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Letter: I want people to see beyond my skin color

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Deseret News

I am a 15-year-old girl. Let me just say from what has been happening in the past few months, things have been getting crazy.

From the Australia fires to the death of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter protests, things are not and never will be the same. I am only half African American, but I will forever be honored to be part of a beautiful, strong culture, and for me, and I’m sure for a lot of other people, it is heartbreaking to see my people ruthlessly get killed for the color of their skin. I am always worried and pray to God that my dad and brother (who are African American) make it home safely with no problems. I don’t think that African American kids should have to always look over their shoulder or to be scared around the people who are supposed to protect us because of the color of their skin. 

My point is I would hate to have to teach my future child that their skin color is a threat in some people’s eyes, and that no matter the amount of good you do you will always be a threat because you are black. What I’m trying to say is it’s not fair and I’m aware that it will never be fair, but I would want people to see beyond my skin color. I cannot change the color of my skin and even if I could I wouldn’t change a thing, because to me, Black is and forever will be beautiful, and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Elise Tausala

Saratoga Springs