Heard the question "Why do you use a horse brush?" when you were trying to get your 360 waves poppin.Been accused of stealing something at a house party.Been forced by your parents to befriend the only other black kid in the neighborhood.Not being able to understand some black culture references because you didn't experience them.Forgot to lotion in the morning then had to be ashy all day because no one had any at school.Met a friend's parent and found out they were racist.Having someone say they're just as dark as you after they spent a couple days out in the sun.Having people freely touching and grabbing your hair.Struggling to find a salon that can do your hair.Being called an Oreo because, "you're not reeaally black."Hearing someone saying they're "blacker" than you.Been the go-to-person for inquiries when a new rap album or song came out.Dealt with the assumption that you're good at any and all sports.Been consulted to explain and/or demonstrate new dance crazes.Had someone ask you how your hair got so long over the weekend.Notice someone dial-up their slang a couple notches to talk to you.Had a teacher assume that you didn't have much parental guidance.Had someone marvel at how your hair reacts to water.Dealt with the assumption that you had a huge crush on the only other black person in school.Felt everyone stare at you when you learned about slavery in class.Got way more cautious than your friends about typical suburban mischief.Had someone say "You sound white," because you don't use slang regularly.Been followed around by the mall security when you were just hanging out with your friends.Been typecast as the only black character on a show at recess and/or lunch.Almost passed out when you heard the way your friends spoke to their parents.Almost caught the whooping of a lifetime when you tried to talk to your parents the way you've heard your friends talk to theirs.Been questioned as to why you don't use sunscreen.Been surrounded at a dance party because everyone just KNEW you were a professional dancer.Had to pile on the seasoning for dinner at a friends place.Felt a constant pressure from your peers to represent your entire race, rather than just yourself.
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