I took my kids to a pool to swim today, something I was never allowed to do growing up bc my parents were scared I would get “too dark.”
Whiteness chokes us so early.
Saira Rao is clearly a mentally ill person and I don’t want to make fun of her.
But here’s the thing. Where I lived as a child, everybody was extremely white. Everybody wanted to be darker. All I heard was, “go outside already! Look at your legs, they are the color of sour cream!” I still look at my legs every spring and make jokes about sour cream. And the most popular boys at school were the two black boys because they were the only black boys in the whole large city. If I looked like Saira, I’d be the most popular girl at school by far. Where I come from, thousands of people each year give themselves skin cancer trying to look like Saira.
What’s rare is in demand. What’s not rare isn’t. Yes, Saira Rao is unwell but there are many healthy people who don’t get this.