I know, I know. I promised the next Can We Talk? segment would be about the black lady killed in DC when she tried to ram the White House. And maybe we will get to that one day. There are a lot of issues involved I wanna deal with on that matter
But something just came up. Mostly it came up in my mind. Its a busy place in there so when something sticks its head up, I try to whack it then before it goes back….
When I was a little boy growing up in Alabama, seems there were two narratives about black folks (come to think of it, there were two narratives about most non white groups), in the collective minds of white people. There was all them N—–s are sorry, lying, no good and stupid and lazy. Alternatively: all those black folks are good folks, they treat us so good, they love us more than they love themselves.
I admit I lean towards the later, because that is what I saw, as an entitled little white kid, and given only these two socially acceptable narratives, I do find the latter to be more believable. As I have grown up, I have realized that both lines are traps, for not only the mind of the white person, but for whichever minority one is discussing.
And while I will admit there is a thug subculture that leads a lot of young black and other minority males into a wasteful existence, by and large, I see minorities, while not as blindly devoted to the white overlords as the childhood narrative would have us believe, to be solid, “go get the job done”, be it mucking out a stable or running the country.
And I have heard the Saturday “barbershop talk” the bemoaning of the stupidity of The Man, but come Monday morning, those same complainers are back on the job, with shovel or pen and clipboard, or whatever tool of the trade, going about their work.
In fairness, most white folks are about the same, but for some reason, maybe the centuries of entitlement, even when the entitlement meant controlling your own little hovel on the King’s land, white folks are more likely to stand on the overpass waving a flag protesting things they don’t even understand. White folks are more likely to pull out a gun and shoot half the workplace or school. White folks are more likely to stand up and say, “No!”
Not that some black folks haven’t and don’t continue to this day to stand up and try to stop the train, but more often I have found the Black man (or brown, or woman), might do a slow burn, might even mutter something under their breathe, but they unload the truck, pour the concrete, teach the class, go to court or make the rounds on the floor, make the dinner, clean the bathroom, or run the country. They more often than not, see there is work, and they do it.
Mr. President, I am glad you are exhibiting the “Work to be done” attitude. I hope my white brethren in congress will get out of the barbershop on time to get some work done on Monday…..