Odessa Devi Despot, PsyD is a graduate of NYU and holds a doctoral degree in psychology from Yeshiva University. She is a staff psychologist at Rochester Institute of Technology and has a private practice in Victor, NY. Her research and writing revolve around identity development, multicultural and feminist issues, and relational psychotherapy. Odessa has contributed articles for the Caribbean Star newspaper, South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA), Brown Girl Magazine and presented at various professional conferences. This story and Queens Girls, is part of a compilation of work from “Indian Girl”, a semi-autobiographical novel based on her life growing up in Queens, NY.
When an auntie prays for a wife like golden-skinned Goddess Radha for her child, I only feel disappointment at the pervasiveness of this nonsensical mindset. Because of this thought process, we no longer need a colonial force to oppress us based on our skin tone—we do it ourselves.