Stereotyping: Don’t judge a personality by its color

KHANDICE HORN 
Staff Writer

Why can’t you be your own person? People are so stereotypical these days.

If you’re black you must be ghetto, if you’re Mexican you must be illegal, if you’re Asian you must be smart and if you’re white you must be snobby and hate every other race and so on.

It doesn’t matter what race you are. There will be somewhere you don’t fit into society’s view of what you should be. It is very frustrating when you do something and someone is whispering in your ear asking, “Why are you doing that. You’re not black, or white or Mexican.”

Why should that matter? If I want to do something, let me do it. I don’t care if it is not normal for a black person to do, so why should you?

I have heard many people talk about how I should act or what I should do, saying, “You talk white.”

Do I talk white because I am well-spoken or is it because I’m not loud? I speak how I was taught in school. Another thing I hear is that I’m not black because I don’t eat fried chicken very often.

I’m sorry. I’m trying to be healthy. I don’t want to eat fried, fattening pieces of chicken all the time.

A guy from my high school was in utter shock when I told him I didn’t know how to roll a joint. He told me, “All blacks roll joints and that they are the best joints.”

What world are you from? I don’t even do drugs, let alone know how to roll a joint.

Just because you see a lot of black people doing something does not mean every black person in America does that.

I get tired of people always assuming I should be something just because of the color of my skin.

When I was younger, I used to be ashamed of who I was because people told me that I was not what I was supposed to be.

But I realize God put my soul in a black body for a reason. I hear all the time, “You should have been born white.” No, I should not have! God knew exactly what he was doing when he made me. Maybe He did it to teach stereotypical people that a person should not be confined by society’s views or by the color of one’s skin.

Khandice Horn is a freshman business communications major from Longview.

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