5) The NY Times: A mother guides her 4 year old through the complexity of love and skin color


Parents who differ in hue from their children rarely discuss moments like these publicly, leaving gaping holes in the understanding of family lineage, cultural history and development of self-esteem.

This mother is learning to love her skin color and help her 4 year old daughter recognize the beauty and humanity in brownness. I think it's a beautiful piece:

Her light-brown eyes locked in on me as she brushed her honey-colored locks aside with her hand. In a casual on-the-edge-of-sleep voice she cooed, “Your skin is dark. I don’t want you to touch me.” My brown Indigenous Latina body stiffened; I labored to breathe, outraged and confused. She rendered me speechless.


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