Proud To Be Black At NevadaPosted on Monday, July 13, 2020
President & Co-founder of Wolf Speaks (Spoken Word Poetry Club), Member of A.B.L.E. Women, Volunteered for Pack Provisions food pantry
Passions: Poetry, Activism (black rights, LGBTQ+ rights, woman’s right etc.)
What does your identity mean to you?
My Black Pride
I have pride for I am Black
Even when others imply I shouldn’t
Even when there eyes follow me all the way to the checkout stand Even when racist lines slip from the tongues of snakes
I have pride.
Because I know that my pride
can never be taken or given by any other race
My pride did not come with birth.
It tooks years of learning,
Like learning my history did not start at the beginning of slavery Even though people and textbooks try to convey it that way
So now, I celebrate the Queens and Kings,
cultures of the African diaspora and the soil of the motherland.
My pride took years of experience gain, Wearing this skin as a flag
standing for perseverance and faith
My black has never cracked no matter how many times the people behind the wips have tried to break our spirit My black had always refused to be silent
So, I stand and have pride for those who had stood before me.
My Black knows better anyone,
that change has never came easy
It comes with blood and tears and judgement.
Others don’t know what is it like to wear this skin
Be reminded daily of what people think of it.
I wear this skin symbolizing everything we have lost and everything we are demanding back.
I have pride
And when others question why I have it
I respond: If you only knew what this skin is made of.
What has your experience at Nevada been like & how it has been shaped by your identity?
I think going to a Predominantly White Institution such as the University of Nevada, Reno has made me hyper-aware of the racism that occurs. I am from Reno, Nevada so it did not take me by surprise as it did for some of my friends who had grown up in a more accepting environment. While attending Nevada I have experienced racism, backhanded compliments that are truly microaggressions, and taken note of all the tokenism that occurs on our campus. The thing I have longed for the most is for the University to realize that diversity is not just measured in numbers, or in how many people of color they can slap on the walls, or on pamphlets, or the website, or on murals. Achieving diversity means actually caring about students, giving them the resources they need, and making sure they feel safe on campus. Nevada has also been a place where I have grown. My freshman year I made it a goal to leave this campus better than I found it. I interned for the ASUN diversity and inclusion department, I created space for students to speak their truth through spoken word poetry, and I am currently involved in bringing meaningful public art to campus. Throughout my academic career, I have gone out of my way to take classes with Professors of color and learned so much from them, I have also got the opportunity to meet so many amazing black women in clubs and have created what I consider to be a sisterhood.