Subtle And Not-So-Subtle Ways Parents Cultivate Anti-Blackness And Self-Hate In Children

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Telling them they’re too dark for something

There is no such thing as being too dark to wear a particular color. Sadly, many children and adults of darker hues have been convinced that their complexions render them incapable of wearing certain colors, usually brighter ones when it comes to their clothes and makeup. I vividly remember religiously avoiding yellows, oranges, and other bright colors as a teen because of messages that were sent to me growing up.

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