5 Things I can’t believe still exist in the Black Community.
I live in the Hood.
It wasn’t always the hood, at one time, a long time ago it was a very nice little community called Sulphur Springs, where you could leave your doors unlocked and walk to your friends house in the evening and not have to worry about getting raped or murdered. It was a beautiful little neighborhood built off of the Hillsborough river. There are several beautiful landmarks here as well.
But a couple of decades ago some dicks came in here and bought up a lot of houses, tore them down and built duplexes. Duplexes that were supposedly illegal at the time, but that didn’t stop it from happening. After that a lot of low rent families were moved in and eventually most of these houses were sanctioned into section-8 housing. Once that happens it’s pretty much over.
So anyway, I have lived around black people most of my life, and there are some things that I am stammered in disbelief that still happen in their communities. Here are 5 things I just can’t believe still exist. Worst of all is the fact that I believe that these things were, at one time brought to the black communities to further segregate blacks from whites and to help the upper class individuals to easily recognize people from “da hood”.
5 – Sagging Pants.
I don’t even understand how in the Hell this bullshit started in the first place. I have heard from multiple sources that this started off in prison as a way to determine that you “belonged” to someone. In other words, please don’t rape my ass, because someone has already claimed my hairy shit-chute for their personal fuck hole. Now, how this became an acceptable fashion outside of prison is beyond me. Why would you want people to think you gladly take it up the ass? But somehow, it’s looked upon as a cool thing to do in the black community. And what I really cannot fathom is how this ridiculous fashion abortion is still around over 20 years later!? It has gotten so bad that towns have implemented laws against it. The NBA had to make a rule against it!
You have to walk around all day holding your pants up, which takes a lot of effort and dedication. Plus it eliminates one of your two arms for most day-to-day activities. Not to mention the pants hanging halfway down your legs, placing the crotch around your knees. I don’t see how they even walk with that shit. Seriously, it’s gone on long enough and it makes you look ridiculous! What if M.C. Hammer pants had been the fashion to survive. That would make more sense to me. Roomy and good for dancing. Dressing like a child wearing it’s fathers clothes makes you look like you have basic mental problems. People judge each other on looks. It’s a first impression thing that is embedded in our DNA. So what advantage does dressing like this serve?
4 – Ridiculous Hoopties
Now, back in the 70′s pimps were known for their bad-ass Cadillacs. And I can totally understand that because Cadillacs were awesome vehicles up until about 15 years ago. But I’m not even talking about Cadillacs here anymore… I’m talking about fucked up cars from the 80′s and 90′s being “pimped out” with giant wagon-wheel spinning rims and unbelievable paint jobs. The worst part about these ridiculous cars is that the owners have spent thousands of dollars to upgrade them from a worthless POS to a worthless POS with a theme, and a lot of these guys live in section-8 housing and their kids run the streets in rags. Here’s a tip, buy a Toyota and take that extra money and put some shoes on those kids. Oh, and try Payless, because buying $200 Jordan’s for your 4 year old is an idiocy in its own right. Why spend so much money on a car, when there are plenty of other things that you need, that you could easily better yourself with?
3 – Bragging Rap
Rap has been around for a long time. Now, I used to listen to a lot of Rap and Hip-Hop back in the day. But I’m talking about the old stuff, most of which told a good story or had some meaning behind it. The rappers told stories of growing up in the hood and trying to make something of themselves, to better themselves and fight against oppression, to hopefully one day make it out of their current situations, and for the rest of the black community to hopefully follow.
But nowadays it’s all about how much better the rapper is than you are. How much money he has and how extravagantly he blows it at the clubs. How bad-ass his Benz is and how many bitches and hoes he conquers on a nightly basis. Everyone in the world is shit compared to him, including you, the listener… yet somehow people still buy this crap like it’s the greatest thing there is. I just cannot understand why the black community buys into this!? Does it make you feel better to listen to how much more money and fame someone else has than you, when you can’t even pay the electric bill and your family is eating Ramen Noodles… again!? At least Country music makes you feel good about yourself. It makes you feel like you’ve been having a bad day, but at least you haven’t fucked your sister. Rap today just makes you feel like your life went horribly wrong somewhere along the way!
And the “bling” they wear would make Blackbeard cum in his pantaloons! So much gold, platinum and diamonds that they qualify as a walking jewelry store. The worst part of this particular fashion problem is the fact that many of the black community feel like they have to prove their worth by emulating this ridiculous fad by buying gargantuan chains and rings that they practically have to take out loans to wear! Newsflash… the rappers themselves rarely actually buy that crap! It’s loaned to them by jewelry makers trying to get their names out on the street for just the aforementioned reason. You look like a fool.
2 – Ebonics
The way people speak in the black community is horrific and it’s spreading like an epidemic. As it is now, we’ve gone from a few slang terms here and there to a full-on fucked up language that even the speakers can hardly understand. I mean, the English language has rules to maintain a level of comprehension among the communities which speak it… just as any other language does. This is why children are taught the correct version and corrected diligently when pronounced incorrectly. Because speaking correctly is widely regarded as a sign of intelligence and civility. And I understand that all languages evolve and change… but “Ebonics” is just raping the language. It is a de-evolved, backwoods, mush-mouthed way of talking that eventually one day will go all the way back to grunting like cave-men. Talking like this only makes you seem ignorant. People base their estimations of your intelligence upon your dress, mannerisms and your speech. So why would one want to sound like an idiot!?
1 -Hood Loyalty
This is the thing that I cannot understand the most. Hood loyalty is about the stupidest form of loyalty I have ever seen. It’s a mixture of wanting to maintain ignorance and poverty. Bettering yourself and getting out of the hood is actually looked down upon by many in the black communities. One of my good friends is a black male that was brought up in the hood. We’ve known each other as far back as I can remember. At an early age he set out to get the best education he can get. He is very well mannered and speaks very eloquent English. Yet his “brothers” in his community chastise him for speaking “white” and “tryin’ ta get all smart n-shit”. Instead of going to school for art like he has done, they told him he should “sell weed like a real nigga” and “quit frontin”. This makes me incredibly sad.
This mentality is heartbreaking and it is the primary reason for black people being “kept down”… not “da man”! The doors of racism swing both ways and too many younger black people are getting caught in the trap of “trying to keep it real”. Keeping it real will never get you anywhere… it will only ensure that you never progress in any way that is beneficial to you or the rest of your community.
What puzzles me is why these things are so prevalent in black communities today, after so many years of people knowing for a fact that these types of things are so detrimental to the well-being of black individuals. I don’t understand why they haven’t stood up as a whole and fought against these atrocities instead of embracing them!?
What is there to gain? Absolutely nothing.