By Jordan M. Martin, A.P. Lit Student
Being a black man in America, I feel invisible all the time. Living in a prominently all-white neighborhood, and having to wake up every morning to go to a mostly white school makes me feel invisible. Sitting in class being the only black person half the time makes me feel invisible. Knowing that everything I do, I have to work twice as hard as the person next to me makes me feel invisible.
Although being an invisible man in many situations has proven to be a hardship, I embrace it. I embrace the fact that I am unique, and the color of my skin intimidates people. It has taught me to never back down from anyone or anything no matter what it may be.
I have also learned to be proud of where I come from despite what others may believe. My invisibility has allowed me to gain a confidence that most people wouldn’t have. Being invisible can teach you ways to cope with difficult situations in life.
is bound up
for we can
- Bishop Desmond Tutu
Contributors to the blog are students in Ms. Washington's classes: Seniors in Advance Placement Literature and 9th grade ELA.