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“While there are obvious advantages to being light skinned, there are also disadvantages. People will say, ‘Oh it’s so easy for you.’ And it’s really not. Just because you have light skin it’s not automatically so easy. Don’t assume that just because someone is light skinned that they’re privileged. Or that they’re going to think a certain way or be a certain way. It’s about your culture and your politics. Your values and your ideology. That’s what really determines who a person is and how they live their life. It has to do with how willing you are to tow the line. How willing you are to cross over to that other side and claim that Whiteness and that privilege.  And I’m not willing to.”

Lena
Brooklyn, New York
Black Latina”

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