Now that you mention it i do think it is a lost art. I can remember as a kid i wanted to know how to whistle so bad and then when i learned how it was like big whip and i never whistled.how about humming? whats the consensus on humming? I find it somewhat irriatating and i always find myself trying to guess the song a stranger is humming. My mom always hums songs to the wrong tune and it drives me up the wall.
I am a whistler. I try not to do it in public, but occasionally I will catch myself walking down the street or at the mall whistling a tune. Often I only realize that I am doing it when someone else joins in.
I didn't get a chance to say "I Whistle" earlier... But I do. I probably picked it up from my step-father who seemed to whistle the Blues. I whistle mostly Smooth Jazz. Been chirpin' one particular song from the latest Najee cd.
Originally posted by Nmaginate: I didn't get a chance to say "I Whistle" earlier... But I do. I probably picked it up from my step-father who seemed to whistle the Blues. I whistle mostly Smooth Jazz. Been chirpin' one particular song from the latest Najee cd.
Hhwhat??!? You mean you don't spend 24 hours a day cutting people's balls off and handing them to them? There's a whistler underneath all that... ice?? A smooth jazz whistler at that?? (Kidding)
I went to college with these twins who I could never tell apart, but one of them used to whistle when he was walking places. You know how in college you probably do more walking than you do at any other time in your life, walking around campus. I was so fascinated by his whistling becasue it just carried and when he whistled it sounded really pretty (as opposed to when I whistle, which I almost never do).
On another note I also remember reading this essay when I was in college. The whistling debate reminded me of it. It was written by a Black man and it was about the topic of whites being afraid of Blacks when they happen to meet with them in public, esp. Black men. He gave the usual examples about women holding their purses, not wanting to get on elevators, not wanting to walk by him on the sidewalk, etc. Obviously this is a phemonenon we are all probably familiar with. However, his solution to it I found offensive. He said that he is not a violent person but because he likes to exercise an wears the standard exercise gear like baggy sweatpants & hoodies. He said that the fact that he's a large Black guy plus his clothing makes him look menacing and he understands that. He understands that White women and men would be afraid of him. He said that it is up to us as Black people to combat the image that we have as violent criminals by making the white people who feel uneasy around us feel more comfortable. He said that when he is going into a building at night and he sees some white people entering at the same time he will circle the block until they go in so they don't feel afaid that he might do something to them. (We are talking about a group of white people here, and he is just one person.) He said that if a white woman is getting on an elevator by herself, rather than make her feel nervous he will wait for the next elevator so she doesn't have to be alone with him. And as for when he is out walking he has started to whistle, not just because he likes to and he is in a good mood, but because a whistling Black man would be perceived as less threatening.
I was really sickened by reading this essay, and then we had a class discussion about it. This chick raises her hand and says that she thinks what he is doing is a good thing because she sometimes feels intimidated by Black men. I went to a Black college, so this is a Black girl saying this in a room full of brothers who are pursuing their education and are consistantly faced with this kind of prejudice and discrimination from white folks and here's this girl swallowing up all the b.s. that the media feeds her saying that she feels threatened by Black men in particular. Now I am all for people protecting themselves. You shouldn't take unneccessary risks with your safety. I don't advocate walking around at night alone or anything like that. But that is anywhere, because crazy people come in all colors. But me and this girl got into heated debate in that class because my point was that if these people are ignorant and they think that becasue a man is Black and has on casual clothing he poses a greater threat than any other stranger, it's not up to him to appease them. He should be able to live his life, go where he needs to go, wearing what he wants to wear. She insisted that more Black guys, even the ones in our class, should follow his example. Their ignorance is something they will have to deal with. Let them be the ones to take the next elevator or circle the block. Don't make yourself late when you know you're not doing anything wrong. Those same people are going to have their same unwarranted fears no matter how many pains you take to make them feel comfortatbe. And you have to ask the question, would they do the same for you? Why should we as Black people have to take all this action to assuage their fears when they are the ones who promote this criminal stereotype of us and then we are supposed to be the ones that have to shuck and jive for them so they won't feel threatened. If anything look at all the violence that has been directed toward us from them. If anything, we need to be more vigilant on our watch about how we're consistently getting f*cked over. The image of the violent Black man has been used over and over to justify the atrocious acts of violence being committed against us. Take look at the film "Birth of a Nation". President Woodrow Wilson praised the movie after a private White House screening saying that it was "like writing history with a lightening bolt". Here you have Black men being lynched left and right with their balls cut off and the image of crazed Black men who desire the virtuous White woman is held up as the reason why. So the white sheets of the kkk have been traded for police and prison warden uniforms and the suits of politicians and corporate America working hand in hand. And of course, some of our own have been recruited to participate in doing the dirty work. So me and this girl get into this whole debate and the other Black men in the class were stating their opinions but the other females in the class were curiously silent. After class was over some of them came up to me saying stuff like "Girl, you were right, she's crazy." or "You were saying just what I was thinking" But I'm like weren't you in the classroom sitting there not saying anything. This girl is presenting her view like "Yeah, this is the female perspective." And she's basically telling the guys that most females even Black ones feel this way. Meanwhile I'm the only feminine voice saying if you're uncomfortable you have to deal with it don't ask someone else to make you feel at ease when they haven't done anything wrong.
Originally posted by powerflower: ...I also remember reading this essay when I was in college. The whistling debate reminded me of it. It was written by a Black man and it was about the topic of whites being afraid of Blacks when they happen to meet with them in public, esp. Black men...
I used to ride the subway everyday to work, and whenever I boarded, I would look to see which white person looked the most uncomfortable by the prospect of me sitting next to them... and go sit with them... I used to love to watch them squirm...
quote: Originally posted by powerflower: ...I also remember reading this essay when I was in college. The whistling debate reminded me of it. It was written by a Black man and it was about the topic of whites being afraid of Blacks when they happen to meet with them in public, esp. Black men... I used to ride the subway everyday to work, and whenever I boarded, I would look to see which white person looked the most uncomfortable by the prospect of me sitting next to them... and go sit with them... I used to love to watch them squirm...
MY MOTHER IS A VERY COUNTRY PERSON BORN AND RAISED IN THE DEEP COUNTRY WOODS, AND SHE TOLD ME THAT A WOMAN SHOULD NEVER WHISTLE, BUT I WHISTLE WHEN I AM HAPPY ONCE IN AWHILE. WHAT THE HARM IN WHISTLING A TUNE NOW AND THEN. IT CAN BE A REALLY GOOD STRESS RELIEVER. FIND IT.
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