Thank you for sharing your thoughts on that subject!
Lalaina Rackson
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I do get what you are saying. What you have to say is honest and that makes it cathartic. As someone who believes in God, I believe that experiences no matter how bad they are, are deliberately given to us i.e., the bullying I went through, the racism I went through etc., are all meant to be, just so that one day I can share my own experiences hoping that it will benefit others. I believe the same applies to you. The fact that you have to constantly repeat yourself to people and that it annoys shows you are prepared to defend those who need defending and argue with those who want to see you as ‘one of them’. As long as you are vocal about this, people will always know where you stand.

Again one cannot generalise so I can only talk about my experience but when I’m with light skin people and this topic is raised, they become defensive and want to sweep it under the carpet. During the program I mentioned previously, Oprah asked the light skinned members of the audience if they felt by having a lighter hue, whether there were perks to this. No one put up their hands (were they telling the truth?). Only one light skin girl in the intro admitted that she certainly benefited from being her colour and she certainly took pride in this. Continue doing what you are doing, by speaking and of course, writing. I look forward to ‘following’ you. Please also read my blog The Life of a Dark Skinned Person

I do get you and feel you. What you have to say is honest and that makes it cathartic. As someone who believes in God, I believe that experiences no matter how bad they are, are deliberately given to us i.e., the bullying I went through, the racism I went through etc., are all meant to be, just so that one day I can share my own experiences hoping that it will benefit others. I believe the same applies to you. The fact that you have to constantly repeat yourself to people and that it annoys shows you are prepared to defend those who need defending and argue with those who want to see you as ‘one of them’. As long as you are vocal about this, people will always know where you stand.

Again one cannot generalise so I can only talk about my experience but when I’m with light skin people and this topic is raised, they become defensive and want to sweep it under the carpet. During the program I mentioned previously, Oprah asked the light skinned members of the audience if they felt by having a lighter hue, whether there were perks to this. No one put up their hands (were they telling the truth?). Only one light skin girl in the intro admitted that she certainly benefited from being her colour and she certainly took pride in this. Continue doing what you are doing, by speaking and of course, writing. I look forward to ‘following’ you.

Please also read my blog The Life of a Dark Skinned Person. This is about how the controversial casting of Zoe Saldana for the Nina Simone biopic. It also reminded me of my own experiences.