You Don’t Act Black

images (20)One day at school, I was talking to a Black friend of mine.  I thought it was just as normal conversation.  However, my friend looked at me and said, “Are you sure you’re Black?  The reason I asked is because look at you, you’re all proper, like you have a White dad or something.  I mean, and you have to admit this, you don’t act Black.  See look at me, I’m into getting what’s mine no matter what.  You think you could work for yours.  Now I see you got some nice stuff because you worked hard. But in this system, no Black man can work hard to get his, he gotta take it.  You’re too soft for that, I can tell.”

My parent’s taught me that a Black person is someone who passes on the Black culture and heritage, and does his responsibilities as a man or woman.  My parents go on to say that raising children, keeping a house, providing for you family, obeying laws, making a living for yourself, and finding peace within yourself, are not racial issues regardless of if it done or not.  Those who do not do these things are sellouts because they sold their soul for something that is usually materialistic like, money, sex, or drugs

Which brings up an interesting question: if I was doing what my parents, who are both Black, says, can I really be an Uncle Tom?  Also, is it possible that if I acted ‘Black’ that I could really be a sellout or Uncle Tom? Don’t you get sick of seeing stereotypes all the time?  Don’t you wish once in a while we can be pictured as normal people who just happen to be Black?  I know I do, and I’m sick of the believe that we have to live ‘up’ to negative stereotypes  just to be considered part of the Black community.

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