In the wake of the deadly protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, I’ve been wondering how a lot of the folks who attended the rally felt about skin tone and race.
Some of the comments I’ve read suggest that they thought that race was something to be discussed, rather than just tolerated.
“I feel like we have to keep discussing race,” wrote a commenter named “Holly” on a Facebook page about the rally.
Another commenter named Kym added, “I think we should talk about skin color.”
That sentiment has resonated with me in recent months.
In May, I went on the radio show of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and said I had a lot to say about skin tones and skin color.
I talked about how the KKK and neo-Nazis and white supremacists are “white supremacists,” and that I didn’t know anyone who was a member of the KKK.
I also said that I was concerned about the racist behavior of some of the people in the crowd, and that this was something we should be talking about.
After a lot in-depth discussions with white supremacists and other white supremacists who were in attendance, I was surprised to learn that many people in attendance did not see the white supremacists as racist at all.
And, for the most part, those who did saw that the people who were white supremacists were not racist.
So I started thinking about what I had said about race, and how I felt about the people that were there.
After some reflection, I realized that I had been wrong.
I’ve learned that when I talk about race and skin, I’m not just talking about skin; I’m talking about people, people who are people.
The people who I am, the people I see, are not the same people who happen to be at the same events.
That’s why I said the following at the time: “Skin color is not an issue.
Skin color is a choice.
If you want to talk about people’s skin, then do it.”
In the weeks since, I have been thinking about the way I spoke about race.
I realized the kind of conversations I was having with white supremacist and neo.
racist attendees, the ways in which I used my privilege to explain that skin color was not a racial issue.
And I realized how I have had to work on my own understanding of skin tone in order to understand why certain people in my community have felt so strongly about race that I have to work harder to change how I speak about race on my show.
So my hope is that this post will help other people who have experienced racial discrimination or violence, and the people of color I have spoken to, understand the way that I’ve struggled to understand how they see skin tone.
I am a member, and a member in good standing, of the NAACP.
But I am not a member.
I was not born in the NAACP, I am an African-American man, and my skin color is black.
I have lived my entire life in this country, and have been a part of this country for many years.
The NAACP’s goal is to ensure that the civil rights of all Americans are guaranteed.
The goal is not to make a political statement, but to provide a platform for people to discuss the civil and human rights of the Black community, as well as the rights of other communities of color.
To that end, the NAACP provides scholarships to students who are interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement, public education, or the arts.
I received the $3,000 scholarship, and I am grateful for the support from the NAACP and all those who are proud to be part of the organization.
I look forward to sharing more about my experiences with the NAACP as we move forward in this important work.
My intention is to speak at the NAACP Annual Conference in Chicago on March 25, and to be the keynote speaker.
My intent is not just to be a speaker.
I would like to make an important statement about race: that there is no place for racism in our society.
I will never be the same person I was as a teenager.
My skin color has not always been a concern to me.
I can still feel the burn on my cheeks, and even when I wear makeup, it still makes me feel different.
But that doesn’t mean that I am unable to relate to other people.
I know that the way we feel about each other and about each others’ skin is a fundamental part of who we are.
I want to share with my community the truth about race for those who have been in the same situation, and who want to make it better.
This post was originally published at The Daily Beast.