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    LESSONS IN WHITE PRIVILEGE 1) Tamir Rice

    gunned down by cops because he 'looked' like he had a real gun Oath Keepers walk around with assault weapons cops never acknowledge them 2) Middle Eastern Muslim mass shooters- whole religion called hateful White christian mass shooters- one individual called crazy...
    TawaliOkonodo TawaliOkonodo 41-45, M 1 Response Dec 6, 2015

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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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    "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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    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 56-60, F 5 Responses Mar 11, 2015

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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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    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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    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 56-60, F 6 Responses Oct 15, 2014

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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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    It's officially "Our Month".

    ...let's see what can we get out of this.
    dmc313 dmc313 26-30, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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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 1 Response 5 hrs ago

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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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    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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    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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    in 2015 last year 1134 people were killed by

    cops 25% of them were unarmed Black men. Jan 3,2016 this morning *15* *armed* *white* men have taken over a government building in Oregon. Let's see how this plays out.
    TawaliOkonodo TawaliOkonodo 41-45, M 4 Responses Jan 3

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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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    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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    Say it loud... (well,

    not too loud) I'm black and I'm proud.
    DC313 DC313 26-30, M 3 Responses Aug 19, 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 18 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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    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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    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 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 2 days ago

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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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    And I love my skin!!!

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

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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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    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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    I love being black. Being African American in

    America is harder for most African-Americans but we always find a way to make one another laugh. Hopefully, we will truly live in a equal, post racial society.
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jan 21, 2015

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    Like 80% of the people on here,

    who ACTUALLY talk to me, thought I was not black...I guess it's my personality..
    ForgottenLyric ForgottenLyric 16-17, M 5 Responses Jan 4

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    i am a African American young lady i love my

    skin and my history. my grandma is from a small town in ga. she is 87 today but when she was 14 she drank out of a whites only water fountain. a white man saw her and raped her with 6 other men then tied her to a tree and branded her as if she was a animal. its a sad story but...
    coco23kj coco23kj 22-25, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

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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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    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 6 days 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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    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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    I am neither African

    nor American but I can't help but admire and appreciate the African American community for their strength, patience and wisdom. Reading their history and all the hardships they've faced always brings tears to my eyes. It saddens me that even today they face so much...
    righteouschica righteouschica 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 28, 2014

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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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    kinshiX kinshiX 18-21, M 2 Responses Dec 8, 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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