I was shamed for having darker skin than my parents – now it makes me proud

I was shamed for having darker skin than my parents – now it makes me proud
 

‘Ahh… she’s been living in a Sudha (white) country for all these years but still this child is Kaluer (darker) than us and you. How can that be?’ a shopkeeper in my hometown in Sri Lanka laughingly asked my parents.
When this happened to me at just six years old, I turned to my parents in disbelief. Quick to spare me from any discomfort, my mum and dad politely smiled and ushered me out of the shop.
This is one of my earliest recollections of experiencing negativity over the colour of my skin – but unfortunately not the last.
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17 November 2019 in Lifestyle, Views: 40
Source: Metro
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