By: Alysha Payne, Columnist
This semester I have had such a great time writing “The Black Sheep” and I’m glad it has been such a learning experience for both myself and those who continually read and interacted with me every week. So I wanted to write about some of the things I learned while writing this column.
- Raven-Symone’s conversations make for great column ideas.
- Being put on a schedule is actually really good for writing.
- Google is an awesome way of keeping up with the latest black news.
- So is Twitter.
- Support comes from where you least expect it.
- But, so does racism and non-supporters.
- Names in the workplace are way more important than you would think.
- Racism definitely still exists today.
- BSU really is lit.
- Being a Black woman is a lot more difficult nowadays.
- Speaking up for a group of people can be a great way to show your support for them.
- There is a plethora of Black excellence in the world right now, and there always will be.
- Celebrating Black excellence is a great way not to get bummed out by the troubling news.
- HBCU and PWI colleges/university have different “personalities” but will still offer you an amazing college experience nonetheless.
- Racism definitely still exists today. (Yes, I listed this twice.)
- Personal experiences shape an opinion, but that doesn’t make yours invalid if you lack one.
- Many will tell you that your opinion is wrong and it isn’t OK to say to others.
- But, it is OK to have a personal opinion about something.
- Don’t let anybody scare you out of your opinion.
- Racism AND inequalities for various factors definitely still exists today. (Third time, for effect.)
Although, this was only a partial list of the things I have learned this semester while writing this column, I am so gratefully that I was learning about struggles and excellence that have been taking place and just educating myself on my community in general. And to me, it felt rewarding to feel like I had a voice in it. This has been a great semester and hopefully, this continues to be a learning experience for me in the coming semesters.