Diary Of A Black Woman In A White World

By Diary Of A Black Woman In A White World

I write about racism, but I would like to write about something else instead. Help me stop racism so that I can get to that.

I write about racism, but I would like to write about something else instead. Help me stop racism so that I can get to that.

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The White Doctor Told Me I Was A Fat Black Woman

And that I could never be thin and delicate as a white womanI was tall and lanky as a child, but somewhere between puberty and the end of university, I started putting on weight. I struggled to find a job after my degree and so, to gain my independence, I end…

#34・

They Fired The Racist And Hired Me The Black Woman

Or how some white people are truly not racistI was on maternity leave when I applied for a new job at a prestigious Fortune 500 company. Barely a few hours after I had sent in my online application, I was contacted by the Department of Human Resources. They t…

#33・

White People, It’s Your Choice To Be Racist … Or Not To Be

The question is, what will you choose and how will it impact others?“But why do you go into that store Mummy, they always treat you badly”.My mixed-race daughters’ words were ringing in my ears as I entered the perfume store. Before I even had a moment to res…

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I Didn’t Know I Was Black Until I Was 9

White people made me blackI lived in Sierra Leone, West Africa when I was a child. My days were filled with ordinary things: I went to school, did my homework, and played Barbie and Ken with my siblings. We were 5 kids – my grandmother, mother, and aunts rais…

#31・

Why I Can No Longer Watch Movies With Only White Actors

Because I need to see more black people like me on screenI am black and I grew up in the 80s and 90s. At the time, most Hollywood movies featured a white-only cast. That was just the way life was, and I tolerated it. Whenever I did see a black character in mo…

#30・

But, Black People Can’t Be Swiss!

But they can, and they areBe honest, when you think of Switzerland, what comes to mind? Most probably, mountains, skiing, chocolate, cheese, and white-blond Heidis. Yes, that’s the image that most people have in their heads when they think of Switzerland. So …

#29・

I’m A Woman, I’m Black And I’m Old: What Do I Do Now?

Because nobody wants meI turned fifty this year. I am the same person I was when I was 20, 30, or 40 years old. I have the same personality, the same dreams, the same aspirations. People say of me that I have a young mind, that I am mentally agile, spontaneou…

#28・

Why I Can No Longer Be The Only Black Person In The Room

Because I am not the only black person in the world.I can never sleep the night before a big client meeting or a job interview, and it’s not because I’m not well prepared. It is because I am black. You might wonder what that has to do with anything, but the r…

#27・

Because You're Black, I’ll Need To Check With My White Clients Before I Hire You

You see, I don’t want to hurt my businessI am a black woman. I went to university in Toronto, Canada, and came back home to Switzerland after I obtained my degree in sociology and mass communications. At the time, I dreamed of becoming a reporter. There were …

#26・

He Was White, I Was Black, We Were In Love In A Racist World

First encounters with racism are often traumatic, and sometimes, the brain doesn’t want to accept that racism exists.I met Ben when I was 16, he was my first love. He was white, and I was black.It’s funny how there are some things in life you never forget. I …

#25・

Not All Black People Can Dance, I Can't

Don’t believe the stereotype, because the truth is, not all black people can dance.The shiny disco ball cast rainbow-colored lights all across the dance floor. Lionel Ritchie’s All Night Long bellowed out of the oversized ghetto blaster. Like army ants, young…

#24・

You’re Black But You’re Not Like Other Black People, You’re Different

I don’t know how many times I have heard my white friends tell me this.When I ask them to further explain what they mean by this, they say:“Well, you’re different, you are not like other black folks. You speak well, you’re always so articulate, you smell good…

#23・

What Do I A Black Woman Have In Common With Elon, Steve, And Bill?

To be honest, nothing.Yes, I am referring to Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, and Bill Gates, and no I don’t have anything in common with them. I don’t have their white privilege, their male privilege, their Ivy League school dropout privilege, their wealth privilege, …

#22・

What Has My Hair Got To Do With It?

I change my hairstyle often. It’s a part of my character and also a part of my West African culture. One day I can have my hair coiffed into long braids, and another it could be in a sleek short Afro.I change it often because I like to experiment – nothing mo…

#21・

Is There Such A Thing Like Black Privilege?

The more I write about white privilege, the more I am asked to also speak about black privilege. I have been wondering if such a status even exists, and my thinking has led me down this path.As a black person, the only time I deem I might have an advantage is…

#20・

You Only Got The Job Because You’re Black

But did you ever stop to think that I actually got the job because I am qualified?I struggle to understand why some white people do not believe that black people can be talented, educated, highly skilled, and intelligent. Throughout my professional career, I …

#19・

Becoming A Mother

May 2000 — I had missed my period and suspected I might be pregnant. A couple of grocery store pregnancy tests later, I knew that a little human being was growing inside me. I called the doctor’s office the next day and they asked me to come in a few weeks la…

#18・

He Was White, I Was Black, We Were In Love In A Racist World

First encounters with racism are often traumatic, and sometimes, the brain doesn’t want to accept that racism exists.I met Ben when I was 16, he was my first love. He was white, and I was black.It’s funny how there are some things in life you never forget. I …

#17・

How My White Country Privileged Passport Allowed Me To Travel The World

As a black and brown person, you need to have a privileged passport to be able to travel the world. I figured that out and got myself one.I am from Sierra Leone in West Africa but have lived most of my life in Switzerland and Canada. For the longest time, I o…

#16・

I Am Not An Angry Black Woman

I am a black woman, and I am like you. I have my good days and my bad days. I’m happy at times and sad at times. I am also angry at times, and at others very calm.I can be strong and I can be weak. I can be passionate and I can be uninterested. I can be drive…