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    One white man's head gets cut off in another

    country the U.S.Air force spends billions to bomb that country into the next stone age. Several Black men are gunned down in this country and everyone is urged to protest peacefully. When everyone does protest peacefully they are assaulted, pepper sprayed, beaten, and arrested...
    Modiwolfshit Modiwolfshit 41-45, M 2 Responses 4 days ago

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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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    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 Response Aug 19

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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 3 Responses Jun 14

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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 8 Responses Oct 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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    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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    I'm not trying to start an argument

    but are we really connected to Africa?
    Fallenprinceofthedarkside Fallenprinceofthedarkside 18-21, M 8 Responses Oct 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 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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    LovelyLadyJ LovelyLadyJ 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 11

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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 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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    Ro5e Ro5e 18-21, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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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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    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 3 Responses Nov 12

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    BIackyChan BIackyChan 22-25, M 1 Response Sep 24

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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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    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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    my mother raised my sister

    and me in her own way so we could grow up and act like the princesses she raised us to be. I vowed to never become a "statistic" or live up to the stereotype. My children will also be taught the same and hopefully this legacy will spread through generations
    luvabl3 luvabl3 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 11

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

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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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    BIackyChan BIackyChan 22-25, M 4 Responses Sep 11

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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 46-50, F 6 Responses Dec 5

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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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    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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    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 love being black, but I hate

    that our African culture was robbed from us. Yeah there's black culture, but great as some aspects of it can be, it has its roots in the negativity that we've endured over the generations. I wish I knew what country I came from, had specific holidays, a specific language...
    phenxmenal phenxmenal 16-17, F 4 Responses Dec 10

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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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    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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    No Man Want Black!-Black ******* are CRAZY AND

    UGLY!!!! Children of my husband have Black mother. Black is WORST MAMA!!!! Niggeer NOT deserve children!
    Bergenbabe Bergenbabe 36-40, F 7 Responses 5 days ago

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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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    I was reflecting the other day about how many

    run ins I've had with the cops. There was that time in a ritzy neighborhood in California when a motorcycle cop followed me for several blocks, and I made certain to sing 'Mary had a little lamb' at each stop sign and he still pulled me over to give me a ticket for running one...
    Modiwolfshit Modiwolfshit 41-45, M 1 Response Oct 2

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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...
    LovelyLadyJ LovelyLadyJ 22-25, F 3 Responses a week ago

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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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    Born in Mississippi. Born into poverty.

    Born into a disadvantage. Been fighting since high school to change my circumstances but the world is set up for people where I'm from to stay there. I don't understand how so many people degrade people who don't want to get an education, get a job, build a career, change...
    SheIsHealing SheIsHealing 18-21, F 3 Responses Dec 11

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    I never really understand the thinking here.

    I'm not from Africa and I don't practice things of the many cultures there. If I were to be categorized I would be considered this by society regardless if it's the appropriate thing or not. I personally say I'm just American.
    Vicvoss Vicvoss 13-15, M 4 Responses Dec 10

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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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    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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    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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    I'm African American

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

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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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    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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    I refuse to let the N word hurt me.

    I don't give it power anymore.
    xjourneyx xjourneyx 18-21, F 5 Responses 3 days ago

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    Every person in America is technically African

    American regardless of race. Every human on the planet is African, I am African and one day I hope to return to the motherland. Where should I go? Ghana, Ethiopia, South Africa, or should I go to the Caribbean like St. Lucia or Barbados
    MTBlake33 MTBlake33 22-25, M Dec 9

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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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    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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    HeyItsJosh HeyItsJosh 16-17, M 1 Response Sep 26

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    From the Kennedy Center Honours in New York,

    1991. The Morehouse College Glee Club pays tribute to one of the honourees, Chorale Leader Robert Shaw with their signature Christmas song, "Betelehemu". Happy Holidays !
    bijouxbroussard bijouxbroussard 46-50, F 2 Responses a week ago

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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

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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 9 Responses Aug 30

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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...