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I'm Black, But I'm Not...

“I’m black, but I’m not concerned with being your definition of blackness.”

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For some people, being black means assumptions will be made about their identity.

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Those assumptions don't speak to the character or truth of the person.

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It can be baffling to feel put in a certain light by stereotypes -- when in reality, nothing could be further from the truth.

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And as a result of that inaccurate portrayal, some want to shout from the rooftops that they are not that negative stereotype.

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Sometimes, a widespread assumption can be so far from the person's actual identity that it's laughable.

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What does it even mean to be "pretty for a black girl??"

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Daysha is beautiful. Period.

Certain words and phrases can make a person feel both objectified and disrespected.

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And broad generalizations ignore the complexity and uniqueness of every person.

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Stereotypes put people into all-or-nothing categories, when the truth is usually more beautiful and mixed-up (just like, you know, individuals).

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Stereotypes make some people feel conflicted about their identity, but it's powerful to be proud of who you are.

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Because everyone is worthy of love.

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And sometimes? Busting stereotypes can be super fun.

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