When You’re the Only Minority in the Room

Twitter responded when NPR's Code Switch asked for tales about being the only member of one's ethnic group in a social setting.

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(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.