Bullying Survivor: Dekisha Heard!

As a child, all I ever wanted to do was fit in. To be liked. The kids in school would always pick on me and I just never understood why. One day a classmate told me why they wouldn’t play with me, he said, “you’re too black and too ugly”. So, all through school, I was labeled as the ugly, black girl. I never wanted to go to school because I was so bullied. “Tar baby!” that’s what they called me. I never went and told my mom and dad because I was so ashamed and afraid. Being bullied was a normal routine for me. There was always one boy in particular that really picked on me and one day he punched me in the stomach. At that point, I was so confused and hurt because I still didn’t understand. People would say he did that because he liked me but that didn’t feel like being liked. I went to school everyday and they would tell the boys “that’s you right there. The black stallion.” Being funny towards me.

All through elementary and middle school. I got so tired of it, so I started fighting. I just thought I was defending myself. The older I got, I never took pictures because I still thought I was ugly. Where I am now, living for God – He showed me that I am beautiful inside and out because He created me. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks but Him and He’s blessing me to be more confident in myself and in being able to take pictures!

My words to someone who is currently going through bullying due to the dark color of your skin… don’t worry about what they say – BLACK IS IN

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