I used to think of issues like race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality as being isolated issues. But no one is only a race or only a gender, so those aspects of our identity seem to fuse together to make up our own unique lived experiences.
As a result, I love this video because it does an excellent job of showing the intersection of race and gender as the girls interviewed in the video explain how what society, friends, and sometimes even their own parents tell them is pretty and feminine is also what makes them look the most white—bleached skin, relaxed and dyed hair. It also illustrates how even little kids have the ability to pick up on the racial biases and prejudices they’re surrounded by. And how damaging those messages can be regardless of someone’s age.