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Teah Mogae

It always seems impossible until it is done -Nelson Mandela-

I just watched the new season of #youcantaskthat tonight on the ABC which interviewed people of African backgrounds and got them to address stereotypical questions on being African such as -
Did you grow up in a hut?
Do African men have big appendages?
Do Africans just drive taxis๐Ÿš•?
Is it okay for people to randomly touch your hair/skin?
The show had a wide selection of people from different ethnic backgrounds and ages in different parts of Australia with different life experiences which was awesome ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ. Their answers, demeanour etc were all varied and their answers hopefully enlighten those we live around.

An interesting question posed was "As a chocolate coloured person, can one ever just be Australian? Not African or African-Australian just like is extended to other races?" ๐Ÿค”

An interesting comment was, "When I walk into a place, I have to play small so those around me are not intimidated by my presence" which hit home and is such a shame๐Ÿ˜ž.

I thought it would have been great to throw a ๐Ÿ”ง in the works and illustrate that Africans come in more flavours than milk chocolate๐Ÿซ and dark chocolate but that infact, there are Caucasian and people who may look South East Asian who may originate from Africa just so the general public understand our different flavours. Obviously ๐Ÿซ- coloured people walk a different path but I am intrigued why that ommission was made๐Ÿคจ.

I am hopeful though, that with time there will be gradual change to the narrative of what being African - Australian is and our ๐Ÿซ-coloured kids will be judged by their character and not the colour of their skin ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ .
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