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Prose to White Sheets Used on the Brown Side of LA

the conversation of whiteness we never had

By Sofia Teodoro
Published on LatinoLA: September 1, 2006


Prose to White Sheets Used on the Brown Side of LA


I color you
With the resiliency of the night
And place you under the
Power
Of the moon
As to check you
purposely
Making you feel uncomfortable
with the whiteness in your life

I
ask of you directly
what others have asked of me ignorantly
why are you so white/why are you so dark
can your skin possibly get more pale/is this the darkest you?ve ever been
why haven?t you tanned/do you want to buy a lighter shade of foundation
Of course
You shouldn?t misinterpret my words
And assume
That I
A person of color
Does not appreciate your
Tone of skin.

But I can?t help to see
How white
You are
Compared to me.






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