Skin Problems

This is sad and awkward to write about. Friday we were shopping at the mall in Grand Rapids. Henry’s birthday is coming and since he loves books so much I found two that I knew he would appreciate. At the checkout I swiped my credit card and then asked the clerk if she wanted to see it. “No thanks”, she responded, “you look like a nice person and not someone trying to get away with something.” Guess it’s good to not look like a criminal.

Now for the sadness and contrast which I felt this morning after reading an article from the New York Times about Charles Blow’s son.  Charles Blow is a writer for the Times.

SAMSUNG Did you read what happened to him? How sad that some parents have to prepare their children for a walk home from the college library or out in the general public. . . all because of how they look. Will some of these children in this picture need “training” because of how they look? I didn’t look like a criminal in public on Friday, but others did that day.

Wouldn’t it be nice if this blog post were about Enfuselle, Shaklee’s product for healthy skin, which is what I was intending to write about this week. Although Enfuselle is great for the skin, it can’t handle this skin problem.

2 thoughts on “Skin Problems

  1. Nicely said, Ann. Sometimes white people are not aware of how much we benefit from the color of our skin. Acknowledging that this is unfair doesn’t necessarily solve the problem, but I think it’s a step in the right direction. Thanks for the way you are making this part of the conversation.

    • Thanks for commenting, Melanie. It’s a big problem and part of the solution begins in my heart with a willingness to see clearly.

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