I was always really active, so it was strange. I was bullied a lot throughout my school years, and I hated my body - absolutely hated it. It really affected my mental health. When I was in college, I went on a big, long-term diet and lost five stone. I was still the same person, but a lot less happy.
Brittney Cooper is the author of Eloquent Rage: Americans adore sassy black women. These kinds of black women put white folks at ease. In my first terrible job after college, my boss, an older white woman, told me that the students at the predominantly black school at which we worked had deemed her an honorary black woman. I went on back to my desk.