Are You White?My skin color really wasn't an issue for me in kindergarten. Not that I can remember. Yet, I remember entering the first grade at a new school and experiencing another form of racism from my peers. I went to a predominately black school, so mostly everyone had darker skin. Not I. I'm mixed with Irish, which comes from my dad. So I'm pretty pale.
My first encounter was with a really ghetto (sorry but its true) boy. See when I was being to taught to speak, I was being taught proper English. And it was normal to me. However, when I spoke to my classmates, they'd look at me funny and say, "Why you talking white?" That confused me. Was I "talking white"? I was just speaking the way I was taught to!
The second encounter is something that's still happening to me in high school. Because of my light skin color, I'd be looked at funny and asked, "Are you white?" or "Are you black?" or "What you mixed with?" That would annoy me. So I'd tell them I'm black and Irish. I got tired of explaining that to kids. And sometimes, when I'd tell them I'm black, they'd smack their lips and say, "No you not. You white. You don't act like you black." What? Just because I'm not stereotypically ghetto, I'm not black? Who gave you the right to tell me my race?
Nowadays, people just assume I'm white. And then they hear otherwise, they have a big "OHHH!" moment. Smh. Its a shame people don't realize that African Americans come in all shades.
RandomUnicorn 13-15, F 7 Responses 1 Jul 16, 2012