I’d love to venture deep into my soul to discuss how deeply moved I was by CNN’s Black in America 2 presentation, but much like the first one, it just wasn’t that deep. In fact, I didn’t even expect it to be. It’s CNN. I only watched it because I know people expected me to watch it because people expected me to say something about it.
I do this for my culture.
And just in case you weren’t sure, we’re still Black. Same sh*t, different toilet.
Anyway, despite it not really being anything more than a surface level look at the fact there are indeed Black people in America (who knew?) who do different things, I still managed to learn some things from this special.
Buckle up Susie.
1) Apparently, most of us are still stuck in quite craptastic circumstances.
Okay, I didn’t really learn that from the special. I mean it was broadcast front and center, but still, I been done knewed that. Still worth mentioning in case you just so happened to have done forgot that.
2) Malaak Compton-Rock looks much better than I remember
Including me and my girl, there were 4 other people at my house watching the special and everybody, save one person, was shocked by how much better she looks than we’d remembered. Of course, I also noted that her profile is quite froggy. Take that as you want.
3) Apparently there are still a lot of Black men with waves in their head.
I was never one of those guys who could get the waves and was always jealous of those chumps people. Ole boy who run’s the Capitol Prep school in Connecticut (his name escapes me), well, his waves were on like 100 percent TCB meets Duke status. Quite impressed was I.
4) Very well to-do Black people are very protective of their circle.
It’s an almost defensive, we’ve earned this spot so step up gangsta, stance. But don’t think you’re gettin in here. I don’t have a problem with this on its face, I’m just not part of the club and probably never will be. Though I guess you are probably forced to defend your status to other people who haven’t quite made it. Crabs in the barrel I suppose.
5) I also don’t care to hear the problems that wealthy people have, black, brown, yellow, or Haitian..
That might be an unpopular stance as I realize everybody has problems, it’s hard for me to feel bad for anybody whose sole problem is actually caring what somebody else says. I’m broke and I pretty much give two sh*ts what most people have to say about me. Then again, when you’re worried about paying bills, other folks problems with you seem a little less than important.
6) Getting into college can be a very emotional moment for some people.
Much like many other people like me, I took getting into college for granted. I mean hell, for me it wasn’t ‘will I get into college?’, it was which college won’t I get accepted to and where am I going. It was a very privileged standpoint I was in. To see the young lady from CT cry at getting accepted into a college I’d never heard of was kind of humbling for me. Just one of those things I realize it’s easy to take for granted when I didn’t have to struggle for my whole life. That was a moment I was pretty glad to have seen: somebody who’s been through hell finally see some light at the other end.
7) Despite being exactly who’s apart of the group, I’ll never be apart of the upper-echelon Black America circle (piggybacking off of number 4).
Save being Greek, I’m the type of guy who’d be in the Jack and Jill’s and would be apart of the book Our Kind of People (one of the most eye opening books of my life, then again, I never even heard of Jack & Jill, Boule, Links, etc until I got to college), except I never will be because until I got to college, nobody I knew was apart of that world. It’s a weird feeling realizing that en entire Black population of people just like you exists…without you. Very weird dichotomy.
Those are just a few of the observations I made while watching BiA2. I mostly saw the second half since during the first half, me and two of my boys got into a very loud debate about whether or not Michael Jackson was really the greatest entertainer of all time. And much like the news of the past 3 weeks, Michael Jackson trumps all.
And yes, he is.
Anyway, good citizens of VSB, what did you learn, if anything, from watching Black in America 2 with Soledad O’Brien, perhaps the whitest Black woman in history?
-VSB P aka THE ARSONIST aka TANGLE JIG P aka GIIIIIIIIIIIIRL, HE A 3