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Ya Unnastand: Things Black Folks Do That White People Don’t Understand

I can’t lie, Black people do a lot of weird things. From naming our children after popular liquors to being upset that the media falsely portrays us as violent WHILE TALKING ABOUT a quadruple murder committed by your friendly neighborhood ninjas over a “gold-colored bracelet”, its no wonder that so many white women are fascinated by Black men. We’re like the enigmatic puzzle that makes you feel the rhythm and feel the rhyme.

I mean, it makes you get on up.

No Jodeci.

That was a two-for-one, by the way.

Well, despite the best laid plans of mice and men, there are some things that Black folks do that make complete and total sense that white people and others really don’t seem to understand (though some of our Hispanic brothers and sisters clearly get it). Since we’re in the business of enlightenment and since The Champ actually thanked you all for letting us be the best thing about your day – a personal high for VSB – I figure I should learn you something.

My guitar strums.

1. Rock baseball caps of random teams

Like most hat-wearing Black men, I have a hat collection that includes teams for which I couldn’t care less about and places I’ve never been. Apparently, white guys only wear hats for teams upon which they hold allegiance. White people, this is the thing, we sport said accessories because we like the colors and are fashionable. We’re a colorful group of colored people. The world is not Yankee’s fans, but that hat goes with EVERYTHING. I love my LA Dodgers hat, but I don’t give a damn about the Dodgers, I just love the colors. Same with my Oakland A’s hat, my St. Louis Cardinals hat, etc.

So my white friends out there, STOP asking me how my squad is going to do this year in our division as I don’t even know what division we’re in. I just like my hat. It looks cool, b*tch.

2. Loiter

Between Blacks and Mexicans, I’m not sure who’s the most loiterous, but we just love to stand outside in some random locale and, well, stand there. We’re a people of word and gathering. Why do you think Black folks are so religious. It’s loitering with purpose. Plus, half of us don’t pay our bills on time so our power can be cut anytime. Do you know what never gets cut off? Air. That sh*t is free right now and we like to use it. It’s like the gift that keeps on giving. Mostly, we as Black people, REALLY hate not being up on neighborhood gossip, so we all stand around with one another making sure we get it all. Loiter deez.

3. Complicated Dap

We’re musical. We’re rhythmic. We do everything to time. Hell, I’m writing this based on iambic pentameter. What does that have to do with the price of jockstraps in Kosovo? Nothing. I’ll bet the concept of “dap” started during the slavery days as another means to guide slaves to freedom. I mean, you can only sing “Wade In The Water” and “Follow the Drinking Gourd” for so long. White folks know about The Big Dipper. Plus, all Black folks can’t sing. Why do we still do it then? Because we’re cooler than everybody else. And we like to loiter.

4. Wear suits with 8 buttons

A lot of us have been broke in life. Which means we didn’t get any buttons. Just zippers. My first suit had 17 zippers in the places where buttons were supposed to go. Do you know what it feels like to not have buttons?  My remote controls had sewn on numbers for the first 17 years of my life. CLOTH. I couldn’t change the channel. I just watched Bonanza all day. We wear so many buttons for freedom and the American way. And also because a lot of us are just damn tacky. Steve Harvey, I’m looking at you. Oh, and Atlanta, Chicago, Mississippi, Detroit and pretty much the whole state of Florida, I’m ALSO looking at you.

Word.Life.

So my good people, what are some other things that Black people do that white people just don’t understand (that can be justified)?

Love. Peace. and Soul.

-VSB P aka THE ARSONIST aka TANGLE JIG P aka GIIIIIIIIIIIIIRL, HE A 3

Panama Jackson

Panama Jackson is pretty fly for a light guy. He used to ship his frito to Tito in the District, but shipping prices increased so he moved there to save money. When he's not saving humanity with his words or making music with his mouth, you can find him at your mama's mama's house drinking her fine liquors. Most importantly, he believes the children are our future.

  • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Luvvie

    * Black folks ROAST each other to pieces… with love. White folks don’t. They roast THEMSELVES. I’ve noticed this difference. To us, Dirty Dozens and judgment keeps our wits sharp. White folks sometimes think we’re just being mean. No. If I DON’T roast you, then consider yourself unloved.

    * Black folks are unable to wear dirty gymshoes. White folks don’t understand this b/c they make it a point to have dirty gymshoes, writing on their Chuck Taylor’s. BLASPHEME!!! A pair of dirty all-white Air Force Ones is a crime punishable by asswhoppings in 57 major metros in the U.S.

    * Black folks eat chitlings. Wait… white folks ain’t the only ones who don’t understand that one. THIS African does not comprehend why 150yrs AFTER slavery, Black folks still insist on eating something that smells like foot, stomach gas and FAIL.

    • P.

      @Luvvie,

      “Black folks are unable to wear dirty gymshoes. White folks don’t understand this b/c they make it a point to have dirty gymshoes, writing on their Chuck Taylor’s.”

      I noticed that white folks only use like one pair of shoes. I remember there was this white kid at my high school who wore the same kicks every single day, then when the soles literally started peeling off, he was like “damn I guess I need some new shoes.” You think?

      • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Luvvie

        @P.,

        LMAO! I have seen countless Chucks worn til the cloth tore. And the DINGE!!! iCan’t. I always frown b/c my Chucks still look brand new, and I’ve had them for years. You can throw Chucks in the washer, gahtdangit!

      • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Luvvie

        @P.,

        LMAO! I have seen countless Chucks worn til the cloth tore. And the DINGE!!! iCan’t. I always frown b/c my Chucks still look brand new, and I’ve had them for years. You can throw Chucks in the washer, gahtdangit!

      • entitled

        Maybe the kid was broke, I’m white I have a serious j collection upon many other brands. Don’t flatter yourself.

    • P.

      @Luvvie,

      “Black folks are unable to wear dirty gymshoes. White folks don’t understand this b/c they make it a point to have dirty gymshoes, writing on their Chuck Taylor’s.”

      I noticed that white folks only use like one pair of shoes. I remember there was this white kid at my high school who wore the same kicks every single day, then when the soles literally started peeling off, he was like “damn I guess I need some new shoes.” You think?

    • legitimate_soul

      @Luvvie,

      White folks roast, it’s just televised and on TV with a dais *rimshot* Naw, but seriously, they do. They might call it “ball bustin'” and sometimes it’s on the jugular. I’ve seen their roast turn into some mean harshness. Sometimes their roastin’ is fun and sometimes it’s on the guise of roastin’ when they really can’t stand that fool they clownin’. Black folks tend to straight up not be bothered with you and not even bother with the facade if they (we) don’t like you.

      Not all black people do chitlins’. I never did. For some I realize it’s tradition (New Years), and never forgetting how we made bullsh*t edible.

      • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

        @legitimate_soul, yeah, despite being a southerner, i don’t do chitlins either. they just wrong.

      • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

        @legitimate_soul, yeah, despite being a southerner, i don’t do chitlins either. they just wrong.

      • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Luvvie

        @legitimate_soul,

        Yeah white folks on TV roast each other but just doing regular old everyday roasting each other for NO reason? I ain’t seent it. Certainly not as much as we do.

      • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Luvvie

        @legitimate_soul,

        Yeah white folks on TV roast each other but just doing regular old everyday roasting each other for NO reason? I ain’t seent it. Certainly not as much as we do.

    • legitimate_soul

      @Luvvie,

      White folks roast, it’s just televised and on TV with a dais *rimshot* Naw, but seriously, they do. They might call it “ball bustin'” and sometimes it’s on the jugular. I’ve seen their roast turn into some mean harshness. Sometimes their roastin’ is fun and sometimes it’s on the guise of roastin’ when they really can’t stand that fool they clownin’. Black folks tend to straight up not be bothered with you and not even bother with the facade if they (we) don’t like you.

      Not all black people do chitlins’. I never did. For some I realize it’s tradition (New Years), and never forgetting how we made bullsh*t edible.

    • Redbeanznrice w/Cajun Catfish

      @Luvvie,

      My dear Thuggie, Black folks ain’t the only ones that love chitterlings. (Lawd KNOWS I don’t) Mexicans love the hell outta some chittlins’ – but they call it menudo. ; )

      • miss t-lee

        @Redbeanznrice w/Cajun Catfish,
        “Mexicans love the hell outta some chittlins’ ”

        Otherwise known as tripas. They love them something serious.

        • http://twitter.com/ManAboutIt Man About It (of Stuff Ghetto People Like fame)

          @miss t-lee, Tripas are not to be confused with honeycomb tripe, which is beef, right?

        • http://twitter.com/ManAboutIt Man About It (of Stuff Ghetto People Like fame)

          @miss t-lee, Tripas are not to be confused with honeycomb tripe, which is beef, right?

        • miss t-lee

          @Man About It (of Stuff Ghetto People Like fame) ,
          I always figured they were the same thing in the technical sense, since it really is all cow intestines when we get right down to it…lol
          No?

        • miss t-lee

          @Man About It (of Stuff Ghetto People Like fame) ,
          I always figured they were the same thing in the technical sense, since it really is all cow intestines when we get right down to it…lol
          No?

      • miss t-lee

        @Redbeanznrice w/Cajun Catfish,
        “Mexicans love the hell outta some chittlins’ ”

        Otherwise known as tripas. They love them something serious.

      • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Luvvie

        @Redbeanznrice w/Cajun Catfish,

        Mexicans don’t count w/ this one. If we were to talmbout the stuff they do that’s similar to us, the list would be long

      • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Luvvie

        @Redbeanznrice w/Cajun Catfish,

        Mexicans don’t count w/ this one. If we were to talmbout the stuff they do that’s similar to us, the list would be long

      • http://blkbond.blogspot.com BlkBond

        @Redbeanznrice w/Cajun Catfish,

        your name is making me hungry as hell…lol

        Bond.

      • http://blkbond.blogspot.com BlkBond

        @Redbeanznrice w/Cajun Catfish,

        your name is making me hungry as hell…lol

        Bond.

    • Redbeanznrice w/Cajun Catfish

      @Luvvie,

      My dear Thuggie, Black folks ain’t the only ones that love chitterlings. (Lawd KNOWS I don’t) Mexicans love the hell outta some chittlins’ – but they call it menudo. ; )

    • Wuyoung Agent of M.E.

      @Luvvie,
      “* Black folks eat chitlings. Wait… white folks ain’t the only ones who don’t understand that one. THIS African does not comprehend why 150yrs AFTER slavery, Black folks still insist on eating something that smells like foot, stomach gas and FAIL.”

      White folks down south eat the same crap too. This may explain why 75 % of the population below the Mason-Dixon are flirting with heart issues. I grew up on a farm and I’ve seen hogs slaughtered and the only part of the process that makes me cringe is the procuring of the chitlins. Hell, I’m surprised I still eat meat. My down south 2520 brethren will bring the Texas Pete if they know chitlins are involved. Nasty m**therf**kers.

      • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

        @Wuyoung Agent of M.E., you know, it’s amazing how many people don’t realize that Black and white folks down south all eat the same stuff since, ya know, we were cooking for them. a lot of southern culture is highly similar between us two groups.

        when you add in Fraggles though, it gets all haywire.

        • Wuyoung Agent of M.E.

          @Panama Jackson, Exactly. We cooked for some of them but the greatest trick massa pulled was duping the poor as f**k 2520 sharecroppers into thinking they were still superior to us. All the while massa was providing the same craptastic stroke-causing food to them too.

        • Wuyoung Agent of M.E.

          @Panama Jackson, Exactly. We cooked for some of them but the greatest trick massa pulled was duping the poor as f**k 2520 sharecroppers into thinking they were still superior to us. All the while massa was providing the same craptastic stroke-causing food to them too.

        • She_devilish

          Take it from a southern white chick, chitlins are quite tastey! Provided you can git past the smell. I too was raised on a farm and was one who helped “harvest” the chitlins. I still have nitemares about that. I spent my summers as a child with one of the most southern black ladies I have ever met, Nana Frances! She is the reason I have so much respect for black folks and there customs. God rest her soul, the world could use more people like her!

      • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

        @Wuyoung Agent of M.E., you know, it’s amazing how many people don’t realize that Black and white folks down south all eat the same stuff since, ya know, we were cooking for them. a lot of southern culture is highly similar between us two groups.

        when you add in Fraggles though, it gets all haywire.

    • Wuyoung Agent of M.E.

      @Luvvie,
      “* Black folks eat chitlings. Wait… white folks ain’t the only ones who don’t understand that one. THIS African does not comprehend why 150yrs AFTER slavery, Black folks still insist on eating something that smells like foot, stomach gas and FAIL.”

      White folks down south eat the same crap too. This may explain why 75 % of the population below the Mason-Dixon are flirting with heart issues. I grew up on a farm and I’ve seen hogs slaughtered and the only part of the process that makes me cringe is the procuring of the chitlins. Hell, I’m surprised I still eat meat. My down south 2520 brethren will bring the Texas Pete if they know chitlins are involved. Nasty m**therf**kers.

    • V Renee

      @Luvvie,

      Black folks ROAST each other to pieces… with love. White folks don’t. .

      Naw, they GO IN on one another. At least the ones in my department do. They bust balls left and right. You have to be quick on your feet messing around with them.

      • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

        @V Renee, you know…i dont think i’d ever want to get into the dozens with white people. it just seems like tempers would flare and the n-word would come out and then i’d go blaming them all for slavery and yelling out crackers and then somebody would have to quit. which is likely gonna be the tan guy.

        • Miss Patterson

          @Panama Jackson, Hahahaha.

        • Miss Patterson

          @Panama Jackson, Hahahaha.

        • Brotha_down_unda

          How many people do you know that were a slave? Black people who still bring up slavery is the most annoying thing to white people. You fail to think that not every white person had ancestors that were here during slavery times as well as the fact that your own people sold your asses to whitey. Don’t believe me, talk to a REAL african and ask him why all other africans hate rich blacks there. Personally, I have yet to meet any jew who brings up the holocaust, so why bring up slavery? It only makes you look ignorant and hinders the progression of the dissolution of race in the modern era. Quit bringing it up and don’t be shocked when someone calls you the n-word when your being one. Word

      • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

        @V Renee, you know…i dont think i’d ever want to get into the dozens with white people. it just seems like tempers would flare and the n-word would come out and then i’d go blaming them all for slavery and yelling out crackers and then somebody would have to quit. which is likely gonna be the tan guy.

    • V Renee

      @Luvvie,

      Black folks ROAST each other to pieces… with love. White folks don’t. .

      Naw, they GO IN on one another. At least the ones in my department do. They bust balls left and right. You have to be quick on your feet messing around with them.

    • http://nearandfar.wordpress.com The Tall One

      @Luvvie,
      Can’t cosign with the chitlins. I have never and will never eat something so nasty. You’ve got to draw the line somewhere.

      • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

        @The Tall One, how about right here:

        ___________

      • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

        @The Tall One, how about right here:

        ___________

      • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Luvvie

        @The Tall One,

        I don’t eat Chitlings either. I’m saying I ALSO don’t understand them

        • she_devilish

          Nana Frances used to say “Ain’t no sense in wasting nothin”. She would take the chitlins and boil em up and make a stew with them. Said that is how she fed her family. Said the local white farmers would give em away to people just to not have them “sitting around smelling up the place”.

      • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Luvvie

        @The Tall One,

        I don’t eat Chitlings either. I’m saying I ALSO don’t understand them

    • http://nearandfar.wordpress.com The Tall One

      @Luvvie,
      Can’t cosign with the chitlins. I have never and will never eat something so nasty. You’ve got to draw the line somewhere.

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db49c1a2fca1f481e908a155f341ccd0.png RocktheCatbox

      @Luvvie,
      …I dropped dead at stomach gas and FAIL. That is all.

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db49c1a2fca1f481e908a155f341ccd0.png RocktheCatbox

      @Luvvie,
      …I dropped dead at stomach gas and FAIL. That is all.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      @Luvvie, * Black folks ROAST each other to pieces… with love. White folks don’t. They roast THEMSELVES. I’ve noticed this difference. To us, Dirty Dozens and judgment keeps our wits sharp. White folks sometimes think we’re just being mean. No. If I DON’T roast you, then consider yourself unloved.

      that with love thing is short lived though. the number one killer of black people between birth and death is disprespect. and you know black folks are a sensitive lot, what with that whole slavery thing and all…

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      @Luvvie, * Black folks ROAST each other to pieces… with love. White folks don’t. They roast THEMSELVES. I’ve noticed this difference. To us, Dirty Dozens and judgment keeps our wits sharp. White folks sometimes think we’re just being mean. No. If I DON’T roast you, then consider yourself unloved.

      that with love thing is short lived though. the number one killer of black people between birth and death is disprespect. and you know black folks are a sensitive lot, what with that whole slavery thing and all…

    • Sula

      @Luvvie,

      THIS African does not comprehend why 150yrs AFTER slavery, Black folks still insist on eating something that smells like foot, stomach gas and FAIL.

      So I am assuming you do not eat tripes or any other animal innards? Because then I will understant your non-comprehension… and I will feel very, very sad for you.

      :)

      • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Luvvie

        @Sula,

        1. What is tripes?

        2. Nothing I eat smells like failure, bad tradition and feet… so no, I’m certainly not a fan of chitterlings.

        • lovli

          @Luvvie,

          I believe our people call it “shaki”. Its delicious

        • lovli

          @Luvvie,

          I believe our people call it “shaki”. Its delicious

      • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Luvvie

        @Sula,

        1. What is tripes?

        2. Nothing I eat smells like failure, bad tradition and feet… so no, I’m certainly not a fan of chitterlings.

    • Sula

      @Luvvie,

      THIS African does not comprehend why 150yrs AFTER slavery, Black folks still insist on eating something that smells like foot, stomach gas and FAIL.

      So I am assuming you do not eat tripes or any other animal innards? Because then I will understant your non-comprehension… and I will feel very, very sad for you.

      :)

    • http://blkbond.blogspot.com BlkBond

      @Luvvie,

      Chitlins are disgusting. I still wonder why someone would go through all that trouble to eat something that disgusting. For for the record: other ethnicities eat similiar foods as well. For example, Italians and Sufrite.

      Good observation on roasting. 2520’s are notorious for going in…on themselves. It’s self-loathing. Guess it’s done to prevent more video’s like Chris Rock’s (laughs).

      Bond.

    • http://blkbond.blogspot.com BlkBond

      @Luvvie,

      Chitlins are disgusting. I still wonder why someone would go through all that trouble to eat something that disgusting. For for the record: other ethnicities eat similiar foods as well. For example, Italians and Sufrite.

      Good observation on roasting. 2520’s are notorious for going in…on themselves. It’s self-loathing. Guess it’s done to prevent more video’s like Chris Rock’s (laughs).

      Bond.

    • Karol R.

      Eating chitlins, feet, tails, mountain oysters (testicles), tripe (tongues), brain, ears, etc is a sacrilege to me.

      I do not like that sort of thing. I am sorry we had to eat this garbage. It just saddens me when I think about it. It really does.

      It is one of those funny kinds of pain, though… the kind of ache no one really knows about because it seems so insignificant… too small too mention.

      But it sort of cuts me like a knife to know we (I mean African-American Slaves) were forced to eat intestines that had held waste in them… or little garbage-pail odds and ends. When we were so much more…

      would come to be so much more

      and are so much more.

  • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Luvvie

    * Black folks ROAST each other to pieces… with love. White folks don’t. They roast THEMSELVES. I’ve noticed this difference. To us, Dirty Dozens and judgment keeps our wits sharp. White folks sometimes think we’re just being mean. No. If I DON’T roast you, then consider yourself unloved.

    * Black folks are unable to wear dirty gymshoes. White folks don’t understand this b/c they make it a point to have dirty gymshoes, writing on their Chuck Taylor’s. BLASPHEME!!! A pair of dirty all-white Air Force Ones is a crime punishable by asswhoppings in 57 major metros in the U.S.

    * Black folks eat chitlings. Wait… white folks ain’t the only ones who don’t understand that one. THIS African does not comprehend why 150yrs AFTER slavery, Black folks still insist on eating something that smells like foot, stomach gas and FAIL.

  • Made In Hawaii

    “My first suit had 17 zippers in the places where buttons were supposed to go. Do you know what it feels like to not have buttons? My remote controls had sewn on numbers for the first 17 years of my life. CLOTH. I couldn’t change the channel. I just watched Bonanza all day”

    I literally have tears coming from my eyes from laughing at this…

    …and I was just watching the episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air when Aunt Viv was subbing for Carlton’s & Will’s teacher and she sung both, “Wade In The Water” and “Follow the Drinking Gourd” to their White classmates. LOL!

    Yesterday, my brother and his sons just came with a new dap…
    and it’s hella complicated too!

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      @Made In Hawaii, yeah, thats what made me think of those two songs. the fresh prince is really fine television.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      @Made In Hawaii, yeah, thats what made me think of those two songs. the fresh prince is really fine television.

  • Made In Hawaii

    “My first suit had 17 zippers in the places where buttons were supposed to go. Do you know what it feels like to not have buttons? My remote controls had sewn on numbers for the first 17 years of my life. CLOTH. I couldn’t change the channel. I just watched Bonanza all day”

    I literally have tears coming from my eyes from laughing at this…

    …and I was just watching the episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air when Aunt Viv was subbing for Carlton’s & Will’s teacher and she sung both, “Wade In The Water” and “Follow the Drinking Gourd” to their White classmates. LOL!

    Yesterday, my brother and his sons just came with a new dap…
    and it’s hella complicated too!

  • P.

    As someone who has quite an extensive New Era collection (50+, probably closer to 70), I kind of disagree with the logic behind #1, unless of course you don’t have a team. Assuming you live close, you can easily find your team’s fitted in any color or style you want. I have Orioles hats in just about every combination of colors that you can imagine a man would wear.

    Back to the topic:

    – Black people avoid the police at all costs. If someone knocks hard on the door, don’t try to be funny and say it’s the police when you know it’s not. White people don’t understand that you cannot even joke with us about ish like that.

    – Black people don’t waste food. Partly because I might not eat again that day, and partly because my parents wouldn’t let me leave the table until my plate was clean. I lived with two white dudes my sophomore year of college, and there’d be times when they’d order pizzas (notice the plural here), eat a couple slices, then throw the rest away, talkin bout some “I’m full” or “That hit the spot.” I was in disbelief.

    • http://www.shesoflyy.blogspot.com Muze

      @P.,

      – Black people don’t waste food. Partly because I might not eat again that day, and partly because my parents wouldn’t let me leave the table until my plate was clean. I lived with two white dudes my sophomore year of college, and there’d be times when they’d order pizzas (notice the plural here), eat a couple slices, then throw the rest away, talkin bout some “I’m full” or “That hit the spot.” I was in disbelief.

      THIS. my friends think i’ve been scarred because i absolutely cannot get up until i have cleaned my plate as much as i possibly can. when i was younger i wasn’t allowed to get up until i’d eaten everything either. i guess that habit stuck. i feel all sorts of dissonance if i leave more than a fourth of the food on the plate.

      • Neighborhood Hussy

        @Muze, the clean plate conundrum has always been the bane of my existance. As a Weight Watcher repeat offender, I see why the skinny 2520 is always the program leader. Damn my people!

      • Neighborhood Hussy

        @Muze, the clean plate conundrum has always been the bane of my existance. As a Weight Watcher repeat offender, I see why the skinny 2520 is always the program leader. Damn my people!

    • http://www.shesoflyy.blogspot.com Muze

      @P.,

      – Black people don’t waste food. Partly because I might not eat again that day, and partly because my parents wouldn’t let me leave the table until my plate was clean. I lived with two white dudes my sophomore year of college, and there’d be times when they’d order pizzas (notice the plural here), eat a couple slices, then throw the rest away, talkin bout some “I’m full” or “That hit the spot.” I was in disbelief.

      THIS. my friends think i’ve been scarred because i absolutely cannot get up until i have cleaned my plate as much as i possibly can. when i was younger i wasn’t allowed to get up until i’d eaten everything either. i guess that habit stuck. i feel all sorts of dissonance if i leave more than a fourth of the food on the plate.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      @P., As someone who has quite an extensive New Era collection (50+, probably closer to 70), I kind of disagree with the logic behind #1, unless of course you don’t have a team. Assuming you live close, you can easily find your team’s fitted in any color or style you want. I have Orioles hats in just about every combination of colors that you can imagine a man would wear.

      disagree all you want. Panama has spoken. it is written and it is law. didn’t you go to church yesterday?

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      @P., As someone who has quite an extensive New Era collection (50+, probably closer to 70), I kind of disagree with the logic behind #1, unless of course you don’t have a team. Assuming you live close, you can easily find your team’s fitted in any color or style you want. I have Orioles hats in just about every combination of colors that you can imagine a man would wear.

      disagree all you want. Panama has spoken. it is written and it is law. didn’t you go to church yesterday?

  • P.

    As someone who has quite an extensive New Era collection (50+, probably closer to 70), I kind of disagree with the logic behind #1, unless of course you don’t have a team. Assuming you live close, you can easily find your team’s fitted in any color or style you want. I have Orioles hats in just about every combination of colors that you can imagine a man would wear.

    Back to the topic:

    – Black people avoid the police at all costs. If someone knocks hard on the door, don’t try to be funny and say it’s the police when you know it’s not. White people don’t understand that you cannot even joke with us about ish like that.

    – Black people don’t waste food. Partly because I might not eat again that day, and partly because my parents wouldn’t let me leave the table until my plate was clean. I lived with two white dudes my sophomore year of college, and there’d be times when they’d order pizzas (notice the plural here), eat a couple slices, then throw the rest away, talkin bout some “I’m full” or “That hit the spot.” I was in disbelief.

  • TJOHN

    Black folks own basketball sneakers regardless of them playing ball or not. Black folks own running shoes and think the annual 5k is a raffle for $5,000. Black folks own timberland’s and don’t hike. Black folks’ choice of footwear is purely based upon style and not function. Coupled with this often times we will even purchase the same shoe in multiple colors.

    • V Renee

      @TJOHN,

      Black folks own running shoes and think the annual 5k is a raffle for $5,000 .

      BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    • V Renee

      @TJOHN,

      Black folks own running shoes and think the annual 5k is a raffle for $5,000 .

      BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    • Keisha Brown

      @TJOHN,

      Black folks own timberland’s and don’t hike
      iDied…

    • Keisha Brown

      @TJOHN,

      Black folks own timberland’s and don’t hike
      iDied…

    • miss t-lee

      @TJOHN,
      “Black folks’ choice of footwear is purely based upon style and not function. Coupled with this often times we will even purchase the same shoe in multiple colors”

      guilty…lol

    • miss t-lee

      @TJOHN,
      “Black folks’ choice of footwear is purely based upon style and not function. Coupled with this often times we will even purchase the same shoe in multiple colors”

      guilty…lol

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      @TJOHN, welcome and sh*t

      and um, word.life on your whole comment

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      @TJOHN, welcome and sh*t

      and um, word.life on your whole comment

    • thatchic

      @TJOHN,
      Black folks own running shoes and think the annual 5k is a raffle for $5,000 .

      NOW THAT’S FUNNY!!!!!

      My cousin and neice both work where they are on thier feet most of the day and I’ve told them both they need to get some New Balance but because of looks they keep buying Reebox’s and Nike’s and at least once every 3 mths one of them are calling me talking about they’ve injured themselves and what can they do to fix it. Ummm buy some New Balances!

    • thatchic

      @TJOHN,
      Black folks own running shoes and think the annual 5k is a raffle for $5,000 .

      NOW THAT’S FUNNY!!!!!

      My cousin and neice both work where they are on thier feet most of the day and I’ve told them both they need to get some New Balance but because of looks they keep buying Reebox’s and Nike’s and at least once every 3 mths one of them are calling me talking about they’ve injured themselves and what can they do to fix it. Ummm buy some New Balances!

  • TJOHN

    Black folks own basketball sneakers regardless of them playing ball or not. Black folks own running shoes and think the annual 5k is a raffle for $5,000. Black folks own timberland’s and don’t hike. Black folks’ choice of footwear is purely based upon style and not function. Coupled with this often times we will even purchase the same shoe in multiple colors.

  • knightnick

    lmao a suit with all zippers.

    Things Black People Do, YTs wouldn’t understand:
    1. the beating of children
    2. saving the grease from fried chicken in random jars
    3. mix kool-aid flavors

    • word of mouth

      @knightnick, I can’t stand the saving of the grease. Not only is it unsanitary IMO (I mean, just use fresh grease, sh*t, times ain’t that tough), I can’t stand always opening random-ass jelly jars and pickle jars and styrofoam cups filled with all kinds of garbage: garlic, grease, vegetable oil, sesame oil, motor oil, antifreeze, essence of oregano, worms, snails, puppy-dog tails… all types of sh*t. I feel like I’m in some sort of a game show, just trying to figure out what in the f*ck is in my refrigerator. Because you know we as a people are too gangster for labels. That’s for b*tches. #eyeroll

      • Dee

        @word of mouth, fresh grease just isn’t the same. We save bacon grease only, and strain it before we put it up.

      • Dee

        @word of mouth, fresh grease just isn’t the same. We save bacon grease only, and strain it before we put it up.

      • Plain Ole Peyso

        @word of mouth,

        “motor oil, antifreeze, essence of oregano, worms, snails, puppy-dog tails…”

        DEAD

      • Plain Ole Peyso

        @word of mouth,

        “motor oil, antifreeze, essence of oregano, worms, snails, puppy-dog tails…”

        DEAD

    • word of mouth

      @knightnick, I can’t stand the saving of the grease. Not only is it unsanitary IMO (I mean, just use fresh grease, sh*t, times ain’t that tough), I can’t stand always opening random-ass jelly jars and pickle jars and styrofoam cups filled with all kinds of garbage: garlic, grease, vegetable oil, sesame oil, motor oil, antifreeze, essence of oregano, worms, snails, puppy-dog tails… all types of sh*t. I feel like I’m in some sort of a game show, just trying to figure out what in the f*ck is in my refrigerator. Because you know we as a people are too gangster for labels. That’s for b*tches. #eyeroll

    • http://WWW.ITSSAULEWRIGHT.BLOGSPOT.COM Saule Wright

      @knightnick,

      CHUCH at mixin the kool-aid. I remember exposing one of my 2520 boys to mixed perfection. He was astounded. He was like, what kind you want, Cherry or Lemonade? My reply, “Yep”. lol

      • legitimate_soul

        @Saule Wright,

        Heyall yeah. Slice some lemons in that ‘ish too! “Church punch” like a mug! I couldn’t even get kool aid growing up. I had it at a friends or when I got to college.

        • http://WWW.ITSSAULEWRIGHT.BLOGSPOT.COM Saule Wright

          @legitimate_soul,

          and when you REALLY feelin’ yaself, put some Sprite in there. It’s like Crack with Ice in it.

          wait, that was terrible. You get what I’m sayin’ tho….I think.

          • Elephant in the room

            The article itself does explain a lot. Regrettably, most of you are simply pointing out things that po’folks do. NO, seriously. Mixing kool-aid, since I could open the wrapper! I was beat when I was a kid. That’s def not restricted to race. Disgusting food (if you can call it that) wrapped in intestines, look at half of the most famous french dishes out there. And the truth is black people do bash each other a lot more, it’s how most communicate. I give you no argument there. But, that contradicts what someone said about telling it straight up, cause if you care for someone you tell them, not belittle them in public. One thing that is definitely different is how you greet each other, and those who you’re ‘cool’ with. I see, all day, colored folks huggin’ friends all the time. There’s no such thing as a hand shake any more, it’s just hug, hug, hug. Or a fifteen second hand gesture between two people. Not bashing, just saying white folk don’t get it. Generally speaking. Another is calling each other Mister or Miss, but then just using the first name. Not saying I see it everywhere, but I see it very often and always where colored folk are involved. Can somebody explain it? Oh yeah, don’t talk about the hardships ‘we’ endured when you’re referring to unimagineable difficulties your Ancestors had to overcome. It just makes you fester self pity and look weak.

        • http://WWW.ITSSAULEWRIGHT.BLOGSPOT.COM Saule Wright

          @legitimate_soul,

          and when you REALLY feelin’ yaself, put some Sprite in there. It’s like Crack with Ice in it.

          wait, that was terrible. You get what I’m sayin’ tho….I think.

        • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

          @Saule Wright, youse a crackhead.

        • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

          @Saule Wright, youse a crackhead.

      • legitimate_soul

        @Saule Wright,

        Heyall yeah. Slice some lemons in that ‘ish too! “Church punch” like a mug! I couldn’t even get kool aid growing up. I had it at a friends or when I got to college.

    • http://WWW.ITSSAULEWRIGHT.BLOGSPOT.COM Saule Wright

      @knightnick,

      CHUCH at mixin the kool-aid. I remember exposing one of my 2520 boys to mixed perfection. He was astounded. He was like, what kind you want, Cherry or Lemonade? My reply, “Yep”. lol

    • legitimate_soul

      @knightnick,

      My fam didn’t save the grease. I know folks who did. You had chicken, bacon, and fish grease. Three separate ones. I remember a teacher told us that the grease goes rancid, but most folks have done it so long, they grew an immunity.

    • legitimate_soul

      @knightnick,

      My fam didn’t save the grease. I know folks who did. You had chicken, bacon, and fish grease. Three separate ones. I remember a teacher told us that the grease goes rancid, but most folks have done it so long, they grew an immunity.

    • http://nnhbb.blogspot.com Anna Renee

      @knightnick, not only the chicken grease, but the fish grease, the bacon grease, and the french fry grease each in their respective pickle, mayonaisse or jelly jar!! Speak a word!!

      • V Renee

        @Anna Renee,

        This is sooooo true. And gross. Mess around pick up a crisco can, thinking it’s new crisco. Naw that sh*t has been in there since 1982. Lol

        • Elephant in the room

          I can remember my ma and pops had some friends over cause they didn’t have a place to call home so we’d feed them a lotta times. One time this guy goes in and gets a plateful of mashed taters, instant looking and chomps a big spoonful into his mouth. He politely tells my pops something’s wrong with the taters, but my mom comes back with, “I didn’t make potatoes today…” YUCK, good old grease collection!

      • V Renee

        @Anna Renee,

        This is sooooo true. And gross. Mess around pick up a crisco can, thinking it’s new crisco. Naw that sh*t has been in there since 1982. Lol

    • http://nnhbb.blogspot.com Anna Renee

      @knightnick, not only the chicken grease, but the fish grease, the bacon grease, and the french fry grease each in their respective pickle, mayonaisse or jelly jar!! Speak a word!!

    • Jai Kensey

      @knightnick, #2

      HILARIOUS!!! Why do we do that??? I had to stop that tradition. No saved grease in my house.

    • Jai Kensey

      @knightnick, #2

      HILARIOUS!!! Why do we do that??? I had to stop that tradition. No saved grease in my house.

    • CNotes

      @knightnick,

      Yessir on #3. Back in the day, we put fruit cocktail in our “Red” Kool Aid. Mostly when we were having bbq’s or crawfish boils (thought we would “impress” our guests) *dusting shoulder*. Couldn’t tell us nothing.

    • CNotes

      @knightnick,

      Yessir on #3. Back in the day, we put fruit cocktail in our “Red” Kool Aid. Mostly when we were having bbq’s or crawfish boils (thought we would “impress” our guests) *dusting shoulder*. Couldn’t tell us nothing.

  • knightnick

    lmao a suit with all zippers.

    Things Black People Do, YTs wouldn’t understand:
    1. the beating of children
    2. saving the grease from fried chicken in random jars
    3. mix kool-aid flavors

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