Cecelia Ivy Price
A shot of my painting and part of my Halfrican statement at the award ceremony on Thursday. Ill post the full text below for anyone who wants to read it. #TheMartinLutherKingJrReflectionCompetition βHalfrican,β βoreo,β and βmulattoβ were names I was frequently called growing up in the town of Lockport, NY. I think the only thing worse than being black in a mostly white community is being multiple races. No one knows slang terms for you so they make them up instead of calling you by your name. I had medium length curly hair until my father decided I did not take good enough care of it and then it was chopped down until I had a little round afro. This of course earned me not just a new name but a little sort of song. βCC's rough and tough with her afropuffβ By the time I was in middle school I was rather overweight, had acne and dressed mostly in black(not much has changed there). All of this gave kids more reasons to pick on me and has pretty much continued even into adult hood.
My mother was German & Scottish, my father is a mix of Cherokee, African, as well as Honduran. I've come to call myself a βworld muttβ and have mostly come to terms with myself and my background. But throughout high school and a while after, I struggled with trying to βfit in.β As we know in American culture there is a strong preference given to the European look. Straight blonde hair, blue eyes and rather skinny. I'm not sure exactly when it happened, but American beauty standards took Hitler's ideas for an Aryan race. Why in 2018 when I flip through a magazine, watch tv or movies does it seem like the people of color do not exist?
Some say racism has vanished from the world
though there is clearly an issue with unarmed black men being shot by police. The LGBT community can not marry whoever they see fit. Women are still not receiving pay equal to that of their male equivalent colleagues. The lack of equality still left in this land made up of foreigners is disheartening. I could go on about why we need to set aside on about why we need to set aside... #Halfrican #publicspeaking
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