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I’m A Girl Who Lives In A Subculture Within A Subculture

Hi. My name is Katy. I'm a photograph found on the Internet, on a Tumblr blog. My real name is probably not Katy, but for the sake of this blog post, and my message to you---it's Katy okay?
I need to take a moment to vent. It's been awhile since I've had to get this off my chest, but here we go. Here's the deal. I'm a goth chick that listens to Alternative Goth, New Wave, Indie, and occasional Hip Hop. I like to smoke, drink PBR, and play the guitar with my boyfriend Ross. Ross is a dead ringer for Lenny Kravitz, but don't tell him that. He swears up and down that he doesn't resemble him since Lenny tossed the long locks years ago. Ross loves my punk style and we both share the same taste in music.

By Jamie Broadnax, AFROPUNK Contributor

People judge us not because of our taste in music, not because we're smokers, not because of how we dress or look, but because we're Afro Punks.

We are definitively a subculture within a subculture and that comes with a lot of judgement.

First-- there are not that many of us, which means we don't have a large following of people to back us up when judgement comes our way.


Second-- people tend to believe we are "trying" to be someone that we're not since apparently Ross and I didn't get the memo that black goths are posers (sarcasm). I had no idea.

Third-- I hate stereotypes and definitions. Don't define me as anything---unless you want to define me as a punk chick. I'll accept that.

The purpose of this message is to think outside of the box people. Don't define me by the color of my skin or the texture of my hair. Hell, if you're going to define me, then classify me as a member of the human race. One who seeks no harsh judgement, but instead would prefer acceptance.


So it's not that serious guys. Get over it. Just because you see us walking down the street, doesn't make us any less weird than everyone else. We're just willing to step outside of the box and commit to who we truly are.

Maybe one day the rest of the world will catch up.

Ross is a fictional character

* Jamie Broadnax is the writer and creator of the niche blogsite for nerdy women of color called Black Girl Nerds. Jamie has written for Madame Noire and is the VP of Digital for the online publishing hub the She Thrives Network.

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Comment by White Devil on October 31, 2013 at 12:59am

Kate I hope you don't let those idiots get to you, you are a beautiful person and it takes allota' guts to stand up for what you believe in, good for you, now that is fuckin' punk rock!!!

       Punk is about telling the system to fuck off, doing what you want and not caring what people think as well as not following the path of fascism that a bunch of dipshits in suits try to set forth.  Punk is NOT about skin color and never has been........... I can't count how many heads I have bashed in back in the day due to people trying to say that punk isn't for mexican kids and black kids...I am getting pissed off now just thinking about it :)  

This whole subculture within a subculture thing pisses me off just about as much as those fucks...........because it is advocating segregation and to me that is fucked because it just helps keep the system strong by people fighting over trivial bullshit like skin color..............

UNITY will free us.

Comment by Jaz Dragon on October 21, 2013 at 3:30pm

I agree with the general gist of this article and the idea of acceptance and being (as people seem so determined to do) "classified" as a member of the Human Race. Majorities especially need to recognize that Accepting = Acknowledging, not Dismissing.

Comment by Spook Squad on October 21, 2013 at 2:54pm

As I posted below, yes, that's Skin in the pics, but I believe the author of this piece was just using her image. Skin didn't write this, it says written Jamie Broadnax.  But since Skin is such a well-known model on FB, I think she should have a least been credited somewhere, perhaps with the "Ross is fictional" asterisk.

Comment by Jawara Blake on October 21, 2013 at 9:35am
It's her and I remember being a black punk in the 90's it is at least gotten better for us a little bit but it is definitely a subculture of a subculture.
Comment by Richard Sanders on October 20, 2013 at 11:17pm

Not sure but i think this chick is Skin Diamond of so this post just got 20% cooler 

Comment by No Mo on October 18, 2013 at 6:37pm
what if you were defined as a punk bitch would that be ok since chick is the hip-hop expletive replacement for bitch???
Comment by Jordana on October 16, 2013 at 8:56pm

From one black goth to another, in solidarity: * hug*

Comment by Spook Squad on October 16, 2013 at 8:46pm

Hey, that's Skin, in these pics. She's a fetish model. I've always liked her hair.

Comment by Jawara Blake on October 16, 2013 at 6:58pm
I feel your pain chica. I have lived as an Afro punk my whole life. People always stare and then get over it. I get more questions from children about my long hair, piercings and tattoos. Be free.
Comment by Jon Lester on October 16, 2013 at 6:56pm

You should spend a few days here in Athens, GA and see how you like it.


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