1. “Your Skin is So Exotic!”
Rare animals are exotic, people are not. The word “exotic” refers to something unusual or uncommon, however, there are currently billions of people with deeply sun-kissed skin, so dark-skin is not rare, nor is it an anomaly or a feature to be fetishized and placed in the category of “Other”.
2. “Is Your Hair Real?”
Unfortunately, part of being a black girl in Western culture is being bombarded with rude, obnoxious hair questions that will have you wondering whether manners are still a thing in society, or whether we’ve decided to forgo them entirely. The question—Is your hair real???— is particularly irksome, because it operates under the untrue assumption that dark-skinned black girls cannot grow long hair or that we always wear weave. The truth is, plenty of races of women wear weave as well, yet no other race is interrogated to the degree that black women are. The next time someone pop this invasive question, return the favor and ask, “Is your hair real?”.