depressed because she had dark skin, thick hair and was very shapely; she hated that she did not look like her peers and often times found herself unable to participate in conversations and certain activities (she attended a majority Caucasian school). She talked about committing suicide because she believed that things would get worse as she got older. It was an extremely sad situation.
girl's case, it came from a family of men who forgot who they were. Think about it...dad was born and raised in Africa to an African woman with an African grandmother and African aunties and sisters. How can he not love the absolute natural beauty of African women??? I mean, yes there are people in certain parts of Africa who bleach their skin and straighten there hair (which is absolutely upsetting); but this particular family was not that. Where does such hate for self come from? American and Europe culture??? Hmmm...one must wonder. Spending the majority of his adult life in America, only settling down with light skinned, straight haired women makes me believe that this father forgot who he was; he forgot where he had come from. Don't get me wrong, it is okay to have a preference but in having a preference be sure to teach your children to love and accept themselves and others.
Ladies....please, please understand the importance of teaching our children, our girls how beautiful they are. Teach them about the amazing women that tread this earth before them. The wondrous colors, shapes and sizes; the many textures and lengths of hair; the shapes of their noses, lips and ears. Teach them that there is nothing wrong with breaking a comb or having to chose the colors you wear wisely as to not clash your skin complexion with your outfit. We are all unique; we are all Queens in our own right. Not one of us, one of them should ever feel as though they are lesser of a being; we ARE the first and according to what I've read (and if I'm wrong that's okay, I like believing this to be so) we WILL be the last!
Any one of you, or your girls feeling lost or confused about self? Take a look in the mirror, and say to yourself each and every day that you ARE a queen and you Will live, love and be beautiful, naturally....each moment of each day!
Educate yourself, and your girls. We must know where we come from in order for us to know where we are going....
Free being me, naturally!
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