By Keiauna Davis

When I was younger I never liked being black. I didn't like my skin, hair, or anything about it because I didn't always grow up with black friends. I wasn't your "stereotypical black girl". I was quiet, I kept to myself and I loved school. People called me whitewashed, white girl, or they'd Say "you don't act black". The majority of my friends were of Latin descent and I wanted to be everything like them. I just felt ugly being the only black girl within my group of friends. I felt left out and lonely. As I got older and finally found some black friends that liked me for me. I started to love myself and loved the fact I got to interact with people in my racial background. I felt so happy and I am so proud to be a black woman. I love myself.