Colorism is internal racism. Before Beyonce belted out the Black National Anthem this year, my mother in the 90s (who could pass the brown paper bag test) DRILLED that anthem into us 4, while we worked on the farm/food retail (the family business #blackbusiness ) She annoyed me.😒 I thought her G.I Joe approach was extra and I rolled my eyes so hard I saw my brain. All our barbies were black.To utter anything abt "nice hair" was blasphemy. A simple question...and she would launch into lectures about Martin Luther King Jr, Marcus Garvey and black pride. THANK GOD SHE DID. When I became a woman and travelled to places that were NOT 93% black like Barbados, the method to the madness was crystal clear. (I still experienced colorism in Bim but it was just less often and more subtle). People were confused by my confidence. #trinidad #jamaica #usa #europe They exclaimed in wonder that I did not bleach. I got the pretty for a dark skinned girl rubbish, from even church members.😑They assumed I married my husband becuz of his complexion so my children could have tht pretty brown skin.😨 Negro pls. Studies show if you have healthy self esteem (not narcissistic) you tend to be attracted to some1 who looks like u. My type is dark chocolate. My father is a Sidney Poiter lookalike so the math adds up. My husband also thought he would be with some1 who looked him.And God LOLed.😂 But his name Modibo shld tell u something abt his feelings towards his race #blacklove My past strategy to tackle this problem was to teach by being ...I didn't want to be another angry black woman mouthing off becuz she could.. BUT in the last 5 years it has become abundantly clear we haven't reached there yet. #Trump Europe drove it home tht neo-racism ain't gone nowhere. So despite my very real discomfort in doing so, I must. Brownskinned girl you are breathtaking. Your skin glows like nutella diamonds and you are more than enough.You are not better than your lighter skinned sisters and you are not worse. You are equal. You are capable, brilliant, athletic, artistic, gentle and kind. And any 1 who tells you different whether outright or subtly in non verbal ways is on crack. Blessings.