BLACK VOICES

When You're The Only Black Kid In Class During Black History Month

"Can you believe that your entirely white class just turned to stare at you because your teacher brought up Harriet Tubman?"

Being the only black kid in a class full of white faces is not fun, especially during Black History Month. In a new video, YouTube personality Akilah Hughes highlights the five stages black students go through in February when they have to celebrate black history around people who don't share their racial background. 

"Can you believe that your entirely white class just turned to stare at you because your teacher brought up Harriet Tubman?" Hughes asked, introducing the first stage: denial. Not to mention your classmates asking why there isn't a white history month. This can't be real life. 

The other stages include: anger over historical black achievements being reduced to only a few events, bargaining with God that you'll complain less if John just stops comparing the slave trade to the Holocaust and facing a slightly depressing state of victim-blaming your own race.

But these feelings are only temporary.

The last --and probably realest -- stage is the silver lining in all of this intolerance. It's accepting that some people are just the worst, but that shouldn't stop you from celebrating your race.   

"And hey, Beyoncé said it best," Hughes said. "You're gonna learn to love your baby hairs and Jackson 5 nostrils so celebrate Black History Month." 

Now dust your shoulders off and get in "Formation!"

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