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17 Struggles All Suburban Black Kids Know Too Well

"OMG, can I touch your hair??"

1. Meeting that one friend's parent that you didn't know was racist.

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2. Being the prime suspect of whatever was stolen at a house party.

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3. Your parents encouraging you to make friends with the only other black kids in the neighborhood even though you have your own friends.

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4. Not understanding all black culture references because you didn't have as many black friends to experience them with.

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5. People coming back from spring break and comparing their tan to your skin.

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6. Searching far and wide for a salon that can do your hair.

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7. And people freely touching and grabbing your hair.

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8. Being called an Oreo, because... you're not reeaally black.

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9. People assuming you're good at any and all sports.

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10. Everyone looking to you to explain and demonstrate new dance crazes.

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11. People dialing their slang up a couple notches when talking to you.

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12. Swimming in a neighbor's pool and having everyone marvel at how your hair reacts to water.

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13. People assuming that you have a huge crush on the only other black person in school.

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14. That moment when you learn about slavery in class and you can feel everyone staring at you.

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15. Being way more cautious than your friends about typical suburban mischief.

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16. People saying "You sound white," because you speak proper English.

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17. Feeling constant pressure to represent your entire race, rather than just yourself.

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