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Don’t tell me I’m ‘too pretty to be Aboriginal’. It’s not a compliment; it’s racism | The Guardian

Aboriginal women are all too familiar with this phrase. In her new documentary, Sasha Sarago investigates the racism behind it. I was 11 years old when my best friend’s sister approached me at her birthday party. She asked me what my nationality was; when I told her, she replied, “You’re too pretty to be Aboriginal.” A cloud of shame washed over me. Two adults standing nearby muttered “Aboriginal!” in a condescending tone which signalled to me that being Aboriginal was somehow dirty. I stood there humiliated. Until this moment, I hadn’t known that I was the only Aboriginal child at […]

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The Color Fetish | The New Yorker

Of constant fascination for me are the ways in which literature employs skin color to reveal character or drive narrative—especially if the fictional main character is white (which is almost always the case). Whether it is the horror of one drop of the mystical “black” blood, or signs of innate white superiority, or of deranged and excessive sexual power, the framing and the meaning of color are often the deciding factors. For the horror that the “one-drop” rule excites, there is no better guide than William Faulkner. What else haunts “The Sound and the Fury” or “Absalom, Absalom!”? Between the […]

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‘I’m either too black or not black enough’: One teenager’s experience | BBC News

Aries Brown, BBC News Illustration by Debie Loizou. [Reuters], Featured Image article was written by Aries Brown, an 18-year-old African-American student at an international school in eastern Europe. It was originally written for her school newspaper, and has been reprinted with her permission, and that of her school. Coming here for my senior year has been quite an experience. The most jarring: I feel like a minority. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been a minority before. Technically, all people of African descent are minorities in America, the place where I’ve lived most of my life. Yet, this is the first […]

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