Drawing Strength from Harassment
Updated: Sep 9, 2019
"...I was even called by the name 'Africa' from all of my peers, and even my coaches on my football team started to call me that too. This type of treatment was a form of bullying, but I am not a victim..."
All throughout middle school & high school, I was made fun of for having a dark complexion. In high school, I was even called by the name “Africa” from all of my peers, and even my coaches on my football team started to call me that too. This type of treatment was a form of bullying, but I am not a victim. At first, I was demoralized and destroyed as a young man just wanting to be myself and fit in, but as years past I would grow in self-love and learned to love my skin genuinely. My mother helped and taught me how to take care of my skin; make it softer, make it stronger, and keep it clear. She showed me how God made me was a badge of honor and not to be ungrateful for what he has given me!
My mom did not and would not make me feel like I was the victim in any way. She saw that as a man I would have to learn how to operate through negativity, and I needed this to grow. Rather than make people who said those things feel bad she helped me to see they were highlighting my strengths. Although my mother helped me develop in this area, I had to be the one to love me. I say all this to say, if you are experiencing any form of bullying, being made fun of, laughed at because of your insecurities, thought to be unworthy of love, take a good look in the mirror and decipher what is happening. People are ignorant sometimes, and they will reject anything opposite from their standards, and if you are a threat to their standards, you destroy the operating system in which they live their lives. It is wrong to go to places like social media to draw attention to something that later on in life will be your strength. Be a threat!
Written by Tim Lindsay