African Americans or Black people are many times considered as being a “token” in situations where they are the only one. But, I’m sure any minority can feel this way given the circumstances. These individuals find that in being a “token” they have to validate, disprove, or represent for an entire culture all while assimilating to another culture in order to gain acceptance. In this circus like balancing trick, that amounts to nothing more than the entertainment and easiness for others, those folks burdened with playing token never find themselves. My message is simple: Find yourself.
Tokens are not tokens unless they decide to be. Tokens are the most visually unique person in the room. There is no need to call attention to it, or try to hide it. The unique qualities speak for themselves. Moreover, “tokens” or the only one of their kind, in the room, should not feel the need to conform. Especially since they never really will be able to conquer that conquest. And, those around them shouldn’t want them to either. It is understandable that having them take on certain cultural norms makes life easier for the rest, but no one, and i mean no one stops and considers that soul of the unique one. What about the ease for them and their cultural norms they may be forced to abandon?
Bring yourself to the world, without having to worry about the skin the universe gave you. Bring your identity to those around you, not the other way around. Even though it is a give-and-take situation, you should be able to give something. Diversity is not just in sight, but in sound, personality, ideas, and more. Embrace your similarities and differences alike without fear of judgment and loneliness.