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Draymond Green Summarized The Entire Black Experience In Five Seconds

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At the beginning of the interview, he is every Black American trying to do the right thing. Every worker catching two trains to work this morning. Every parent dropping their kids off at school. Every husband agreeing to go weekend toaster shopping even though the toaster they currently own works perfectly fine.

And then, something happens.

A small but noticeably deliberate offense. An intentional microaggression.

A secretary saying hi to each of the White managers but giving you the forced closed-mouth smile instead. Some person on their cell phone cutting you off without signaling on the expressway. A teacher at a parent-teacher conference asking if you and your wife are employed. A cousin sending you another Candy Crush request on Facebook. The cashier at McDonald sucking his teeth when you ask for an extra ketchup. Haters.

And, for a moment, it takes you back to wherever you were from before you got where you are now. You don’t live in Southeast D.C. or Brownsville or West Baltimore or Compton or Homewood anymore, but it’s still inside of you. You’re educated and degreed and employed, but you’re also you. And you’re tired of this shit. And you are fourfive seconds from wildin.

But you remember where you are. You remember that people are watching you. Pulling for you. Praying for you. Sacrificing just so you can be where you are. You remember how hard you worked. You remember that, if you do snap, you have much more to lose than the person you’d snap on does.

So you come back from that half second you just spent in West Baltimore. You smile. You nod. You shake your head. And you continue your day.

Damon Young

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a columnist for GQ.com And he's working on a book of essays to be published by Ecco (HarperCollins). Damon is busy. He lives in Pittsburgh, and he really likes pancakes. Reach him at damon@verysmartbrothas.com. Or don't. Whatever.

  • Lea Thrace

    Bruh. If this aint the most apt representation…

    These people better be glad I have Jesus in my life. Woo Sah!

    • Because Savannah.

      • Lea Thrace

        Cport!

        • MzzPeaches

          wayment- yall Cport residents too?!

          • Lea Thrace

            Grew up in Cport. I’m an Atlien now. Wu is holding down SC (Columbia I think).

            You from that Nine One Deuce?

            • Nah, I live in Chucktown. From Allendale County

            • MzzPeaches

              Nah, I’m an ATLien but now a Chatham Co. resident

  • Funny thing:

    Dahntay Jones played 0 mins that game!

    Passive Aggression + Nothing to lose attitude = n*88a moment

    http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m016xflJRi1r2h2t3o1_500.gif

    • Damon Young

      yeah, green made that point in an interview later

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9H2qsR6LQog

      • Aly

        “I can’t afford to get fined, get suspended. If he gets suspended they may not even notice.”

        Lol

        • MsSula

          That was funny as heck. And he added: “He got some camera time”. I was on the floor. :)

          I watched that game and Green was on fiyah!

        • uNk

          shade at its finest

      • miss t-lee

        “He doesn’t play” was my favorite line.

        Bwahhhhhhh

      • Marty McHamp

        “When you don’t play that’s probably his role on that team…I’ve had that role once…before…in my career…a couple years ago, but yea…”

        empathetical shade

        • K.C.

          empathetical shade…… #classic…..

    • Jay Ess

      Is it just me, or does Dahntay Jones come across to you as the guy who no one would help if he was overmatched and got into a fight during an Open Gym run at the local Y? His face and body language scream agitator, and I get irrationally bothered just by looking at him. Yes, every NBA team needs an agitator to knock the other team off their game, etc, but him being on the Clippers makes me believe that no resounding success can come to them this postseason.

      • Dahntay Jones is one of those guys who you only put on the floor to pull a Lance Stephenson when you’re getting killed on defense by a superstar:

        http://cdn3.vox-cdn.com/assets/4525281/blow.gif

        • Question

          Ummm….wtf is this??

          • kenyadigit

            Stephenson had just finished watching ESPN “30 for 30” Bad Boys and was channelling his inner Bill Laimbeer.

          • Too Funny!

  • I don’t follow the NBA but the Clippers kind of come off as some real punchable dudes.

    • Damon Young

      they have more punchable dudes than any team in the league. and chris paul — who’s still one of my favorable players — is the leader

      • I kind of loss a little respect for Paul after his tantrum the other night.

        blob:https%3A//vine.co/3ecddf23-64c0-4fa2-874d-bdd084087cb2

      • That’s kind of what makes them fun though!

  • Jocelyn

    Draymond Green is a class act! His maturity and professionalism are evident by his ability to make a split second decision to do the right thing. His shade in the later interview would make my grandma proud – “I play and he doesn’t. At least he got camera time.”

    • miss t-lee

      It was effortless.

  • RU Scarlet

    Or when somebody walks through your cruise pic.

    Dude. Bruh. SON.

    I call it “Tucking in my Camden”.

    Because otherwise…

    • Did you go to Rutgers-Camden or Rutgers-New Brunswick? And I peeped the name. I AM Scarlet!

      • TeeChantel

        Me too!

      • RU Scarlet

        Camden born & raised, so CCAS. Now residing in the Sunshine State & missing home.

        Most assume my name is Scarlet, lol. Nice pick up.

        • Considering the number of puns that started with RU during my time at Rutgers, I picked up the reference immediately. LOL

    • miss t-lee

      0 to 100, real quick…lol

      • RU Scarlet

        Ma’am. Too quick. I’m transitioning into “Old Black man/woman who gives zero f*cks” WAY sooner than I expected!

        Those folks are my idols, though.

        • miss t-lee

          I am also. I think it kicks in after you hit 30+

    • TeeChantel

      Oh girl. Tucking in your Camden is very appropriate. I grew up in Burlington County so I def know how ya’ll got down.

  • Sigh…and this is why Dahntay Jones transferred out of Rutgers I suppose. Then again, we went there at the same time. How the heck is he still in the league?

    Personally, I let the hood out of me enough. Not that much, but just enough to shut people up. I mean enough that people think to themselves, “gee, this pleasant Negro has some sort of connection to those ghetto motherf*ckers? That’s surprising, because he speaks so well!” Then I go back to my normal self and move on with life.

    Sometimes you have to let people know that you have the fully in the tux…

  • Rog

    Green made a business decision in those precious few seconds.

    • bintalshamsa

      Nah. He made a CHARACTER decision.

  • Nickolas Gaines

    Thanks for this, “But you remember where you are. You remember that people are watching you. Pulling for you. Praying for you. Sacrificing just so you can be where you are. You remember how hard you worked. You remember that, if you do snap, you have much more to lose than the person you’d snap on does.”

    That right there is virtual dap and “the nod” all at the same time. This is what being a brotha is all about. Thank you!

  • miss t-lee

    That pause said 1000 words…lol
    I had to do it a few hundred times, that’s your moment right there where in 5 seconds you try to talk yourself out of going clean cross someone’s forehead.

    • TeeChantel

      5 seconds you try to talk yourself out of going clean cross someone’s forehead

      Lissen Linda. If that ain’t the truth. It takes a lot of willpower, determination, and the Holy Spirit to talk yourself out of knocking someone the eff out.

      • miss t-lee

        Amen.

    • PhlyyPhree

      Look. LOOK. That five seconds has spared me from a LOT of jail time…
      And then there are times, like this weekend, where that 5 seconds allowed me even more time to come up with something WORTH all the jail time. Can’t catch a felony for no reason. Lol.

      • miss t-lee

        Amen.
        I’m too pretty for jail, so I gotta reel it back in…lol

    • MostlyMax

      Me for the nearly 10 years I worked in PR. Those blancos stayed trying it and I would consider my marriage, mortgages, jail time, where I’d hit them first, etc. All in 5 seconds.

      • miss t-lee

        I understand. Hang in!

        • MostlyMax

          They did me the solid of firing me back in ’09. Didn’t know what a blessing it would be. But I know now.

          • miss t-lee

            Funny how those blessings work. I’ve had similar circumstances.

            • MostlyMax

              Right?! Now I work for myself and it’s the best experience ever.

  • Shay

    This! Well said and well played!

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