Your Stereotype is Not my Identity

 

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There is a stereotype that black girls are “ghetto” and “poor” in the way that they talk. Well, I go against this standard. I go to an expensive private school in New York City, which happens to be predominantly white.  Most of my friends are white, I have grown up in a white community most of my life, and even my mom is white. Having grown up with these surroundings, I don’t speak in what some may see as a “ghetto” tone, which leads many to question my “blackness”. My friends even jokingly call me an “Oreo” (black on the outside, white on the inside). This really hurts my feelings; I don’t understand how this kind of behavior is just, not just from my friends, but from anyone. Even if I don’t fit the stereotype of a “typical black girl”, that does not make me any less of the strong black girl that I know I am. Not fitting your “label” doesn’t only affect black girls, it affects people of every race and religion.  I believe that we should be able to identify ourselves by any part of us, without the fear of being put down for it.

-Ella Dyett