The paradox of being a fat black man

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Instead of having a nuanced conversation on the life-long shame that comes with being an overweight black man, we are often dismissed, ridiculed and have to swallow tsunamis every day
Instead of having a nuanced conversation on the life-long shame that comes with being an overweight black man, we are often dismissed, ridiculed and have to swallow tsunamis every day

As a fat black man, you’re expected to be funny, wealthy or a target of ridicule. Either way, you’re not seen as a person beyond your weight, writes Sihle Mthembu

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The insults around my weight had been piling up for so long, but, because I saw it as one of the less interesting things about me, I barely noticed them.

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