S is for Shade
My bi-weekly post over at Mixed and Happy (posted last night) explores a young child’s (and my own) understanding of shade or shadeism (discrimination that exists between the lighter-skinned and darker-skinned members of the same community) and how quickly this seems to have emerged into Sam’s social circles already. Here is an excerpt:
It was a birthday party. Kids, adults, pizza, cake, the usual suspects. One of the young men at the party was getting along particularly well with Sam, my oldest. Sam has rich mahogany brown skin, and tight curly hair. The new friend had lighter, creamier brown skin, and looser curls. They were goofing off, talking about whatever you talk about at six and six and a quarter. Then the new friend said with undeniable clarity; “You know you are darker than me. And your hair is different.”
To read the rest of the piece please head on over to Mixed and Happy, and leave a comment if you feel so inspired. It is a piece begging for input, really.
Please come back tomorrow to Mama C and help me welcome my first guest writer a young wordsmith from San Francisco, California with a provoking piece on human nature that in his own words; “..[is] an idea that just came to me.”