The one thing I’ve never understood about many black teenagers is when they use the word “Oreo” to describe another black person. For those who don’t know what an Oreo is, it is used as a term to describe a black person who apparently talks and acts like a white person. It is a metaphor which indicates being white on the inside but black on the outside. Why are white people the only people entitled to have the right to speak with proper etiquette and to educate themselves according to these teenagers?
These teenagers will insult a black person for talking without slang and talking properly but yet will cry racism if a white person asked why black people don’t talk properly. All of our black fathers and mothers and aunts and uncles wish the best for us in terms of education and integrating ourselves into the society.
This might be foreign to these teenagers as once we start getting straight A grades, and are able to hold intellectual conversations with the lecturer and, carry out the dreams of our parents to become the smart intelligent child they wished for, they call us an Oreo. It is as if they are labelling us as a traitor. As if we are betraying our skin and culture purely because we are not mirror images of themselves.
It’s crazy, I see so many young black people hide their true self just to fit in. Even though they go home every day and eat jollof with super malt and dance azonto, during the day and at school they are considered an Oreo. They then understand what they must do to “fit in” so they drop their grades and change their attitude and ethic to learning which only causes the stereotype about black people to persist.
Do you honestly believe that your black parents migrated here for you to “jam on road for abit after skl n trap den go home.” Whether you do that or not is not my problem, just don’t criticise the black people who go home and study and get good grades and go to university and build a name for themselves, just because you feel their lifestyle is not “black enough.” A black person who criticises another black person for being intelligent and educated is no different from the white man who believes all black people are uneducated, criminals and are in poverty.
It is not only white people who can become powerful, educated and influential figures. The people you call “Oreo” are the intelligent black people who are breaking the stereotype for you. The ones who are destroying the barrier between a typical black person and a typical white person in the western world. The people many of our parents, wish you were.
Conrad, London UK