10 Undeniable Signs You Were The Token Black Kid

“Your dad kinda looks like Bill Cosby.”

1. Let’s get the obvious out of the way: people were obsessed with your hair

“How often do you wash it? Why is it so poofy? Wait is it natural right now?” *pets*

2. They used you as a litmus test to see how tan they were

“LOL I’m blacker than you!”

3. They automatically volunteered you for any and all dance-offs, no matter how degrading

But wait I hate this song

4. They were disappointed if you didn’t have an innate talent for basketball or rap

I don’t know what you mean by “underwhelmed.” I played all the way until the 4th grade and they gave me a trophy for trying.

5. They expected you to be an authority on Ebonics

“UGH I hate it when people say ‘aks’ instead of ‘ask.’ Like why.”

(Genuinely curious? This post explains it pretty well: http://thehackensack.blogspot.com/2009/01/oed-on-conversate-and-aks-versus-ask.html)

6. They were never sure whether or not they could say the n-word in song lyrics

HINT: No.

7. They confused you with the OTHER token black kid on a regular basis

8. Or, alternatively, they tried to hook you up with them

9. They assumed if you won anything it was just the powers-that-be trying to prove they weren’t racist

10. And this is basically what you wanted to do every time a teacher brought up slavery/civil rights and the whole class not-stared at you

But the good news is, you probably, hopefully, had at least a couple not-insane friends who got you through it

#RacismEndedWhen

Let the haters hate.

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