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Racism as a Child in America In What Its Like to Be a Black Girl For Those of You Who Arent Patricia Smith writes about her life as a child In Patricia Smiths poem she wishes that she is White and not Black She writes about how difficult life is for her being Black born in a white society She didnt want to be labeled as a Black person In many different ways we are similar I also was born in a White society Growing up as a child is very difficult in many ways As a child she wanted to be as White as she could She didnt want accept who she is All she wanted is to be as White as possible but she wouldnt blend in no matter what she tries Growing up as a Black girl in a society of White minorities it is very difficult to blend in She says Its being 9 years old and feeling like youre not finished like your edges are wild like theres something everything wrong 234 Everything to her is wrong She think that being black is bad or disgraceful When I was growing up I got picked on by everyone Mexicans whites even Black people would say really mean comments to me I was about six or seven years old I remember when I was walking down the streets or at the store people would say all kinds of things They would say che cha chang Or do you know kung fu Or do some kung fu or karate for me And everyone would assume that Im Chinese but Im not I would tell them to leave me alone and they would start picking on me more I didnt even know what they were saying It just made me really mad It was very difficult for me to hang out with the same crowd because the minorities where Mexicans I felt like I
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