By: Jovianna Roopchand, 7th Grade
I chose to write about colorism because I wanted to discuss something relatable to me and this was the first topic I thought of. I have family from Venezuela, China, India, France, Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, and probably more places that I don't know about. Recently, I've been listening to Indian songs and I'm interested in learning Hindi. Also, I've been researching more about Hinduism - mainly because my ancestors were Hindu. I have relatives who still follow and know lots about Hinduism. In other words, I've been investing more time on my Indian roots. I watched this movie called "Bulbul" on Netflix with my mom a few months ago and Mom was able to point out a lot of things that people do differently in India than in America. This movie inspired me to use the main Indian actress, Tripti Dimri, who played Bulbul, to be featured in the second picture of my video. In the movie, she was saved by the Hindu goddess, Kali. My mom told me about Kali, since she knows a lot about Hinduism. This made me a lot more interested in Hinduism than I was before and now my favorite Hindu goddess is Kali. I feel like Kali is misunderstood because even though she's the goddess of things like death/destruction, she's actually often considered the kindest and most loving of all the Hindu goddesses. Also, Kali is a great protector and creator because out of chaos comes new beginnings.
While focusing on India, I wanted to make it clear that all Indians do not have the same appearance. We do not always wear saris, we do not always have the same hair texture or skin complexion, etc. I know many other people can relate. A person may have Indian parents but didn't grow up in India, so they don't wear traditional Indian garments like saris every day, and that does not mean they are less Indian. Personally, I don't wear saris everyday either however I wear them on special occasions. Also, I do not have straight hair like the typical East Asian. My mother doesn't have a stereotypical Indian skin tone either. Her skin tone is lighter and with her textured curly hair, people often mistake her for being Hispanic. My mom’s sisters have naturally straight hair, and different skin tones than my mother and I. That is one of the reasons why I chose to speak about colorism. While, I don't speak about it a lot – it is something my entire family can relate to. We all have different skin tones, different hair textures and different features and therefore people treat us differently. Also, not all of us live in New York, but we are all related and all have Indian roots.