According to Huffington Post, when Kheris Rogers, a South Los Angeles (USA) resident, entered class one at the elementary school (I contacted Rogers on Facebook, and she wrote that for the safety of students she was not allowed to release information about school), she found that there were only four black students in her class, including herself. Because of her different skin tone, she was bullied by white students on a regular basis. The other three black students faced the same situation. She was upset that just because someone has a different skin tone and the majority are not used to it, one becomes a subject of bullying?
Weird. But that's the truth in white dominated countries. I have the first-hand experience of such situations because I have lived in California, US, for higher studies. I am not going to go into details, but color decides how you are going to be treated. Pathetic! Color is something you have no control over. Still, you become a subject of the target just because of that. Bullshit!
But this little 10-year-old girl decided to take control of the situation. She decided to wear self-respect!
Read on to know the complete story.
Recently, Rogers' 22-year-old sister, Taylor Pollard wanted to do something for her to make her feel better. To make that happen, she posted a photo of Rogers on Twitter, with the tweet "My sister is only 10, but already a royalty FlexinInHerComplexion."
Surprisingly, the post went viral and garnered whopping 83K likes.
The response made Rogers not only feel better but motivated her to come up with her own clothing line in April 2017, "Flexin' In My Complexion" which is currently operating online from South Los Angeles, reports The Awesome Daily.
I think that's a massive feat by this little girl who has decided to overcome the assault of racial bias through creative means.
Check out the number of retweets!
When Mic interviewed Rogers, she said, "I feel confident in myself because, even if I still get picked on because I'm darker, when I put on the T-shirt, it makes me feel bold."
Interestingly, the purpose of the clothing line is to make black women feel more confident about themselves.
If you look closely at the designs, you will feel it's out-of-the-box and carries a child's creativity. The colors play a vital role, since African apparels are also blatantly colorful.
Mic also interviewed Pollard, the elder sister of Rogers and this is what she had to say "I just hope that especially for younger kids, people start to feel more confident in their skin. It doesn't matter how dark or light you are, just knowing that it's beautiful and that your complexion doesn't determine your beauty."
Pollard has played a crucial role in taking her sister out of low self-esteem and helping her come up with her own clothing line.
When BuzzFeed interviewed Pollard, her elder sister, she said that "Rogers started to notice she was different. She would cry a lot, and talk about how she doesn't like her skin tone. There was an incident with a teacher in the elementary school where she had to draw herself, and she gave her a black crayon instead of a brown crayon, which made her really upset."
"Rogers initially thought that only she was going through this, but later she realised that it's a global problem and must be addressed in an effective manner," said Pollard. "That's what pushed Rogers, because she thought if she was feeling this way, then other might also be experiencing this. So she should do something to make them feel better."
According to The Daily Buzz, Rogers tried to escape the situation by changing the school. Her mom changed her school, but in the new school, the situation was no different. That's when she decided to do something about it.
Since I have lived in the US, I can vouch for the fact that racism is very much alive in the US, albeit in a subtle form. Like the teacher gave Rogers a black crayon. Do you get that? And there are numerous other ways by which people make colored people realize their true place. But blacks are known to be very resilient people. The best example is Kheris Rogers and you have just read her story. Way to go, girl!