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I'm Black and Apparently, That's the Problem

December 29, 2019

I'm black. I've never pretended to be anything else. Although, I've tried to act according to my level of education, I've always known what I could and couldn't do based on my race. I'm not Barack Obama black. I'm not Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson black. Hell, I'm not even Kevin Hart black. I'm a black man, raised in poverty in the ghetto of Gary, Indiana, who has attempted to defy the odds and advance beyond the color of my skin.

 

Black people are the most loyal people on this earth when given the chance. It's both our biggest strength and biggest weakness. I can honestly admit it’s mostly why I have the non-black friends that I have. I've proven that I have their backs when they need me and vice versa. In other words, they gave me the chance that some blacks never get. I love my non-black friends. It’s a testament of how the people in this country have grown. However, I know that wasn't always the case. When a non-black person meets me, I'm immediately stereotyped until I prove myself. That's unfortunate. Because of my upbringing, I'm loud, drink forty ounces and say "mother fucker" a lot. But my loyalty makes my friendship invaluable. 

 

So, who are all these politicians, basketball, football and baseball black people? Apparently, they're not black until they screw up. (Just ask Antonio Brown) I see all these non-blacks, who secretly hate black people, and the ones that just come out and admit it, cheering for black athletes like they're the second coming of Jesus Christ. Boxers, because of the brutality of the sport, have always been black, and always will be. I'm that kind of black. However, when I was taking Political Science courses in college, I tried to act as a politician would. Therefore, I was, "that guy". I was approachable. I was that guy that you could talk to. I was that guy that you didn't have to cross the street when you saw me approaching. I actually hated being, "that guy". It's insulting.

 

People think I'm liberal because I'm black. Bottom line; conservatives/republicans are just bat-shit crazy...period. (They are more than welcomed to keep Kanye West) So where does that leave me? An educated black man and writer with the potty-mouth of a sailor? I'm looked at as being just another black person from the hood. Why? Because I don't speak eloquently? Because I can't act? Shoot a three pointer? Rush for one hundred yards a game? Hit fifty homers in a season? It's all the above. But don't get me wrong, I'm not knocking any of those black people. They're just using their God-given talents. It's just funny and sad to see what happens when they fall from grace and they're considered to be just another "nigger".

 

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