Essay about The Black And White Men

1599 Words Oct 12th, 2016 7 Pages
I was born on December 20th, 1996, in Vienna, Virginia. My incredible parents, Kevin and Melissa, are black and white respectively. They both grew up without a lot, but worked tirelessly, just as their parents had done before them, to ensure that my brother and I had everything that we needed, and most of what we wanted. Although we were well above middle class on a national scale, at our predominantly white all-boys private school filled with multi-millionaire families, we were outliers. That didn’t bother me until my freshman year of high school, when I noticed that the “cool” older kids, especially the black ones, all wore basketball shoes. Seeing as I was a naïve adolescent, I was constantly concerned that I would be ostracized if I didn’t have as many pairs as everyone else. Since my parents saw through the superficial nature of my dilemma, they didn’t indulge me and I only had a few pairs of basketball shoes. This led me to have trouble finding my own identity at school because I was told by the black kids that I wasn’t “black” enough, but I was implicitly told by the white students that I was “too black.” So, I reasoned that I needed to choose one of the racial identities and stick with it, otherwise I would never truly fit in with either group. I made my decision right before my 16th birthday.
As soon as I decided that I was going to identify as black, I devised a plan to prove my “blackness” to the black kids; I would acquire one of the most sought-out pairs of…

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