People need to just chill
about the MLK Jr. Day parties
By Mark Neckameyer
February 01, 2007
So college kids, mostly fraternity "brothers" dressed
up in baggy pants, drank malt liquor, carried toy guns and generally
made fun of the hip hop gansta' life style and are now being
called "RACIST"? Come on! First of all 99.9% of African
Americans are not "gangstas" they are mostly middle
class working people like the rest of us but they themselves
celebrate the urban hip hoppers and yes, gangstas' through the
ubiquitous music, rap songs and dancing we all see and especially
the college kids see and hear on MTV, on the radio and in movies.
Why is this different than all of us Anglo folks drinking Margaritas,
swatting pinata and having fun on Cinco de Mayo? Certainly this
is not any worse than the St Patrick Day's shenanigans which
include drinking green beer, an obvious reference to the Irish
supposed group vice of a little too much tippling? Right?
African Americans have accomplished an incredible amount of progress
in the past few decades. I am not ancient, not all that ancient
anyway but I remember when there were virtually no Black football
players, then no Black quarterbacks but now most of the teams
vying for football championships seem to have Black head coaches
and many have Black quarterbacks too. We see so many African
American doctors and lawyers and CEOs and leaders in all fields
including possible presidential candidates that it often seems
that race has become inconsequential .... Until some ultra sensitive
people and the media begin convulsing about a college kids' spoof
of popular culture reminding us that African Americans are supposed
to act like they were still being materialized somehow.
I think everybody should just relax about all this. St Patrick's
Day is coming next month. Have a drink and CHILL!
Received February 01, 2007 - Published February 01, 2006
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