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I Am African American

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    BIackyChan BIackyChan 22-25, M 4 Responses Sep 11

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    I'm Black And I'm Proud

    The title says it all yet it doesn't really and truly articulate what it means to be Black or an African American. As I am sure it has for most Blacks/African Americans to come to terms with our heritage, specifically those who's heritage can be traced back to slavery or...
    Caramelicious Caramelicious 36-40, F 8 Responses Mar 26, 2012

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    The Revolution has to be Televised You will

    not be motivated to riot in the streets. You will not want to even get off the couch to look for the remote to change the channel. The revolution has to be televised or Black people will miss it. The revolution has to be televised in High Definition with a hip-hop soundtrack...
    AfroerotiK AfroerotiK 46-50, F 4 Responses Aug 11

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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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    Although African Americans endured many,

    many struggles, I am proud to be black. I love my heritage and wouldn't want to change it for anything. Our ancestors went through so much misery, and pain back in their days.
    SentimentalMood SentimentalMood 36-40, F 1 Response Nov 12

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    By African American, I mean

    that my ancestors were enslaved here in the United States. I'm sure that even far removed, there are still traces of African identity that lives on through traditions and perhaps even mannerisms. Although we have faced a lot of discrimination as a people, I wouldn't want to...
    eartheyes82 eartheyes82 31-35, M 5 Responses Oct 15

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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 46-50, F 7 Responses Oct 15

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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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    This Group Should Not Exist-All

    "African-Americans" are US Citizens with equal eights and opportunities NOT a whole separate species. No "African-American" alive today has ever been a slave. Furthermore fellow Africans SOLD your ancestors away in slavery in the New World centuries ago. Those people obviously...
    Joha0505 Joha0505 18-21, F 8 Responses Aug 30

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    And on another note don't ya'll mess around out

    here with Pharell on this new black ****. Because I bet you every single thing I own that if he was in the wrong place at the wrong time he wouldn't be singing that new black song anymore. If you know what I know ya'll better stay woke.
    pinkypie5 pinkypie5 22-25, F 2 Responses Sep 26

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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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    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 46-50, F 9 Responses Jun 15

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    I just think that our culture focuses on the

    outside much more than the inside? As a fellow black woman, hair and beauty doesn't take priority in my life as I am mostly too busy trying to do some soul-searching and bettering myself in other areas. It's like society always tries to push this ideal down ppl's throats...
    princessbopeep princessbopeep 26-30, F 2 Responses Nov 11

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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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    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 69 Responses Oct 18, 2007

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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 13 Responses Dec 6, 2012

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    Not enough talk about decent Blacks.

    If you're a relatively well educated(at least got through high school) Black,have a job that adequately themselves, and a clean police record then you are nobody. Have a houseful of kids for government to take care of with more men than can be counted on one hand, hold up Wells...
    Eitan Eitan 22-25, M Jun 25

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

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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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    In class today my teacher said with

    such confidence that Oprah is the first woman billionaire and her race doesn't matter. She nulled out the fact that she is the first black woman to be a billionaire. I was freaking pissed, what do you all think?
    WinterSkyout WinterSkyout 16-17, F 3 Responses Sep 5

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    Today at the website Topix,

    I read a topic discussion written by in a sardonic manner by a very obvious white racist. It was about the outbreak of the Ebola disease in west Africa. It was a sly suggestion that Africans were about to be wiped by the virus.and that it could spread to other parts of the...
    orionnights orionnights 51-55, F 2 Responses Jul 31

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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 20 Responses Aug 13, 2007

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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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    Due to over-scheduling

    and other completely unprofessional behavior, I spent almost 12 hours in a beauty shop getting my hair braided. It was 4 extra hours that I could have been doing something productive, like sleeping. But seriously, I feel even worse for the woman who had an appointment at 3 and...
    lildiva89 lildiva89 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 16

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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 6 Responses May 29, 2013

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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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    I'm not trying to start an argument

    but are we really connected to Africa?
    Fallenprinceofthedarkside Fallenprinceofthedarkside 18-21, M 5 Responses Oct 2

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    Just finished watching 'Django'

    for the first time. Suddenly, the news out of Ferguson is a little less upsetting.
    Modiwolfshit Modiwolfshit 41-45, M 3 Responses Aug 24

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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 8 Responses Aug 22, 2009

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    Occasionally I wonder: what

    if the government found a way to allocate reparations, the equivalent of that "40 acres and a mule" promised after the Civil War, to the descendants of slaves, with the following caveat: you MUST be a direct descendant of African slaves, or the child of one (so no one can pop up...
    bijouxbroussard bijouxbroussard 46-50, F 1 Response Jul 1

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    I literally am my parent are

    both from African and I was born in Baltimore, just to let you guys know.
    HaddyT HaddyT 13-15, F 2 Responses Jul 20

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    I am mixed with African American on my dad's

    side. He is mixed with African American and Native American. idk what percentage that makes me T.T... love my curly hair, i rock an afro in rl and am proud $_$
    EchoesInTwistedMeadows EchoesInTwistedMeadows 22-25 Sep 26

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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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    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 6 Responses Jan 11

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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 2 Responses Jan 15

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    HeyItsJosh HeyItsJosh 16-17, M 1 Response Sep 26

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    I stopped relaxing my hair!

    It's crazy my hair has been relaxed since I was 12 yrs old. I got tired of maintaining a relaxer every 3 months and just wanted to reclaim my natural hair. It was a challenging at first...But youtube was a blessing & I have now pretty much mastered how to take care of my curly...
    walorn walorn 36-40, F 3 Responses Jul 2

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    If we were made in His image then call us by

    our names Most intellect do not believe in God but they fear us just the same - Erykah Badu
    LikeAPrayer LikeAPrayer 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 20

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    BIackyChan BIackyChan 22-25, M 1 Response Sep 24

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    I was a sales manager conducting business with

    a client in an upscale neighborhood called 'Marina Del Rey' in California at one time. A middle aged white man approached me handing me his keys to his new Lincoln and said, "You're the valet right? Will you park that for me?"...for a second there I almost took those keys.
    Modiwolfshit Modiwolfshit 41-45, M 8 Responses Oct 8

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    As a proud African-American of this amazing

    country, HAPPY 4th FOR EVERYONE OUT THERE!
    WinterSkyout WinterSkyout 16-17, F 2 Responses Jul 4

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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.
    alycia12 alycia12 26-30, F 4 Responses Jun 14

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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...
    K3022 K3022 31-35, F 4 Responses May 2, 2013

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    I love being half black comes with a big D &

    white girls love us 😍, were like there kryptonite 😉
    YungB YungB 22-25, M 2 Responses Jul 4

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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 11 Responses Oct 9, 2012

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    Everyday I feel people look down on me

    because of my race. I looked around at most of the cliques at my old school and saw that MOST of them where either all black or all white. I guess that's one of the reasons why I chose to go to my college because of diversity. I want everyone to be comfortable with each other no...
    luvabl3 luvabl3 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 2

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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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    I'm African American

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

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    one day ago on July 31 I wrote about my dismay

    of reading a post on the website Topix. It was written by a racist who complaining about the possibility of the Ebola virus being spread outside to the entire globe. I mentioned that Ebola isn't an airborne virus like the flu etc. You have to touch the body of a victim who is...
    orionnights orionnights 51-55, F 1 Response Aug 1

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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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    I'm an African American too

    and I love myself. I love my pretty brown skin. Thank you lord!
    whyisitsohard44 whyisitsohard44 41-45, F 2 Responses May 21

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