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9 Things Only Emo Kids Of Color Just Get


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1. It was next-to-impossible to find skinny jeans that fit just right, because either your butt, thighs, or hips were calling the shots when it came to your apparel.


2. Your mom would forbid you from straightening your hair, so you couldn't ever do that side-bang swish thing like the white kids with straight hair.

You appreciate your natural hair more now, but damn, it would have been nice to have hair that didn't swallow your favorite Hello Kitty hair bows.

3. Your mom constantly prayed for you, because she thought you listened to the devil's music.


In reality, she was lucky you weren't listening to heavy metal. Yet.

4. Your parents always gave you a curfew, so you couldn't stay out as long as you wanted when you went to concerts with your white friends.


And God forbid your favorite band was the headliner — you'd miss their set completely and have to find your way out of the pit, because your mom was outside waiting in the car.

5. When you wore your favorite band tee to a family function, everyone would give you constant side-eye.

"So you like that white kid music, huh?"

"So you like that white kid music, huh?"

6. You had musical tastes in twice as many genres, so you always had two moods for every situation...

Fueled By Ramen

When you were feeling freaky, you either played on Panic! At the Disco's "Lying Is The Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off" ~or~ Khia's "My Neck My Back."

When you wanted to fight everyone, you had Say Anything's "Belt" on repeat, or Crime Mob's "Knuck If You Buck."

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When your crush was going out with someone who wasn't you, you could cry about it to Mario's "Let Me Love You," or to Taking Back Sunday's "MakeDamnSure."

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7. Everyone said you were obsessed with white boys because of your love for Pete Wentz, but he's half Afro-Jamaican, kids!

Fueled By Ramen / DCD2

If anyone can relate to emo kid of color problems, it's Pete.

8. No one understood you — like, really.


With the combination of dealing with racism in your musical circles, you and your parents had a constant disconnect because they really didn't get it.

9. And you could never pull off saying, “Shut up mom, this isn’t a phase!” — 'cause your mom would slap the smeared eyeliner off your face if you ever dared.


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