During February I attended an event put on by the Black Student Association on a Saturday night. Because I was just invited to tag along with my friends, I didn’t really know what I was actually going to until we got there. When we arrived we had to pay $5 at the door to get in. We walked in and were surrounded with noises of slam poetry, and views of fresh paintings and merchandise made by the students. Although some of the things sold were hip and new, some of the art and items were cultural, and it was truly stunning. Another fun thing about the night was when one of the students came out in a full outfit and danced to Micheal Jackson’s Billy Jean. He had the gloves, and the hat and did the moon walk perfectly, it was so cool. However, my favorite part of the night though was listening to the slam poetry. Being one of the only people not of color in the room, it was really eye opening to me to hear a different prospective. This first year at OU, I have realized that so many people only chose to surround themselves with people who are like them ,and who almost even look like them as well. And for these people, I just feel like you are truly at a loss. If you surround yourself with the same type of people, with the same looks, and same backgrounds, the truth is that you are never going to learn anything about yourself, or the world we live in.
Being the only white person in the room, I’m not going to lie, at some points made me feel a bit out of place. But then I stopped to think how naive I must seem, because this is how minorities feel all the time. I feel really fortunate to have experienced something like this with people who are different from me. Because not only did I learn a lot, but my eyes were opened and so were my thoughts. It was a great night and I am so glad I went.