By Leah W
Being Black in America comes with many privileges, but it also comes with struggles. I know from first hand experiences, the type of racism that still openly exists in people. In 2020 there was an abundance of spotlight brought to the “Black Lives Matter” movement and to systemically racial problems.
With that being said, I feel as though no one cares about the problems anymore. People treated the movement as a “trend” rather than something important and impactful.
I’ve grown up in a household with a dark skin brother, sister, and mother. I have seen firsthand the different types of treatment they get compared to me, someone who has a lighter skin tone than they do.
I know the racist “jokes” people make claiming it’s just “dark humor” and we’re too “sensitive.”
I know the feeling of being pulled over in the car with my brother and fearing for his life, just because he is Black.
I know the feeling of wanting to straighten my hair all the time and get rid of my “nappy” hair because I’ve grown up in a predominantly white community, and I wanted to fit in.
When I was in middle school, I thought I was never going to get a boyfriend. That may sound silly, but all the boys would turn their heads in disgust whenever someone would even mention dating a Black woman, and I had no idea why.
I will never be able to change the color of my skin, and I am perfectly fine with that. I have grown to love myself and accept everything that I am. I hope anyone who has had to face racial discrimination, or racism in any way, knows that it is not your fault in any way shape or form. You should love who you are, and you should love your skin tone.