I’m black (specifically Jamaican with a slew of other nationalities …

Comment on Skin Colour is Not a Fashion Statement (And no, we won’t “get a tan…”) by Janelle.

I’m black (specifically Jamaican with a slew of other nationalities mixed in) and I’m light-skinned for my ethnicity. When I was younger, I got teased so much because I was lighter than all the other black people around, and even lighter than some Hispanics. I wanted to be darker than I was my entire life. I even tanned really dark one summer while I was at summer camp but I realized that I look like a piece of burnt toast when I tan. I’ve picked up a gradual tan since then but I stay out of the sun for the most part because I prefer it and I never want sunburn or skin cancer.

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