These conversations don’t have to hurt, or turn into raging arguments.
I’m African-American, and my great-grandmother was Chickasaw.
Why don’t any of my cinematic heroes look like me?
You will not always feel like the only one of your kind.
Other people’s accomplishments don’t have to dictate my own.
Being “well-spoken” and “acting white” doesn’t protect me.
I didn’t feel like I belonged in either of my homelands.
Sometimes a conversation just doesn’t need your input.
I was never the girl in that Weezer song.
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