Once again, I am reminded of the diversity that exists within the Black community. In one of the online communities that I go to, where I can engage with holistically minded sistern, the issue was brought up of some of the new Black comedy shows. I should mention that I rarely see any tv shows in their entirety instead generally watching snippets of shows on You Tube or some other online venue. Anyhoo, both D.L. Hughley and David Allan Grier have new shows, I haven’t caught Grier’s show but I have caught some snippets of Hughley’s show on CNN.
My initial impression was it was funny, but nothing too deep, after all Hughley ain’t a Dave Chappelle or Paul Mooney, but it was ok shit in my two cent opinion. Well it seems there are a lot of Black folks who were appalled at the stereotypes they saw, example being the pimp Freddie Mac…personally Freddie Mac was a pimp in my opinion but that’s another whole story.
So the Black folks didn’t like the stereotyping, but in my online group, it was revealed that while some did find the skits funny in both Hughley and Grier’s shows, they didn’t feel it was appropriate for these shows to air in mixed race company. Wait, come again? So white folks shouldn’t watch this shit? Seems that when we have Black shows that air and show how some Black folks (not all Black folks) talk/act its not ok to show that…well I call bullshit on that. Yes, there are white folks who might see a Black show and then try to walk up to a Black person and connect based on that show, but I am sorry, having a resident white guy, I call a spouse, most white folks of reasonable intelligence know they can’t do and say everything we do.
Look, when my family comes to visit, the n-word gets used a lot, I said it before my Pops grew up with it and he ain’t stopping now. He has not had his Paul Mooney moment and decision to stop using it, so when he’s here, we roll with it. Never in 13 years has my husband ever thought it good to say “Hey, Rev Nigger” to my Dad or “Hey junior Nigger” to my brother. When I reach that angry point when the southside of Chicago starts coming out in my speech, the spousal unit knows to accept it but not to talk like me.
See, I give all these examples as proof that white folks do have common sense, just like I know after watching some Jeff Foxworthy, not to assume all white folks is rednecks….
No, what this line of thinking says to me is many of us are still trapped in that place where we are too concerned with what Mister Charlie thinks of us, still trying to get white approval. Truth is, I used to live at that address too, but something about getting older, I am not in the least bit concerned about white folks and what they think. Truth is if some of them think we are niggers, they are gonna think that whether some cat is on the tube shuckin and jiving.
Really, we need look no further than this election season and the bigoted white folks we have seen who refuse to see Barack Obama’s humanity, instead he is simply a nigger because his skin is brown. Obama is the embodiment of America and her dreams, proof that with hard work you too can get ahead. Yet for some regardless of his credentials, he is considered a nigger.
Sorry, but that lets me know I need not worry myself over what Mister Charlie thinks, instead focus on myself and what I think, Shit, Mister Charlie needs to be more worried about what I think about him.