I’m a dark skinned dominicana in my late 20’s. I’m very proud and comfortable with my background and my looks. Apparently, the ignorant people who surround me are not. Too many of my Latino friends and acquaintances often make negative comments about people with dark skin. I hear them talk about how we have to “lighten the race.” I get yelled at for staying in the sun for a long time despite the fact that I’m a runner. I’m tired of reminding people of their heritage. How do I get them to stop insulting my complexion?
—Dark and Lovely in NYC
Dear Dark and Lovely:
Do yourself a favor and lighten your load: Drop all those racist ignorantes fouling the air around you and keep running—and breathing—freely.
—Lighten your load of friends instead of your race, D
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