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I Am African American

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    Not Black Enough?

    I'm sure a lot of us have dealt with this, but shall we open the discussion of what is means to be Black? Biologically, it's merely due to the amount of melanin in our skin, making us darker than most people. Our facial features and bodily features vary as well, but mostly, are...
    StartingOvr18 StartingOvr18 18-21, F 11 Responses Dec 6, 2012

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    "my Country 'tis Of Thee" ~ Abolitionist Verses (by A.g. Duncan, 1843)

    My country, 'tis of thee, Stronghold of slavery, of thee I sing; Land where my fathers died, Where men man’s rights deride, From every mountainside thy deeds shall ring! My native country, thee, Where all men are born free, if white’s their skin...
    bijouxbroussard bijouxbroussard 46-50, F 7 Responses Jan 23, 2013

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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 19-21, F 19 Responses Aug 13, 2007

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    Heyy 👋✋ Lol I wanted to meet some of

    y'all from my race.. I've met all other races
    Certvin Certvin 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 6

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    What else is it to say I'm a.

    African American female from Philly a Philadelphian as they say lol I'm not ghetto, nor am I ignorant why because not only do I know better I was taught better,yes I'm writing run on sentences it's okay for now ,I'm not judgmental I come from predominantly black neighborhood...
    yizzo yizzo 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 18

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    My Nickname Is Oreo...Not By Choice!

    So yeah being adopted into a family with 2 white parents and I'm black I get a lot of stares and glances. But Im use to it. Elementary school was easy for me because no one cared that I was different..I didn't feel different I just felt normal! Then junior high came..and the fun...
    SweetLuvvv SweetLuvvv 16-17, F 6 Responses Oct 20, 2013

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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 26-30, M 1 Response Jun 11, 2013

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    I'm African American

    and I'm proud to say it.
    Hidden4eternity Hidden4eternity 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 28

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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 46-50, F 13 Responses May 27, 2012

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    Am Not Ashamed to Be Who I Am

     Although there are times I feel alone, I accept who I am as an individual, independent of what others think of me. I am not ashamed of being African American simply because I AM NOT ASHAMED OF BEING ME!! I am not ashamed of being male because, for example, some other males...
    Tummie Tummie 26-30, M 28 Responses Jun 30, 2008

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    Natural Hair

    Hey guys. I just wanted to share my story on accepting my natural hair. So I got my first relaxer when I was in the 5th grade. It was my graduation ceremony. I longed to look like the images of celebrities that I saw on tv, being to stupid and naive to know that they had wigs and...
    DanaHarrell DanaHarrell 22-25, F 10 Responses Apr 21, 2013

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    The Shout Out

    There is nothing like the sound of a symphony of car doors locking as I pass in front of them walking across the street at a red light. Unless the windows are made of a special non breakable glass the locking of the doors is just a shout out, "Hey! Just wanted you to know as you...
    Modiwolfshit Modiwolfshit 41-45, M 7 Responses May 29, 2013

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    An Oreo

    A black woman with the characteristics of a white woman. The worst thing a black woman could be. Brothers consider us superficial or fake, our sisters think we act holier than thou or bougie. White women hate us because we are a threat to them, white men love us. I wish I was...
    BiWifeLife BiWifeLife 31-35, F 10 Responses May 24, 2013

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    I love it. I'm a strong woman,

    I will prevail and make an impact on the world.
    ohwee12 ohwee12 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 6

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    Recently I was a teacher in a predominantly

    black school. I know that children can be cruel but it still hurts my heart to hear children berate each other for being darker or lighter skinned. Music these days are definitely not helping. I kept trying to teach them and anyone who comes in contact with me these days that we...
    PrettynBlack PrettynBlack 22-25, F 3 Responses Jan 15

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    African American history month begins in a few

    weeks and it is my hope that we don't become indifferent to our past. There are many many Black Americans who feel that studying Black history isn't a constant need, they say we live in post racial society that opinion is because of Barack Obama being the first African American...
    orionnights orionnights 51-55, F 5 Responses Jan 14

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    The greatest thing that ever happened in my

    young life was the rise of the Black Pride movement. A movement lead by black social activists, musicians, poets and playwrights. One mighty force of Black men and women who began to teach us to love our kinky hair dark skin and full African features they tried to discourage...
    orionnights orionnights 51-55, F 1 Response Feb 11

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    The Burden Of Representation

    The hardest part of being Black is often bearing the burden of representation. What do I mean by that? It means sitting in a classroom as a black student and being afraid to get called to ask a question because you know that if you get the answer wrong, it is seen as a result...
    StartingOvr18 StartingOvr18 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 24, 2013

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    In the sense that I am white,

    from a country in Africa and now an American citizen. People get very confused with this knowledge most of the time.
    Rybrent Rybrent 26-30, M 2 Responses Feb 8

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    As a person of color

    why are other races always surprised that I speak proper English and that I am educated? this is such a turn off? I despise the term ghetto because it seems to be directed towards blacks.
    bb1523 bb1523 41-45, F 4 Responses Jan 24

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    Some people think I'm ignorant

    because I'm black. It irritates me, when in all reality, I have more sense (Book and street) than most people!
    Nevertrust311 Nevertrust311 13-15, F 2 Responses Mar 1

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    I don't know specifically what I am

    but I am a black female. I am proud of it, but sometimes I find myself worrying about experiencing racism.
    gardengirl17 gardengirl17 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 8

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    Why do some African Americans think

    that they're taking the N-word and making it their own? Its a degrading not just to blacks but to all people if you know the meaning of the term
    DX2000 DX2000 18-21, M 2 Responses Feb 27

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    Why Arent Blacks (or Afro Americans) Just As Focused About Our Planet Earth, As We Are About Our Civil Rights?

    Does caring about our civil rights mean that we cannot care as much about our planet Earth? I know that its hard being black/African American (or any other minority) in America. We're constantly fighting for equality, equal rights and pay, as well as many other things in America...
    deleted deleted 26-30 9 Responses Aug 22, 2009

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    Being Black Through My Eyes....

    isn't always easy.  In America, being black is a strike against me.  And then im female, another strike.  I hate it when other cultures (races) try to look in on our communities and think they know what it's like to be me.  I go to the store, i get followed...
    deleted deleted 26-30 6 Responses Jul 25, 2009

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    LezPlayRadio LezPlayRadio 36-40, F 5 Responses Mar 25

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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 5 Responses Jan 11

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    Black people come in many different skin tones

    yet it seems that some cannot accept that. Some criticize those of lighter tone or darker tone and some act as if their race and nationality are the same thing. Ironically some of these people support Dr. King, a man who was all about equality in every inch of the word.
    DX2000 DX2000 18-21, M 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    My father is Black<3.

    .when i was younger my cousins i had never met before thought i was a 'white girl' and sort of made fun of me and made me feel bad because i didn't 'look' like they did. i told them over and over again that maybe thats how i look but i am Black- my aunt tried to scold (in her way...
    PedacosPieces PedacosPieces 18-21, F 4 Responses 5 days ago

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    Prayer for 2014 Heavenly Father,

    I thank You for the New Year of 2014 and for bringing us and our families and friends safely through. As we look back on the past year and all that has taken place in our lives, we realize that this is a time for reflection and thanksgiving as well as celebration as we look...
    mysteryman1966 mysteryman1966 46-50, M Jan 2

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    I'm very proud and happy to be African-American,

    even though my great grandmother is white. Which makes me very light-skinned. Lol.
    leannia2000 leannia2000 13-15, F 2 Responses Jan 29

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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 11 Responses Dec 19, 2006

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    I was discussing stereotyes with my friends

    and she's asian. She said black people love chicken and I said that's a lie. She said why not, and I'm like b**** who DOESN'T like chicken. That ain't no black thing. If somebody asked you if you wanted fa gras or chicken I bet er'body and they cousin would be at KFC.
    DepressionSuxz DepressionSuxz 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 18

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    Why God Made Me Black

    This poem was inspired by Genesis 1:26 and 27     Lord, Lord, Why did you make me black? Why did you make me someone the world wants to hold back?  Black is the colour of dirty clothes; the colour of grimy hands and feet.   Black is the colour of...
    deleted deleted 26-30 11 Responses Jan 3, 2009

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    bijouxbroussard bijouxbroussard 46-50, F 3 Responses Aug 28, 2013

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    Keepitcoolsempi Keepitcoolsempi 18-21, M 4 Responses Feb 18

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    I have african,indian,

    and french blood. Interesting combo, i know hahaha
    miracle98 miracle98 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 2

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    Light Skinned Vs Dark Skinned

    This is something that I've never understood. I've been black all of my life and I've never gotten the huge distinction that people make with people of color with dark skin and light skin. I know that other races of people do it, but I guess the issue with African americans hits...
    CrazyK3022 CrazyK3022 31-35, F 4 Responses May 2, 2013

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    Though I am mixed with other things I am indeed

    African American. No one at my school really believes me, they're really convinced that I'm Asian or Mexican. Plus I tend to speak very proper unless I'm playing around and calling my friends homie or sayin yo just to be funny. I love the way I look and talk and I definitely...
    IvyRed15 IvyRed15 16-17, F 2 Responses Jan 26

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    It's Sad How Quickly We Turn On One Another.

    I think nowadays, many black people are just sick of being different for the most part. We're sick of walking into a store and having the staff stare at us, just waiting for us to steal something. We're sick of going to job interviews and hoping that our race isn't the only thing...
    StartingOvr18 StartingOvr18 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 20, 2012

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    I am a mixed race African American (to include

    Afro-Carribean), Samoan and a bit Native American woman who is slowly learning to love herself. However I am not a self-hater when I say that I find African American men unnattractive or at least not romantically appealing. (However, I am open to dating African American women...
    montezia93 montezia93 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 7

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    I came across this article in regards to this

    whole George Zimmerman boxing match thing and and it pretty much sums up why I was against it from the very beginning...It's ten reasons why you should be too. I think we minorities need to be more aware and educated about these things because it's important and it says a lot...
    Lunarlight Lunarlight 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 18

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    Hate This Term!- I just don't understand how

    anyone could be proud to be called this unless they or their parents immigrated here from Africa. For those of us descended from slaves brought here in chains...we are AMERICANS before anything else. We earned that right! I don't consider myself black though my mother...
    StandoffishBrat StandoffishBrat 18-21 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    I'm Still A Black Goddess...regardless Of What You Think.

    I'm proud to be a Black Goddess who grew up in a suburban-middle class. When I'm around my two best friends who are not black, they never make fun of the way I talk. They don't say..."hey! You sound like a white girl or You are soooo white-washed." After-all, what is acting white...
    deleted deleted 26-30 6 Responses Jan 3, 2012

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    Saving A Generation I am placing this request

    in this section to see if I can connect with some genuine kind hearted people. I operate a mentoring program for at-risk and disadvantaged youths, but our funding was slashed and my program was terminated. I am seeking to connect with some kind hearted and generous people or...
    mysteryman1966 mysteryman1966 46-50, M Jan 2

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    I am a melting pot of culture.

    My dad is half african because of his dad and his mother was native american.
    aries3296 aries3296 46-50, F 2 Responses Jan 28

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    The Skin Tone Battle

    I'm proud to be an African American, but there is something that I am not proud of that we as a people do. The whole light skin, brown skin, dark skin battle is ridiculous. Why do we need to hate one another over skin tone? It's so ignorant. Whether you're light, brown, or dark...
    PenelopeParfait PenelopeParfait 18-21, F 7 Responses Jun 18, 2012

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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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    goaldigger goaldigger 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 2

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    Kik me at blackyjamm cuz I am quite bored a

    would like somebody to talk to
    blackyjamm blackyjamm 13-15, M 1 Response Jan 11

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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 68 Responses Oct 18, 2007

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    I Hope Someone Out There Likes This...

    a poem ............ i didnt choose black black chose me the browness of my skin the pouting fullness of my lips the contoured circle of my face the roundness of my nose the contours of my waist, my hips the love that shouts from my voice, wow what a choice!!! i...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jul 29, 2009

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    My Experience

    It occurred to me sometime back I'm never conscience that I'm Black until someone brings it to my attention. And by attention I mean like a figurative baseball bat to the dome. Whether it's a wayward look, or a painfully faked smile, subtle words and phrases with negative...
    Modiwolfshit Modiwolfshit 41-45, M 5 Responses Apr 28, 2013

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    As you read some of my stories,

    you see that my main attraction are white men. Black men aren't that interesting to me. The black men I have dealt with in the past have some major narcissistic and controlling issues. And most black men ever talk about is how they are gonna **** and beat up that p@@@. And so...
    peacefullover peacefullover 22-25, F 3 Responses Feb 20

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    Related Experiences

    It has been a desire of mine to have a second wife. I prayed about it, I studied it for three years to find out that there is no prohibition against it by God. Well, the time has...
    ADHERE ADHERE 41-45, M 2 Responses Mar 20

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    My Lord, those earthlings – The Hope of humanity surviving our current crisisOne day, the general of a multitude of angels said in frustration, “I just don't understand...
    PreacherFoReal PreacherFoReal 46-50, M 1 Response 14 hrs ago

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    In The Process Of Walking Into The Future Do Not Forget To Remember The Past Or You Might Be Doomed To Repeat It.As the patriots of the American Revolution watched the last of the...
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