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I Am African American

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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...
    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...
    Sufri84 Sufri84 26-30, M 1 Response Jun 11, 2013

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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...
    ChelseyMonique ChelseyMonique 18-21, F 5 Responses Jan 11

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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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 6 Responses Jan 3, 2012

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

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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...
    StartingOvr18 StartingOvr18 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 20, 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...
    bijouxbroussard bijouxbroussard 46-50, F 7 Responses Jan 23, 2013

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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...
    StartingOvr18 StartingOvr18 18-21, F 11 Responses Dec 6, 2012

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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...
    DanaHarrell DanaHarrell 22-25, F 10 Responses Apr 21, 2013

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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...
    bb1523 bb1523 41-45, F 4 Responses Jan 24

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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...
    brujis brujis 19-21, F 19 Responses Aug 13, 2007

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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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 9 Responses Aug 22, 2009

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    Martin Luther King, "I Have A Dream" Speech August 28, 1963...50 Years Ago -
    bijouxbroussard bijouxbroussard 46-50, F 3 Responses Aug 28, 2013

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    It's a shame that so many women hate themselves...
    LezPlayRadio LezPlayRadio 36-40, F 5 Responses Mar 25

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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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    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...
    Tummie Tummie 26-30, M 28 Responses Jun 30, 2008

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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...
    orionnights orionnights 51-55, F 5 Responses Jan 14

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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...
    mysteryman1966 mysteryman1966 46-50, M Jan 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...
    CrazyK3022 CrazyK3022 31-35, F 4 Responses May 2, 2013

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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...
    StandoffishBrat StandoffishBrat 18-21 3 Responses 2 days ago

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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...
    Modiwolfshit Modiwolfshit 41-45, M 5 Responses Apr 28, 2013

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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...
    joon joon 18-21, F 6 Responses Oct 17, 2007

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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...
    PrettynBlack PrettynBlack 22-25, F 3 Responses Jan 15

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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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 11 Responses Jan 3, 2009

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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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    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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    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...
    NorthWind NorthWind 26-30, F 11 Responses Dec 19, 2006

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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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jul 29, 2009

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    I believe George Zimmerman should be guilty
    Keepitcoolsempi Keepitcoolsempi 18-21, M 4 Responses Feb 18

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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...
    yizzo yizzo 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 18

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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...
    bijouxbroussard bijouxbroussard 46-50, F 13 Responses May 27, 2012

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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...
    mysteryman1966 mysteryman1966 46-50, M Jan 2

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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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    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...
    orionnights orionnights 51-55, F 1 Response Feb 11

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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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    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...
    IvyRed15 IvyRed15 16-17, F 2 Responses Jan 26

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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...
    DepressionSuxz DepressionSuxz 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 18

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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...
    peacefullover peacefullover 22-25, F 3 Responses Feb 20

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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...
    PedacosPieces PedacosPieces 18-21, F 4 Responses 4 days ago

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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...
    DX2000 DX2000 18-21, M 2 Responses 2 days ago

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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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    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...
    StartingOvr18 StartingOvr18 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 24, 2013

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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...
    Lunarlight Lunarlight 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 18

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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...
    BiWifeLife BiWifeLife 31-35, F 10 Responses May 24, 2013

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    & proud of it!!! Wouldn't change my race for anything.
    goaldigger goaldigger 22-25, F 2 Responses 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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    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...
    lilskyy lilskyy 18-21, F 68 Responses Oct 18, 2007

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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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    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...
    PenelopeParfait PenelopeParfait 18-21, F 7 Responses Jun 18, 2012