Black folks; this one’s for you. White people, Hispanics, Asians and everyone else, this goes out to you as well. It just directly affects Black people a little bit more. Hope that first sentence did not make you feel alienated. If so, here’s a digital hug. Come on…Bring it on in here…
There you go. Thank you for not doing any unnecessary rubbing, sound effects or lingering during that hug and turning it awkward. Now, back to the business at hand. Black people; Have any of you ever seen fellow Black folks act a country-fried fool in public among people of other races to the point that it makes you feel slightly embarrassed for all Blackpeoplekind? Does it make you think “Man, these fools are messing it up for all of us! I’m gonna get racially profiled one of these days because of your dumb asses!”
I wonder if other races feel the need to separate themselves from the dumber elements within their ranks, or if this is a psychological byproduct of colonialism, slavery, being considered 3/5ths of a man, Jim Crow, the Tuskegee Experiment, Birth of a Nation, Black-face, police brutality, VH1 reality TV and all the other heinous things that have happened over the years. The feeling is an inner urge to stop negative stereotypes from being perpetuated, as if it would bring an end to racism and bigotry.
It’s a silly notion because people who assume entire races are a certain way are going to do so regardless of how you act around them. Some folks are too lazy to think or lack the ability to, so stereotypes save them time and effort.
I had these thoughts today because I was taking Metro around noon, and I witnessed an 18 or 19 year old skinny guy yelling at a woman and her boyfriend and trying to pick a fight with them. It appeared as if he tried to hit on her and took offense to being turned down(despite the fact that her man was right next to her). The mere fact that rejection turned this fool into a raging lunatic leads me to believe that he’s either an actual rapist, or it’s just a matter of time. The situation deteriorated to angry skinny future rapist spitting on the woman, her spitting back on him, and then the couple breaking an umbrella over his head which prompted him to run to the next car, still cursing and yelling.
Now, the fact that I was the only Black male on this train not involved with the foolishness didn’t bother me until I noticed some of the other passengers began looking at me when it was over as if to gauge my reaction. It was almost like they expected me to address them on behalf of Black America and say something like “Ladies and gentlemen, I am Black, therefore I am qualified to speak for all Blacks worldwide. What you just witnessed is not representative of my people on a whole; It was merely a bunch of simpletons. Jackasses come in all shapes, colors, races, creeds and backgrounds. I forgive them, for they know not what they do. Vote Obama. Amen. Good night, and good luck.”
So now, dear readers, I ask you: Have any of you ever felt like this before? I can’t be the only person who has had this thought. Non-Black people, feel free to chime in with your thoughts as well, especially if you have experienced some variation of this feeling I described.Tweet