"...it’s the people reading this who think this does not apply to them who truly need to hear it.""People telling me, 'but you've done so well to get here', or, 'is that your cousin?' when they see anyone else of colour."
This topic always makes me feel heavy-hearted and at a loss. I always think, ‘why am I carrying this burden and feeling the need to educate the people who don’t care to listen?' I’ve said this countless times, but I'll say it again: it’s the people reading this who think this does not apply to them who truly need to hear it. It is the case in actual fact that racism is relevant to EVERYONE.
Whether you’ve experienced acts of racism, whether you’ve got a ‘mate from school’ or a neighbour who’s black, or perhaps you yourself may be racist (be it overtly or covertly); there are areas that we all need to work on and improve on.
This current movement has in some ways lifted my heavy heart. To see collectively, a group of people (all different POC) come together to make a stand, for something that should have been tackled together decades ago, makes me feel hopeful that people are looking at this matter with a more open-minded and receptive perspective.
Most of the racism that I have experienced has been in a microaggressive way. People telling me, “but you've done so well to get here”, or, “is that your cousin?” when they see anyone else of colour. But I was also taunted in my earlier days of school for my “black” physical features. It made me feel like an outsider and frustrated because these are things I can’t change about myself.
Now, I pride myself on being mixed race. I love it with my whole chest. I’m proud to have a heritage of different countries, to learn about different cultures, to be able to tell people about my personal experiences. I also appreciate that I’ve benefited from light-skinned privilege, something not mentioned too often, compared to my black peers.
I’m here to use my platform and my voice to support and educate where I can!