(The Root) — Plenty of us have been there: the lone black student in a poetry workshop full of white people, the only Asian family in a neighborhood full of everyone else. It inspires a bevy of feelings: defensiveness, loneliness, irritability.
Code Switch, NPR’s blog about race, culture and ethnicity, asked its Twitter followers for stories about their experiences being the only minority in social spaces like work and school. Code Switch is known for spearheading intriguing conversations online, and this one is still going strong a full day later. Check out some of the conversation, tagged with #IWasTheOnly, below.
— NPR’s Code Switch (@NPRCodeSwitch) August 6, 2013
— Dustin Chinn (@Madletters) August 7, 2013
#Iwastheonly blk girl in 3rd grade. Italian bestie said due to blk on blk violence, I wouldn’t live long, so “get married before u turn 10.”
— Akoto Ofori-Atta (@KO_616) August 7, 2013
#iwastheonly Black and/or African girl in my class my entire schooling til 10th grade. I hated the shape of my nose until 10th grade
— udee bassey (@udeebee) August 7, 2013
— Martha Tesema (@martesema) August 6, 2013
— marion teniade (@furiousstyles21) August 6, 2013