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Truly being comfortable in your own skin

It wasn't until recently, that it was brought to my attention that I am not as light skinned as I thought I was. In fact it was a life changing moment in which I became aware of how internally colonized I truly was. I felt awful for denying my own skin, in my mind, and at first felt embarrassed until I realized that  although it is partially my fault, I must also acknowledge that this is a product of what society has put upon me. I began to ponder on the scenario I found myself in and realized that even within my own culture and race there is internal racism. I thought of how often times when babies are born you hear people say that the baby is good looking and came out white. There is this obsession with whiteness and its sickening. It is so sickening and prevalent that it creeps up on us when we least expect it and we don't even realize we have fallen victims to it. I think that education is extremely important in these cases because it is then, that we can realize what society has infringed upon us for years and learn to get rid of it.

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