Students Show Love for Classmate After She Admits Having Self-Esteem Issues Because of Dark SkinYesha Callahan1/31/17 7:48amFiled to: blackgirlmagiccolorismviralthe chatteratiJaniyahValencia D Clay1914EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalink Instagram Every once in a while, the internet will bring tears to your eyes. And a viral video from a Baltimore City classroom proves that solidarity among black women and girls can be magical. Advertisement Janiyah is a 13-year-old student at Southwest Baltimore Charter School, and during a recent class activity, she opened up to her classmates about her self-esteem issues.“I thought light-skinned girls were pretty because I was always the black ugly girl,” Janiyah said. “You can look at all the light-skinned complexions and everybody is in love with them.” Advertisement Janiyah went on to talk about how she didn’t feel pretty because she’s dark-skinned, and that’s when her teacher, Valencia D. Clay, suggested that Janiyah’s classmates give her compliments.Clay, who, according to ABC News, has been a teacher for nine years, also showered Janiyah with compliments. Sponsored “I love your voice. I love your brilliance. I love your creativity. I love when you sing. I love how caring you are,” Clay said.And this is the type of teacher every student deserves to have. Advertisement I’m not crying. You’re crying.Yesha Callahan@yeshacallahanSenior Editor. Kinda not a people person.