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10 things my first semester of college has taught me

1.     Parties are lame. Maybe it’s my (un)bearably sheltered childhood, or my introverted style that brought me to this conclusion, but I’ve yet to find anything appealing about groups of young adults cluttered into tiny houses snapchatting videos of their $3 Budweiser beer being poured into a red solo cup. Maybe it’s just me.

2.     No one cares. This is a harsh, but true fact. I pass different faces every time I take the same route to class. I have yet to recognize one. I can’t name our student body president. I’m not even sure if we have one. Somehow amidst a society where everyone is involved in everyone else’s business, we lack the competency to have genuine human interactions here.

3.     College is lonely. Why? Refer to number 2.

4.     College is just living at school. Nothing more, nothing less.

5.     There’s an increased emphasis on family values and morals that will be revealed within the first week. Not everyone showers. Not everyone brushes their teeth. Some people have never picked up a cleaning rag. Stay clean folks.

6.     If it’s not an HBCU, it’s a PWI (Predominately White Institution). Once again, there is no in between.

7.     Music is even more important than originally thought. I’ve always been a music lover. But in a big poor city where everyone’s at least a little mad, I find solace in the tunes. Let it take you to places. Let it take you wherever you want.

8.     Roommates. You’ll figure out what I mean by that, trust me.

9.     I promise you someone is almost always ahead of you. Never, ever,  ever, underestimate your ability to think that you are better than you actually are.

10.  You are better than you think you are.

If You Give A White Man a Gun

If you give a white kid internet anonymity, he will create a Yik Yak.
he will click anon on Tumblr.
if he clicks anon on Tumblr,
he will send you internet Howlers.

When you are participating in an online social media campaign
toimprove cultural competence and diversity
at your predominately white institution,
#BURememberWhen,
he will send you
“Do you not understand how little you understand
with your little half ass knowledge and full blown assumptions
of how statistics work?”
He will send you
“Microaggressions do not exist.
There is offensive and unoffensive.
There is no middle ground.”
He will send you hate messages
with an egg avi on Twitter,
at our police brutality march,
he’ll YikYak,
“Damn, the one night I leave my waterhose at home”.

If you give a white man a ship, he will “Discover America”.
If you give a white man slavery, he will build a country from your blood.
If you give a white man a slave, he will rape her.
If give a white man a cotton gin, he will create a second Middle Passage.
If you give a white man a pen, he will write a bill.
if you give a white man a pen,
he will give you declarations that were never meant to protect you.
If a white man gives you an Emancipation Proclamation,
it will do nothing.

If you give a white man a badge, in 1850,
he will be hired to hunt runaway slaves.
If you give a white man a gun, he will shoot you.
If you give a white man a badge, in 2016,
he will be allowed to bag the gun
he shot you with for evidence,
while you’re on put trial for your own murder.

If you give a white man a gavel,
he will tell you that separate is equal.
he will let a white supremacist cover his Nazi tattoos in court,
so the jury would treat him fairly.
If you give a white man a jury, they will not indict
the murder of an unarmed black fill- in-the-blank,
tell you your Trail of Tears is overreacting
the levees of your eyes will still be cracked from Katrina,
if you give a white man a helicopter,
he will fly over and watch.

If you give a white man a three-pieced suit and title “Prosecutor”
while he doubles as a defense attorney for his friend
who murdered a black unarmed teen,
he will say this isn’t about race.

If you give a white man a gun,
he will shoot you.
If you give a white man the benefit of the doubt,
he’ll be sentenced to six months in county jail and probation,
despite the three guilty counts of sexual assault
if you give a white man the benefit of the doubt,
he’ll be released three months early.
If you give a white man a gun, he will shoot you.
If you give a white man the benefit of the doubt,
after murdering nine people in a church,
he will be led out with a bullet proof vest.
would you like some fries with your white supremacy?

If you give a white man fear, he will turn his phobias into “ism”s.
If you give a white man a protest, he will give you a water hose,
or a billy club, or tear gas. or rubber bullets.
If you give a white man a head start, he will keep it.
If you give a white man Fox News, he will call you no angel.
If you give a white man a confederate flag,
he will claim it’s heritage, not hate.
if you give a white man a media,
he will dial every station to his white noise.
if you give a white man white noise,
he will make it america’s ringtone.

If you give a white man a gun, he will shoot you.
If you give a white man a system, he will keep it.
If you give a white man a country, he will ban all the Muslims.
If you give a white man a presidential nomination,
God help us all

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Sooo guys, I’ve recently published a book!  It’s called Black People Dance!  Here is the description: “I knew of racism, but only experienced it in small bouts, that is, until I got to college. Being a first generation, black, college student at a predominately white institution was hard. Here is my journey through that.” 

Within the pages of this book is love, pain, heartbreak, heartache, anger, forgiveness, self hate, and (most importantly) self love.  I grew so much from my journey writing this.  So many tears were cried, so many realizations came about.  My soul and heart in a book.  Please buy it!  Please read it!  Please share it!

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On March 19th, 2014, African American student organizations united dressed in all black for what was called “Black Out Day”. Black Out Day symbolized black unity across the campus of Northern Illinois University. The black clothing was not only a symbol of unity, but also represented the movements of the 1960’s and the people that paved the way for us all. “Black Out Day” not only brought together the Black community on the campus of a Predominately White Institution, but reminded the students of African decent we are ONE.

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On March 19th, 2014, African American student organizations united dressed in all black for what was called “Black Out Day”. Black Out Day symbolized black unity across the campus of Northern Illinois University. The black clothing was not only a symbol of unity, but also represented the movements of the 1960’s and the people that paved the way for us all. “Black Out Day” not only brought together the Black community on the campus of a Predominately White Institution, but reminded the students of African decent we are ONE.
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kasiaaanicoleee-deactivated2014  asked:

This page is full of stereotypes and racist post. And I'm guessing the person accountable for this account is NOT black.

O but darling I am black. Would you like direction to my personal tumblr?

This page is not for mockery. But rather for celebration. A place to return home. I spent 4 years at a predominately white institution missing home and people that sound like me. Now I have this vast collection of pieces of Black culture. I love African American Vernacular. To me it’s soulful communication. This blog is not to say that Black people cannot and do not exist by any other way. There is no one way to be black. However, there is a long history of Black people being marginalized where of course we would develop our own habits of survival, parenting, and livelihood that have been passed down. Things we ultimately come to love, especially when we get to our career jobs and they are unforgivably and overbearingly White, or search different outlets of media where we are either mocked and/or underrepresented.

Having said that, I find nothing embarrassing here. These are all things i cherish. This blog does not seek to appease the white gaze or adhere to respectability politics. We outchea.

It would be best to read the disclaimer on this blog’s homepage before you send messages like these. It makes you look like an ass. Might i also suggest reading the questions tag?

Happy New Year!

anonymous asked:

Why do you choose to publicize things specific to our culture? Every white person already tries to bite.

1. Because way beyond there black proverbs ever existed our culture was appropriated, misued, over used, bastardized, claimed -the whole nine. My blog never is or never will be the cause or catalyst to cultural appropriation. 
 2. As I have said several times, this blog means a lot to me. It’s a place of perpetual cultural connection with people that look and sound like me. It’s a home away from home. I know people at predominately white institutions know what I’m talking about.