM in the Caribbean, a man supported 100 percent by Jomo ‘Thomas, the biggest political whore our country has ever seen.

  3. Okay, if I read this article well, Jomo is very concerned about “bleaching”. Where’s the concern about drugs and other major STD’s that’s rampant in SVG?

  4. Mr. Thomas, I can see you are a real communist or socialist, what ever you want to call yourself. I thought St. Vincent was a free and democratic society where its citizens are free to make choices. Who gave you the right to determine what is appropriate for the individual.
    There are more important things , such as better health care ,schooling and the need to make certain that its citizens are paid for honest work. why don’t you take some time and look into that matter where many so call employers are cheating their employees. may I suggest you do a call in program on the radio station (s) and hear the cries of the people.

  5. It is amazing how tone deaf the “so called” leaders are; failing to address the issues that affect folks on a daily basis.Here we have the Speaker of the House commenting on personal decisions to bleach…He might be well advised to pay special attention to an island riddled with crime; a higher per capita crime rate vs.jobs created. These leaders seem oblivious to a known fact: Crime affects potential visitors perceptions of the island! With tourism becoming a much needed revenue driver, crime is one the many challenges that requires nothing short of laser like focus! And the sad part of this dilemma is, the ones who need to show leadership,have been MIA. Need I say:Ostrichitis!

  6. It’s amazing of all what’s happening in that little island of Saint Vincent all those killing, all those raping, people can’t get job, the hospitals that empty and all he concerned about is bleaching. Lord have mercy on us Vincentain.

  7. Clearly Jomo is more concerned about making a racial comment (just like Trump and his “white supremacists”) if you dissect his words, you will notice he mentions nothing about health risk…

  8. Perhaps we should ban white people from coming here too because they want to go to the beach and sunbathe(Jomo doesn’t seem to have a problem with light skin people becoming darker), and is also an established fact that overexposure to the suns rays will cause skin cancer.
    This is a very dangerous rhetoric that Jomo starting, because its obvious he is more concerned about us black people becoming lighter, and not at all the health issue….

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