Bullied For Having Dark Skin, Young Girl Finds Her Confidence And Strength


SUZIE: BRITTANY WILL ENTER A SIX MONTH TRAINING PROGRAM AT THE NYPD POLICE ACADEMY. RICK: NO CHIEPD SHOULD GROW UP WITH LOW SELF-CONFIDENCE. THAT’S WHAT WAS HAPPENING TO A LITTLE GIRL FROM SOUTH L.A. BECAUSE SHE WAS BULLIED ABOUT THE COLOR OF HER SKIN. JOY BENEDICT SHOWS US HOW A TWIST OF FATE AND PHOTOS HELPED TURN HER FROWN UPSIDE DOWN? REPORTER: THIS TEN-YEAR-OLD HAS PLENTY OF CONFIDENCE TODAY. I KNOW I’M PRETTY. I’M NOT GOING TO LET ANYONE TELL ME DIFFERENT. REPORTER: THAT WASN’T THE CASE A FEW MONTHS AGO. I THOUGHT I WAS UGLY AFTER PEOPLE TELLING ME I WAS UGLY. REPORTER: SHE IS TALKING ABOUT HER SKIN TONE. I BELIEVE IT WAS AFTER MY SKIN COLOR BECAUSE I WAS DARKER. REPORTER: SHE REMEMBERS A MOMENT IN FIRST GRADE THAT STILL HURTS. MY TEACHER GAVE ME A BLACK CRAYON INSTEAD OF A BROWN CRAYON, AND I CAME HOME CRYING. I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO. REPORTER: HER MOM DID AND SWITCHED HER TO A MORE DIVERSE SCHOOL BUT THE COMMENTS CONTINUED. A COUPLE GIRLS BULLYING ME BECAUSE I WAS TOO DARK, THEY WERE COMING FROM BLACK GIRLS, TOO. I WAS CONFUSED. REPORTER: HER BIG SISTER IS NOT. THERE ARE ISSUES OF COLORISM IN EVERY RACE. REPORTER: AMAZING GRACE CONSERVATORY HELD A FASHION SHOW TWO WEEKS AGO. THEY COULDN’T HELP BUT POST A COUPLE PHOTOS ON TWITTER WRITING MY SISTER IS ONLY TEN BUT ALREADY ROYALTY, ADDING THE HAS HASHTAG FLEXION, IN HER COMPLEXION. I WANTED TO PUT OUT THERE SHE’S FLEXING HER COMPLEXION. IT RESONATED WITH THOUSANDS ON SOCIAL MEDIA, LIKE 80,000 TIMES. THE COMPLIMENTS POURED IN. IN SOCIAL MEDIA, PEOPLE ARE WILLING TO GIVE HER COMPLIMENTS. REPORTER: REACHING AN AUDIENCE SHE WOULDN’T ORDINARILY READ. I WAS READING THE COMMENTS, WOW. AM I REALLY THAT PRETTY? REPORTER: YES, YOU ARE, ON THE OUTSIDE AND IN. AS FOR THE BULLIES, SHE KNOWS WHAT TO SAY. EVERYBODY IS PRETTY IN THEIR OWN WAY. REPORTER: A LESSON FOR OTHER GIRLS, YOUNG AND OLD, REGARDLESS OF THEIR COMPLEXION. ALWAYS BELIEVE IN YOURSELF, DON’T LET ANYBODY TELL YOU DIFFERENT.

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