2018 Colorism Healing Writing Contest

2018 Colorism Healing Writing Contest

By Sarah Webb “Heartthrob never. Black and ugly as ever.” – Biggie Smalls Several years ago, I taught high school English. One of my students was a fraternal twin, whom I will call Henry. Henry was tall, very dark-skinned, with a round nose, full lips, and “nappy” hair. Henry was also classified as an underperforming student and qualified for special education services. In my class, Henry displayed signs of self-doubt, low self-confidence, and low self-esteem. Henry’s twin brother, however, was an honor student and kind of a heartthrob. Henry’s twin also happened to be a few shades lighter than Henry,...