What Imani says about diversity is absolutely true. If you don’t talk “black” enough, friends ridicule you. I know that when it comes to acting “black,” I’m one of the first to joke around. It’s not that African Americans do it on purpose, it’s just how most of us were raised. If you weren’t “black enough,” you were made fun of, point blank.
Acting that way, however, is not just a black thing; other races do it, too. Imani was right when she made the point that even though a school is diverse, it doesn’t mean the people are tolerant. Races hang out with their kind. That’s the way it is. Since people rarely notice, most don’t care enough to try to change.
This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.