Tag: #racerelations

A WHOLE OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN: GROWING UP BLACK IN A WHITE HOUSEHOLD

“The struggle is real.” a home is a home When you are child, no matter what the household you grow up in, a home is a home. But what happens when you are as child that is adopted into a house where the parents…

I’M DEFEATED: WHEN THE SOCIAL TENSION BECOMES TOO MUCH

“Too much to keep fighting.” i’m exhausted For the past few centuries there have been social strife in America. From Native Americans losing rights and fighting for justice, to African Americans, Women’s rights, Hispanic, and members of the LGBT community. But the issues sometimes…

WHEN THEY’RE BROUGHT INTO THE WORLD: CHILDREN OF INTERRACIAL RELATIONSHIPS AND THEIR STRUGGLES

“Yanked in both directions.” the struggle is real When growing up in the United States as a biracial child, you are sometimes stuck between the two worlds of the racial game. You are too White for the Black kids and two Black for the…

GOING TO A DARK PLACE: WHEN THE PAIN STARTS TO TAKE A TURN FOR THE WORSE

“Rage from racism.” a transfer of hurt What happens when you come from a group of people that have dealt with such trauma now you’re in that nasty head space. Whenever I look into the eyes of some of my people, I can’t help…

THE PARIAH PEOPLE: WHY WERE BLACK PEOPLE CHOSEN TO BE THIS PARIAH IN HISTORY

“Chosen, yet why?” the history The African American population has inhabited the United States since the original Africans were brought to America in the early 1600’s. And since then there has been consistent discrimination. But my question would be, “Why our group?” There has…

PAPER BAG TEST: IS THE TEST STILL RELEVANT TODAY

“Who should receive the better treatment?” the test The paper bag test is a test that was given to Black people in the past to figure out how much privilege should the person truly have in society. It not only is what enabled certain…

RACIAL DISCOMFORT: WHY ARE BLACK AND WHITE PEOPLE SO OFFSET IN EACH OTHER’S COMMUNITIES

“Still discomfort after so much time.” not your community I live in Harlem, NYC, and I can tell you first hand there is a discomfort and a heightened awareness when White people are in the presence of Black people. But that awareness increases with…

UNAPOLOGETICALLY BLACK: WHAT DOES THE WORD TRULY MEAN

“Say it loud, I’m Black and I’m proud.” me being me The historical landscape of Black people in america has taken on so many faces over time. But there was one (face) that popped up in the 1960’s with a phrase coined by singer…

FITTING IN: WHAT IT’S LIKE AS A BLACK PERSON EXISTING IN A NON BLACK ENVIRONMENT

“Trying to feel welcome.” new face new challenge Growing up, I have always been one of the only African American students in my class and school. And for me, I didn’t know anything else. That was until I came back to my community. And…

GAY IN THE COMMUNITY: HARDSHIPS OF BEING GAY IN A TRADITIONAL BLACK COMMUNITY

“Out ain’t easy.” gay under conservatism¬† In the Black community, we have long been so governed under the Christian faith that anything that goes against the grain has been ostracized. ¬†And the issue that falls under this topic would have to be gay relationships….

TURNING THE TIDES: WHY BLACK AMERICA HAVE NEVER TURNED AGAINST THE US LIKE RADICALS FROM OVERSEAS

“Not as angry as some may think.” we have never In the time since Black people have been in America, those who know best have had understand and were able to bare witness to some scary history. From slavery through the century of Jim…

RECONCILIATION: WILL THE BLACK AND WHITE COMMUNITIES EVER END THE TENSION

“Ease the tension.” a history of tension In the United States over the past few centuries the tensions between the White and Black population has gotten better, but still remain a focal point of discussion in America. And now with the introduction of other…