Dear Little Brown Girls

Dear Little Brown Girls,

Growing up isn’t easy when everyone around you seems like one thing, and you’re an other.  The television screens are plastered with blonde hair and blue eyes and you’re here with dark hair and dark eyes.  Do I look wrong?  Should I look more like them? You’ll ask yourself over and over again because you’re just a little brown girl who doesn’t fit in.

So you’ll bleach your hair and hide from the sun.  Does that seem like a good plan?  Burn your hair until it’s a shade of yellow brighter than a highlighter.  Put in contacts to change your eyes from dark to blue. Are you happier now?  You look like the girls on the screens, but you’ve lost something.  When you look in the mirror do you see yourself?

Dear Little Brown Girls,

Don’t let that get you down, though your hair is frizzy and doesn’t seem to stay in one place, people with flat and perfect hair pay money to achieve what grows from your scalp.  Your skin isn’t too dark, every time you go outside the sun gives you kisses, and that’s why you’re a delicious shade of mocha.

Did you know everyone around you feels lost too?  You’re not alone, there are little boys and little girls who are white and black and brown and rainbow.  Stay proud, stay beautiful, don’t change because society tells you to, change because you want to be better and brighter.  There’s a world out there which will hurt you if you let it, but that’s why you have to be stronger.

Dear Little Brown Girls,

The world is a scary place.  People will judge you based on the things they see and not by the person you are.  But those are people who have learned ignorance and not fact.  Who have embraced hate instead of love.  These are just words that are spoken from the mind of a person who doesn’t understand that you are not a threat.  You are not a thing.  You are a person, just as they are a person, just as we are all people.

Dear Little Brown Girls,

Growing up isn’t easy. Love who you are, do not hate what you’re not. Love yourself and love others. You are you.  You are perfect and imperfect.  Be happy, be healthy, be proud, be brown, be you.

 


Hi, all, this was quite different than anything I’ve posted on here, and it was all inspired by the video below.  This about a take charge, take no prisoners, take no shit little girl.  I wish when I was younger I had seen more girls my age who were brown and different.  I remember always wanting to look like my best friend, I hated that my hair wasn’t soft and straight, but rather it was frizzy and rough.  This is almost a letter to my younger self, and if you think this spoke to you in any way, then I did something right today.

 

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