Cultural Standpoint Paper

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Cultural Standpoint Paper Speech Communication 1500 March 2, 2011
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When I first stepped into a classroom on the campus of the University of Georgia, I was posed with a question that would be glued to my mind throughout my life. The question seemed to be simple by definition but it had several answers that made it complex. My first professor looked me square in my eyes like a lion staring down his prey and asked me “Who am I?” At the time, I did not realize how powerful that question was. I quickly responded, “ I am a black male with dreams and aspirations of being successful, so when I have a family I will be able to provide for them.” My professor seemed to be moved by my words; he was like any person that can speak with such ebullience and conviction about themselves should be victorious in their endeavors. I felt prideful about those comments, since I was the only black person in my class. When I was in high school, my skin color was not on my mind constantly because I went to a predominantly black school. On the other hand being at the University of Georgia, my race and my gender are the most important things to me. The reasons for that are very straightforward. UGA’s population has approximately six percent of African Americans attending and of those six percent there are approximately one point nine percent of African American men. In a world that steadily throws curve balls at African American men, I have to be one of those African American men that succeed by hitting the homerun. I learned from my family that this world would chew a black male up and spit them out without a warning. I will never forget the conversation my mom and I had when I was around sixteen. I wanted some gold teeth just because my friends had them and I felt that they were cool at the time. My mom told me that my appearance and my
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attitude dictated how I was going to be perceived to the world. She followed up by saying those were the things I could control. As a child, I did not want to hear this life lesson but
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