Man’s emotional reaction after putting on plaster in his skin tone for the first time has gone viral

2019-04-26 15:59
Dominique Apollon. (PHOTO:Twitter)

Dominique Apollon. (PHOTO:Twitter)

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A 45-year-old man’s emotional response to finally finding a plaster that matches his skin tone has gone viral.

Dominique Apollon – an African American man from Oakland, California – shared photos of his hand on Twitter in which he’s wearing a dark brown plaster on his little finger, Independent reports.

“It’s taken me 45 trips around the sun, but for the first time in my life I know what it feels like to have a Band-Aid [plaster] in my own skin tone,” he tweeted.

“You can barely even spot it in the first image. For real I’m holding back tears.”

Apollon is the vice president of research at Race Forward, a non-profit organisation that builds awareness for racial justice, BuzzFeed News reports.

The 45-year-old said he’d bought the plasters as an afterthought five months earlier and wasn’t overly eager to use them until he got a cut on his finger.

“I could hardly see it,” he said of the plaster on his skin.

“It just blended so perfectly in a way that if I was walking into a room, no one would even notice it was there.”

“I definitely didn’t expect the complex emotions that would swirl as I watched it just . . . blend in.”

Apollon said finding a plaster that matched his skin tone made him feel valued and like he belonged, PEOPLE reports. 

The tweets have been liked more than 518 000 times and has resonated with scores of people, with some sharing their own experiences.

“This was one of the first things that made me aware of race when I was a kid. I remember asking my mom about the Band-Aid colour. Also the ‘flesh’ crayon,” one woman wrote.

Following the viral reaction, Apollon said he’s glad his post has sparked this type of reaction.

“I’m glad this thread has sparked some love, introspection, empathy, and conscious actions in others.”

Sources: Independent, BuzzFeed News, PEOPLE

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