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Finally, a doll that accurately represents women of color

When Angelica Sweeting’s daughter Sophia said she wanted “‘yellow hair’ and white skin like her dolls had so that she could be pretty,” Sweeting sought a doll that looked a lot more like her daughter. When she only found dolls that were essentially a “spray-painted” version of a doll with white features, Sweeting decided to make her own. She set the Kickstarter goal at $25,000 — but was blown away by what happened next.

for girls who carry the burial

On the coroner’s corner
of love and suicide,
I laid to rest
what we once called a relationship
and played a death
march on the speakers I stole
from your apartment.
Our memories wear iku boju
and fly on painted wings
as you struggle to untie
the puppet strings
that I wrapped around your promise ring.

I buried you like an ogberi
beneath the same black earth
that gave birth
to the scars we called love—
I was terrified
that the light of the dying sun
would dye bloody red stripes
down my spine
and leave me naked, burned, bruised.

I once used
to measure my life
by the shine of your eyes
but the day we said goodbye,
I wrapped you in rags
and buried our laughs
on the coroner’s corner
of love and suicide.

ire aiku pari iwa

I don’t like using the terms ‘PoC’ or ‘WoC’ because it sets White as the default. It also lumps every single non white person together as if they are a monolith. Wouldn’t it be easier to specify people’s origins when talking about them bc as we know, the experiences of African Americans are completely different from that of East Asians or South Asians. If you NEED a term for people that aren’t white, use ‘Global Majority’, because that is what we are. The world has more of us than them, and we are not the ones that should be ‘othered’ by a term like ‘People of Colour’, a term they put on us. 

But I would generally encourage you to specify when talking about a member of the Global Majority, as their specific origins is often what leads to their unique experience. 

Desi and Arab people are the ones who are accused of being terrorists. African Americans are the ones being called thugs. It’s not the same.

If you are talking about us collectively, don’t use a term white ppl gave us, use the Global Majority. 

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