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RP @merciful.melanin - Model @SalemMitchell posted a response to an Instagram commenter calling her "#ghetto" after her photo appeared on #Vogue's Instagram page.
In the image, Salem appears to be super chill, relaxing on the sand in a fiery red one-piece suit. She’s rocking braids and, of course, her signature freckles. While many people loved the snapshot — saying things like “You’re radiant!” and “#Freckles on point” — there were a couple responses that weren’t so supportive, including a remark that described her as “ghetto.”
“The reason black women fight so hard for representation, diversity, and over #culturalappropriation is because of this!" she wrote. "Everything about what I look like is considered ‘trendy’ in the media and in fashion right now. The freckles, the #braids, the big #lips, etc. But on a black woman it’s ghetto for NO reason and we’re tired of it.”
In an interview with Teen Vogue, she explained the motivation behind calling the commenter out. “I wanted to speak out on this particular comment because it was completely discriminatory [and] completely racist," she said. “It wasn’t, ‘I think she’s ugly’ or ‘I don’t like this photo.’ It was, ‘By looking at this woman the first way I can describe her is by calling her a ghetto person.’ Calling me ghetto or any black woman ghetto based on a photo is so dismissive of who we are as people, what we’ve accomplished, and how we carry ourselves.” “Cultural appropriation is an important topic because black and brown people are constantly demonized for their appearance, their hair, the way they dress, their use of slang, and other characteristics when in reality everything that we’re doing has set a blueprint for the culture we see today.
Salem added that it’s “really important to speak up” because this behavior isn’t only happening to her, and it isn’t limited to online and social media spaces.
Needless to say, Salem is completely comfortable in her skin, and she isn’t here for people trying to use her to perpetuate discriminatory language or behavior.
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