On being “different”

Musings on a Limb

“I’m not a typical black girl.”

I’ve read quite a few Facebook posts that start off this way and I now cringe when I see another because I know exactly what’s about to happen. At least in my favorite group, the thread flows pretty predictably. First, she will reminisce about growing up in the suburbs, which many of us have. She will go on to say how much she loves metal, or anime, or reading as further proof of her otherness, then at least ten people will comment on how they also like metal or anime or reading. She’ll go on to say how she never believed in god and just about everyone in this particular group will say, “duh.” After all this fails, she’ll go into how being different makes her unattractive and not attracted to most black guys, so she had to finally find acceptance with her awesome…

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