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Wait...I'm light skinned?

I didn’t know I was light skinned until college. I didn’t know what light skinned meant.



You see when you live in a predominantly white community, you’re either white, black, Chinese or Mexican. Thank you ignorance. There simply isn’t enough diversity to have too many sub-categories. So all my early life I was black and that was that.


Then when I got to college I was a “light bright” and “butter pecan”. It was confusing. It was obviously somehow beneficial to me that I was lighter—boys were more interested in me, my hair was “nicer”, it somehow made me generally prettier and more desirable—although it had literally no positive impact on my childhood experiences.


Put simply. Black is black and it’s all beautiful. 🖤


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