quote:go to the Ritz Carlton for vacation [National Bar Convention] and go skiing in Canada or Colorado every year [with the National Brotherhood of Skiers] because that is what I do. If being educated says I am acting white, then the Black people who say it are showing they do not know there own history, they want the bling but don't want to put the time in [study] to position themselves to earn it, seems short sighted to me.
This entire subject could be called the psychology of class and its relationship to economics and race. ROFL A Bleck woman asked me to come to Paris with her a few years ago. I told her the Russians could nuke Paris. She handed me all this stuff about HISTORY. I didn't want to get into an argument about it so I let the subject drop. I say if you are going to Europe for history you go to Rome not Paris. She had a thing about Paris. She showed me some photos when she got back. I didn't care about the scenery, what I found interesting was this group of Black women and no men.
I think there is something to this "acting White" though there will be a lot of disagreement about what it is. In my opinion the "status seeking" Black Americans need Whites to tell them what "CLASS" is, and will spend a lot of time and money aping this honky bullsh!t. We have to show the White people that we have "arrived." Arrived at what I'm not sure. The palefaces are playing these ego-status games with each other also but they often have more resources to play the games with and therefore aren't wasting money that should be spent on more important things.
quote:there are two types of "intelligent" black folks: those who can recite the whole works of Shakespeare and can quote Jean=Paul Sartre, but have no idea who Kahlil Gibran is, and like her who aren't afraid to learn the real truths about their people.
This is another aspect of the status games. Since the palefaces determine what is "high class" they decide what knowledge one has to posessed to qualify. I actually like some Shakespear. The sci-fi movie Forbidden Planet is partly based on his play The Tempest. But despite the big deal that is made of Shakespear I confess I don't see much practical value in it. We must have spent two weeks in high school English class comparing Romeo and Juliet to West Side Story. What a boring waste. LOL
quote:Well how about teaching us the damn subject instead of giving up on us?
The majority of teachers I have had I either didn't like or was indifferent to. What matters is the subject not the teacher. I suspect I have a somewhat asocial personality so this wasn't a big problem for me. The internet presents us with an option other than school, it is just a question of how we choose to use it.