1. Cultural alienation
2. Historical omission
3. Political disenfranchisement
4. Lack of full educational opportunities because of the history of segregation where I was raised
5. Harassment by police when I have done nothing wrong. Happens consistently
6. Stereotyping by teachers thinking I was a "thug" or "bad student"
7. Monolingualism when we live in a multilingual world
Benefits? Ability to tell others that the reality of the end of the rainbow isn't what's being sold to us....