Is Being “The First” African American in History Getting Played Out?

In 2018 African Americans are still breaking history by being the first African Americans in history to accomplish something.

Londed Breed- First Black Mayor of San Francisco (2018)

Ava DuVernay- First African-American woman to be nominated for Best Director by the Golden Globe Awards for Selma .

Kamala Harris – First woman, first African American and first Indian American to be California Attorney General.

Virgil Abloh- First African American artistic director at Louis Vuitton

These are just a few of the Black and African American people to be “the first” in categories like politics, fashion and film. Being a member of Black Twitter, you see a lot of opinions, these opinions are sometimes, negative, ignorant, uplifting and educational. It wasn’t my first time seeing someone tweet about how they are ashamed that African Americans are still being “the first” to do something in this advanced world we live in now. I understand this view because we have progressed so much since slavery times but unfortunately we still have a lot more work to do.

Me personally, it is not surprising and I am not ashamed of it. I believe it is a great thing that we are still breaking barriers like this. There are a lot more white people then there are Black people and they are the ones that are at the top of their jobs with big titles like, CEO. Also, I do not believe being the first still to this day is something to be ashamed about because we have a lot more work to do as a community and a culture; we have a lot more work to do to keep getting the title as “the first” so the next generation of kids can follow in our foot steps and make these companies and titles like Louis Vuitton, The Golden Globe, Attorney General and Mayor filled with more people that look like us.

Instead of dwelling on the fact that we are still we are still behind, lets dwell on the fact that we are still progressing! We gon’ be ALRIGHT!

 

 

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