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Aylish Wood <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 27 Mar 1998 14:42:55 GMT0BST
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> Ngozi Onwurah's _Coffee Colored Children_, a short about growing up
> mixed-race in England, has a harrowing scene where a little girl tries to
> scrub off her brown skin with abrasive cleanser. It's really a very moving
> film. It's distributed in the US by Women Make Movies in New York.
Reading this reminded me of one of the original Cracker stories - ie
those made in the UK.  In that story a black british man, who is also
one of the major suspects of the crime, does not like to let his
lower body be visible and had as a child attempted to bleach his skin
white. This aspect of his life comes out during the police
investigation, I can't remember whther he tells the story or whther
his mother does.  I think this was from the second series, definitely
not the first, and might have been towards the end of it, though I
don't remeber that well.  It would have been broadcast in the UK
1995ish.  I think these have also been aired in the US but I don't
know the timing for that.
Aylish Wood
Department of American and Canadian Studies
University of Nottingham
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