A Black Experience

You know you're black when..............

You keep getting asked where you’re from when you’ve lived in the country for thirty plus years and your kids were born there.


When you put on your jeans and it still doesn’t fit your round booty properly.


You hear yourself referred to as “that coloured girl” (who uses that anyway?), or “that Black girl”.


You laugh so hard that you cry at “your mama”, jokes.


You understand what racial profiling is.


You walk into a store and the security follows you through your whole shopping experience while ignoring others.


You remember how hard it was to get a decent job before affirmative action helped out even though you are better qualified or sometimes over qualified for the job.


You call to make an appointment over the phone and when you show up they say something like, "oh, you speak so well. I didn't realize you were Black". Silly me, I didn't know that I had to speak black too.


You attempt to move out of the stereotypes that others have of you yet you get dragged back again and again.


You read about all of the wonderful inventions and first that we’ve brought to our world.


You live in a town that’s still ninety five percent white and you’re lucky to see any other Black faces during you day around town.


It’s 2013 yet the attitude of racial intolerance still exists on this planet.


The majority puts you down without the understanding that you are part of the whole. White includes all of the colours.


Black is beautiful.


To be Black is just part of the experience here on Earth.


You re member that it’s not the colour of your skin but what’s in your heart that matters. We are all one. One Spirit. One Love!! God made us all. We all come from The One.

I See Black People by Saint Seminole
I See Black People by Saint Seminole

More by this Author


Comments 19 comments

maven101 profile image

maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

You know you are white, when I read something like this Hub and realize my perspective is flawed, and without much input from others concerning race...

I have never considered race an issue when hiring, making friends, loving or disliking, or on the competitive field...That perspective is flawed because it is only one side of the issue...my side.

To understand your pain, your perspective, I would have to stand in your skin and experience life through your eyes...We can't do that of course...but we can be sensitive to unintended slights by reading about your experiences...Thank you for this revealing and informative Hub....Larry


rosariomontenegro profile image

rosariomontenegro 7 years ago from NEW YORK

The funny thing is ... and this is the x time I write this in HubPages ... that we are all black. Genetically black. All of us come from Africa, it's been proven. We all share the same genetic pool, it's been proven. It does not matter the color of the skin, dependent on millenia of adapting to different circomstances, we humans are all cousins. The blood tests and our common human genetics do not lie.


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

This is exactly why I did a book review on Dr. Seuss' "The Sneetches." Please stop in a take a look whenever you can. Thank you for sharing, Chris.


Chris Eddy111 profile image

Chris Eddy111 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Larry~ thanks for reading. Yeah, sad but true that these things are still happening. You have an open heart and mind.

rosariomontenegro~ no matter what the truth is some will never believe or agree. We still use our difference to separate instead of uniting us. Thanks for being here.

dohn121~ Yeah, I liked that story. Dr. Seuss is great.


LeeKim 7 years ago

Girlllll, GREAT hub and discussion topic, loved it and love reading all your works! Now I've got two for ya...

You know you're Black when...

- you enter a restaurant in front of your White husband, but the Maitre'D ignores you and asks him if they can serve him (go figure),

- you enter the bank with your White husband, YOU ask the CSR person for something and the CSR person looks ONLY at your white husband and tells HIM the answer to your question ( double go figure... and by the way this one happens alot).


Chris Eddy111 profile image

Chris Eddy111 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

LeeKim~ Girl, that's so rude and disrespectful. Hubby should set them straight by saying, "this is my wife and you can address her when she speaks because she's not invisible." Thank you for the big up.


jxb7076 profile image

jxb7076 7 years ago from United States of America

you know you're black when.....

you look in the mirror and say to yourself......Damn, I have the skin color others are paying big money to achieve.

you look in the mirrow and say to yourself......Damn, I have beautiful full lips that others are paying big money to achieve.

you look in the mirrow and say to yourself (if you're female)....Damn, I have a fine round rumpt that others are paying big money to achieve.

you look in the mirrow and say to yourself (if you're a man)...Damn, I have the strong face of a warrior that hollywood actors are paying big money to achieve.

you look in the mirrow and say to yourself.... Damn, I am from a proud people who've made a lot of great contributions to the world in various professional fields which has benefited mankind as a whole.

when you look a racist in the eyes and say to yourself...Damn, they really envy me.

when you can take the good with the bad, the bad with the good and still know that everything is going to be alright.

when you can mix socially with all race of people and still maintain your strong herritage.

when you can write a great hub like this one and still smile.


Chris Eddy111 profile image

Chris Eddy111 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thank you. There is the addenda to my hub. Well done.


Gracious October 6 years ago

I just signed up and i am very pleased that i have a link to your work on my sight. I thank you and i say black truly is a beautiful thing look at the art you have created from the realizations brought to you. You are living proof that black is beautiful. Again i applaud and thank you.


Chris Eddy111 profile image

Chris Eddy111 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Gracious October~ Wow, thank you and thank you for reading my hub.


DynamicS profile image

DynamicS 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Chris Eddy111, thanks for such well written hub. I can add a few: You're black

when you are the only one of your kind in the boardroom.

When everyone expects you to speak on behalf of your race.

Great job, fellow Jamaican Canadian!


Chris Eddy111 profile image

Chris Eddy111 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

DynamicS ~ Nice to meet you too. Yep, being Black is a wonderful experience. It all depends on your outlook. Thank you for reading my hub.


Micky Dee profile image

Micky Dee 6 years ago

Hey Chris Eddy. I know a little about being different from main stream(?) and Main Street. I've been followed recently in a mall. I get some looks. I've had long hair and a beard and I swear I think even blacks brothers and sisters have looked at me and said, "dang- that guy's messed up". I've got a couple of long stories back at MickyDeeville about "living". I was the first white in my home town to date a black girl/lady in my town. I was arrested and framed for something I didn't do. There was some shame attached to that arrest back then. But I'll wear it like a combat ribbon today. The lady and I still are very close. She's married. Her son did a couple of tats for me recently. I've been a member of the Major Taylor Cycling Club for years. I've got a couple hubs written about him back at MDville. I agree with jxb7076. I'm vanilla on the outside but I'm dark chocolate on the inside! Well -at least caramel!

Thank you Chris Eddy. I love you and you work. Thanks for being in my corner. I'll always be in yours too.


Chris Eddy111 profile image

Chris Eddy111 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Micky~ ........sweet caramel eh :). That,.....being different is what this life is about. It would be borrrrrrrrrrring if we were all the same.

Your eyes have seen a lot, your heart has felt great pain and your soul continues to endure. Hold your head up Micky Dee.

Thanks for spreading the love. Here for you too. Back at ya!!


Micky Dee profile image

Micky Dee 6 years ago

I love you Chris Eddy!


Chris Eddy111 profile image

Chris Eddy111 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

I love you Micky Dee.


Philipo profile image

Philipo 6 years ago from Nigeria

I love my colour. I love the fact that I am born a black man. I love everything about me and my country, Nigeria. I love Africa. Racial descrimination has been in existence from time. Do you know it happens even within blacks and whites. Have you heard of situations where someone is denied a job by someone of same color just because they are not from the same town. May God help us.


Chris Eddy111 profile image

Chris Eddy111 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Philipo~ Black is beautiful.


Micky Dee profile image

Micky Dee 6 years ago

I miss you Girl. I hope you're doing well. God bless!

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    Click to Rate This Article
    working