Chimera Speaks

I grew up among people who look like me.

At least, enough like me. Black skin is not a shade, it’s a category, and we could align forearms to build rainbows of brown. Black hair has entire classification systems built to navigate its kinky curls. What is a wide nose, what is a thick thigh. It’s a lot of things. It’s everything.

No one ever had to tell me Black is Beautiful. There was proof everyday, all around me. Sure, the women in magazines were whiter than any I’d ever seen, but the girl who all the boys agreed was die mooiste had night-sky for skin, so good luck convincing me.

When I stepped foot here for the first time, there was a conspiracy to fetishize me. Interesting instead of beautiful, exotic instead of exceptional. Sighing and tutting and tugging on hair that was not for them, that would never be for them. Loving me was a favor, an act of charity, a gift they wanted me to grovel for.

Excuse me.

No one ever had to tell me Black is Beautiful. It is fact, like the sum of two and two, like the sun rising in the morning, like your son dreams of me at night. I am convinced and I am an evangelist.

If you don’t see it, maybe it is because your eyes have not yet adjusted to the light, or better yet, to the darkness. You are not special for thinking that Black is Beautiful. You are wise. You have eyes.



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    One of those posts that make your day, that much more brighter.
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    "Like your son dreams of me" I should think of using that one in English class.
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