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By: Alysha Payne, Columnist

Hey everyone! My name is Alysha and currently I am a sophomore transfer student who came from a little school up in Pennsylvania. I’m so excited that Towson has welcomed me with open arms, and that The Towerlight has as well! I am very excited to be able to share this new column with you all.


Yes, I am an African-American (or Black) young woman. In light of many recent events, I decided pitch this column, The Black Sheep, to The Towerlight.
I am no African-American activist…yet. I say yet because I, like everyone with colored skin, see the headlines, notice the discrimination and see that I am not necessarily expected to succeed at much of anything. But I remain more objective to many issues that concern those of color than some others do. However, one person or group of people can only remain passive for so long. I am not here to disrespect, disregard, or offend any person or group of people. I am simply here for something that we are all in need for. The truth. We cannot blind ourselves from this issue any longer.
Now, this is not a police-bashing, woe-is-me, generalization making pity party for all those who aren’t white. I am not here to create an anti-White forum to shove melanin down people’s throats. However, please understand that a lot of what we do go through is a serious matter in our community and this isn’t something that can be taken lightly.
This is a learning experience for a lot of us, including me. There are many social injustices that are committed against us, not only as of late, but also in the past. And I am here to keep you informed on it. This is a first-person insight into what it is like to be an average Black American nowadays and I’m sure a lot of us have a lot to say about it. And I will try my best to let everyone have a say in this column.
Everyone’s opinion is important to me. However, I, of course, reserve the right to keep true to mine, as I expect others to. Whether it is bad or good, I love a good conversation on ongoing issues, so when you have something to say to me about my column feel free to tell me on Twitter! This is a conversation-based column; I want everyone’s opinion! Make sure you stay tuned!

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