By: Jamirious Mooney, 10th grade student
15 years of living, 10 of thinking I had the same chances as all of my peers, that nothing was
different about me. 5 of knowing that I am different from all of my peers, that if I want to be successful I
have to work harder than those of lighter skin. It means that I have to be stereotyped because of some
poor choices people of my color made. It means that no matter how much I try to dress, look, or dress
like a good person I still face the side-eye from people, the oh, your dad must be a pastor, or feeling
different because rap isn’t my favorite music and I don’t walk around with my pants sagging. This is what
it means to a black male in America.
You know what I don’t get, when we fill out any type of document why does it say African
American. Why can’t it just say American? I always struggle with that. It’s like this, I go to an interracial
Church and there I feel welcome like there is nothing different about us, it’s like we are all blind to color.
But when I step outside those church walls, all I see is color. I don’t feel like I can trust Police officers
when I know all of them aren’t bad. I get my licenses in 5 months and I am TERRIFIED of being stopped
by the police. I don’t think it should be that way, I don’t think that I should always have to be looking
over my shoulder in fear of the lighter skin.
In my honest opinion I feel like all of our bodies should be flipped inside out. Because in reality,
my heart beats like everyone else, just like my eyes blink, and arms move, and lungs inhale and exhale
just the same. Maybe in order to get this society back on track we all need to be color blind. Because the
issue seems to be color and in all honesty, for what?