The Oppression Of African Americans Essay

816 Words Feb 3rd, 2016 4 Pages
As an African American female, there is a constant battle with being able to feel as if you are enough. Society makes black women feel as if her skin is not beautiful, as if God did not take his time creating her melanin and the course of her hair. They label us as loud, aggressive and incompetent. On the other hand, you have people that look just like you, who fight the same battle as you against the world, and they make you feel as if you are not worthy either. Therefore, I’m left with the question “What is my purpose?”
African Americans have always been oppressed and wrongfully mistreated by others of the world, but today, the mistreatment is viewed by everyone. With the help of social media, the people of my generation are able to freely view their opinions on what is going on in our world. For so long, we have been constrained to gaining knowledge of the world and our history from what we are taught in school. The curriculum barely scrapes the surface and we are left ignorant to our own culture.
I attended a private school, a predominately white high school and now a predominately white institute (PWI). Oftentimes, I wonder if I have missed out not attending a Historically Black College (HBCU). Most of my friends attend a HBCU and they scold me for not joining them. Am I being deprived of getting in touch with my culture? I do not want to remain confined. I want the opportunity to dig further into my roots. I want the power to be able to talk about other greats besides…

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