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Here is an excerpt from a great column out of EBONY magazine, about telling light girls to not get caught up in the “color complex.”

Dear Beautiful Daughters Who Happen to be Racially Ambiguous,

By the time you understand this salutation, you will have had years of pretty privilege you neither understand nor appreciate. Where we live, “pretty” is a racial project that began long before you were born— a project that has no foreseeable end.

You will see your kind of pretty in print ads, commercials, television and movies. Please look elsewhere. Develop a keen eye for interesting things: the shape of an eye, the slant of a mouth, or the character of hair left to do what it wants.

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