With the recent shootings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, nationwide protests have taken place around the country, and even around the world. Protests in Los Angeles, New York, and even London, gained international coverage as hundreds marched for justice and peace. Hundreds, and in some places thousands, of people turned out to protest what they viewed as unjust killings of African American men.
Recently, actress Taraji P. Henson was quoted in an article saying that she would send her son to an HBCU, like Howard University, so that he would avoid “racial profiling.” In an article on the Essence website, Henson described two separate incidents in which he son was racially profiled by campus police on two separate university campuses. So, to avoid that from happening again, she decided that she is sending her son to a black college.
Interracial has seemed to become synonmous with “white” for many of my friends. The music that I like, the books I read, and even the clothes I wear are considered “white.” I thought that I would escape this idea of being “white washed” in college, but it has seemed to follow me even into my adult years.