Aftermath

I came across a letter written by a young lady. I hope it strikes a chord in all those who are touched, to come together and make sure this doesn’t happen to someone else. Here it is:
“I am starting to dislike my skin color more and more. I’m 16 yrs old in high school, and I feel like everybody’s kind of disgusted by it. Whenever I dress up, I feel like I’m dressing up a pig. No matter how good I look, I’m still dark, and it really bothers me. I know it sounds bad, but that’s how I feel. I see myself in a group photo, and I HATE it cause I stick out like a sore thumb. Whenever I’m brought up, people always say “oh that dark girl?” and it really bothers me. I feel like guys will never like me or I won’t be considered one of the pretty girls at school cause of my skin color. I’m afraid that I’m just gonna have to settle with that one boy that likes my skin tone, whether I like it or not because I can’t do any better. On top of that, the kids are so harsh… they call me midnight and blackie. I know it’s been said before but it just eats away at my self esteem like crazy. I try so hard to appreciate my skin tone, but it gets harder and harder everyday. I don’t know what to do with myself. ”
If anyone thought slavery was over, think again. Colorism started during slavery and is still a persistent form of discrimination that should be fought with the same urgency that racism is.

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