Students Show Love for Classmate After She Admits Having Self-Esteem Issues Because of Dark Skin

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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.

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.

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“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.”

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.

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“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.

I’m not crying. You’re crying.

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Yesha Callahan

Bye, Kinja! It's been fun (occasionally).