Read this first ——> http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2009/03/17/immigrant
Today has been a very hectic day for me. I was out on Monday because I took the LSAT. (I think did decent on them, but we’ll see in 3 weeks). The short week hurt my schedule. So I’m trying to squeeze in that missed day of work and the fact that I had to attend two conferences this week didn’t help. However, in the midst of this I got to read Cuzzo’s entry about carnival, in its various forms around the world. I always remembered attending these events, even though me and my friends arent caribbean. Then I thought about that group of friends that I used to attend the Labor Day festivities, and I realized that out of a group of 15 dudes, only four of us should be considered even relatively successful by normal standards. It got me to thinking, am I endangered species? Not because I am an Ivy League educated, Que, with decent credit, from the projects and no criminal record. I know, I’m the shit. Just playing but not really. But because I am all of what I mentioned and black. Yea, I said it. But before this turns into a convo about good black men being endangered, let me give you a bit more clarity. What I mean is that I am a black American and I am a male. Maybe this is an up north black thing, but where are all the, as my friends would call us, regular black folk? I feel like that now that I am not in the projects anymore and I dont normally associate with people who live their on the regular, everyone I meet is Nigerian or their parents are from the islands. Where are all the people from the projects? Do us regular black folk just never leave the hood? This isn’t a post hating on people whose parents immigrated to this country, I just wanna know what happened to all the descendants of American slaves. I just don’t understand, some of us have to be successful. Can someone help me out with this one? Why do you think this phenomenon exists? On a side note, and some of our non black readers can help me with this, but in general do white people see the differences in people of the African diaspora?