When will we learn colorism damages the self-esteem and the drive of many children? While the practice of discriminating against individuals based on their skin color is not new; it is still a powerful way to be bias, destructive, humiliating and harsh.
Even in DPSCD schools, many students face the challenge of fitting in. Skin tone has a lot to do with how children accept or denied classmates. What a sad commentary in the 21st Century.
Talking negatively to children, especially elementary students can affect how they see themselves as well as how other children may treat them based solely on their skin color.
“I was one of the darker girls, and people talked about me, my nose, my lips, and as I got older, the criticism got worse -- things were so bad; I remember how one of my sisters came home from school, and tried to take her life after people told her, she’s too dark for this world,” said Da’Shounieque Wright, a CNA.
Mother and grandmother Mattie May Jones said, “Being in this world and giving hate to different shades is terrible. I’ve been living for a long time and it’s not self hate, it’s the parents putting bugs in their children’s ears.”
“Males and females get it, the colorism thing; some males get misjudged based on their skin complexion,especially if they are dark skin. They are considered dangerous and a menace to society,” said Colbe Miles, a senior at Old Redford High School.
Shante’ Linear, a mother of two girls, ages 12 and 14, said: “I have been dealing with color issues with my daughters, and when I read negative things about their complexions in their journals, I noticed the comments came from family members and schoolmates. ”
And Duane Campbell, a father of eight said, “You have to teach kids to love themselves before sending them out into the world so they won’t spread hatred toward others.”
People must not be overlooked and denied educational and career opportunities based on their skin color. Society must strive to cease colorism and not show favoritism. No longer should anyone be crippled in such a manner. We must celebrate the bountiful, beauty of color diversity.