This Is Us

White Supremacy in Me

Light-skinned and part of the problem

Mixed-race woman looking out a window.
Mixed-race woman looking out a window.
Photo: Pasha Gray/Nappy

When I was in my senior year of high school I argued against affirmative action. My AP history class had taken a field trip to Selma and we’d spent the day wandering around, drinking in the history of the small city. I was one of two Black students in a class of 30. Ashley and I were bound at the hip until we went our…