I wanna be light like Mom

Aren Dumars Ann Arbor, MI Understanding Race Project- University of Michigan When I was very young I believed that everyone light, bright or damn near white was better, prettier. I am a brown skinned black woman. My mom is of mixed race (black and white). I used to come home from school and ask her, [...]

Here come the white people….Family!

Robbie Wolfe Chester, VA My mom and us, her children, were noticeably “lighter” than the rest of my family, which were very brown to dark-skinned people. Yet, that’s how we were greeted on Sundays and family gatherings, in front of other family members, friends and invited guests. Running joke? As I got older, I secretly [...]