RACE / CREATIVE NON-FICTION

I Didn’t Know How to Respond to Her Internalized Racism

Hearing her voice in my memory makes me cringe

An African woman is wearing a style of dress that is common in Togo. This includes a green and red headscarf and a dress that matches. The woman who told me this story of internalized racism was wearing something very similar.

“When I was a child, I was taught that if a white person shakes your hand, it will change your life forever.”

Hearing her voice in my memory makes me cringe because I know how I responded and wish…

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Logan Silkwood

I’m a polyamorous, non-binary trans man (he/him). I edit for Queerly Trans, Prism & Pen, Enbyous, and Trans Love & (A)Sexuality. Twitter: @logan_silkwood.