Mirror mirror on the wall, who's the darkest of them all? #blacklivesmatter #colourism #darkisbeautiful

Posted July 22, 2020 from Bangladesh

If I could trace my earliest memory of injustice (if I understood what it meant at that age), it would be growing up as a child being disappointed for being bullied because of my dark skin. As a South Asian, having various different shades of brown is quite common and what is prevalent is the notion of "fair" setting the standard for beauty. I was not upset because I was dark. I was upset because others felt they had the right to taunt me for having a dark skin. There was a time when I wanted to change my skin tone because I started believing that a girl needed that to be accepted. I used to laughed at by my family members, friends and of course, outsiders. This form of discrimination based on skin tone still exists. I believe it is part of the bigger racial politics that is ingrained in our subconscious mind. The impact of the Aryan settlement still dominates our thought-process, but that's a story for a different day. 

As a child, I started questioning why I was not treated the same way and that somehow translated into questioning about the injustices women face in different spheres. When I visit my birthplace now, I still see the same discrimination even though people's attitude has changed a lot for the better. So, that's my mini-activist's story. This is how I started speaking up and this is how I started standing up for others. 

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Stacie Dickson
Jul 22
Jul 22

The topic of colorism is something so important to me as a African- American Woman. You are so beautiful and your skin is perfect . Every girl should feel beautiful , and should not be judged by her skin color. Thank you for shining the light on this issue

Hello, LChanda,

Dark skin is not really an issue for a child until society says it is. I feel bad when beauty is based on lighter skin tone. That's the same observation we have here in the Philippines.

Thanks for speaking up about this issue. Let's celebrate our diverse skin color. That's a protest in itself.

Beth Lacey
Jul 24
Jul 24

Great story. I enjoyed your mini-activism.

Jul 24
Jul 24

Hate bullying.... Agree, do speak up and stand up for others, what so beautiful act! Stay safe and strong!

Jul 30
Jul 30

Thank you for sharing.

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