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18 Struggles Of Being A Black Adult From Surburbia

Everything is #TeamCoco and nothing hurts.

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1. You favorite book is Franny & Zooey by JD Salinger but you tell everyone it's [insert something by a writer from the Harlem Renaissance here]

2. You don't understand what's wrong with other people's potato salads.

For example, this meme goes right over your head.

For example, this meme goes right over your head.

3. You thought "Collard Greens" were "Collar-ed" Greens

or, alternatively, "collar" greens or "caller" greens.

4. You were not aware there was a Black National Anthem.


"Lift Every Voice and Sing" by James Weldon Johnson

5. When pop rock songs come on in the bar, you're the only one of your black friends excited.

Everyone else is staring at you.

6. You know all the lyrics to "Ocean Avenue" by Yellowcard.

and now it's stuck in your head. You're welcome.

7. You're the only person in your group of friends who went through a "goth" or "punk" phase.


Oh, Hot Topic.

8. You're not confident in your dancing abilities, but you can jump around like no one's business.

9. Your headbanging skills are also on point.

10. You didn't learn black slang like "on point" until college.

The struggle is real.

11. You know every line of every one of Celine Dion's Greatest Hits.


And you're not ashamed of it.

12. You've only just discovered the magic of cocoa & shea butter.

13. You have a soft spot for Sad White Men.


Relatedly, have you heard the new Damien Rice album yet?! You didn't know? I know, it's been 10 years since his last one! I know, right? Cool, we'll talk more later.

14. You say "dude" in casual conversation unironically.

15. You identify uncomfortably well with generalized lists about stuff white people like.


Like your unshakeable love of Conan O'Brien.

16. and sometimes not so well with generalized lists on what black people like.


...causing a resurgence of repressed childhood memories about feeling different and out of place.

17. Unsurprisingly, you have a complicated relationship with Oreos.

Because school children are cruel.

18. When winter came and all your black friends shared memes about the ridiculousness of pumpkin-flavored things, you were in line for your second venti soy Pumpkin Spice latte of the day


Because they are DELICIOUS.

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