Her boyfriend broke up with her because his family didn’t want him with a Korean girl.
“I was in complete shock. I did not really understand,” says Christine Petric, in an I am Second video. “Literally, I was being judged off of a picture because of the color of my skin.”
Christine wanted to be on the U.S. women’s soccer team after college. But God had other plans for her and today she runs a fashion business and speaks about self-love and Christianity.
Christine’s rejection issues started with her birth. She was born in South Korea to a single mom who gave her up for adoption so her daughter could have a better life.
Christine was raised in Texas in a predominantly Caucasian community. The other 6-year-olds asked her why she was so dark, why the backs of her hands weren’t the same color as the palm of her hands.
“When you’re young, all you want is to be like everyone else,” she says. “You want to be normal.”
Her parents taught her about God. She asked God why He made her different.
“Why me?” she says. “Why am I the one who has to be different?”
She loved soccer and won a spot on the squad at Rice University and dreamed of Olympic glory.
But that too met with hardship. During the preseason of her freshman year, she pulled her hamstring and was injured. It was a significant setback to her dreams.
Again, she asked, Why God?
With her dreams shattered, Christine began to look elsewhere for fulfillment. She got into a relationship with a guy.
“I so wanted a release from struggling with soccer and from not being on the field,” Christine recalls. “It helped me not to think about it as much if I had something that SEEMED to be good going on off the field.”
She was happy — for a while.
“I haven’t been totally honest with you,” her boyfriend told her one day.
“He basically told me that his family did not approve of me because I wasn’t white,” she remembers.
It was a staggering blow. “I had never met his family,” she recalls. “It made me secretly hate myself. I don’t think I ever felt worse about myself at any other point in my life.” Read the rest: Racism, rejection and self love in Jesus