The experiences of being the only black around can sometimes be funny.
My son posted this on his Facebook page. I nearly died laughing. Brings back memories of my experiences in class too. Glad he has a sense of humor about it.
Click here for some funny stuff on life as the only black in your class.
As a non-angsty white person who doesn’t buy into a political ideology, is it OK that the buzzfeed list cracked me up?
I’m glad it did! It was hilarious. My wife had to come see what I was cracking up about when I first saw it. That bit on being the only black guy at the party just killed me.
When I went to my wife’s hometown in Asia to the first time in the mid ’90s, I spent a month being the only white person around for miles (or kilometers, if you will). I got a lot of stares or was treated as not quite human by a lot of people.
Later, at home, I was talking to this half black/half Puerto Rican guy I knew about my experience. “Man, it was really strange to feel so isolated,” I said.
He deadpans, “Yeah? What was that like?”
That is hilarious! But it is true there are other situations where someone can be the “only one.”
For me it was a funny life-lesson in empathy, but it’s different entirely when one is made to feel that way in his own land (not that I need to tell you that, of course).
When white people hear the phrase “white privilege” for the first time, many of us react with, “What do you mean? I grew up poor too! We didn’t have this/that/the other thing either. Blah blah blah!”
Sometimes it takes us a good long while, and only with lot of meaningful observation and education, to get what that term really means.
As funny as the Buzzfeed list is, a lot of people have been on both sides of those points. Thanks, as always, for presenting these important ideas and thoughts with humor and class.
As always appreciate your insight and words.
That is too cute! Glad he finds it funny. :)
Yeah, the good thing is knowing him, he is a well adjusted kid and he does see the humor in it even though it can be tough in other ways.
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