Ed’s Note: With Black In America 2 infiltrating your living rooms, we’ve kinda kept a race theme to the TMCY. Today, we don’t stop. Stuff Educated Black People Like was one of the hottest things on these here Internets in Spring 2008. I designed the header for that site and actually got the chance to guest post. Here’s my entry.
All educated black people loathe speaking about work away from the office. They prefer to only do so while on the clock, so they are compensated for their bitching. There is one exception, though.
This is when educated black people take the opportunity to analogize slavery. Ask an educated black person how work is going and you’re guaranteed one of two responses: the why-would-you-ever-ask-this-question, two-word response, “It’s work” or “They’re working me like a slave.”
If said educated black person is having an extremely tough day, the EBP will add an adjective to slave and say “they’re working me like a Hebrew slave.” Be wary of further questioning. This will breech a levee, and lead to said black person comparing their offices to plantations and their bosses to slave masters.
This is because all educated black people feel a sincere link to their oppressed descendants ancestors who would not die on slave ships. Educated black people, for good reason, will not allow themselves or white people, no matter how much they want, to forget the ills of slavery.
There isn’t one educated black person who won’t compare the NFL, its owners, upper management and the black players who make the system go, accordingly.
EBP also enjoy drawing comparisons between how they were separated as house and field negroes during slavery and how it still affects their people today. Most people don’t even know that CP time is really an analogous term derived from slavery. Ah, you thought the acronym was “colored people.” Learn your history. It is “cotton-picking” time.
The ties don’t stop with these simplistic thoughts. There are books written entirely around this idea including Forty Million Dollar Slaves by William C. Rhoden of The New York Times (a read we recommend).
This though, is yet another topic a white person should never introduce to an educated black person. Don’t apologize for slavery either, doing so is akin to telling us about your one black friend or saying Cornel and Kanye West look like alike.
So what are your thoughts through day one of Black In America 2? Did you watch? What did you think of Steve Perry? How about the trip to South Africa? What of Soledad’s brief take on elitest blacks?