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    I am being reminded why I don't have any

    dealings with the church for real .
    Godofblackclouds Godofblackclouds 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 27

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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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    It was a struggle to understand

    that there was nothing wrong with my dark complexion but that's where I'm halfway at now .
    Godofblackclouds Godofblackclouds 18-21, M 2 Responses Aug 19

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    Don't mind me I'm just venting.

    I got up last night for some midnight snacks and turned on my computer to see what news was happening at that hour. I saw a story about a white dude who got into a fight with several cops sending two of them to the hospital. He's awaiting trial. He wasn't shot, he wasn't...
    Modiwolfshit Modiwolfshit 41-45, M 2 Responses Aug 14

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    They want us to kill ourselves.

    With liquor stores all over places with low property value, they really want us to kill ourselves. 92% of black people are killed by other black people because of the gentrification of our neighborhoods. They lower the property value of urban neighborhoods, move out the people...
    w1llkommen w1llkommen 13-15, M 8 Responses Aug 7

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    Hey guys my name is Jason.

    Being African American has its ups and downs, which is understandable. As a young black man I felt like it is my responsibility to help this boy out. Here is my story. On a recent trip to Kroger I met this young boy who was shopping. He had this look on this face that I've came...
    JasonMasters93 JasonMasters93 22-25, M 1 Response Jul 13

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    Say it Loud! I'm black

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

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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 4 Responses Aug 4

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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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    Say it loud... (well,

    not too loud) I'm black and I'm proud.
    DC313 DC313 26-30, M 3 Responses Aug 19

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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 7 Responses Jan 11, 2014

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    And proud to be so. But things are a bit crazy

    over here for us right more.well lets be honest its always been crazy for us but things are a bit different right now. The civil rights protests were a bit before my time but I've read about the protests. I've read about the times when my people came together, made a stand and...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Dec 11, 2014

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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 51-55, F 7 Responses Jan 23, 2013

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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.
    Modiwolfshit Modiwolfshit 41-45, M 8 Responses May 22

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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 8 Responses Dec 27, 2014

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    This Haitian boy back in high school asked me

    do I eat collared greens ( I think I spelled it right ) because I told him that I was American. Weird.
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Aug 19

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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 am the non conformist type of black woman

    so growing up, I never fit in. I was bullied brutally and constantly. I never liked ebonics or the stereotypical slang. I can't even dance to save my life, lol. I feel like a white girl in a black girl body growing up. I love diversity. I don't like predominantly black areas.
    BrownBeeCa BrownBeeCa 26-30, F 2 Responses Aug 20

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    To quote my baby sister,

    when a bully once tried to tell her she "wasn't black enough" (whatever the hell THAT ever means): "This ain't a club---you CAN'T kick me out. I'm black---as black as I need to be. DEAL with it."
    bijouxbroussard bijouxbroussard 51-55, F 6 Responses Oct 15, 2014

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    I use the terms, "African American"

    and "Black" interchangeably. My mother, on the other hand, a seventy-six Black or African American woman from Shreveport, Louisiana still uses, "coloured" and "Negro". It used to bother me since I am so-called educated with all of my degrees, but then I came to the realization...
    MBPEACEFUL12 MBPEACEFUL12 36-40, F 2 Responses Aug 11

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    My parents thought that it would be funny to

    raise me to be the whitest black boy in history. I've been going to a predominantly white school since the 4th grade and I live in Colorado (not too many people of color out here lol). So, it's gotten to the point where I have a lot more common interests with whites than I do...
    youngweez youngweez 16-17, M 28 Responses Jul 8

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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 8 Responses Apr 21, 2013

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    I'm 16 and I love being African American

    but I hate to be black when the cops pull you over or I'm the only black in class while the teacher talks about slavery and stuff
    chrislane166 chrislane166 16-17, M 1 Response Aug 16

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    A while back a few people misunderstood me

    and labeled me a sellout and an Uncle Tom . Why can't we as people (because we are people first black second ) just talk to each other , if something doesn't sound right why not just say "what do you mean when you say that ?" Or something of that nature . Before we can be one...
    Godofblackclouds Godofblackclouds 18-21, M 3 Responses Jul 4

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    I never fitted in with the other Black kids

    back in school, because they were living stereotypes while I was not. This had caused me to be made fun of them, and yet they even said I was a White person in Black skin. I guess they cannot accept the fact that not every Black person cares about hip-hop and rap, gangsters...
    Onikage Onikage 22-25, M 3 Responses Aug 20

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    Why is the pigment in our skin

    such a big deal for some?
    ljoyceanderson ljoyceanderson 51-55, F 3 Responses Aug 14

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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.
    Modiwolfshit Modiwolfshit 41-45, M 20 Responses Jun 18

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    I'm African American,

    I don't fit the stereotypes and I'm just making this post because I'm not in the mood for people to talk to me then get upset when they realize my race and block me. now you know, surprise!
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Aug 17

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    Unarmed Black woman in a traffic stop found

    dead in her cell. White man in traffic stop pulls gun on cops awaiting trial. Move along folks, nothing to see here.
    Modiwolfshit Modiwolfshit 41-45, M 2 Responses Jul 22

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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 7 Responses Jul 15

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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

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    Someone was free styling

    or whatever and he said, "I don't need a trap queen, I need a Melanin Monroe." I'm in love. Bless.
    LoadedGunn LoadedGunn 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 6

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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 51-55, F 8 Responses Jun 15, 2014

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    I am proud of my hertiage

    and I love my skin color and Im thankful to be born into such a strong and powerful race.
    ConsciousQueenRGB ConsciousQueenRGB 26-30, F 3 Responses Jun 14, 2014

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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 51-55, F 14 Responses May 27, 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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    "Behold The Star" ~ Morehouse/Spelman college

    choirs (this is an African American spiritual from their annual Christmas concert) Happy Holidays to all !!
    bijouxbroussard bijouxbroussard 51-55, F 5 Responses Dec 5, 2014

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    Don't you just love it

    when 'mainstream' black people ask "why do you talk like that?" oh, so u wnt me to tlk lak ths? sorry, I like to actually be understood -_-
    CiaraCollin15 CiaraCollin15 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 8

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    My father thinks black women are worthless.

    My father is slowly trying to make us believe that black women are trash. Whenever a black woman comes on TV, my father calls her garbage, or trash. He says he would've never, ever gotten with a black woman. Mind you, he is black himself. He thinks white women are better. They're...
    duClo duClo 18-21, T 10 Responses Oct 9, 2012

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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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    Can someone please tell me a good way to trace

    my roots. I've been wanting to do it but I have no idea where to start. Any advice will help.
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Jul 8

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    VanessaIaso VanessaIaso 46-50, F Jul 24

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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

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    "Hello mom?, I just got pulled over by a cop.

    If I get arrested.. I did NOT kill myself! I REPEAT, I DID NOT KILL MYSELF" -Sandra Bland.
    3dayweekend 3dayweekend 16-17, M 1 Response Jul 24

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    And sadly, the reason

    why movies like "Selma" are still relevant, and why we have to keep talking about it, is because some moron is always ready to ask, "Why isn't there a 'WHITE History Month' or 'historical WHITE colleges' ?" They quote Martin Luther King, Jr., without a clue about the times in...
    bijouxbroussard bijouxbroussard 51-55, F 5 Responses Mar 11

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    I love my black history.

    Embrace yourself
    FindingKiaraJ FindingKiaraJ 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 16

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