19 Things People Who “Aren’t Black Enough” Understand

First of all, there’s really no such thing as not being black enough.

19 Things People Who "Aren't Black Enough" Understand

And being told you’re “not really black” is just as ludicrous as the following experiences you may have encountered.

1. You go in for a hand shake and things get… awkward.

19 Things People Who "Aren't Black Enough" Understand

2. Your friends ask you to join their bands because they assume you’ve got rhythm.

19 Things People Who "Aren't Black Enough" Understand
Even if you really, really don’t.

3. You’ve been made fun of because you talk “white.”

19 Things People Who "Aren't Black Enough" Understand

Or because you don’t talk “black.”

4. When your friends quote Friday they always look to you for validation.

19 Things People Who "Aren't Black Enough" Understand

5. Friends have told you that you’re “not really black.”

19 Things People Who "Aren't Black Enough" Understand

Or they’ve pet-named you the “whitest black person they know.”

6. Lovers have been shocked to discover the actual size of your… equipment.

19 Things People Who "Aren't Black Enough" Understand

Incorrect assumptions can really kill the mood.

7. Others call you out when you comment on the plight of inner-city youth, since you grew up in the suburbs.

19 Things People Who "Aren't Black Enough" Understand

8. People are shocked to learn you don’t know all the words to every 2Pac song.

19 Things People Who "Aren't Black Enough" Understand

9. You’re usually the first pick and sometimes the biggest disappointment at game time.

You're usually the first pick and sometimes the biggest disappointment at game time.

10. When you jump in the pool, your friends are more worried about your hair than you are.

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Mainly because every black person in every movie they’ve seen reacts to water like the Wicked Witch of the West.

11. Your cousin says you sound “stuck-up” when you use proper grammar.

19 Things People Who "Aren't Black Enough" Understand

12. So you may have bought this book.

So you may have bought this book.

13. When you sing, people expect Aretha Franklin but get something more like Sara Bareilles.

19 Things People Who "Aren't Black Enough" Understand
14. People who have spoken to you on the phone are always surprised when they meet you in person.
 19 Things People Who "Aren't Black Enough" Understand

15. Some find it strange how much you love country music.

Some find it strange how much you love country music.

16. When you go out, friends ask you to teach them the latest dance craze… but you may not have heard of it.

19 Things People Who "Aren't Black Enough" Understand

17. Your uncle wonders why you use a shower sponge instead of a wash rag.

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18. You stay pretty chill when you get upset, which baffles those expecting an “angry black” response.
19 Things People Who "Aren't Black Enough" Understand

19. People try to get you to pick “a side.”

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As if that’s even possible.

Just keep doing you the best way you know how.

19 Things People Who "Aren't Black Enough" Understand

Bottom line: The color of your skin doesn’t dictate your personality.

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