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It’s kind of funny when you think about it…

As of late, with all the political opinions being chalked down to race this and race that, all of the assumptions about minorities, many false accusations and/or those containing false or misleading statistics, I feel like I’m living in an entirely different country that I was 10 years ago. Maybe it’s just that my childhood blinders have been removed and replaced by adulthood bifocals, but I want those blinders back. Kind of.

I’m tired of seeing disgust on people’s faces (not necessarily towards me), I’m tired of this war that, while I’m proud of those who are fighting and the courage they show representing the United States, may have very well been unavoidable. I’m tired of America having ample resources for education yet having extremely stratified, and, quite honestly, lackluster and below average results for a country of our stature. I’m just tired of politics being about self-interest rather than group interest. I’m tired of seeing people at a disadvantage (whether educationally, employment wise, etc.) due to circumstances, events, characteristics they cannot change.

I’m only 22 years old and have yet to live a “full” life. There is no way in hell that I should already be this tired…

We’ve got to better. If only the country could start thinking and deliberating as a whole..while I know it’s not possible, I have the freedom to dream/wish it so…

Filed under Politics Race Statistics Tired United States education stratification

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So what this whole acting “white” or acting “black” ordeal? In an attempt to avoid discussing the anthropological argument, I’m just going to skip straight to my sociological observations. You’re welcome

I’m black. I’ll just throw that out there. If I had a dollar for every time someone told me I wasn’t black or that I “act white,” I would surely be rich by now. Despite race being observationally defined since, I don’t know, forever (you get my point), now it not only lies in the way you look, but the way you act. 

Since when does being black mean:
1. Listening to rap and r&b music
2. Being uneducated
3. Having a criminal record
4. Using bad grammar/spelling/etiquette
5. Drugs

Since when does white mean:
1. Listens to anything but rap and r&b
2. Higher education
3. No criminal past
4. Proper
5. Clean

To be completely clear, calling me “not black” does not fit. While I fit into none of the implied categories my physical being is still considered black. To say I “act white” also does not fit.While I do fit into a few of those categories, it is still inaccurate. Until I no longer get the discrimination of being a black woman (and regardless of what you think or what you see, it does exist), then I will always be black despite my inability to fit the proper stereotypes that identify me as such.

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