You are cute to be dark

GhanaSecunda Joseph,
Houston, TX.

I’ve always seen the beauty in myself even as a kid. My brother and I were the darkest of all aunts, and cousins besides my brother, and around family ” I was everything good” one of my several nicknames was chocolate drop. Then kindergarten started what I heard was “with your BLACK self” “you look like a African booty scratcher” and the compliment “you’re cute to be dark” – hence went my confidence. Darkness and Africa became a shame and a flaw. I have to thank God for opening my eyes and allowing me to see the beauty in my dark completion and my African roots #africanamericanconsciousness

 

You are cute to be dark

GhanaSecunda Joseph,
Houston, TX.

I’ve always seen the beauty in myself even as a kid. My brother and I were the darkest of all aunts, and cousins besides my brother, and around family ” I was everything good” one of my several nicknames was chocolate drop. Then kindergarten started what I heard was “with your BLACK self” “you look like a African booty scratcher” and the compliment “you’re cute to be dark” – hence went my confidence. Darkness and Africa became a shame and a flaw. I have to thank God for opening my eyes and allowing me to see the beauty in my dark completion and my African roots #africanamericanconsciousness

You are cute to be dark

GhanaSecunda Joseph,
Houston, TX.

I’ve always seen the beauty in myself even as a kid. My brother and I were the darkest of all aunts, and cousins besides my brother, and around family ” I was everything good” one of my several nicknames was chocolate drop. Then kindergarten started what I heard was “with your BLACK self” “you look like a African booty scratcher” and the compliment “you’re cute to be dark” – hence went my confidence. Darkness and Africa became a shame and a flaw. I have to thank God for opening my eyes and allowing me to see the beauty in my dark completion and my African roots #africanamericanconsciousness

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