Not THAT kind of Black Girl.

playing-the-buildingLateefah Torrence,
Brooklyn, NY.

At the corner bodega, I’m one of those Black Girls who the Middle Eastern owner must watch from his elevated podium behind the bullet-proof glass. On the subway, I’m a Black Girl on WIC who can give Russian ladies directions to the welfare office. In the taxi, I’m the Black Girl the Mexican driver tries to deliver to the Projects towering behind my co-op.

I’m not That Kind of Black Girl. But even if I were, I’d like you to stop assuming you know me.

Keep the conversation going - comment and discuss with your thoughts

  • eidayya

    I
    understand you’re mixed with a lot but, its based off of your appearance and
    what people see you as.

  • kiara

    I agree people assume, when they need to know facts. People go off as of how you look, what you wear, and how you act. I agree that you dont need to judge a book by its cover.

  • Elizabeth Cauvin

    Lateefah , I agree with you. My reaction to your race card is that people jus assume that they know you . Like I don’t think people should judge a book by its cover. From what I learned in history class was it was this one time in history my teacher made us watch this short little video and this white lady buys a salad and goes sit down, but she forgets to get a fork and when she returns she sees a black man who looks homeless sitting at the table where she leaves her …. To make the story short she was wrong along because she sat at the wrong table and she assumed since he was black he is capable of stealing her. In my opinion, you should never judge a book by its cover. To conclude this I think I agree with you

  • Kimberly Caraballo

    My personal reaction is that you are completely correct about people assuming they know you! people all around the United States always judge others, some intentional, and some not intentional. But I am so happy that you’re taking a stand saying that just because you are black that does not mean you follow the traditional black girl “culture”. I feel like in Class we had talked about stereotypes and that is just what this is. People ,making stereotypes off of a race. In my conclusion I would like to say that this is a strong stereotype for the black race.

 

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