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The Problem With Saying "I'm Colorblind"

If you're a POC (Person of Color), you've most likely heard this phrase before: "I'm colorblind, I don't even see color!"
And no, I'm not talking about someone whose eyes don't take in color the way others do. I'm talking about the white people who respond to the issue of racism by saying that when they look at someone they don't see the color of their skin. According to them they don't even notice it, it doesn't matter to them.
Well, allow me to let you in on a little secret. People of color don't want you to disregard or ignore our race or nationality. We want it to be acknowledged and recognized because it's a source of pride. We're proud of who we are. We just want you to understand and be okay with that.

To say that you're colorblind is to ignore our struggles and triumphs as a person of color. If we wanted the world to be colorblind there wouldn't be a Black History Month or a Hispanic Heritage Month. There wo…

Diet Teas

It's no secret that people like to lose weight. Whether for health reasons or just a personal preference about your own body. But there are right ways to do so and I want to speak to you about something that is very very wrong.
So if you frequent Instagram you've probably seen a few posts about products like Flat Tummy Tea and Fit Tea. These are diet teas that claim they'll make you healthier and help you lose weight by helping you to detox. Well, none of it is true. 
What these teas really do are act as laxatives, I know gross, and have high amounts of caffeine in them as well. They can make you sick and damage your body. Your body can become dependent on them like it would a laxative. These teas can lead to sicknesses like anorexia and bulimia. They are a danger. 
I know for a lot of us we follow certain people on social media because they inspire us in one way or another and they can be classified as "Goals" but if you see someone promoting these products I ca…

Your Gun vs. A Life

Why do people treat the second amendment as some catch all term for the right to shoot at will? The second amendment has to do with protecting yourself and your loved ones from harm. It does not mean that you can grab an assault rifle and kill an entire group of people just because you feel like. The fact that there are people who are against stricter gun laws really shows where some of your priorities are.

Not on the people who are being slaughtered back to back lately, not for the families of said people. No, for your right to bare arms and own dangerous machinery, and for what? To do what with? Why does any civilian need military grade weaponry? We don't. We don't need them at all.

Listen, I live in a rather, let's say rough neighborhood. It's safe for me, yeah. But that's because everyone around here knows me. But for some people this can be a pretty risky place to live and it goes without saying the break ins do happen, but that doesn't mean I need an AR-1…

Social Responsibility

If we see something that needs to be addressed, is it alright for us to turn a blind eye or not say something because we are afraid of the backlash?

See, that's a question I asked myself when someone whom I used to really admire and look up to said that they didn't want to address heavy topics because the negative feedback they were getting was too much to handle.
I know it's sometimes hard to hold onto your confidence when you have people coming at you from all sides saying that what you're feeling and what you think is wrong. But in my opinion it's worse to hold your feelings in and pretend like something isn't happening. The world can be unforgiving, especially for people who are outspoken with no apologies.

The thing is, you're going to get that no matter what you talk about. No matter what you do in life, you're going to be faced with people who don't like your message. So why not make your message count? You can still do what you want. Have fu…

It's not just clothes. It's not just hair. It's not just music and words.

Okay, I have a new blog to just vent into. What's the first thing I'm gonna do? Oh yeah, dump a rant on it just so we know where we're going. Don't worry, don't fret. This isn't going to be the only thing on this blog. I'm just feeling something that I want to get off my chest.

Let me start by saying this: I'm a young black woman. I see things and I know things and I've experienced things that have shaped me into the woman I am today. Any black woman will tell you the same. I've had my natural hair texture insulted, I've been subject to colorism, and I've dealt with racism in multiple forms. So I react to certain things because I can see where it comes from and it affects me. It's a vicseral feeling. I feel it in my soul.

Just like I feel it in my soul when a non black person uses our slang or jocks our style and calls it their own. Gets plastic surgery to get big lips and somehow gets credit for starting the "Full lip trend&quo…