The other day my friend asked me what I considered myself. I told her I usually say black since saying I'm Native tends to make people ask a lot of questions.
Then some irrelevant bitch chimes into the conversation and gives me a dirty looks saying “It’s African American, not Black”.
Mind you I go to a predominately white school.
Black Kids Raised In A White Community Problems
That awkward moment when you hang in a mostly white crowd and someone lets something even vaguely racist slip from their ignorant lips. Then you give them the ‘Uhm did you forget that I’m here?’ look and they reply with “Oh well you aren’t really black anyway.”
First off, that is offensive for a slew of reason. In you saying, “you’re not really black” that is offensive to my race as a whole. I am black and I claim to be so proudly. By saying that I am not black due to the way I speak, act or dress is to imply that I can not be black due to the fact that all black people are ignorant and uneducated heathens.
This is not true. However, most people in America, black and white alike tend to let this stereotype continue to define the black community as a whole. I find it ridiculous that one can say that another is not black because they carry themselves in such a way. Is that to say that all white people or Asian people that speak in broken English and gang bang or actually black? No.
Furthermore, I find it most disheartening when I hear this from other black men and women. Saying someone who speaks and acts a certain way in in fact not black, as their skin would show, but white. That is a direct insult to your own race. Saying that means that you are reinforcing a negative stereotype. You are essentially stating that all black people are ignorant, uneducated, ghetto, etc. These are then the same people who blame others for racism when they are promoting it themselves.
Additionally, for those who do uphold the negative stereotype by joining gangs and speaking in a less than refined way, I don’t believe anyone can judge or bash them for their lifestyle. I don’t think many people choose to be in gangs and lose friends constantly from violent and sometimes random acts. They don’t choose to quit school early to join gangs to get money. They do so bc it seems to be the right idea at the time. And without a support system to tell them otherwise, they think that’s all they have. If you’re at home wondering what you’re going to eat that night or if the heat will stay on, homework moves its way down on the priority list. Most in these situations typically find themselves in the position in the first place because they don’t have the support or resources that othes have. So put yourself in someone else’s shoes before you judge.
That being said, this rant got away from me a bit because it originally began as a status but I get so sick of people assuming all black people are ignorant beings with no purpose in life that only hang around in gangs and cause trouble for the general public. I get so tired of having to defend myself personally as well as having to defend my entire race just because one person doesn’t know how to act.
Ignorance is not bliss my friends.
The Media Made Me Hate Black People
Catchy title? More like a self-realization. Read below before you judge…
I got trial version of Amazon Prime.
Okay, I got it to waive the shipping cost of my headphones and other things for the next few weeks. (I plan on getting some stuff from Amazon. Might as well)
I decided… since I’m on a free trail, why not enjoy a few movie? So, I was looking for the Marvel movies. Of all the Marvel movies I wanted to watch, only two got in… Capt. America and Thor. Okay, fine.
But then I decided I need to watch a good movie. What’s a good movie? Anything that looks good for the price. I mean, it’s Amazon Prime, I wasn’t expecting major blockbusters! But I need a mixture of blockbusters and “Decent B-Movies” so I can have more inspiration.
As I’m going through the catalog, I noticed a pattern. For about every 10 movies featuring a White person, there’s one movie featuring Black people or other PoCs. There’s about 20 movies a page and I went through close to 125 pages.
Then, I ran into this movie, and thought… “Wow. First Black movie I ran into that’s good.”
Then my world stopped! My thoughts were…
“I was looking…
… through a list… and realized that there are Black people in movies!”
And then, I went back and review a few pages… and look through more.
I realized something…
I HATE BLACK PEOPLE!
It didn’t occurred to me until page 130-something that I accepted that a good movie must have a White person in the main role! All the Black movies I ran into until that one was unoriginal, uninspired stories that I heard before.
We don’t have interesting stories where the Plot device isn’t a Cookout, Basketball, or Dancing?
Black sexuality attracted me because it was DIFFERENT!
I’m looking for MORE stories, more original stories that we’re in and then I ran into Ghost Dog and Foxy Brown. Now keep in mind, I was looking for stories outside the normal “African-American Niche”…
… and I’m thinking to myself…
… I don’t have a lot of stories about people like me. No Black geek stories about struggles with freelancing, no Black doctor stories… no Black documentary about discovering things… I am so WHITE washed that I never noticed.
*sighs* Is it just me?
Did the Media Programmed me to hate me? Or am I taking this way out there?