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...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    7 Responses Jun 15, 2014

    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...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    6 Responses Jan 6

    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
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Aug 4, 2015

    And I love my skin!!!

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

    I'm playing Public Enemy all month next month.

    ....but uh, I'm playing Coldplay all March...I'm still black though.
    dmc313 dmc313
    26-30, M
    3 Responses Jan 7

    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
    26-30, F
    5 Responses Dec 27, 2014

    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...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    3 Responses Mar 11, 2015

    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

    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...
    ChocolateCloud ChocolateCloud
    16-17, F
    1 Response Feb 4

    "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...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    6 Responses Jan 23, 2013

    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...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    13 Responses May 27, 2012

    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
    65 Responses Oct 18, 2007

    My parents thought that it would be funny to

    raise me to be the whitest black boy in history. I've been going to a predominantly white school since the 4th grade and I live in Colorado (not too many people of color out here lol). So, it's gotten to the point where I have a lot more common interests with whites than I do...
    youngweez youngweez
    18-21, M
    19 Responses Jul 8, 2015

    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
    4 Responses Jul 15, 2015

    I cannot stand when non-African American people

    try to tell African-American people they can't call themselves "African-American". My ancestors came from Africa. The (majority) of my ethnicity stems from my heritage and my phenotypical genetic expression shows that fact. Now if your Plastic Paddy -self can tout a "Kiss Me I'm...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    3 Responses Jan 17

    "The black skin is not a badge of shame

    but rather a glorious symbol of national greatness" Happy Black History Month !
    3dayweekend 3dayweekend
    18-21, M
    4 Responses Feb 2, 2015

    I'm black and French creole,

    sometimes in winter I get lighter but when summer hits thats when the true tan comes on, but I'm like forever light skin no matter what.
    Asiiaa Asiiaa
    13-15, F
    1 Response Mar 22

    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
    18-21, F
    18 Responses Aug 13, 2007

    I know I'm white so me making this statement

    shows I have white privilege but you know what I'm so tired of hearing this election cycle? People saying "so and so doesn't deserve the black vote" or "so and so did this and that so they deserve it I don't know why there voting against there best interests". It's like **** YOU...
    Bleach1443 Bleach1443
    18-21, M
    1 Response Mar 16

    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
    1 Response Jan 21, 2015

    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

    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."
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    6 Responses Oct 15, 2014

    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
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Jan 28, 2014

    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
    2 Responses Mar 22, 2015

    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 Feb 4

    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
    26-30, F
    5 Responses Jan 31

    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, 2014

    I'm African American

    and I'm damn proud!
    pml94 pml94
    22-25, M
    5 Responses Oct 9, 2015

    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
    2 Responses Jan 21

    It's officially "Our Month".

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

    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
    31-35, M
    1 Response Jun 11, 2013

    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

    Seeing as how EP is shutting down I have a

    question for all the Black folks in this group; have you become more 'conscious' and 'awake' since you've been in this group or not so much? If you don't know what I'm talking about, just ignore the question.
    TawaliOkonodo TawaliOkonodo
    41-45, M
    Mar 23

    The Academy Awards has received criticism

    for excluding Black entertainers this year. Some have chosen to boycott. The Oscar is not just a statue it is a key that can open the door to a long lasting lucrative career with world wide exposure. That being said If the top Black entertainers were to pull their collective...
    TawaliOkonodo TawaliOkonodo
    41-45, M
    3 Responses Feb 6
    Ambreciam21 Ambreciam21
    22-25, F
    1 Response Apr 6
    EHarber18 EHarber18
    18-21, M
    2 Responses Feb 12

    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

    Something to let sink in Why do

    so many young black females seek so much validation ? I've seen some post on here from so many young girls , that I can't help but wonder WTF is they fathers are (I will not be naming names ) There was one individual who was actually upset due to a limited amount of posts in...
    Iamalostcause Iamalostcause
    22-25, M
    6 Responses Jan 15

    louise35361 louise35361
    51-55, F
    Feb 9

    Why Can’t You Get Your Act Together Already?

    -Actually I am only half black from my mother and there are many things I find to be very odd about American Blacks compared to actual Africans elsewhere. For example the over dependency on government handouts,constant complaints of victimization, tendency to behave aggressively...
    2ndBorn1stSon 2ndBorn1stSon
    26-30, M
    2 Responses Apr 1

    I love being born of the black African culture.

    I've learn to appreciate our unique culture and our rich history. But if your Black Power movement involves putting other cultures down I cannot walk with you. If your interpretation of empowering the black culture is to demonize or even dehumanize everyone outside of our...
    niceguycursed niceguycursed
    31-35, M
    3 Responses Feb 8

    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.
    consciousQueenRBG consciousQueenRBG
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Jun 14, 2014

    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

    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
    11 Responses Dec 19, 2006

    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
    26-30, F
    9 Responses Jan 18

    Say it loud... (well,

    not too loud) I'm black and I'm proud.
    DC313 DC313
    26-30, M
    2 Responses Aug 19, 2015

    What does being black mean to u?

    I've been told that I'm not black by other black people even though my skin color basically screams the sh*t out. B/c I really don't know why someone would say that.
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    2 Responses Mar 8

    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
    18-21, M
    2 Responses Dec 30, 2015

    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
    5 Responses May 22, 2015

    Society tells the Black Community they have to

    support every movement out there (Gay movement, Feminism movement, vegan movement etc) just because it has individual Black members. However, no one tells other movements to support the Black Community since their movements have Black members, also.
    3dayweekend 3dayweekend
    18-21, M
    3 Responses Mar 7

    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
    12 Responses Jun 18, 2015

    Say it Loud! I'm black

    and i'm proud!
    Lauraluvsyou Lauraluvsyou
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Jan 2, 2015

    Some moron is always asking

    or commenting, "The Africans sold their own people into slavery !" I guess some people don't realize that just like there are different nationalities in Europe, there are different nationalities within the African continent. And not just different races. Different nationalities...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    4 Responses Apr 18, 2015

    Stacey Dash is so embarrassing.

    .. Can the Black Community officially disown her? She's better off being white.
    3dayweekend 3dayweekend
    18-21, M
    3 Responses Jan 21

    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
    1 Response Jan 3

    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
    Jan 12

    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
    9 Responses Oct 9, 2012

    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
    3 Responses Jan 17

    Since I was the only active black person on EP,

    I won't miss any of you for leaving me hanging ( not literally). Balls up, Wheels out.
    dmc313 dmc313
    26-30, M
    2 Responses Mar 25
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