Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Morning Edition - 2/15/06

On Blast
Celebrating Black History Month and Keeping it Real.
All cultures have idiosyncratic behavior that is sometimes associated with or has others create a stereotype for a specific culture. For example, I’ve heard some say that although Latino people may separate into smaller sub-groups when dealing with each other, they will more-than-likely come together against a non-Latino person who opposes them. What positive trait or stereotype do you believe is associated with the Black (African American) culture? What negative stereotype or trait is associated with Blacks (African Americans)?
*Blacks (African Americans) should respond to today’s On Blast from a personal perspective and give a personal account of their experiences.
**Others should give an answer based on their personal experiences and give an honest account of stereotypes or traits they now associate with the Black (African American) culture.

Keep passin’ the open windows…

6 comments:

Just Me said...

The negative traits that I feel are associated with people of color are. We, my AA portion, are all poor and criminals even when dressed in a three piece suit and nice accessories; that we are un-educated and ignorant; we are the help and not the master's of our domain, never. The job was given to us, not that we are the best qualified for it; that we are man dingo warriors and well endowed.

Positive traits. AA's are very family orientated. We don't believe in shuffling our parents into a home with the blink of the eye; we are an economic force, whether we know it or not; our beauty is our rainbow of color; we are a VERY strong people. No matter the situation is we are going to survive.

This is draining bringing emotions that I don't want to feel....

donya said...

Black History Fact:

A woman who made a difference in the District for more than 60 years has died.

Wilhelmina Rolark was a civil rights activist, an attorney, a philanthropist and a politician. She was elected to represent Ward 8 in the D.C. Council in 1976, and she served four consecutive terms.

She and her husband, the late Dr. Calvin Rolark, founded the United Black Fund, which provides funding to community-based organizations. The Rolarks also founded the Washington Informer weekly newspaper in 1964.

On Tuesday, D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton called Rolark "an institution in this town all by herself."


Rolark was 90 years old.

Cocoa Rican said...

Hey Donya, love the Black History moments and thought I provided a forum to really let loose today. Mind answering the On Blast from your point of view?

FREAKING RICAN said...

What I have heard from some African American women is that White women are taking their men and that Black men should not date white women. So this leaves me with thinking why do some of these women feel this way..Also, can one of my sisters/brothers tell me why all of a sudden people are so afraid of saying the word black when describing someone of color. Is it truly an offense to say the word black when describing your race? When people say Hispanic it really doesn't bother me when they are describing my race. Do you guys/ladies prefer "African American" or "Black"? So who can say black without anyone getting offended? What is the proper way of describing friends that are from the "African American" cultural? Please help clarify this for me and I am sure of others that are too afraid to ask.....

Just Me said...

I agree. If you can't stay the course, don't get on the track. I don't mind BH, but send it in an email. This is not the forum and you didn't even comment on the question...

caspar608 said...

Given my experience with friends and loved ones, I find the most positive attribute in the community as a whole is the continuing struggle to maintain a sense of self worth in a world where everybody seems to look down their noses at you. For the most part, folks cannot disguise or try to hide their "blackness" and attempt to blend in with other ethnicities nor do most want to. As with any ethnic group there are those who could care less about themselves therefore inflict pain and destruction on others...however, the multi-hued african/black american community is one that has withstood the most dehumanizing, degrading and disgraceful treatment from all other races and still rises through it all (i.e. Mexicans will take jobs in the US that "blacks" refuse according to the president of Mexico...truth be told, the reason "blacks" refuse those jobs is that most "black" famlies would prefer NOT to live 25 to a room while everyone in the house is working less than minimum wage jobs...nor should "black" americans have to since "black" AMERICANS built this country with their blood sweat and tears - additionally, "black" americans are here LEGALLY). I wouldn't have any self esteem were it not for my homies in the struggle. So maybe I am a little partial.

On the other hand, one of the negative attributes I have often seen from the community is repression of abuse and neglect. In other words, almost all of my friends have been abused in some horrific way yet they've been taught or forced to push it down - grin and bear it like the old slave master mentality - rather than finding a healthy way to get it all out and THEN keep it moving.

Thats just my observation, I do not know what it is like to be a black man or woman, but I certainly can empathize since I love my family and friends.

Which, incidentally I should mention, not one of my female black friends has an inferiority complex so much that they would worry about a white woman "taking" their black man. Black women take black men from other black women as well. Once a man commits an infidelity he is gone for good. Things will never be the same. No matter what color the other woman or man is.