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College Admissions Essay: Yes Mommy Yes Daddy

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“Yes Mommy, Yes Daddy”, a simple “Yes” was never sufficient. As a child of Ghanaian immigrants, I understood that family honor is of the utmost importance in everything I do. For as long as I can remember, I have been told “Be proud of who you are! Always stand up for yourself!Never let anyone make you feel like you are not good enough!”As a young child, I always wondered why my mother kept drilling these lessons into my head. Perhaps she is trying to shield me from the dehumanizing experiences her mother faced, growing up in Jim Crow, Mississippi, or the overt discrimination my grandfather experienced as an international student in Superior, Wisconsin. Unlike my Grandparents, growing up in Germantown, Maryland, I was immune to blatant prejudice.…show more content…
My dark chocolate skin had not suddenly turned pale? Had I forgotten how my bottom refuses to cooperate in a miniskirt? Perhaps, I felt the need to accept her compliment instead of correcting her assumption because I unknowingly believed being Ghanaian-American overshadowed my identity as an African-American.
But in that moment I knew my strong ties to my Ghanaian heritage could no longer guard me from the truth, in America I was Black. With this realization, I knew I made a mistake distancing myself from the lessons of my mother. I had failed to stand up for all the black girls stigmatized by the portrayal of the stereotypical black girl. I should have corrected my friends for their careless remarks that plague so many black girls just like me.
If I could go back and time, would have voiced my thoughts instead of allowing my friends to believe that I agreed with their presumptuous comments. I would have told my friends that it was unfair of them to conclude that the girls were “ghetto” and “ratchet” based on mere assumption. Furthermore, I would have explained to them if they had not jumped to conclusions they may have noticed those same girls were honor roll
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