Kheris’s older sister hopes she’ll now use her platform to “positively influence other kids.”
This is the Pollard family from Los Angeles. Erika Pollard is mom to 22-year-old Taylor and 10-year-old Kheris. Kheris is currently in the 5th grade, but she’s had a tough time navigating her elementary school years.
Kids would constantly tease Kheris about her darker complexion throughout grade school. Their mom eventually decided to transfer her to a different school because the bullying was severely affecting Kheris’ self esteem.
Taylor said the first elementary school Kheris was enrolled in had only four black girls in her class, which she believed attributed to the teasing.
“She started to notice she was different,” Taylor told BuzzFeed News. “She would cry a lot, and talk about how she doesn't like her skin tone.”
By the second grade, their mom decided to enroll Kheris in a different school and school district that was more diverse.
Taylor said the bullying did subside a bit, but Kheris was still coming to her with negative comments she’d hear about her
skin tone — this time, however, they were coming from other black students, which surprised Taylor.
“A couple of girls at school would tease her about being skinny and about her skin tone, but it’s weird because it came from people who are black as well,” Taylor said.