You don’t really look that black.

barbie-girlLinda D. Calvin,
Westfield, IN.

I am one of five siblings, but I am the only one who is black. My brothers and sisters, cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces, uncles and aunts are white. After three children and a divorce, my mother met and married a black man in the 60s and had me. I grew up in a white neighborhood and went to a white school. It was weird growing up in a family who had prejudices against black people. And it was weird to have black people hate me because I was too white, and white people hate me because I was black. Something else I will offer: I got my first black barbie doll about 10 years ago. My mother-n-law bought me one for Christmas. I saw beautiful black barbie dolls in Walmart one day and got really choked up, right there in the aisle. She remembered that story and bought me a barbie! I love her.

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One Response to "You don’t really look that black."
  1. barry irving says:

    …what you look like is a mixed Race person. Everyone deals with societal misperceptions. Be with univeras people or those who have your genetic ancestry…it’s the society that we lve in that creates these divisions. It could be your self doubt too…deal with both!

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