Personal Narrative: My Stereotypes Of Being African

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I was born with a label that I did not want to accept. At a young age negative names would be thrown my way and I would constantly be embarrassed as each one hit me. Growing up I constantly wished I was someone else. I am a Nigerian student who formely believed that things would never change. I never felt upset about who I was until I attended elementary school. Every day I constantly drifted away from the other students as I became more of an outcast. Many of my classmates believed in the negative stereotypes about Africans; consequently, they would make fun of who I was in various ways. It is widely known that there is an abundant amount of children in Africa whom are living in poverty; for this reason, kids would accuse me of being poor and starving. Additional, they mocked my culture by performing preposterous dances that resembled the movement of a monkey. I never verbally expressed to my classmates how I felt in these situations; however, my body language showed that I was ashamed of myself but at the same time, furious. “Why me?” I would ask myself. “Why did I have to be African? Why couldn’t I just be a Black American?” These were crazy thoughts that went through my mind at such a young age. At my house there are days when my father teaches me, my two brothers, and my sister how to speak Igbo, which is a…show more content…
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