27 Things You Had To Deal With As The Only Black Kid In Your Class

“You know, I don’t even see you as black.”

1. You know this situation:

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2. People told you you “sounded white.”

This is often coded as a compliment, i.e., so-and-so is “eloquent”/”articulate”/etc.

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3. Or they called you an “oreo” and just thought they were sooo clever and original.

[For those who don’t know, an “Oreo” is someone who is “black on the outside, white on the inside.”]

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4. This happened at every party you went to.

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5. You had to deal with all of the hella bold people around you using the n-word.

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6. You somehow became everyone’s go-to black person.

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7. People asked you things like: “Do black people tan?”

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8. “So what part of Africa are your parents from?”

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9. “Why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria?”

You were just happy there were other kids who understand your angst. Meanwhile, no one gave them the side-eye for asking this question while they’re sitting at an all white table…

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10. “You know, I don’t even really see you as black.”

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11. “She’s pretty — for a black girl.” / “He’s cute — for a black guy.”

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12. “You look like [insert any black person here].”

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13. There was that awkward moment in history class when you reached the topic of slavery and everyone turned to you:

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14. Everyone assumed you were good at basketball.

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15. Or asked you to teach them how to twerk.

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16. People made all types of corny jokes around you.

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17. Like jokes about fried chicken….which doesn’t even make any sense because LITERALLY EVERYONE AND THEIR MOTHER LIKES FRIED CHICKEN.

Just look at it. It’s beautiful.

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18. You did your best to restrain yourself from strangling all the people that exaggeratedly snapped their neck your way.

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19. It feels like you’ve met every variation of this person:

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20. You also had to deal with all the super-angsty white liberals who felt like they had something to prove…

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21. Everyone was perfectly comfortable sticking their fingers all up in your hair.

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22. Doing makeovers at childhood sleepovers was always fun in a 50 Shades of Beige kind of way.

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23. It sometimes felt like you were the only one who noticed things like this:

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24. Some people seemed to have missed that basic lesson in not all humans look the same exact way…

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25. When college acceptance letters came out, people started whispering…

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Meanwhile, you’re like:

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(But also secretly feeling super angsty about it…and for good reason!)

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26. But despite life sometimes feeling like some long absurd joke that no one told you about…

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27. Nothing has stopped you from being a BAWSE.

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