Maureen Shaw, Durham, NC. Thank you for doing this. This is a photo of my mother’s family, this is the reason why I wrote it’s okay to be black. I look at it an feel so proud of this photo. We let ourselves believe we are a people are people with shattered history. I’ve discovered […]
Joseph Brown, Lake Elsinore, CA. Being a black male in America is complex. Not only do we have to fight systemic racism, we also have to overcome various obstacles that present themselves in our in communities. One example of systemic racism is what we’ve recently been witnessing from police officers murdering people of color and […]
Nikki Hearn, Sacramento, CA. Being “Black” just the way God made me is enough.
Maya D., College Park, MD. Living the paradox of being too black for the white kids and too white for the black kids.
Bryan Estime, West Palm, FL.
Tyrone Grant, Philadelphia, PA.
R. Denise Everson, Washington, DC. My grandmother reared me. Her positive expressions of beauty being black shaped my perception and made me proud to be black.
Courtney Taylor-Preville England I love being black.
Otis L Courtney, Eden Prairie, MN. Being black in America means having to function as if race does not matter.
Rebecca Pope, Lawson, MO.
Kristy Lawson, Mayfield, KY. We are all Gods people.
Diane V. Boone, Harrisburg, PA. There are over 32 definitions of BLACK; none of which describe who I am, where I’m from, or the great destiny I INTEND!
Malcolm Green Jr., Riverside, CA. When black people are getting shot by the cops, black lives matter. But when black people are killing other black people in the streets, neither life matters. The victim dies and there is no promise that the shooter will be caught. People cry for about 4 days then forget about […]
Sam Johnson, St. Paul, MN.
Kitra Mwania, Branson, MO. The confederate flag clearly means something important to the people around here. Being a black person who learned that this flag represented slavery and injustice makes me nervous about why this flag is an accessory.
Myles Browne, Newtown, PA.
Kalea Deutsch, Los Angeles, CA. That’s how I see it. I am a product of a black father and a white mother. Being black has brought me zero benefit. It is instead a negative label I am burdened with. It is the realization that I, as a partially black woman, am labeled as largely undesirable […]
Jessica, Taunton, MA. Being Black in America means that you constantly have to change and work on yourself in order to please the dominant group in society (Whites). Its about making them feel comfortable and at ease even if that means rejecting your culture, traditions, ancestry, and basically everything that makes you who you are […]
Jade Watson New York, NY I don’t have anything against interracial dating, but I choose to date and want to marry a black man, because I want my babies- my family to be black. I love being black. I love what being black has meant to my life. I love being a part of a […]
Jeanette Ju-Pierre, Westminster, England.
Carletta Jones The Woodlands, TX
Myra Evans Cleveland Heights, OH Submitted via: NPR’s Talk of the Nation