“It’s like which half do you want to talk about?...The half that is being systemically persecuted or the half that’s being called terrorist and pulled out of TSA and banned from coming to the country?” https://t.co/lkAITXcBcU— MadameNoire (@MadameNoire) April 11, 2018
Shahidi (Grownish) is African American and Iranian.
The colorism conversation has been following Shahidi for some time.
"I get that within the Black community there are a couple of us who are chosen, not by any fault of our own, to represent [everyone]. But I’ve been the same character for five years…I am not out here in a ton of movies and a ton of TV shows. [I began to see that] people have constantly had to deal with things that slowly chip away at their identity. These microaggressions make you feel like you’re never enough. I realized that if I still experience it on a level of being socioeconomically privileged, then I’m not even experiencing half of it. I’m brown-skinned. I personally don’t view myself as light-skinned. I also understand I’m not dark-skinned. I don’t know how to classify myself, but when you see me, unless you hear my name, no one’s like, ‘That’s a young Iranian girl.'”