I Do See Color
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I Do See Color

Is Santa black? Or, does it matter?

Negotiating with kids about whether Santa is real or not

Me meeting Black Santa at the age of 4 (left) and 3 (right) (Photo credit: Gwen Y. Vaughn)

For the life of me, I don’t know how my parents got away with the story of Santa Claus for so long. In college, there was a guy who called me “Why?” instead of my real name. Why? Because he just could not understand how one person could ask so many questions and have so much skepticism in every conversation…




We are not ashamed of our melanin, and we know you “see” it. Just don’t discriminate and disrespect us because of it.

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Shamontiel L. Vaughn

Shamontiel L. Vaughn

Check out her 3 Medium pubs: I Do See Color, Tickled and We Need to Talk. (Doggone World and Homegrown are now on Substack.) Visit Shamontiel.com

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