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...once, this Asian guy and I were at a bus stop, and as soon as he saw me approach he started hugging his loptop to him as if I was going to pry it out of his hands. I happened to be standing near the schedule table, and as he approached I jumped back and yelped "please don't hurt me! I don't have any money!" I almost pissed myself to see the look on his face (so hard keeping a straight face when doing this).

They call me "uppity" for a reason ;-)


LMAO! lol

'fucktard' (!?) laugh
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Yes, Black people should put white people's fears at ease. Instead of letting the poor white man suffer through an entire train ride, watching you and clutching his bag, just rob him blind as soon as you get on the train so you both can relax. Etc. Roll Eyes

None of us are easily separated from our misconceptions and stereotypes. If I spot a white man wearing dark clothing and a shaved head with tattoos on his body... he's a skinhead. If he doesn't attack me, he is a skinhead in a particularly generous mood. He is not going to do or say anything to put me at complete ease. I presume the opposite is also true.
Frenchy
None of us are easily separated from our misconceptions and stereotypes. If I spot a white man wearing dark clothing and a shaved head with tattoos on his body... he's a skinhead. If he doesn't attack me, he is a skinhead in a particularly generous mood. He is not going to do or say anything to put me at complete ease. I presume the opposite is also true.
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This is so true.

The important thing is not to embarass the other person by acting in a way to show your discomfort.

This afternoon after reading this post I had to go out and run some errands. I dropped my truck off for servicing (wow no appointment needed) and walked over to a new shopping mall. I was very disappointed as I walked about in several stores and nobody gave the old deer in the headlights look of fear.

Now I will have to wait till the weekend to experiment.
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Originally posted by AudioGuy:
...effort to make white people "comfortable"?



IN THE CONTEXT OF COMMERCE - YES.

We should show them that it is safe to SHOP in our communities so that they can HAND US THEIR MONEY.

We should show them that a Black business who opens up IN THEIR COMMUNITY is going to provide the best service - SO THEY CAN HAND OVER THEIR MONEY TO US.


The context was how we behave in public in general, getting on an elevator, entering a building, walking down the street, etc.

As far as commerce is concerned, an good business person should have good customer service skills period. As a business person, if the clients you want are multi-racial then you need to cater to them so that you can get their business. That means treating them with respect, in certain cases trying to anticipate their desires, etc. That goes for Black and White and polka-dotted striped clients. White store owners need to take that into consideration when treating Black patrons like shoplifters or like they can't afford what they are looking at...

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We should have our schools in working order where they will attempt to TRANSFER INTO OUR SCHOOLS in order to give THEIR kids an early exposure how COMPETITIVE the real world is and that they need to be prepared.


Our schools should be in working order so that our kids get the most out of them.
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Originally posted by Empty Purnata:
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Originally posted by Nmaginate:
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Originally posted by Kevin41:
Wow....that bullschit after saying my claim to fame was to sit next to white people...that negro has lost it......seriously

You noticed that too...

Now, all-of-sudden... It's okay to "want" THE WHITE MAN'S money and to even be concerned with what White people think. Some time ago, there was this idea forwarded that What White Folks Think were not important, apparently under no circumstances.


Kevin, Nmaginate,

All I gotta say is, that Kneegrow is insane (CF). He's so effing non-sensical and self-hating, that he's giving me high blood pressure just talking to him, I think I'm going to stop while my health is still ahead, and I still have my sanity......

I wish we had an "ignore" feature around here so we could all put CF on our Ignore List.




***That schit with him and Lofton has grown old indeed.....but i'm sure it will fizzle down to nothing this year...its overdue......
CF's attitude towards Black Business dealing with White Business reminds me of Malcolm X's attitude towards White people in a scene of the movie "Malcolm X" with Denzel Washington.

Malcolm X (still "Malcolm Little" at the time) was a teenager/young adult working on a train as a waiter having to serve White passengers. He walked around carrying food trays with a big smile on his face calling out what food he was carrying. A White navyman (this was shortly after WWII) asks for some food, and Malcolm [Denzel] says to the White man, "Yes'suh! I aims to please and I'm pleased to aim!" with a coonish grin on his face. The White navyman says, "I like you, boy." patronizingly. Malcolm X smiles and says, "Thank you 'suh!"


*shakes head*

CON-Feed has the same attitude on how Blacks should behave around Whitey. Except unlike Malcolm X, he REALLY FEELS THAT WAY. In the movie, Malcolm, even as a young man, was just catoring to White people because it was the only job he could get. Shortly after saying, "Thank you 'suh!" to the White customer, he imagine shoving food in the navyman's face for being patronizing. CF would NEVER even DREAM of doing that.
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Originally posted by Diamond:
IMHO
A little fear is good!!

I had a experience when I was working and taking classes at the near-by university. I decided to walk several blocks from work to the unversity to buy books early for my upcoming classes. If you ever taken college classes you know what the book store line is like on the first day of classes! Well, as I was walking I notice this young black man walking a half a block behind. He was dressed in orange jean jacket and orange baggie pants to match. He was gaining on me so in FEAR I crossed the street. Well he passed me and I was relieved. When I arrived at the book store, the lines were getting long so I hurried and got my books and got in line. Holy moly, standing in front of me in line was the was the young man dressed in orange paying for his books by check. Hmm, shame on me for judging this young man without knowing anything about him.
Is there a correlation between "fear being good" and your bookstore experience?

It would seem to me that your fear was unwarranted... based on the story...
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Originally posted by Nmaginate:
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BV, Wouldn't "comfort" come under "the pursuit of happiness"?
Okay, I'm lost. Confused.

AUDIO?
You think Black people should make an effort to make white people "comfortable"?
In a word (or 2), HELL NO!!

I was just playing "devil's advocate".

An argument that I have heard made by white folks to justify their behavior is the "pursuit of happiness".
    *We have a right (as guaranteed by the constitution) to feel comfortable in our neighborhoods, and we don't feel with "them" here.*
When your discomfort is based on your own biases, misinformation, ignorance, fallacious assumptions, etc. it is on you to make yourself comfortable, not on me to go out of my way to make you comfortable when I didn't do anything wrong in the first place. If you're uncomfortable, then you circle the block until you don't see any more Black folks. You get off the elevator an wait for the next car. You keep yourself within your comfort zone. Don't tell Black men that they need to do these things so that those types of white folks can continue to live in their ignorance more blissfully.
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Originally posted by powerflower:
When your discomfort is based on your own biases, misinformation, ignorance, fallacious assumptions, etc. it is on you to make yourself comfortable, not on me to go out of my way to make you comfortable when I didn't do anything wrong in the first place.


Powerfully and wonderfully put. tfro
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Originally posted by AudioGuy:
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Originally posted by Black Viking:
The Constitution grants us the right to Life, Liberty, and the Persuit of Happiness. No one has a right to be confortable. Comfort is a privilege. Privileges are earned.
BV, Wouldn't "comfort" come under "the pursuit of happiness"?


If so, the technically it would be "the pursuit of comfort". The right to pursue happiness doesn't guarantee that your going to catch it. Ultimately I agree with powerflower on this one. If my presence makes someone uncomfortable, they have a "right" to go somewhere else.
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Originally posted by Diamond:
IMHO
A little fear is good!!

I had a experience when I was working and taking classes at the near-by university. I decided to walk several blocks from work to the unversity to buy books early for my upcoming classes. If you ever taken college classes you know what the book store line is like on the first day of classes! Well, as I was walking I notice this young black man walking a half a block behind. He was dressed in orange jean jacket and orange baggie pants to match. He was gaining on me so in FEAR I crossed the street. Well he passed me and I was relieved. When I arrived at the book store, the lines were getting long so I hurried and got my books and got in line. Holy moly, standing in front of me in line was the was the young man dressed in orange paying for his books by check. Hmm, shame on me for judging this young man without knowing anything about him.
Is there a correlation between "fear being good" and your bookstore experience?

It would seem to me that your fear was unwarranted... based on the story...[/QUOTE]

A little fear makes you aware of your surroundings when walking. I thought the young man was a THUG out to snatch my purse or an out-patient from the near-by asylum out to do me harm. Only to discover, the young man was doing what I was doing, continuing his education and buying books for class.

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