how do you reference the change to natural hair style for an African American woman-
During the election, people would assume that I was voting for Obama and then would say –sometimes directly or sometimes in a roundabout way- that I was only voting for Obama because he was Black. I am an American. I would never vote for someone who I didn’t think was the best person to run this country–regardless of race. Other Black people have run for office and Black people have not supported him/her. When people would say this type of statement, I was tempted to ask if they only voted for someone because they were White? Of course not–of course you made an informed, educated decision. Black people do the sam
I almost feel the need to do a PSA to inform the world that not all Black people are the same. It bugs me when people state, “I didn’t think black people did that i.e. : swim, hunt, camp or ski.” Ugh!
You don’t sound like you are from….
I’m curious about why people inject someone’s race into the conversation when it is irrelevant — as if to highlight their racial “cred” (e.g. I met such a nice guy at the store today, A BLACK MAN, who was so complimentary about my dress). If it is not germane to the discussion, you DON’T need to raise it!
It bugs me when describing a Black person some people go out of their way to say “they are so articulate” or “they are so well spoken” as if that is some kind of surprise. I have never heard the same sort of “compliment” paid to non-Black speakers.