I understood what she was saying about being a black woman and not being ashamed — or able to control — being light-skinned. I think she missed the boat on colorism versus racism, and that “90% of the racism I’ve experienced” tells me she really doesn’t understand the difference between the two. By all means, she can say she’s been involved in colorism. But the racism part totally negates the “10%” who taught it in the first place. Still though, she was claiming to be a “strong black woman” while there are a chosen few who are just passing through trying to make sure no one knows they’re black at all.

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