Cleonette asks on the Open Thread: I’m curious: How old were you and what happened when you realized the color of your skin was an “issue”?
Her own story:
I was about 6-years-old. I went to the grocery store with my grandmother ( I was spending two weeks during the summer with her). My grandmother is a very, very fair skinned multiiracial woman, but I am brown skinned. My grandmother loved to shop at Kroger’s and she would go there almost every other day. We came to the cashier counter and the woman, who was white, was familiar with seeing my grandmother come in. They were familiar with each other.
The woman asked on seeing me, “Who’s little black girl is that?”
My grandmother said,”She’s my grandchild.”
“But she’s a black! You have black grandchildren! I don’t think I would like it much if one of my children had a black!”
“I’m black too!”
The woman looked shock and said, ” All this time I thought you was my kind!”
My grandmother left her things and never went back to Kroger’s again.
I remember crying and my grandmother crying. I kept asking my grandmother if she wanted me because I was a black. She didn’t answer, just burst into tears and said she was sorry. I don’t think she knew what to say or how to explain. The woman said “She’s a black” like I was some disgusting nasty thing. I never for got that. It’s burned into my brain.
I loved reading that story and the one by The World We Live In too. If you are a person of colour and have a story I would love to hear it too. And so would others. If you told one on another thread, you can cut and paste it here.
NOTE: If you are white just read, do not comment. This is not the time or place for you to say something. The experiences of people of colour are constantly being dismissed or downplayed by the white world. Not here. Not if I can help it.
On this thread I am going to play benevolent dictator and delete comments as I see fit. If I know or suspect you are a self-identified white, I will delete your comment. I will also kick you off the thread and delete all your comments if two or more commenters suspect you are white-identified.
If any of the following commenters try to comment on this thread they will be instantly banned from the entire blog:
- William Noack
- Uncle Milton
- Jay from Philly
- Inconvenient Truth
FG says he is biracial but he mostly takes the side of white people. So for the purposes of this thread he counts as white-identified.