1. Don’t join in when the other kids are taunting dark-skinned children
This is something that you will regret when you’re old enough to realize how much colorism takes a toll on the psyche of black people, especially the children. At the time you will view it as innocuous taunting, staple of the childhood experience since children are cruel about everything.
However, as you mature, you will see the product of that taunting in real time manifested in the skin bleaching, the self hate, the denigration of your image in both the mass media and the black media. You’ll begin to realize that even though your skin-tone and looks weren’t the subject this time those kids probably felt the same way about how you looked.You just got lucky
2. Go where you are celebrated because you WILL be celebrated where you are wanted
Girl, you will spend so much of your childhood and young adult life wishing that you could change your tightly coiled, kinky hair to a looser curl, or even straight. Spend hours in the mirror trying to imagine what you would look like with a smaller, sharper nose and lighter skin; only to find out there are people, men and women alike who adore my dark brown skin and unambiguous features even envy it.