Recently, I’ve started my first year in college at a predominately white school (my twin sister and I are the only Black freshmen). They aren’t used to different cultures, and so they don’t know what to say and tend to be insensitive. We’re not the type to speak to any and everyone so I guess they find that strange. A young [white] lady I sit next to in one of my classes never speaks to me and won’t make eye contact. I didn’t think much of it, knowing that some people are just shy. Come to find out, she expressed to a friend of hers- that later told me, “Ashley (myself) seems nice, but if you get on her bad side she’ll probably fu*k you up. She’s always so angry.” And also, that she’s afraid of my sister and I. At first I laughed it off, but later I felt that maybe I should just smile more, maybe I should prove them wrong and show that I too am capable of being/looking friendly. But did she try to get to know me? No. Did she ask me what was wrong? No. If at a glance I look “unapproachable” and “scary” to someone, that’s not someone I want to get to know anyway. People will prejudge you till the day you die, and trying please them all is a lost cause. But if you change anything, change for yourselves. Not because someone else thinks you should. Hopefully this helps :)
(Photo: Courtesy of History.navy.mil)
On Oct. 19, 1944, the U.S. Navy began admitting African-American women to serve as administrative officers in the Women’s Reserve of the U.S. Navy. Despite this groundbreaking order, Black women remained largely unrepresented in the naval branch.
Of the more than 80,000 women serving during World War II, only 72 were African-American.
The U.S. military’s history of racial segregation formally came to an end on July 26, 1948, when President Harry S. Truman signed Executive Order 9981, the legislation that integrated all branches of the U.S. armed forces."
Monday August 20th, Governor Mark Dayton appointed Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright to the position of Associate Justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court. She will go down in Herstory as the first Black woman Supreme Court Justice in Minnesota.