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I Am African American

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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 10 Responses Jun 15

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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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    White people on EO have me heated.

    ... They act like they can't read facts. This is no ******* coincidence. Yes there is black on black crime. But that doesn't mean we ignore when innocent are killed because of color. these are two different stories. Racism. and Idiocy. So to those trying to make black...
    1Lostcause 1Lostcause 16-17, T 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    don't you think it's time

    for African Americans and African immigrants to mend the rift between us and try to bulid a strong bond which can lead to meeting on common ground?This is an excerpt from an article written by African immigrant Milton Allimadi it appeared in the October 25 2009 edition of the...
    orionnights orionnights 51-55, F Apr 26

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    I am so proud to be African American.

    I am forever grateful for the courageous black and white leaders of the past who fought against racial discrimination and for equality.
    sixfiveguy sixfiveguy 26-30, M 1 Response Jun 15

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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 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 3 Responses Jan 28

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    I want to thank all of the men

    and women who were part of the Black pride movement of the lat 60's and early 70's The great Black social activists, the novelists, poets ,playwrights, songwriters and black singers who laid the foundation to reshape how black men women and children perceived their skin color...
    orionnights orionnights 51-55, F 2 Responses May 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 3 Responses Jan 15

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

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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 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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    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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    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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    I want to make a new rule.

    If you can say the N*, word then you have to identify yourself as basically black or African American. I hate it when you see people talking about N* this and N* that but then when you ask what race they are, their reply is “Black, Indian, Irish and Cantonese.” Then if you...
    K3022 K3022 31-35, F 4 Responses Apr 30

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    My skin is very light,

    but my dad is black. My hair is ethnic as hell though
    verynlotus verynlotus 16-17 Jun 18

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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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    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 5 Responses Jan 24

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    Tension between community,

    Ferguson police, deeply rooted by Mark Strassman/CBS News/August 19, 2014 Protesters say long before Michael Brown was killed, Ferguson cops policed by race. Kyle Borders, 26, says Ferguson cops have pulled him over 10 times in three years. But they've never even given him a...
    bijouxbroussard bijouxbroussard 46-50, F 1 day ago

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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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    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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    don't you think it's time

    for African Americans and African immigrants to mend the rift between us and try to bulid a strong bond which can lead to meeting on common ground?This is an excerpt from an article written by African immigrant Milton Allimadi it appeared in the October 25 2009 edition of the...
    orionnights orionnights 51-55, F 2 Responses Apr 26

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    AlyssaThoe AlyssaThoe 22-25, F 21 Responses Jun 18

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    Honestly I love being black.

    And wouldn't trade my blackness for anything in the world :D
    teenwolf360 teenwolf360 13-15, F 3 days ago

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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 1 Response Jul 20

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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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    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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    LA Clipper owner Sterling racial attitude

    should not come as a surprise yes it is 2014 and America has made some movement towards better relationships between blacks and whites. Yet we have to remember it has been only 50 years since the signing of the civil rights act. You need to go back and read or view videos of...
    orionnights orionnights 51-55, F 1 Response Apr 30

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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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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 4 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 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 4 Responses Apr 28, 2013

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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 2 Responses Aug 1

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    don't you think it's time

    for African Americans and African immigrants to mend the rift between us and try to bulid a strong bond which can lead to meeting on common ground?This is an excerpt from an article written by African immigrant Milton Allimadi it appeared in the October 25 2009 edition of the...
    orionnights orionnights 51-55, F Apr 26

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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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    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'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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    "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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    5 Lies We Should Stop Telling About Black

    Fatherhood ~ by Danielle Cadet June 13, 2014 Oftentimes, when we discuss fatherhood we assume that African-American men aren't part of that conversation, largely because a number of studies and reports have repeatedly told us that black fathers are overwhelmingly absent from...
    bijouxbroussard bijouxbroussard 46-50, F 2 Responses Jun 15

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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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    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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    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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    I'm African American

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

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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 12 Responses Dec 6, 2012

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    Each time I go to the grocery store,

    I go to the natural hair section. My neighborhood is mostly black. And my hair is natural, by the way. What makes me uncomfortable is that the bleach cream, is in the exact same section as the natural hair. How the hell is that? I live in an all black neighborhood, mostly blacks...
    Inherownwords Inherownwords 31-35, F 8 Responses Jun 15

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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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    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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    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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    Incorrect Term-Where do you people get

    African-American from? My mother was technically "African-American", though she was a US Citizen descended from slaves and had couldn't find Africa on a map to save her life. More correctly she was an American with dark skin and kinky hair. My father could have better been...
    BlackMoroccan BlackMoroccan 22-25, M 2 Responses Jun 22

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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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