How I Defeated My Racist Bully

By becoming an angry black girl

Photo by Collins Nyamadzawo on Unsplash

I’d been bullied for years in school, so much so that when someone was nice to me, I thought that they were trying to trick me. Yes, that is how bad it was. I went to school expecting to be bullied. Over the years, I built a rock-hard outer shell, a bit like a tortoise, to make sure the harsh words and actions didn’t affect me. I got on with my life. Some…




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I write about racism, but there are so many other things I would like to write about instead. Help me dismantle racism so that I can get to that.

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