2. People told you you “sounded white.”
This is often coded as a compliment, i.e., so-and-so is “eloquent”/”articulate”/etc.
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.”]
4. This happened at every party you went to.
5. You had to deal with all of the hella bold people around you using the n-word.
6. You somehow became everyone’s go-to black person.
7. People asked you things like: “Do black people tan?”
8. “So what part of Africa are your parents from?”
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…
10. “You know, I don’t even really see you as black.”
11. “She’s pretty — for a black girl.” / “He’s cute — for a black guy.”
12. “You look like [insert any black person here].”
13. There was that awkward moment in history class when you reached the topic of slavery and everyone turned to you:
14. Everyone assumed you were good at basketball.
16. People made all types of corny jokes around you.
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.