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    It's officially "Our Month".

    ...let's see what can we get out of this.
    dmc313 dmc313 26-30, M 1 Response Feb 1

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    I'm proud of being a black man is this

    hypocritical nation, I'm proud of most of the men and women who came before me. I am African American and proud.
    BurningFist BurningFist 22-25, M 3 Responses Dec 31, 2015

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    Some moron is always asking

    or commenting, "The Africans sold their own people into slavery !" I guess some people don't realize that just like there are different nationalities in Europe, there are different nationalities within the African continent. And not just different races. Different nationalities...
    bijouxbroussard bijouxbroussard 56-60, F 5 Responses Apr 18, 2015

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    "To be a negro in this country

    and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time"....I've been mad for like a good week straight
    ashley2483 ashley2483 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 27, 2015

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    I find it silly when people ask,

    "Why can't black people swim"?As if to imply we are the only race that can't swim, which is false. And completely forgetting that there are other people from other races that can't swim either.
    Cutiepeachpie Cutiepeachpie 22-25, F 11 Responses Dec 25, 2015

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    I'm playing Public Enemy all month next month.

    ....but uh, I'm playing Coldplay all March...I'm still black though.
    dmc313 dmc313 26-30, M 6 Responses Jan 7

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    The world recently lost two amazing

    and phenomenal women: the Poet Laureate Maya Angelou (1928-2014) and the renown actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee (1922-2014, widow of the late actor and civil rights activist Ossie Davis, 1917-2005)Both women believed one person CAN make a difference. And each of them...
    bijouxbroussard bijouxbroussard 56-60, F 8 Responses Jun 15, 2014

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    im Canadian... do black ppl in America consider

    themselves black or African American and why or why not. im Canadian and we black Canadians call ourselves blacks as do other races. I never heard the term African Canadian here. My background is west indies.
    ladyphantom27 ladyphantom27 22-25, F 11 Responses Jan 18

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    Though I've always wanted to do a DNA test on

    ancestry to know what I'm mixed with, if at all. I've been told over again by my parents that we have a bit of European and Native American(Blackfoot or Cherokee) in our blood. But, you can't take someones word until you find out for yourself, am I right?
    Cutiepeachpie Cutiepeachpie 22-25, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    It ENDS here. A couple of months ago,

    I deleted several friends (now former friends) from my facebook account. After I deleted them, I deactivated my account there. I am so sick and ******* tired of dealing with White people who believe racism is a thing of the past. I am sick and ******* tired of dealing with...
    HiPpIeRoNiN HiPpIeRoNiN 31-35, M 5 Responses Jul 15, 2015

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    Many say being African-American isn't hard.

    but what people do not understand the struggles in life that we go through . To my African-American family let's not tear each other down . let's bring each other up.
    maneaterss maneaterss 18-21, F 5 Responses Aug 4, 2015

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    Over 30 unarmed Black men killed by police this

    year. 1 armed white man kills 9 Black people in church apprehended ALIVE. I just through up.
    deleted deleted 26-30 17 Responses Jun 18, 2015

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    DEBUNKING OF LIES AND

    TACTICS/TREACHERY 1)Black folks are to be felt sorry for because we hate each other-LIE Majority of Black folks are totally cool with other Black folks. There are certain predominantly urban areas where Black folks seem to be less cohesive because of the environment...
    TawaliOkonodo TawaliOkonodo 41-45, M 1 Response Dec 11, 2015

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    A Tale of Two Protest The Black Lives Matter

    Protest(BLM) and The White Militants(TWM) BLM: Protest the murdering of unarmed Black people by cops everywhere TWM: Protest the jailing of two arsonist in Oregon BLM: Protest on public property then leave TWM: Protest on federal property and occupy BLM: Protest carrying...
    TawaliOkonodo TawaliOkonodo 41-45, M 2 Responses Jan 12

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    And I love it. I love what we have done

    as a people, in the past. The present and the future sometimes brings me to tears. We are pitiful, uncaring, unloving, resentful towards one another. We are takers, we are angry, blamers, naive, baby mamas with no daddies, no respect, we embrace and believe whatever mainstream...
    raisininthasun raisininthasun 26-30 2 Responses Dec 9, 2015

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    Last night I saw the cop

    who killed Tamir Rice was not indicted. I decided to google the last slave in the US. Cudjo Lewis died in 1935. 80 years ago. Next time someone tells you how far we've come, you are more than welcome to tell them to STFU.
    TawaliOkonodo TawaliOkonodo 41-45, M 1 Response Dec 29, 2015

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    I'm Not An Angry Person, But...

    I realise I have a 'filter' through which I view the world, based on my life and experiences as a black person. It was more difficult than some, much less difficult than others, still I have little patience with people who wish I would forget the history behind being African...
    bijouxbroussard bijouxbroussard 56-60, F 14 Responses May 27, 2012

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    cuz I'm proud to be and aafrican aamerican bc I

    know I'm free. I got lips and the booty and the dark dark skin and Its beautiful to me lol
    AiymaSnikies AiymaSnikies 22-25, F 6 Responses Dec 27, 2014

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    What Does This Mean?

    Does it mean I should listen only to music made by Blacks or African Americans? Should I play basketball, rap and dance? How about where weave, braids, dreadlocks? Should I be a gangster, or sassy with my fingers snapping? Or should it mean that I just happen to be Black, and...
    NorthWind NorthWind 26-30, F 12 Responses Dec 19, 2006

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    Eventhough its not fair

    that we are judged and stereotyped based on the color of our skin. However there are those who make black people look like we do.
    symphonysbwilliams symphonysbwilliams 26-30, F 3 Responses Dec 30, 2015

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    So, what's with all this political correctness

    with white people lately. I mean, over the past few days I have had countless of white people tell me "You are American, not African American." Like wtf. Are you telling me that I can't reflect and appreciate my roots through what I label myself? Is calling myself "African...
    MelaninThoughts MelaninThoughts 16-17, F 4 Responses Jan 21

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    "The black skin is not a badge of shame

    but rather a glorious symbol of national greatness" Happy Black History Month !
    3dayweekend 3dayweekend 16-17, M 4 Responses Feb 2, 2015

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    I May Be Black But I Like White Men.

    There I said it. I am into interracial relationships. It's not that I won't give black men a chance. Some are very attractive. But white men (and I'm sorry to say this) have priorty. Unless of course the black man is Tyrese Gibson. That is one sexy Motha Flucker. I'll have...
    lilskyy lilskyy 18-21, F 67 Responses Oct 18, 2007

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    I have super ethnic hair.

    And if anyone could give me some advice on how to properly take care of it or anything else, please tell me. I want to embrace my hair but I hate it so much. I've been raised by a white family and that's why I don't really know what to do with it. Please please help me if you...
    DiamondAuthority DiamondAuthority 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 17

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    I hope none of the black people I know share in

    the humiliation and shame of Bill Cosby. Not condoning sexual assault, which it didn't even happen, but seriously, why did these women wait so long to come forward ? Why was the second Bill Cosby was accused his reputation was immediately destroyed ? I don't see anyone shaming...
    3dayweekend 3dayweekend 16-17, M 2 Responses Dec 30, 2015

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    It seems like every time it's African American

    History Month, someone ask, "Blacks have their history month, where's OUR history month?" Don't they realize that every month is dedicated to an ethnicity including theirs? All they have to do is research online.
    Cutiepeachpie Cutiepeachpie 22-25, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    I cannot stand when non-African American people

    try to tell African-American people they can't call themselves "African-American". My ancestors came from Africa. The (majority) of my ethnicity stems from my heritage and my phenotypical genetic expression shows that fact. Now if your Plastic Paddy -self can tout a "Kiss Me I'm...
    PassiveActivist PassiveActivist 70+, F 4 Responses Jan 17

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    Every race is special.

    ..But I am confident to say I am African American/Black and I love it...There is no other major race in the world like us. Our hair, our skin tone is so different and I am so happy was born with them. I thank God for allowing me to be apart of such an interesting race lol
    bluesky1223 bluesky1223 18-21, M 1 Response Jan 22

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    An elderly Black lady at the bus stop said to

    me, "You look nice today, you must be going to a funeral or court.". I said, "I'm going to work.". She replied, "Oh, excuuuse me."...yeah, we been bamboozled.
    deleted deleted 26-30 7 Responses May 22, 2015

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    The Academy Awards has received criticism

    for excluding Black entertainers this year. Some have chosen to boycott. The Oscar is not just a statue it is a key that can open the door to a long lasting lucrative career with world wide exposure. That being said If the top Black entertainers were to pull their collective...
    TawaliOkonodo TawaliOkonodo 41-45, M 4 Responses 4 days ago

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    And regardless of the hate,

    I love my beautiful brown skin. I love the fact that my hair is natural. I love my small stomach and nice curves. I also love my beautiful African American men.
    Hteag Hteag 31-35, F 3 Responses Mar 22, 2015

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    louise35361 louise35361 51-55, F 23 hrs ago

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    You Think You're White

    In English, we capitalize words that are important; for that, I am Black with a capital "B". In elementary, middle, and high school, I did not fit in with the other Black students and most of my friends were White.  I was teased by other Black students...
    brujis brujis 18-21, F 19 Responses Aug 13, 2007

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    Dolls Can Tell Secrets

          Dolls can tell secrets. I know this sounds crazy, but its true. When I was a kid I had alot of barbie dolls, most of them were white. I would sit happily in my room for hours talking to them and brushing their silkey hair. Then one day when I was four...
    joon joon 18-21, F 6 Responses Oct 17, 2007

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    Stacey Dash is so embarrassing.

    .. Can the Black Community officially disown her? She's better off being white.
    3dayweekend 3dayweekend 16-17, M 4 Responses Jan 21

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    And no matter how much hate is going on against

    my people, I will FOREVER be proud to be this. ✊✊
    DessyLove DessyLove 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 18, 2015

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    The Port Chicago Incident(From BlackPast.

    org, contributor Michael Stolp-Smith)The Port Chicago Mutiny involved African American enlisted men in the U.S. Navy who refused to return to loading ammunition after a disastrous explosion at Port Chicago, California on July 17, 1944 that destroyed the Liberty ship SS E. A...
    bijouxbroussard bijouxbroussard 56-60, F 6 Responses Jan 6

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    Part 2 something else to let sink in (now this

    time I'm gonna add the disclaimer that this is only About whom it may apply to) The self destruction of the young men Guns , drugs , jail , money , and death Live fast die fast seems to be an ongoing motto with a great number of the younger dudes , and that sh#t has been...
    Iamalostcause Iamalostcause 22-25, M Jan 15

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    And I love my skin!!!

    ! My melanin
    UnfriendlyBlackGirl UnfriendlyBlackGirl 18-21, F 5 Responses Oct 24, 2015

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    I'm African American

    and I'm damn proud!
    pml94 pml94 18-21, M 6 Responses Oct 9, 2015

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    400 Years Free

    We was general & politicians before Obama’s office Before slavery, during & after; we had the knowledge Organized how we frolic What happened? How to break a man, Willy Lynch & friends way back when Ya’ll don’t want to hear it ‘cause they endured it but then again that...
    Sufri84 Sufri84 31-35, M 1 Response Jun 11, 2013

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    Say it Loud! I'm black

    and i'm proud!
    Lauraluvsyou Lauraluvsyou 22-25, F 3 Responses Jan 2, 2015

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    I am an African American.

    And I'm proud to be one. I love my people. We are so colorful and full of life. However. One factor that upsets me is when a fellow African American tells me " girl you are not black! You are white washed!" Why? Is it because I don't walk around using slang and talk in...
    ChelseyMonique ChelseyMonique 18-21, F 8 Responses Jan 11, 2014

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    when i google dark skin babies all i see are

    light biracial babies or dark skin babies with light blue eyes. When I google locks I see a whole bunch of white ppl with dread lock hair. I have to type in African American with locks. when i google black people i see a youtube video advertisement at the top featuring a...
    ladyphantom27 ladyphantom27 22-25, F 5 Responses Jan 31

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    I am African American

    but I don't know a third of black history. I don't really know where I came from. I don't think my people are educated on their history enough. I dont think my people know of all the things they should be proud of. There were free black entrepreneurs that could vote...
    Eriannaa Eriannaa 16-17, F 6 days ago

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