10 May MARTHA
When did you first realize colorism existed? What are your experiences with colorism? What happened? I first realized colorism existed in High School. I was called white girl often as a kid and didn’t really have much to compare it to until I got to High School where there were other Hispanic women who were of darker skin tones than me. No one ever made fun of them or questioned their nationality.
How do you overcome any feelings of inadequacy or privilege?I remember my mother who was a dark olive complexion latina and her stories of how she was teased by her family for being the darkest one and being called names and remember that someone I care and think the world of went through something similar.
How do you feel about your color as it relates to your experiences? I believe my color has forced me to always try to blend in because I stood out as it is and to be a little more tough in attitude than most girls growing up.
Do you think the representation has an effect on you and others around you? How does it make you feel and how do you think other people view you as a result of it? It’s definitely had an effect on me and my self confidence. It’s made me be more aware and sometimes a little insecure around other Hispanic people.
What do you feel can be done to combat colorism? One thing that can be done to combat colorism is to have an open mind. For me that is asking questions. Ask questions without generalizing or guessing with the person