It's difficult to avoid talking about race in America. Proud as it is to label itself a "melting pot" of cultures, the United States' tense, tumultuous history with nonwhites has evolved into an environment where people of color still face systemic disadvantages and injustice.
Although it's difficult to call this out, the system disfavors people whose skin has more melanin — in other words, people with brown skin often draw the shortest end of the stick in how society treats them.
(And lest anyone go with the "Why bring race into this? We are all humans" argument, the fact is that that question dismisses the very real issues that people of color face, because it is true that the color of their skin means that they experience life differently, often to their disadvantage.)
On Twitter, users shared what it's like #GrowingUpWithBrownSkin, revealing the challenges they've faced because of it, but also their unbridled pride in their heritage and culture.