5 Things Black College Students Will Never Say For Fear Of Racist Retaliation
1. Always trying to prove your worthy…
Do you feel that no matter what you do or how hard you work, it is never enough? Applying for internships, we hear that a student from a prestige university will get a position before an HBCU student. You make sure that you a visible and punctual for every meeting or event, though Susie is always late to meetings.
2. We don’t steal…
Have you ever been followed in a store when you entered with your friends? The first thing I try to do as I enter a store is give the store employees a smile. However, why do we have to fake a smile when we are customers just like everyone else in the store? There are plenty of examples when stereotyping African-American teens goes wrong, i.e. Michael Brown.
3. Am I going to get pull over today by a cop?
It is probably the most fearful thing as a college student when you see those red and blues lights flashing in your rearview mirror. Even when you know you did not do anything wrong, anything can happen. Nowadays, I feel as if we have to be extra precautions when pulled over by the police. The best thing we can do is obey the law and the position.
4. Did I get hired/accepted to increase the diversity?
It is all about numbers and meeting quotas. Are you the only Black employee at your job? At the student center, are there a handful of Black students that band together? Not to knock anyone’s talent, but universities and companies have to meet a diversity quota. Unless someone says verbatim that this is the reason you were hired, you will never know. Instead of worrying why you were hired, turn this obstacle into an opportunity.
5. Actually, tell your white peers how you really feel…
What do you do when you hear your co-workers blatantly say they voted for the current president? After the election, we saw a different side to some people. I wanted to have an entire debate about the election and explain why their decision was not the best option for everyone. Instead, I realized this is the workplace and I cannot change their decision now. In addition, the movie “Get Out” alerted me to question everyone’s motive who did not look like me. It seems that black students are more afraid to say how they really feel in fear of racist retaliation.
Why do other races feel comfortable complaining about racism, but not African-Americans? During slavery, we were taught and forced to keep our mouths closed. We have to change this mindset of being silent and let our voices be heard…
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Amber Peters is a current MBA candidate and full-time Accountant. She is a proud Alumna of Texas Southern University. “Faith without work means nothing”