25 Apr '13, 5pm

Singaporeans

Hi, xoJane. It is I, Brown Girl Faz. The first time I experienced racism was in a classroom when I was nine years old. I didn’t know what was happening, but I understood that there was a lot of hate there while my teacher loomed over me and said, “You know why I didn’t call on you to answer my questions? Because your skin is black.” She spat the word black like it gave her boils. I’m from Singapore. One of the richest nations in the world, touted as a cultural and religious melting pot with racially harmonious Rainbow Brites running around throwing glitter in the air. I’m calling bullshit. I have never felt like I belonged in this country a single day of my life. Products that are supposed to whiten your vaginas may be new to the beauty market in Asia, but the correlation between dark skin and "dirtiness" is not anything new. You don’t even have to look further than the ma...

Full article: http://www.xojane.com/issues/racism-in-singapore

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