Many people stare at me every day when Im walking around, sitting on a subway, even when Im teaching at the adult language center I work at. Ive had adult students ask me if Im from South America, Africa, Jamaica or 2nd generation, because they cant comprehend how a black person can be from the U.S.even though the First Family is black. The only people who understand this are people who received a great education or traveled around a bit. pop over to this siteThose people usually translate to others how black people are American or British. Ive had people ask me if my natural hair is manufactured, yell that Im from Africa as if Im disillusioned or lying about where Im from, and then Im constantly harassed by people who want to take a photo or video of me without my permission. Continue Reading Let me not forget the whitening creams Im suggested to buy by store clerks, or the time that a Korean Airlines employee wanted to know why I was flying into Hong Kong instead of Guangzhouwhere most Africans fly intoall while holding my passport in his hand. Its exhausting. And my only support were two white American women who worked with me (they have since left) and the black expat groups that give me support and advice. referenceI knew that I would be met with some ignorance and barriers because Im not fluent in the language, but this is more than I bargained for. I cant be myself, and I usually escape to Hong Kong to feel normal or hide out in expat populated places.
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