My story. I'm a 'cinnamon-milk/chocolatte', and know of what you speak. Ran into that, 'your so pretty, but dark' commentary. My fam hails from Louisiana, and are a mix of almost white to a Wesley Snipes deep chocolate skin tone. The 'redbones' ruled, especially the redbone women. I would, as a child/young girl, talk 'truth' to this'power' and be reprimanded that I was 'hating'. Of course I was'nt, just acknowledging yet another 'ism' in America, and in the African/African American community. The poignancy of your story was incredibly sobering. My elementary class is having a class reunion this year, and those years were tough, as all of the pretty girls were the lighter skin; back then I was a bit defenseless; as a woman, I look forward to this event.