“I’m sorry but the worst thing about this job has to be changing the diapers. Eeeeuwugh!” Chris said as he shook his head and grimaced. He then smiled and said “and of course I’m implying that they were wearing diapers when they delivered the goods.”
“Hmmmmm” Sheryl pondered “yeah I see your point, but when you wipe up patients at least it’s over in a couple of minutes…When you have to deal with the families, you’re dealing with crap even after your patient is dead”
Chris laughed as he wiped his mouth with his Applebee’s napkin and responded “Ok you got me there. Speaking of interesting families, how did the reading of the Gregg’s will go?”
“Honestly, I am still trying to process it.”
“What do you mean?”
“Well, I figured David’s father would be a generous man, but I didn’t expect this…”
“I don’t think one black person can speak for all black people,”
…said my Christian brother of a lighter hue (“Broken Frames” code for Caucasian) as he chuckled nervously.
He then asked “Do you?”
At that moment everything in my body wanted to exclaim “YEPPP!”
However, after prayer, time, and critical assessment I had to partially agree with him. (If I fully agreed with him I would not have written this blog. I will elaborate on my position later in this post.) We live in an era of a black US President, black fortune 500 CEO’s, black skate boarders, and white rappers. We also live in an age where we are inundated with caricatures of blackness through reality television, commercial rap lyrics, and media outlets which seek to profit through using senseless stereotypes of black people. As a result there are many popular voices that speak for “all” black people which often insufficiently represent “all” black people.
So, in order to best explain “What it means to be black today” I conferred with some of the popular voices in Black American Journalism, Academia, Punditry and Satire. In this blog I did my best to do what Adler and Doren call synoptically read Disintegration by Eugene Robinson, How to Be Black by Baratunde Thurston, New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander and Who’s Afraid of Post Blackness by Toure.
For most African Americans today, I would argue the word “Uncle Tom” outranks even the “N” word as the most despised racial epithet. It is a label that pins its recipient with the billet of cowardice, treason, and fraud.
Peyton vs. Eli Manning
Marsha vs. Jan Brady
Riley vs. Huey Freeman
Sibling Rivalries are always the best right?….
Two or more people joined by birth in the same family. Although both endure struggle in their respective journeys, each individual’s struggle is uniquely different.
In each of the different ministry contexts in which I have been able to lead I have encountered different forms of the same rivalry.
My blog site tagline is “Clear vision through the broken lens of race, fast food, singleness, and my own inadequacy.”
I will soon get into the specifics of my broken lens or frames through future blog post. However, when I refer to my “clear vision,” I am referring to my Christian worldview…Yes, I am a Christian.