I am an Indian human (technically Bangladeshi—but is that nationality? (Is it even my nationality since I was born in Canada? What IS a nationality? (I think my nationality is either Canadian or American and my ethnicity is Bangladeshi, but that is probably incorrect)). What even is the actual term for my race [I just did some minor Googling and I couldn’t find anything. There are multiple races from Bangladesh] I always just went with Indian (Bangladesh is on the Indian subcontinent) or generic brown).
So I have the average black hair, black eyes, and brown skin combo. But when I was a kid, I thought I was blond with blue eyes.
This wasn’t a color identification issue. If you gave me paint swatches, I could tell you black, brown, yellow, smaragdine, blue, etc.
This was because I had no idea what being blond with blue eyes actually meant. (Or what an Indian person was.) I thought it was a unanimous characteristic for hair and eyes. All hair is stringy, and all hair is blond. All eyeballs are round, and all eyeballs are blue. I watched a LOT of Barbie movies (and Dora the Explorer) and Barbie is blond with blue eyes. Therefore, all humans are blond with blue eyes (or they’re talking animals [thanks Dora]).
Person trying to teach me colors: What color are your hair and eyes?
Mini Arachnid: Blond and blue. (Note that Mini Arachnid has a giant mass of tangled black hair and giant, unblinking black eyes.)
I remember in kindergarten we had to fill out a questionnaire with our eye colors. I don’t quite remember what purpose this served. The options were brown, blue, and green. I chose blue.
When my parents corrected me…
Mini Arachnid (jaw drops): WHAAAAT?
So I asked them what their eye colors are, and they said black. This ensued in another round of dramatic gasping because black wasn’t on the list of options. But their drivers’ licenses listed their eye colors as black. So clearly someone was lying.
So, in conclusion, diversity is important because it prevents confusion among young children.
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I feel you on this completely. I used to think blond white was the ideal as a child because that’s all I saw being revered in my toys, in tv and film. Diversity is important! I think with regards to nationality and ethnicity, it’ll be country you were born in (or have your passport in / I think) and your ethnicity: so mine is British Bangladeshi, yours might be Canadian/American Bangladeshi. Wave the Bangladeshi flag high! 🇧🇩
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