“The first black…”
“The first black man…”
“The first black female…”
“The first female…”
Barack Obama was the first black president of the United States. Gabby Douglas was the first African American woman to win the all-around gold in the Olympics. Becky Hammon became the first full-time female coach in NBA History in 2014. Sadly, these stories were major headlines because of race and/or gender, not because of the achievement.
It is 2017 yet blacks and females are still fighting for equal rights. Meanwhile, a Maryland family was just awarded $1.26 million after their dog was shot and killed by Anne Arundel police.
What gets me, though, is how we as minorities continue to support the enemies we claim we’re trying to defeat. Including our race or gender in our accomplishments only implies that blacks or women aren’t capable of meeting certain benchmarks. Why can’t a black man be president of the United States? Who said black girls can’t swim? There are women who know more about basketball than men so what’s wrong with one coaching professional basketball? It sounds bad when commentators or news reporters make these ignorant comments but it is worse we parade around our communities like flags with this garbage. We are more proud to be the first black than we are of our recent milestone but then wonder why we don’t get the respect we deserve and desire.
I am not inferior because I am black or less than anyone else because I’m a black male. Instead, I am confident because I have taken the time to acquire the necessary training to reach my goals. I was born intelligent, ambitious, and resilient and my skin color has nothing to do with where I am today.
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