Davidson Microaggressions Project

My Blackness Isn’t Valid

For the most part, I am very slow towards anger. I am pretty reserved unless you truly get to know me. That being said, I feel upset when my blackness isn’t seen as blackness. I am a firm believer that a group can be founded on a set shared morals however, everyone within isn’t the same. This is why I feel troubled when people say “what type of black person does that” referring to casual activities such as listening to a genre of music or going to a Halloween event. I have experienced this for quite some time here as I navigate the space of being African without a specific group to share my blackness with truly understands me. As I stated, I am slow to anger but this really has made me think of how being a specific person within a group can be limiting.