Your DGB for today is to educate yourself on colorism, and support the fight against it by purchasing a t-shirt for a kid you know. If you don’t know any kids of color, consider buying one to donate to the next clothing drive in your community. Everyone deserves to feel good about the skin they’re in.
According to Alice Walker, colorism is the “prejudicial or preferential treatment of same-race people based solely on their color.” The effect is devastating, especially on young girls. After being bullied for her dark skin at school, 10 year-old Keris Rogers started her own line of t-shirts, Flexin’ In My Complexion. Her positive message about skin color has the potential to inspire and empower other kids.
We adults can’t just stand by and let little girls save the world all by themselves. We must make fighting colorism a part of our commitment to social justice and intersectional feminism. Let’s make sure every girl knows she’s beautiful, fierce, and perfect just the way she is.