| January 02 2017,

12:13 am

Tokenism.

Unfortunately, many black folks who spend any amount of time in predominantly white spaces inevitably have to deal with this phenomenon which reduces their value of blackness to appease white guilt or fill some "diversity quota." This is especially true if you've ever felt misunderstood at a predominantly white institution. 

Two poets (Akeem Olaj, FreeQuency) from Slam New Orleans take this issue head on with a descriptive and witty piece about their time as tokens at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA.

To view more of Akeem Olaj's work, like his Facebook page. To view more of FreeQuency's work, follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Have you ever felt the pressure of tokenism? Share your thoughts below in the comments.

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