Acting Black

Acting Black

Self Hatred: Acting Black – Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How

The third installment of the Self Hatred section focuses on the concept of acting black and how it effects the Black Community.

The 3 Questions

1. What constitutes acting Black and are these associations fair?

2. Do you subscribe to the notion that there are Black people and there are n_ _ _ _ _ _  and if so, why?

3. Have we been brainwashed to think, act, and react, in a certain way to things and if so, why?

FRONT STREET

We are not a monolithic people.  Some of us voted for Mitt Romney, some of us don’t like chicken, some of us use proper english at all times, and yes our ethnicity is still that of a person of African decent.  However, we would be remiss if we honestly didn’t look at ourselves for what we have become.  We have painted ourselves into a corner labeled blackness where a person can only be considered Black if they do certain things and do things a certain way.  Not to mention, the baggage of outside perspectives on and about us.  Does the idea of acting Black contribute to the destruction of the Black Community?

Please write in and respond to our 3 poll questions or post some questions that you would like to see asked.  These questions and more will be addressed during the discussion found on YouTube beginning on  3/1/2014.

Acting Black Part 1

Acting Black Part 2

Acting Black Part 3

 

4 thoughts on “Acting Black”

  1. 1. What constitutes acting Black and are these associations fair? Talking jive, being loud and confrontational, unemployed, bunch of kids, receiving welfare, etc. None of those associations are fair as they all apply to all races. Some people are just sorry and some of them happen to be black.

    2. Do you subscribe to the notion that there are Black people and there are n_ _ _ _ _ _ and if so, why? For sure, just as there are bad apples of every race, blacks are no different. There are black people and there are black people who don’t represent us well, you can call them niggers or just plain ignorant. Either way, this is applicable to all races if you interchange the color/derogatory name.

    3. Have we been brainwashed to think, act, and react, in a certain way to things and if so, why?
    I don’t consider it brainwashing as much as raising. Black families are different than white, and whites are different than asians, and asians are different than latinos, and all those in between and all comibinations. Not that behaviors are exclusive to a group but just more prevelant in some than in others. So I think we all act like we are raised unless we have an issue with that way that we do not find desireable. None-the-less, we are mostly just a product of our environment.

  2. 1. What constitutes acting Black and are these associations fair? Being ghetto, loud, poor grammar, dressing urban, etc…These are unfair. One cannot act a color or race and this is stereotypical.

    2. Do you subscribe to the notion that there are Black people and there are n_ _ _ _ _ _ and if so, why? There are people of all colors, races, nationalities and walks of life that are N-words by definition. To me, the word means ignorant. It is not specific to any group of people.

    3. Have we been brainwashed to think, act, and react, in a certain way to things and if so, why? I do think we have been. I am told a lot and looked down on by many because I do not listen to hip hop and rap, I do not dress like the people in the videos, I work for a good company, I use proper spelling and grammar, I distance my self from ignorance and I am free to like and love what I want. I should not be, but I am. My race, ethnicity and skin tone should have nothing to do with how I carry myself.

  3. 1: acting black is doing anything perceived to be the normal behavior of a group of Americans. Doing what is seen on tv and heard in the music played on the radio. While these association aren’t fair, we as black people often are the most critical toward each other in regards to an individuals behavior. School aged children ridicule those who decide to excel in the classroom, while adults call colleagues ass kissers or uncle toms for doing what’s required to keep their jobs.

    2: No!! There are black people and black people who act like idiots. Why do they act like idiots? Lack of home training, self control, maybe ignorance. Whatever the reason certain words, topics should not be discussed. Side note, I find it funny that Americans cans adhere to not talking politics at work but can’t remove one word from their dialect.

    3: brainwashed no, but we have been informed of situations that we may encounter that are unfair to us just because of our race. If I’m warned about being followed in a store, in my own neighborhood, or just generally treated like I don’t belong and it happens…I may react with anger especially after all the hard work that had been put in to creat a life for myself and family. The well known law of Newton says that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. If a black person is treated disrespectfully and unfair, by anyone, there is the potential that an aggressive reaction will happen.

  4. We must TEACH our CHILDREN OUR history and culture!!!! Teach our chilldren the scholarly history and traditions of our people. To that end, I have a vision of creating an online supplemental camp with an Afro-centric focus to expand on the ideas presented during Kwanzaa as well as during February (Black History Month). This camp would, by teaching about the academic accomplishments of African-Americans through reading Afro-centric history, cultural work and literature, reduce the reading achievement gap, as well as build a sense of pride in students to work and achieve.
    Check out the sites, join the groups on http://Facebook.com and http://Linkedin.com to participate.
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    http://blackonlinecamp.zohosites.com/
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    http://afro-centricprogramplan.weebly.com
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    http://blackeducation.jigsy.com/
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    http://www.educationprosperity.webs.com/
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    http://www.afrocentriccampo.puzl.com/
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    https://www.facebook.com/AfroCentricCamp
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    https://www.facebook.com/groups/76434973493/
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    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Black-Intelligence-Today/165641943467658
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    http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=1978163&trk=hb_side_g
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    https://www.facebook.com/groups/570451862966806/
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