On Being a Black Man

I spent 20 years in a high tech firm. There were only a few black people that I knew. And I probably knew about 200 people by name. You seem to be like one half of the black people who I knew . . . foreign born. I knew 3 Nigerians, 1 Ghanese, 1 Jamaican, 1 Puerto Rican, 1 Columbian, and probably 7 US born. Maybe 7% of the people I knew by name were black.

There was one black man in my area. One time he was in a nearby conversation with someone else . . . an Indian friend turned to me and whispers “ever notice that almost everyone talks ghetto to him?”

“yep . . . “

”do I do that?”



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