when a white woman tells me she ‘feels ugly too.’ and is seeking to use this as a parallel to understanding what it means to be black in a racist society. my ears do not give her audience or contemplation. because. while she may ‘feel ugly’ in a world that values her skin and her worth above all others. she knows nothing of what it is to live in a world where ‘you are ugly’ while you are being formed in the womb. the depths of hatred for our skin and its extraordinary nature. touch us before we even arrive into the world. this is something you will never know. a world that does not want you to be born simply because of the color of your skin.
The cultures which inspired Avatar: The Last Airbender
- Air Nomads - The Monasteries of Tibet
- Water Tribe - The Inuit
- Earth Kingdom - Imperial China
- Fire Nation - Pre-Meiji Japan
"I feel very fortunate to be in this position, and I know that it means more to people because I am an African and I am dark-skinned. In many ways me being on the scene is doing for little girls everywhere what Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg did for me. My world exploded by them being on screen. Hopefully I will inspire and be meaningful to other people."