Scottish women, especially women of Scottish descent, are becoming increasingly visible as darker-skinned people become increasingly visible in the UK.
Some of the darker-looking Scottish women I spoke with were, in the words of a young woman in her late teens, “the most beautiful of us.”
But there is still much more work to be done in the country.
“The UK is the only country in Europe where it’s so much easier to get a job than it is in Norway,” said Laila Moulay, a lecturer at Edinburgh’s Edinburgh University who studies darker-skinned people.
Moul, who is also a member of the Scottish Women’s Network for Equality and Social Justice, said she was shocked when she learned the extent to which people were able to see and discriminate against people of darker skin.
“We’re still not there, we still need to push for equality in all sectors of society, including healthcare,” she said.
Maintaining a positive outlook The first thing I did after I met her was to read about dark-skin people in the local paper.
I was shocked by how often the comments were racist and sexist.
One woman commented on my face: “You’re not the fairest thing I’ve ever seen.”
I told her I had no problem with dark-Skin.
“No,” she responded.
“You are not.
What you have is not worth living with.”
“You have a problem with it, you don’t need to have one.”
“If I’m the one with the problem, I’m going to find a solution for you.”
The next thing I noticed was how often she was using the word “sick.”
This is the first time I’ve been able to identify what is considered an acceptable “problem” and what is not.
I also learned that, while some people who are darker-Skinned have a higher rate of depression than others, many of them have no other symptoms.
The first time we met, she told me that she had been suffering from a serious case of depression for the past few years.
It’s a condition that affects about half of the population, and has been shown to increase the risk of depression and other mental health problems.
I didn’t know what I was talking about.
“It’s a real problem,” she told my reporter.
I had to ask her if she was aware of the problem.
“Yes, but that’s the extent of it,” she replied.
“I have been told I’m a bad person and I should be ashamed of myself.”
“Are you going to do something about it?”
“If it’s my friends, I will.”
“They have told me I should go out of my way to make sure no one else has to suffer like that.”
She was shocked at the level of negativity.
“There is still so much stigma about darker- Skinned people, and we’re still so very scared of that,” she explained.
“Even if we’re not racist, we are not allowed to go to the shops and buy things that are different to us.
I felt like she had to make a choice to go out and do something, but I don’t know if it was worth it.” “
I felt really bad for her.
I felt like she had to make a choice to go out and do something, but I don’t know if it was worth it.”
Moul has since come out as dark- Skinning has not been an issue for her for years.
But her story, and that of other dark-Skeletons, shows the difficulties people face in the dark world.
“As I’ve got older and have lived in a lot of different cities and different countries, I’ve seen people get bullied, people have had to move,” she continued.
“My friends have all been discriminated against because they’re different.
It really affects everyone.
I don, as a society, have the right to discriminate against anyone I want.”
Maintained positive outlook There is a sense that it’s okay to be darker-Skeleton, and to be less of a dark person.
Mina Aghafouzi, who was born in Eritrea, told me she has “a very positive outlook” about dark skin.
She said she had always been proud of her dark skin and didn’t want to be a “dark-skin woman.”
“I was never ashamed to be dark, I just didn’t like being seen as a darker person.
But when I started growing up I realised that I had the right and the privilege to be who I am,” she says.
“People say to me, ‘Is this how you look?’
But I am proud of who I have been, and I feel that if I have my choice, I would choose to be me.”
Mina says she is proud of being a darker- Skins are not as common as they used to be, but Mina is not ashamed of being darker- “I am proud that I have darker skin than everyone else