One of the most important, funny, and sometimes painfully true trends on Twitter this past week came from the hashtags #growingupblack, #growinguphispanic, #growingupasian, and other variations. Non-white Twitter users shared experiences about being a kid, from favorite foods to traditions, to relationships with parents and dealing with racism.
Some users used #growingupblack to talk about the rituals of dealing with black hair, to awkward moments in class.
Others on #growingupasian mentioned food and the excitement of getting money from relatives.
While #growinguphispanic had some mentions of Vapo Rub and managing the responsibility of biligualism in the family.
#GrowingUpHispanic Translating what ur teacher said to ur mom and u would bs some stuff so u would look like a good student 😂— Hispanic Parents (@HispanlcParents) July 16, 2015
But many tweets, often with a sense of humor, talked about growing up with racism or discrimination in many forms, from classmates to movies.
#GrowingUpAsian having your peers disregard every achievement you make with "it's just because you're asian"— fka caitlyn (@lilacisms) July 15, 2015
#GrowingUpHispanic always getting called a Mexican even if we weren't— Ying Ling (@Isaiah_Colon123) July 16, 2015
#GrowingUpBlack (Dies first in a horror film)— 1994 Subaru Outback (@Sadieisonfire) July 16, 2015
But whatever the experience, these hashtags are a way for non-white users to talk about childhood experiences we don't hear about often.