“I’m Black”

On the first day of most classes I’ve ever taught, I ask kids to write some info about themselves on a note card.  I use this to help learn the names and character of the group I’m working with.  One of the last items I ask for is, “Tell me something unique or special about you.”

Many times I have gotten those cards back from kids where that item is answered in two words: “I’m black.”

No other ethnicity is ever used as an answer for that prompt.  Usually people just note that they play an instrument, or moved here from somewhere else, or love kittens, or something like that.

Does this tell us anything about the state of race in our society?