I am the one percent. Last semester, a student asked me to take a photograph holding up my pointer finger. When I asked why, she had informed me that I represent the one percent of the students at Roger Williams University who is African American. In addition to being black, I am a woman. Women, although are the majority gender, are still treated as inferior. This blog serves as a tool to explain for my multiple identities, how they intertwine, and the damage of their (mis)representation in American media.
YouTube allows people to broadcast videos, several of which become viral. In December 2011, a video called “Shit Girls Say” became really popular on the Internet. This video spawned many parodies; among which was “Shit White Girls Say…to Black Girls.” The video’s creator (chescaleigh) faced accusations of being a racist. Yet, as a black student at a predominantly white school, this video embodies several scenarios that I have found myself in and often with friends. The non-exposure a white person may have to black people (or any other racial minority) leads to the dependence on popular stereotypes to get an idea of how my attitude may be. Chesca Leigh was invited onto Anderson Cooper’s show where she also explained that voicing curiosity about differences is NOT racist. When asking a question, people should do so respectfully.