It's the first day of class and I'm late....
I walk into the room, and much to my surprise, my professor is black! Sadly, this is a shocking revelation since I am attending a university that has a very robust international population. In my entire time at this university I have NEVER had a professor that bore any resemblance to myself.
So I'm sitting here, in my last semester of Grad school, looking around the room to see if I know anyone in my class.
Knowing someone definitely makes life easier when it's time to pick teams for group projects!
I see someone that I remember from my terrible, god-awful, horrendous statistics class during the summer session. Now I am thinking that this semester won't be so bad at all!
As I settle in more, and I stopped being in awe of the pigmentation of the lecturer, I realize that it's just me and him in this room. I mean, we are the only two people in the room that represent our race. Even this is a stretch because out of the two of us, I am the only one that is native born in America.
I feel like something is horribly wrong with this picture. I would like to believe that there are those that have elected to buck the system and make it without a fancy piece of paper. If that is the case, can someone please let me in on the secret?
The unfortunate truth about this story, is that there are a higher percentage of African-American males in prisons than higher learning institutions. I don't exactly come from much and I've lived in neighborhoods where I could've gone either good or bad. In spite of our surroundings, however, my parents did an amazing job encouraging us to be better, keeping us busy, and focused on our schooling.
I feel that is the job of parents in general. We are coming up in an age where parents would rather party than raise their kids. They are stuck in a loop of trying to relive whatever they may have missed because they had children too young.
With all of this, I feel like I am in a minority of minorities working to greater things. Working towards evolution of the culture. This is a LOT of pressure. It's something that I feel I can handle, but I feel like I am part of a select few carrying the culture into the future.