Melanin Permission Slip

Melanin Permission Slip by Jessica Fisher Hmmm, Brown skin, curly hair Intriguing Black? Latina? Native American? All three? Maybe, but surely too pretty to be black And not mixed with something Oh. Does that make it more acceptable to love me? Do you now have permission with the assumed dilution of my melanin? Could your…

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Grasping Privilege

My journey of grasping privilege started off in a Bavarian primary school full of immigrants’ children frowned upon by society and “destined” to leave education early. I was always top of my class, probably because I am smart, definitely because I spoke German perfectly. My German social-worker Mum had dragged me to virtually all museums…

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Unburrying Our Lost Humanity

There are so many misconceptions about what a refugee camp is like but the biggest of them all is certainly the ‘ambiance’. People seem to believe that a refugee camp is overwhelming, threatening and depressing when it is not.  Don’t get me wrong: it is extremely shocking to see the awful conditions which people, normal…

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