The Skin I’m In: Stories By Writers of Color

You all should really stop to read a couple of these. I find that many people don’t understand the emotions and objectivation of minorities. This is the life of people being seen as not invaluable (such as how it is in people who are part of the majority), but as unimportant.
The treatment of men, women transgenders, cross dressers and everyone else should simply be what should be expected of the treatment of people. However, you look at these stories and you’ll see this isn’t the reality. Try to understand and be someone who makes a difference. Show your support.


I wanted to share these stories about love and music and beauty and family. These stories are also about hair, about plastic surgery, about skin color, about contending with the harmful standards imposed by white privilege. They’re all written by writers of color, whose stories don’t always get the air time they deserve. My inspirations for this list: summer is coming; Arabelle Sicardi’s unique aesthetic; my haircut; Baltimore; and more. I hope you find a writer you love and a story that resonates with you, today.

1. “Hair Trajectory.” (Sharisse T. Smith, The Los Angeles Review, April 2015)

This essay blew me away. Sharisse writes about the history of her hair: the painful braiding process, and how it affects every aspect of her life. The offensive questions from strangers. The nervousness she feels when she finds out she’s pregnant with a girl, and the irony infused in her daughter’s…

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