Pretty Brown

Originally posted on Cortney Says:

As a little girl,

I would sit and wonder why I couldn’t be … better

Lighter skin, straighter hair.

Pretty in the eyes of an ugly society

In my eyes …

The kinks of my hair and the tone of my skin were hindering

And praise of the “Pretty Red” only showed that my brown skin was nothing to be proud of

TV showed no one like me, no one for me to see and say “that’s what beauty is”

Videos and magazines soon made the complex worse…

Make up and photo-shop showing that “flaws” and “imperfections” could be hidden and …

Cleaned up. Dark skin made as light as they saw fit.

And I would sit and cry, and wonder, and pray, and hope that someday I would be lighter, with straighter hair

Pretty in the eyes of this ugly society

I didn’t understand that my brown skin was…

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Lateral Love™ Australia Lateral Love Australia is devoted to bringing lateral violence, particularly for Aboriginal & Islander (including the Torres Strait) Peoples of Australia, into the public arena. Lateral Love™ Australia aims to share truthful information about the history of Australia, highlighting the deliberate impact of colonisation, and the damage made to the Human Spirit regardless of race due the manifestations of lateral violence. William Brian Butler & his niece Nicola Butler are the individuals behind the "Lateral Love & Spirit of Care for all Humankind 2012 - 2022 Campaign". This campaign is a product of the culmination of the life works of William Brian Butler and Nicola Butler creating an ongoing, living, breathing environment for positive discussions, development of resources and suggestions for change that will have a lasting impact for Human Rights, Social Inclusion and the Spiritual and Emotional Well being for all Aboriginal and Islander peoples in this country.
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