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  • The African American community, like any other one, is very diverse. You are told to always stand for your black people, take care of your black people but its not always that way.
  • We will march together on the grounds that Black Lives Matter and to raise awareness of injustices done to our people. But if you voice your opinion on what we do to our own people, the same ones will turn their back on you.
  • "Black is beautiful, and you should love the melanin that makes up your skin." That's what you get told growing up until you notice that there's a subtle "beef" in what shade of black is classified as beautiful. Even children can pick up on this and get to making fun of dark skinned children.
  • We all love to watch that gay man on Facebook telling his jokes and love it, or have them as friends because they are fun to be around and truthful. Sadly enough, that's only if he isn't their son. It's acceptable if it's black women, not so much for the men though. Many hide behind closed doors for the fear their families will disown them.
  • Education is the key to success. You can go through all the years of college, graduate, and have accomplished that goal. Everyone is so proud of you and happy for you until the festivities had died down and now you are that one stuck up girl who believes she is better than everyone because she got a degree. You can't brag on it or be proud of yourself.
  • Going forward, I hope and pray we as a community will be able to come together more and be more accepting to things that make each and everyone of us different and special. Know what we want out of life and just make the best of it. The more we can do that, the better our tomorrow can be.
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