Yesterday while I was in my college cafeteria waiting for class to start, I noticed several things.
1.I do not believe that shit about more Black men in Jail than in college. At my school I would venture to say that 35% of all students are Black men. And this is not a HBCU. Half of the people in the cafeteria were Black men. Out of my class of about 25 students, I would say there are about 8 Black Men.I wrote about this same subject here in this blog just last year. So please believe we are not as bad off as some would have you think.
2.There are a lot of nerdy Black dudes at my school. It amazed me to see how many computer geeks, skate boarders and kids that I would have been happy to smack around when I was in High School, chilling like, 'it is what it is, love me or leave me'. Which in my opinion kills another misconception about us, that we do not value education and we only go to college as a short stop to professional sports.
3.The reason behind the title of this post.....
Most of the stuff I did when I was in High School, I see these young cats doing.
Most of the fashions and hair cuts I used to sport, I see these young cats rocking like it is the new hotness on the streets.
Seeing these young cats looking like I used to look made me reminisce about my youth. How young and naive I was. It made me miss my Moms and how I would bend (but not break too bad)the rules that she set down for me. It made me miss going to my Grandmother's and my Aunties house in the summer. It made me miss playing 'hide and go get' with the neighborhood girls. I miss playing ATARI, and playing UNO and Spaids on the front stoop of my building. I miss begging my Moms for her spare change so that I could go to the neighborhood Arcade. I miss how my Moms would yell out the window for me to come in for dinner. I miss talking on the phone with girls I thought I was in love with playing the 'you hang up... no you hang up... ok, we will hang up on 3' game. I miss the block parties and the $1 nites at the local rec center.
Either I am getting old, or time is repeating itself.