Summary Of Chum By Earl Sweatshirt

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Chum by Earl Sweatshirt is a song describing his life growing up in inner city Chicago. He illustrates the struggles of growing up as an only child without a father in the low-income black community. I, personally, am not able to relate to his hardships, yet the line, “Too black for the white kids, and too white for the blacks,” confirms to me that I am not the only one who felt like they weren’t or couldn’t be fully a part of the white or black community, as a mixed person.
Growing up in Midland, Michigan town of 83,632, 94.2% white and only 1.4% black, these statistics significantly affected me throughout my childhood. I was raised by a white mother and an African (not African American) father, who was seldom present in my life due to deployment
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I don’t know why I was unaware in preschool, but that day I noticed that all the other girls had hair like my mom. I also was getting extra attention from the class’s aid, she would say, “OOOooo I just love your little twists, they are just so cute and pretty!” Now this is not offensive whatsoever, but as a kindergarten student who felt self-conscious about being different than everyone else, I felt somewhat alienated. That night, I asked my mother how to get my hair like hers, by the time she allowed me to do so it had been two years and she finally permitted a family friend flat iron my hair. Surprisingly, when I wore it to school the next day people were more confused than complimentary. This is where I find out I just can’t win with fully fitting …show more content…
I don’t participate in conversation nevertheless they call me, “the black friend” and ask my opinion of their use of n-word in rap songs, just in regular conversation, or calling me it. I wasn’t raised using the word, why should they think it’s okay to use it? Why do they feel the need to ask me, if I don’t even know myself, if I was raised by a white parent like them? If the word hurts a whole community of people, why ask someone who you assume is part of it, if you know it’s not okay? Because I didn’t have their sense of relational membership within the community. Just because of my skin tone and the coarseness of my hair I stay expected to know what the whole black community believes on use of the n-word by white people. Despite, my mentality and personality being shaped continuously by a white mom and a town of 94.2% white

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