What does being black really mean?

Have you noticed that in some people’s minds, to be really “Black” then you must wear really baggy pants and over-sized t-shirts if you are a male and really tight, tacky t-shirts and big gold jewelry in order to be considered to be a black person? Also, one must speak “Ebonics”, better known as street language at all times, not care if you achieve success in school and make fun of anyone who strives to make a success of his or herself. We need to as a people stop thinking that being educated makes one a “sell-out” to their race.

There used to be a time when we valued education. Skipping school was not an option because there was nothing to do during the day (these were the days before computer games, X Box, the internet, etc…) and because the school would send out the truant officers to look for you. This was also the days when parents were parents, not your best friend. Also, education was valued, not only because if you were educated then you had a chance to make a living outside manual labor, but because one was expected to do better than their parents, who may not have had a chance to graduate from high school.

Today, we need to take back ourselves as black people and redefine what it means to be black. Being black does not mean dressing like you are going to the club when you are the job (unless you work in a club!), speaking the Queen’s English when you are in a business setting – save the slang for your girlfriends, and set the example for our young people when you can. Show them that not everyone is attempting to look and be the next hip-hop or video star and that being educated and knowing how to conduct oneself in a social situation does not mean you are a “sell-out” or worse yet, an Uncle Tom or Aunt Jemima.


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  1. Beverly King says:

    Being black means being proud of who you are, like our leaders who fought for us to have the right to speak, vote, ride on the front seat of the bus, have a black president who don’t let the press and others stop him from doing what he promised to do. Being black means lifting your head up and teaching our children what we learned as we were growing up. Being black means not giving up your dreams to be the best you can be. So let us stop wearing those baggy pants that you have to keep pulling up, giving our children drugs, getting in the gangs. Lets stand together like Martin Luther King and others an educate and pray for each other. We are not slaves any more so lets stop enslaving our selfs with drugs and other things that satin put in our path. Tell satin to get thee behind you. We are a proud Black People lets shout about it. Love to my Black sisters and brothers.

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