No, I don’t straighten my hair to fit in, I straighten it because it’s way easier to manage than leaving it natural.
Because well… racism.
There is a positive side and a negative side and I would be remiss to pretend that being black is all glitter and gold, because it’s not.
The attention that my hair gets can range from the deeply obliged to the unwarranted.
When you grow up the only dark kid on your block, the only dark kid in your class, the only dark kid at Miss Ellodee’s ballet studio, you grow up knowing everything isn’t everything.
Majoring or taking a class in black studies does make you an expert in all things black. I live this every day. I don’t just stroll into a classroom.
Everyone agrees that Tuesday’s attack at the Charlie Hebdo offices was an undeniable tragedy.
Because I am not a color.
Racism won’t go away by refusing to talk about it or pretending that it doesn’t exist.
Right now, it certainly would not be easy to be a white person dating a black or brown American.