"Allow your melanin to pop."
Many children go through teasing and torment from family or friends for being different. Some children don't directly get teased although feel sidelined. Chanice discusses this from a point of view relating to skin tones.
Growing up with brown skin hasn't always been that great.
Having brown skin wasn't really a problem in the earlier years of my life. When you're in grade R, children don't really bother with the way you look, the colour of your skin or the way you dress. I could say that having more melanin in me has always been okay with me, but I'd be lying.
There were days when I'd feel bad because I felt as though I was the black sheep of the family - literally. I'd stand out in every family picture because of my "dark skin". This used to bother me at first because people would always ask if my sister and I are biologically related. She's a ginger [with] green eyes, freckles and is a sort of tan colour, whereas I on the other hand have brown everything: brown skin, brown hair, brown eyes etc.
Reaching my early teenage years I always believed that the lighter you are the better, seeing that that's the message that the media portrayed. I started to despise my skin tone because "this top won't look right on me because I'm brown". Through this I learned that certain colours compliment my skin tone more. I always remember how inferior I felt to anybody lighter than me it was as if I owed them something.
I recently started loving myself with my flaws and I can honestly say that that was one of the best decisions I've made. Loving yourself is the greatest revolution and I am making my way up to the top. Being brown is really not a burden. Allow your melanin to pop.
- CHANICE ISAACS