I consider myself a man with an open mind. I try to expose myself to as much as I can. I do this to keep my mind active. I read a lot, I expose myself to different kinds of music, I try to watch different programs on T.V. and I try to expose myself to as many different cultures as I can. I am really striving to be a "citizen" of the Global Community instead a resident of South Dallas County.
I say all this to bring up a point.
It is amazing to me how close minded some of my "cousins" are.
Case and point...
I just stated that I listen to different types of music.
Well this morning I am at work jamming my Incubus station on Pandora.com. For those of you that are not hip to Pandora.com, it is an Internet station that allows you to program what you want to listen to.
Example... say you like Big Daddy Kane (which I do), you simply type in Big Daddy Kane, and all his music plays as well as anyone that is like him.
I have a Big Daddy Kane station, an Earth Wind and Fire Station, an Al Green Station, a Linkin Park station (that's rock)a Jay Z station, a Creed station, Chuck Brown, Beanie Man, Eric B and Rakim,Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phil Collins, Depeche Mode I already said Incubus and well you get the picture.
I have pretty much the whole spectrum of music covered.
So like I was saying... I was jamming my Incubus station (that's rock)not thinking about nothing, when I call the next person in the Que to be seen. It was a brother.
The first thing he asked was 'Why are you listening to that shit?' I looked at him and said, "because I am a grown ass man and I can listen to whatever the hell I want to". (That was a direct quote.)Well he shut up and didn't say anything else the rest of the 10 or 15 minutes it took for me to do what he came into my office for me to do. As he was leaving he said real low, damn near whispering, which told me what kind of bitch ass bitch he was, "I bet your ass is a Republican too."
I damn near lost it. I was close to showing him how a hood nigga (like myself) from back East handled slow minded Texas ass Texans.
But I got a family, a mortgage, 2 car notes, and more bills than the average man, and I needs my paper. So I had to slow my role.
I just calmly said "Naa Brah. I ain't a Republican, but since I am not a felon, I can vote.Can you? My bad.. your paperwork said you just got off parole" (That was a direct quote)I did not say this low, I said this where everyone could hear it.
The dude put his head down and left without another word.
The point of this little story is...
What is the definition of Blackness?
Am I a less of a Black Man just because I like Rock Music?
If I was a Republican (lord forbid)would that make me less of a Black man?
What about if I happened to like White Women? (If I was single, I know a couple of Becky's that could get it.. All day and twice on Sunday.)
Why am I expected to be the "typical", loud, ignorant ass nigga?
I don't understand this slow minded mentality.
It is exactly like my people saying if I do good in school I am trying to be White.
What the F%^K is wrong with my people?
Just because I like something different from you, that makes me less of a Black Man?
Sometimes I can't stand the way my people act sometimes.
I just cannot do ignorance.
Am I wrong?