Presented to: Dr. Rackley
African American Experience
April 19, 2012
Intro: My name is Jasmine Sylvester. I am 22 years old and a student at Southern University. I am Biracial. I was born to a Caucasian Mother and African American Father. Though I was too young to realize but this wasn’t as excepted in the early 80’s as it is now. As a Biracial young women, I consider myself to have the best of both worlds. As a student in this African American Experience class I have been enlightened to hear about my culture on both ends of the spectrum; as I can relate because I have two viewpoints. Throughout this paper I will take you through the journey of my life (the way I see it).
My First Encounter: When I was young I had a lot of friends which included people from all races. I lived on a military base most of my adolescent years therefore I was exposed to different races at a very early age. I never knew about racism because it simply didn’t exist in the form where I could understand it at the time. However, I have one vivid memory of me and my friends playing with baby dolls at my house. While playing with the dolls I remember me having a Caucasian doll as well as my friends having one. Then suddenly one girl snatched the white baby doll out of my hands and preceded to hand me the black baby. She said “you can’t have a white baby; you have to have a black baby because it’s dirty like you”. The race of the baby dolls didn’t matter to me I just wanted to play with my dolls with my friends. At the time I didn’t fully understand why I was being called “dirty” or the concept of me not being able to have a white baby doll. However, I left with one memory that day and that will forever be embarked on my conscious and that is that we are all different. My mother had always provided dolls of different races to me as a child, therefore I had no concept of the difference in skin color. Though I did realize that we all didn’t...