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Why I Only Wrote Stories About White People
Black girl magic.
author image “When I tried creating black characters, it felt forced. I worried about creating racist clichés,” writes Savannah.

The first time I noticed that I wasn’t white was in 2nd grade. I loved Disney stories, particularly “Beauty and the Beast.” Belle and I both liked books and learning and were sometimes teased for it. I felt like the only differences between us were our skin and hair. Her skin was porcelain colored, while mine was warm brown... [more]

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