Intersecting Histories: The Story of Her Skin
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Two brown girls from Poole. One without a father. And one without a mother. Cecelia’s father had run off to Canada years ago, and Silla’s mother had died. They were only five years apart, and yet Cecelia was Silla’sCecelia and Silla’s mom Aunt. Silla's mother was Cecelia’s late sister. They were Aunt and Niece, a relation made possible by the arithmetic of hardship where a girl could be married with two children by the age of 18. 

 

And it was the arithmetic of colonialism that made it so a brown woman’s skin color was her wealth.  Silla was ‘good brown’, and so was Cecelia. Silla knew this even as a child, and her community knew it. She had a path out of Poole in a way that her darker-skinned half-sister Merle did not. Silla could marry up, and ascend to a different class, pulling her family up with her. And this knowing afforded her aspirations, ambitions.  Even as a child, she anticipated what so often goes unacknowledged, that fact her skin tone would be implicated in every choice she would make, and in every choice she would have the opportunity to make.