I Am African American

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    Ambreciam21 Ambreciam21
    22-25, F
    1 Response Apr 6, 2016

    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, 2016

    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
    31-35, M
    2 Responses Mar 25, 2016

    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, 2016

    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
    16-17, F
    1 Response Mar 22, 2016

    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
    22-25, M
    1 Response Mar 16, 2016

    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, 2016

    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, 2016
    EHarber18 EHarber18
    18-21, M
    2 Responses Feb 12, 2016

    louise35361 louise35361
    56-60, F
    Feb 9, 2016

    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, 2016

    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, 2016

    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
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Feb 4, 2016

    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
    18-21, F
    1 Response Feb 4, 2016

    It's officially "Our Month".

    ...let's see what can we get out of this.
    dmc313 dmc313
    31-35, M
    1 Response Feb 1, 2016

    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, 2016

    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, 2016

    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
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Jan 21, 2016

    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, 2016

    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, 2016

    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, 2016

    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, 2016

    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, 2016

    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, 2016

    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, 2016

    I'm playing Public Enemy all month next month.

    ....but uh, I'm playing Coldplay all March...I'm still black though.
    dmc313 dmc313
    31-35, M
    3 Responses Jan 7, 2016

    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, 2016

    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, 2016

    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 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

    Eventhough its not fair

    that we are judged and stereotyped based on the color of our skin. However there are those who make black people look like we do.
    symphonysbwilliams symphonysbwilliams
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Dec 30, 2015

    Last night I saw the cop

    who killed Tamir Rice was not indicted. I decided to google the last slave in the US. Cudjo Lewis died in 1935. 80 years ago. Next time someone tells you how far we've come, you are more than welcome to tell them to STFU.
    TawaliOkonodo TawaliOkonodo
    41-45, M
    1 Response Dec 29, 2015

    "To be a negro in this country

    and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time"....I've been mad for like a good week straight
    ashley2483 ashley2483
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Dec 27, 2015

    DEBUNKING OF LIES AND

    TACTICS/TREACHERY 1)Black folks are to be felt sorry for because we hate each other-LIE Majority of Black folks are totally cool with other Black folks. There are certain predominantly urban areas where Black folks seem to be less cohesive because of the environment...
    TawaliOkonodo TawaliOkonodo
    41-45, M
    1 Response Dec 11, 2015

    And I love it. I love what we have done

    as a people, in the past. The present and the future sometimes brings me to tears. We are pitiful, uncaring, unloving, resentful towards one another. We are takers, we are angry, blamers, naive, baby mamas with no daddies, no respect, we embrace and believe whatever mainstream...
    raisininthasun raisininthasun
    31-35
    1 Response Dec 9, 2015
    kinshiX kinshiX
    18-21, M
    2 Responses Dec 8, 2015

    Well, no I am not. I'm just black.

    I wasn't born in Africa and I've never been there either. Some of my ancestors were. And I say some because, I have other ancestors from Ireland and Greece. My family tree is almost like a garden. A lot of these ethnic phrases we use are just phrases. We're human.
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    4 Responses Dec 8, 2015

    LESSONS IN WHITE PRIVILEGE 1) Tamir Rice

    gunned down by cops because he 'looked' like he had a real gun Oath Keepers walk around with assault weapons cops never acknowledge them 2) Middle Eastern Muslim mass shooters- whole religion called hateful White christian mass shooters- one individual called crazy...
    TawaliOkonodo TawaliOkonodo
    41-45, M
    1 Response Dec 6, 2015
    cuteblackgirl12345 cuteblackgirl12345
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Dec 6, 2015
    dmc313 dmc313
    31-35, M
    2 Responses Dec 4, 2015

    I think it's very telling

    when a mass shooting is reported and the shooters are NOT white conservative christians.
    TawaliOkonodo TawaliOkonodo
    41-45, M
    Dec 2, 2015

    Yep I'm a black teen Yes I think

    that cop killings are immoral But think of it this way,what is going against the law gonna do? Get more of us shot! I'm being straight up and saying all this rioting is f***in dumb Sure some killings were unjust but what did the victim do before hand? I'd put money on it that...
    XavierSenpai XavierSenpai
    16-17, M
    2 Responses Nov 27, 2015

    I like being African American then I don't

    because we are most hated in the whole world.
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    2 Responses Nov 27, 2015

    99% of cops who murdered unarmed Black men this

    year didn't go to jail. White man enters Planned Parenthood with gun sending 11 people to the hospital including 5 cops. Taken ALIVE...I'm nauseous.
    TawaliOkonodo TawaliOkonodo
    41-45, M
    Nov 27, 2015

    I've noticed that the majority of my black

    friends no longer care about how white people (mostly everyone non black) perceives us. We have nothing to be ashamed of or to prove. I always admired black power groups who rejected white supremacy and didn't allow the white washed world to cause them to hate their blackness...
    3dayweekend 3dayweekend
    18-21, M
    2 Responses Nov 27, 2015
    Iamalostcause Iamalostcause
    22-25, M
    4 Responses Nov 25, 2015
    Iamalostcause Iamalostcause
    22-25, M
    2 Responses Nov 24, 2015

    Unarmed Black man killed by cop in Minneapolis.

    Black protesters protest. White supremacist shoot protesters. Escalation continues. Media mostly ignores to cover ratings grab of refugees wrongly labeled as terrorist.
    TawaliOkonodo TawaliOkonodo
    41-45, M
    1 Response Nov 24, 2015

    Donald Trump tweeted a false statistic claiming

    most crimes by Black people are from attacking White people. This statistic was lifted from a Neo Nazi organization. People be very aware of what's going on in this country right now.
    TawaliOkonodo TawaliOkonodo
    41-45, M
    3 Responses Nov 23, 2015

    Mal Whitfield, Olympic Gold Medalist

    and Tuskegee Airman, Dies at 91By FRANK LITSKYNOV. 19, 2015Mal Whitfield, a sleek middle-distance runner who won three Olympic gold medals for the United States, at one point as a Tuskegee Airman, and later became an American good-will ambassador promoting athletics abroad, died...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    7 Responses Nov 20, 2015

    I say we start Black History Month a few months

    earlier. Let's report all of the white ppl on here and run this joint. No, let's not do that. I'm hungry and talking senseless. GodSpeed.
    dmc313 dmc313
    31-35, M
    1 Response Nov 18, 2015

    its a shame my people are lost

    and don't know who they are, where they originally come from. There is no such thing as an african american, how can you come from 2 white men? africa was named after scipio africanus, a roman general who raided THE LAND OF HAM!!! aka what we call africa, he changed the name of...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Nov 18, 2015

    Black men, women, and children killed every

    month by terrorist(police) 'all lives matter' movement says stop complaining. Paris is attacked the USA becomes France.
    TawaliOkonodo TawaliOkonodo
    41-45, M
    1 Response Nov 15, 2015

    Got a light skinned friend looks like Rachel

    Dolezal... got a dark skinned friend looks like Rachel Dolezal.
    dmc313 dmc313
    31-35, M
    1 Response Nov 13, 2015

    I find it interesting how these white young

    people get on EP, saying the "N" word. And do it because they think that they can get away with it. And then, want to give an explanation for why they think it's okay to say that word. Oh let me not forget that they want to say, I lack education on black history. Let me say...
    Singlemother78 Singlemother78
    31-35, F
    5 Responses Nov 11, 2015

    As I was surfing through the daily watchdog

    sites today I came across another white man who was a former police officer that killed a Black man and got off because of 'insufficient evidence'. News outlets are quick to report a story of an unarmed Black person being murdered by cops but they rarely follow up to inform the...
    TawaliOkonodo TawaliOkonodo
    41-45, M
    Nov 10, 2015

    100%, I am not half anything.

    I am proud to say it.I wouldn't want to be anything else.Brown skin, dark eyes, strong Spirit, heart,body, and soul.I thank God for making me this masterpiece I didn't deserve, constantly being broken to be re-shapen.Lord, make me over again. My one true master. I worship you...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Nov 10, 2015
    Babeondwy Babeondwy
    41-45, F
    Nov 10, 2015

    At least that's what people call someone with

    my ancestry. I don't like being stereotyped and pressed to act like blacks on TV and movies. I have no interest in "black lives matter" because I believe all life is precious and all people are images of God. For some reason over 95% of African Americans vote against the GOP and...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    2 Responses Nov 6, 2015

    The white cop that raped 8 Black women will be

    tried by an entirely white jury. I think we all know how this is going to end.
    TawaliOkonodo TawaliOkonodo
    41-45, M
    3 Responses Nov 5, 2015
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