Hi,I'AM A 17 yr old African American girl and I'am interested in being a
goth. I listen to goth music: Bauhaus, switchblade symphony,the
cure.etc,wear black clothes,read Gothic literature, look at dark art, and
watch old horror movies. but my mom thinks i only like goth for the
fashion,i'm not really a goth inside,and my room isn't very goth.What should
I personally am of the belief that if you like Goth things, which you do, and you want to be a Goth, which you seem to, then you are a Goth. It's not unusual to feel like you have to do something "more" (I get similar e-mails all the time) but that's really it.
As for your mother, what she's saying is plainly not true. You do like things about Goth that aren't fashion related, so just don't worry about it. She might be slightly confused about what Goth is, so if you really feel the need you can explain it to her, but personally I don't think you need to prove your gothness to her or to anyone else.
A few years ago I posted a list of 100 DIYs for Goth dorms which would probably also work for your room. If you can't paint your room, I also have a post about disguising a non-goth wall color in your room.
You might also want to check out Pinterest for some more inspiration: I have a bunch of boards dedicated to Gothic decor and you can have a poke around to see what you like and what you might want to do to your room.
Long-time readers will know that I take a more relaxed approach to being a Goth. Being a Goth shouldn't be difficult or something you have to try really hard to do, it should just be who you are. What do you all think about the process of "becoming a Goth"?