I see my intellect surprises you.

As a young African American male, I have learned, through very personal experiences, that many do not expect me to be as wise or as knowledgeable as I am. My knowledge and opinions on complex issues as well as my level of articulation often catch people off guard. I am often expected to act and sound how many perceive young African American men to be, hood and ignorant. Needless to say, when I make it abundantly clear that this is not the case for me, many have trouble hiding the surprised look on their face, if they bother to try.

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