Reflective Essay On Equal Rights

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Equal rights are human rights. Not many people believe that others should be free to be who they are, and this upsets me. As I got older, encountering more worldly experiences helped me to better understand the systematic society I was living in. I set out to educate myself and others. It didn’t take long before my passion for equality grew strong. I am black. For so long, I only took pride in such a small part of myself. Those first three words are new to me. If you would have asked me two years ago, I would have identified myself as a white young girl. Not even half black. I never liked to think about it, because the thought of being half black turned my stomach. I’m not sure why I was so afraid of myself, but my journey of self discovery has helped me portray myself in ways I never have before. Growing up in a small home in a poverty-filled neighbourhood, I was not privileged in that way. But as I got older, I felt the need to remove myself from the word “ghetto”. I never wanted my hair braided like a black girl, and I didn’t want to dress like one either. I asked my mother to straighten my afro each morning before school so that I could fit in more with the group of people I hung out with. Most of my friends would erase my black too, saying that I was “basically white” because of the way I dressed and talked. But I wasn’t. Even growing up with my white mom, who is a Conservative christian, I didn’t feel the need to associate with my black side. As I got older, and began

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