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Reply to "They Say You're "Acting White"? You Probably Deserve It"

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Originally posted by Yemaya:
Again, acting white and acting intelligently are two different things. This is a sign of where our thoughts about ourselves are....and if we equate 'ghetto blacks' with self-destructive behavior again we need to check our thought process about ourselves....
This thread about defining what it means to 'act white' and to be 'ghetto' seems to be largely dependant upon stereotypes instead of facts.
Some of you all act as if 'acting white' is a good thing or some sort of badge of honor. I'm black and I'm going to act black. White people are nothing to emulate. And acting in such a manner is out of our nature in the first place. I say act intelligently and in the best interest of your families and communities, no matter where you live.


I understand your point, Yemaya. It has always bothered me to no end that so many of our youth associate white with intelligence. Do they really not see that if you take that a step further, then black=stupid? So I agree, it's not intelligence per so that the "you're acting white" crowd gets riled about. It seems more of a difference in behavior. Things that have absolutely nothing to do with intelligence, like skiing or playing golf, fall under the umbrella of "acting white", because these are activities engaged in primarily by whites (in the USA, at least). I can sort of understand where the "acting white" stereotype comes from in the above cases, although it's pretty stupid; can't someone just enjoy a sport, hobby, or activity for its own sake, irregardless of the type of people who also like it? Some people just can't seem to handle that not everyone think a certain way, or like the same thing.

In all our discussion on "acting white", I don't think anyone's given a definitive answer on what the criteria for this judgement is. The easy way out would be to say that "acting white" is in direct opposition to "acting ghetto", but that doesn't really take into account the tons of Black Americans who don't "act ghetto" (geez, gotta define ghetto as well).
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