I read a blog post from someone who I can't seem to remember where I found them and from who's blog that it was linked so I apologize if I'm repeating something incorrectly. But, in the post, she talked about how Black girls have always had problems identifying with being princesses because every princess in every fairy tale is usually white. (Yes, I do know that the Frog Prince is coming out and there will be (finally) a Black princess in the movie).
I thought about how one of my daughters walked around with a yellow towel on her head for "hair" and how she'd point to little girls that were white and say, "I wish I was pretty like her."
Flash back to when I was her age, I also felt the same way. Then, entering into my teens, I pined after boys that were usually non-Black with hopes that they would "crush" on me, but it never happened. The ones that they went for were not Black girls.
Even in church, there were always pictures of Jesus having long, flowing blonde or brown hair and looking more or less White. Now, please don't misunderstand me, it's not that it is a problem if you view Jesus as white, black, asian or hispanic, the point is, why is he more acceptable if he is depicted white instead of Black or Asian?
Also, with Santa. I grew up thinking that there was no such thing as a Black santa. All I saw around me were white santas so in my mind, the good things came from a White santa.
Now that I have Baby Boo in my life and she is Black and Hispanic, I'm seeing the beauty of her heritage. Does it matter? Yes, it does but the reason why it matters is because no matter what her ethnicity is, she is and will grow up knowing that she is absolutely gorgeous! The haters that judge people because of the color of their skin need to realize one thing...we all bleed the same!!!
I would love to hear your ideals on this. What ethnicity is Jesus to you? When you were a kid, what ethnicity was Santa? Have you dealt with racism and how?
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