Center for Public Service
“You know, you’re pretty for a dark skinned girl, but I’m sure people tell that all the time”
“Can I honestly tell you, that you are the prettiest dark skinned girl I know?”
Throughout my life I have received comments such as these. I’ve heard them from my mother’s colleagues, strangers, and sometimes my friends. They provoked me to think that somehow I genetically lucked out to be physically attractive even though I was cursed to live within dark skin. [excerpt]
This is the author's version of the work. This publication appears in Gettysburg College's institutional repository by permission of the copyright owner for personal use, not for redistribution.
Brown, Zakiya A., "The Dark Skin I Am In" (2014). SURGE. 182.