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Just because I’m black”Just because I’m black doesn’t mean I’m from America”As a proud African woman, I am as distressed about racism as the next person. Yes, I’m black, so whether I like it or not. The race is something I usually find Hard to define. But of course, I seem to always find myself with people who are willing to do it for me. “How is your English so good” a cashier from Welcome. When I asked her what she meant she said “most black people”.Just because I’m black doesn’t mean I didn’t get an education. When I told her I can also speak Chinese, she was shaken. However, she’s not the only one who has said that to me. My friends usually use the terminology “You act like a white girl” like how does the way I act have anything to do with who I’m. Apparently, they thought I would act aggressively and instead of talking softly I shouted my words. Queue the heavy eye roll. It seems as if my entire personality doesn’t fit into their narrow view of what black people can and should be like. To quote Angie Jordan (from 30 Rock),”that’s some white nonsense!” but in my case also Asian. I have noticed this weird perception nowadays, that race isn’t defined by the skin color, but also by the set of behavior that everyone whose the same race should follow. Asian people have to be good at math. While black people should speak in “ebonics”, as well as be immersed in rap culture, etc.. What I mostly find sad about this it’s that this is actually not white nonsense but black nonsense. It really needs to stop like where did the idea come from that black people have to be deeply immersed in rap culture. I for one I’m black, but dear friends just because I’m black doesn’t mean I can rap. Yes, I enjoy the music but that doesn’t mean I can rap to it. However, I think this Idea came from the way we’re portrayed on TV, in movies they always tend to stick to the “Urban friends”.Somehow along the lines, we decided to absorb this image and made it our own, and to some people, it works. However, I’m sad to admit that I’m one of does people. But no matter the circumstance it still affects me even if I play it off. Also friends PLEASE stop, telling me I’m not black just because I can’t rap nor play basketball, harmful to the both of us. When we decide to set guidelines to reminds of who we are or in this came, how and how to not be black. “This just reinforces troublesome stereotypes and making it okay for others to be able to paint us with the same extremely broad brush”. Childish Gambino sang “every black you’re not black enough, is a white you’re all the same.”

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