Wow this picture takes me back… I was so young. In this picture I was 5 years old. I’m smiling but not that happy in that picture. Growing up in an all white school was hard, I was very shy (still am sometimes) and didn’t stand up for myself.
I was teased because of my skin color, my big eyes, my big and nappy hair and big lips. In the Netherlands we have a holiday called “Sinterklaas” and Sinterklaas has helpers (and no, not the same helpers as Santa Claus). The helpers have nappy hair (a wig), golden earrings and red lips. Call it white people in blackface if you will, the white kids called me “Black Pete” or Zulu. One time in kindergarten one of the moms suggested that the teasing might stop if I considered a lip reduction…. If you hear it long enough that you’re not enough you just might start believe it.
Today I’m almost 28 years old and praised for all the above. If you are going through something similar stay strong and true to yourself. Don’t let those who bully you bring you down! #stopbullying #pesten #racism #discrimination #discriminatie #racisme