(PRWEB) November 16, 2017
Mitiku Ashebir, who came to the United States as a refugee, has completed his new book “Color of the Skin”: an investigative work that defines the subject, namely color of the skin, with considerable precision, elaborating on its various aspects by dialing forward accounts of ponderings that occurred far back in time and place but that are still fresh and substantive.
According to Ashebir, “For over thirty years, (I) served in the US Refugee Resettlement Program in various capacities: vocational counselor with the International Rescue Committee; assistant director for field support for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, where (I) planned, coordinated, and managed field operations for the largest refugee resettlement network in the United States; and vice president for programs of the Ethiopian Community Development Council. In 2002, (I) joined the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), a federal refugee resettlement agency in the Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services. (I) served as a program specialist, placement coordinator, and director of the Division of Refugee Assistance until (I) retired on September 30, 2014.”
Published by New York City-based Page Publishing, Mitiku Ashebir’s intriguing work successfully distills a few fundamental concepts that widely contrast—in some instances, clash—with existing, popularly known, and commonly understood notions concerning skin color.
The book provides comparative descriptions in settings representing two countries: Ethiopia, where color of the skin is straightforward, literal, and simple, where it is used primarily for identifying people, and the United States, where color of the skin is heavily loaded, complex, formal, institutionalized, and often political. The parameters in each abode provide adequate details, indicating the scope and implications of the consequences of the resultant attitudes, actions, and practices thereof, especially in the latter.
The author proposes that color is a continuum by hosting a virtual tour through reading trips from the equator out in four directions—north, east, west, and south—narrating all the way, describing and interpreting the topography of human color, which cascades in all directions. Further, the writer suggests that no two persons will have the same color tone, spread, and texture. This is equivalent to saying that there is an individual color but there is no group color. It is close to saying that color of the skin is like fingerprints—each person’s being different from the next. So, the gross color division of black and white may be salvaged only when used for convenience and only for immediate references. Any effort to institutionalize and formalize color betrays its natural constitution and thereby compounds the social, economic, and political problems that it has caused.
Readers who wish to experience this intriguing work can purchase “The Color of the Skin” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Kobo, Google Play or Barnes and Noble.
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