Davidson Microaggressions Project

“Flesh” Colored

I grew up in an era when the Crayola crayon box included a pinkish-peach color that was labeled “flesh.” As a small child, I learned and internalized color names from that box. In class here I referred to a component of a diagram as “flesh” colored and only an instant later realized the implications of something that had been internalized before I had skills and awareness to question it. I should have done a better job of addressing the microaggression at that moment. But will never commit that one again, and it’s made me think about and question other things I might have absorbed previously.