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Statements about mixed race people being ‘exotic’ and more beautiful, aside from being fallacious, are also problematic and potentially dangerous. The accompanying racial fetishisation is an issue for mixed race people and also for the POC communities to which they belong. It is an issue for all multiracial identities but I have come across this with alarming prevalence in concern to those of us who are part-white/European.

We are beautiful to you because we are black but not too black. We are brown but not too brown. We are European enough to fit into your Eurocentric view of beauty but non-white enough to be unusual and interesting. We are similar enough to be safe and different enough to be exciting. Isn’t that what you’re really saying? These ideals of light skin and Europeanised features contribute to the discrimination of darker skinned/non-European people.

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(Source: cuddlychris)

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