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So I’m in the gym the other day, doing the usual routine. A little cardio, a little chest, some curls for the girls, you know the fun stuff. And this guy walks up to me and he goes “wow you’re jacked, what are you taking?” Now guys, girls, little green alien people, I, my friends am jacked like the Easter Bunny is scary…only to little kids and only one day a year.
So I tell the guy, I’m like really big on protein and stuff, like the guy on the plane in Get Smart. One of my favorite movie scenes ever BTW.
No really, I tell the guy that I’m not on anything and that I just work out every so often to stay in shape. The first thing this guy says to me is “oh its because your black.” At this point I’m floored. So I stammer out something like, “are you implying that my muscles are a result of my African-American heritage, and not the gym? He goes, “well yea, thats what I’m saying. Black people are more naturally swole than white people. You guys are born with six packs and pecs.”
I’m pretty sure this kid is not Black.
So I walk away from this conversation a little bit introspective. Of course, some people are born with the natural tendency to put on muscle instead of fat. Some people are tall, some have high metabolism, and yes even some are born diesel.
But is it a race thing? Even athletically speaking. No white person has ever broken the 10 second mark in the 100 meter sprint. What happened to all the white cornerbacks in the NFL? Are white-Americans still allowed in the NBA? JJ Redick is representing.
I almost couldn’t even argue with the guy. The more I look around from pro sports, to my local gym, people of African descent have better physics and are more athletic. Is that racist?
But boy does it change when you say, well when I look around at debate teams, politicians, professors, coaches, CEO’s, the nations wealthiest people lists…the faces are overwhelmingly white. Does that mean that white people are smarter? Is that genetic like athleticism? Is it racist to say that Blacks are better athletes? Is it racist to say that white people are better at everything else?
Everyone tells me I need to bury the hatchet on this whole race thing. They tell me I’m too divisive. But when a white guy comes up to me and tells me that the reason I have an athletic build without extreme effort is because I’m Black, well I get down right offended. So how can I bury the hatchet when I’m still fighting the same stereotypes that my people have been fighting since the very first Afro-Euro encounters.
To my white readers…scratch that. To all my readers. Follow the rules below and race relations in America will improve because of you.
1. The Golden Rule of Race: Think before you friggin talk. Your mom has been telling you that since you were born. If it sounds racist it probably is.
2. Racist jokes are not funny, they’re racist. Thats why they are called racist jokes.
3. If you’re in a group of three or more and one of the persons is the racial minority, do not take every opportunity you can to point it out. For example: Two white guys and Black dude are hungry. Don’t ask the Black guy if he wants to go to Popeyes.
4. Ask questions. Seriously, it’s better than getting your head smashed in. If you grew up in rural Kansas and you don’t know Michael Jackson from 50 cent, you might want to ask somebody. Perfect example: My man Jim when I was in Iraq asked me, why do you put the stocking on your head at night? Is it a fashion thing? So I broke it down for him. I explained the texture of Black hair. I explained the complexities and intricacies of obtaining, grooming, and maintaining 360 waves. Jim did it the right way and so should you.
5. Finally, use common sense people. It really is just that simple.
I’m trying my darndest to improve race relations in America. If Obama can get a Noble Prize, I should at least get like a ribbon or somethin, a little certificate of appreciation. Baby steps people, baby steps.
Please, somebody tell me what you think.
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