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ODE Opinion Editor Tyree Harris in Oregonian

12/8/2010: UO student and ODE Opinion Editor Tyree Harris has an extremely interesting Op-Ed in the Oregonian on black culture and his place in it. (Thanks to Tomchak for the link.)

Being called a sellout because I don’t accept the media-spun perceptions of blackness made me paranoid and uncomfortable. I was afraid to hang out with white people because I didn’t want to look like a sellout, and when I did my white “friends” would make snarky little race jokes to remind me I was different.

On the same note, I didn’t care to hang with a lot of black people because I felt insulted and betrayed by them, and when I did they would make fun of me for trying to be smart or for hanging out with white people.

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