quote:Originally posted by Nikcara:
ItAintEasy and Faheem, neither of you is at liberty to define my Blackness.
You're right, I can't tell you of all people who you are, you know your own damn self.
But I also know when I go tutor inner-city black kids and I'm being told they can't take their textbooks home with them because of their school's budget problems, it's going to take a lot more than my self-satisfactory patronage activities to fix this.
And I also know for a fact that even though pathologies exist in a lot of black communities, the sun still shine on those areas and it doesn't prevent people from living and growing in those areas, and it certainly doesn't prevent improvement. I'm also pretty sure that using denigrating, generalist terms like "ghetto blacks" does provide unnecessary roadblocks to those changes.