Dear Colourism

A dark skin Black person closing their eyes in a dim lit room

Trigger Warning – Colourism, Racism

How violent of you to take ownership of my skin,
How violent of you to laugh at my innate love for it,
How violent of you to say it needs lightening,
How violent of you to take away the sun,
How violent of you to tell me my skin is ugly,
How violent of you to teach others my skin is unwanted,
How violent of you to tell me I can't have love,
How violent of you to keep me from being seen,
How violent of you to isolate me with these experiences,
How violent of you to remind me I'm inferior,
How violent of you to pretend that none of this happening,
How violent of you to make loving my beautiful skin a fight
every
single
day.

Kerese Kanagarajan is a part time filmmaker and artist. Keep up with Kerese on Instagram @keresa.k for more amazing content.

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