I have been through so much but yet they do not see. I just want to not be judged by what the media portrays. I want the opportunity to share my story and let people know I am completely different from what they assume. Please don’t judge me until you get to know me.

I spent the last 22 years fighting for my life. Since the day I made it to the earth from my mother’s womb, it has been a struggle. I worked hard to not fall into the norm and rise above the expectations they had for me. But as I began to climb people around me began to sink and sink. They did not see my progression as something positive but more like I was changing for something different. They exiled me because my grandparents decided they wanted something different for me. I was not raised by my parents and miss every opportunity that so many take for granted everyday.

But as I climbed higher the fewer blacks I saw. Yes, I am a African-American male. I fight everyday in college to continue to beat the odds that are stacked against me. I don’t have to have the American dream,  just a simple life better than that of my grandparents will do me just fine. To have some friends who understand the struggles and potential I have that often goes unseen at first glance due to the color of my skin. I am just as American as you and want to be treated as an individual.

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