Black People : Worthless CRABS

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  1. MrBlak

    MrBlak Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Anyone else here had experience with jokers in the community who automatically became negative upon hearing you have more formal education than them?

    I got in a battle with this one guy and out argued the point. He went off calling me all types of names including the "N" word and said all kinds of stuff that made no sense. He then lashed out at me telling me to stay in canada cause my education "doesnt mean **** down here" (the US).

    Anyways, I started a thread and put his quote in it.....get this.....people stuck up for him and said that I was probably showing off my education...turns out people who sat there and took advice I gave and commented positively on my discussions, all of a sudden hate me since I am educated. What the hell is that??? They acted like I only told part of the story.

    I informed them that I am a geography student and nothing I speak of on the boards comes from school (book) knowledge......that shut them the hell up...but they are still hating.

    The staff, and owner of the site love this cause they never liked me.....they let this guy get away with those posts...yet they banned my freind for saying "*****" a couple times. (more proof that it is all about who you know on black sites)

    Anyways, to get back on topic....anyone noticed the trend that as soon as you got some education, your blackness is questioned and you are assumed to be a snob???

    Crabs in a barrel is still a common thing in the community.
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  2. toylin

    toylin Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    What site was this, first of all, so I will not to visit it?

    Next, yes, I used to get into fights all the time with people about education and whatnot. I have not completed college, but I do have post-secondary training. My stock answer when people ask me how do I know what I know is usually "i read alot." Which causes more problems.....

    I used to have a "library" in my home.. One room full of books.. Probably five of those 6 foot bookcases. People would come over, go in that room, and ask me "Have you really read all those books?" I had to stop myself before answering "No, I bought them to look at the pictures."

    Yes, crabs in a barrel. For a long time, education was viewed as "trying to be white." I"m not sure when/how this started, but it's a big fat lie! People use dot make fun of me when I spoke "properly" in school. People made fun of me when I got staright A's in school. People still think it's funny whenever I use polysyllabic (sp?) words. For some reason, it is accepted in Black communities that the "dumber" you are, the more "real" you are. Sad. Sad. Sad. And sick.
     
  3. MrBlak

    MrBlak Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Yup...it is sad. You would be surprized at how many of the people jumping on me WERE PARENTS!!!!!!! and we wonder why the community is going NOWHERE.

    The site is The Cocoa Lounge by the way.

    It used to be good....but gets more and more like blackvoices everyday. It makes me wonder if all black websites are doomed to become like BET and BV.....worthless battle grounds dominated by idiots (before anyone here jumps on me, school education has no bearing on whether or not someone is an "idiot").

    Thanks Toylin!!
     
  4. Nubian1Princess

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    Very true MrBlak.

    I actually pay no attention to those people that seem to have an issue with my education. Str8 up, if someone becomes negative just because you've obtained a college degree, they only show how ignorant they are.

    I'm currently a college student and I've thought twice about attending because of the fact that a degree does not mean anything. There are plenty of people walking around with bachelors and masters degrees and they seem to lack much upstairs. Graduating from college only means that you are to be accepted more into Corporate (White) America than one without a college degree. An individual can master his/her area of interest without paying thousands of dollars a semester.

    Back to the question though....yea MrBlak I have experienced what you described from time to time. However, I have never had my blackness questioned.
     
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    MANASIAC Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Yea just igg em and quick walking playa.
     
  6. nabraska

    nabraska Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Blak, you gotta realize that education is a status symbol, at least here in the US. Now I know you said something about being in Canada (which is all well and good) but in the US among "African/Black americans" it is a line of division--much like light skinned and dark skinned brothas and sistas. We may all "hang" together, but there is still "those eyes" that seem to peer down on one, who may not be educated. OR on the opposite end of the spectrum, if a person who is educated is around a bunch of "un-educated" people then there is that "view" of--oh that snobbish SOB...and so on and so forth. It's a classism thing that we as people of the Diaspora must learn to deal with. Yea, some of it does represent whiteness--because in 2004 there is no color barrier, but there still is the economic barrier and I think we all are, are have been broke enough to understand that. So with that in mind just realize that the next time you have an encounter like the one u just described.

    One luv baby one luv

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  7. MrBlak

    MrBlak Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Thanks for the info....I thought I had escaped that educational "classism" because I did not grow up back in the 50s like my dad and did not grow up in the west indies like my mom. They both know about the titles education gives a person.....it is really a big deal in Trinidad.

    Anyways, this foolishness is still going on. It is not as much here in Canada...but I have to deal with americans....some live here...most are online though. I can handle it becuase my dad told me from way back about comming out the hood and a family where no one else even went to college (yet....2 of them did later) out of the 9 kids. He had all the neighbourhood types on him about going to school while they mde $$$ pimping, dealing etc. He taught me not to give a F*** what anyone says and do what I gotta do.....And my mom taught me to always stand up and put people in their place when they step up........it is just frustrating. :maddd:

    I always like to fully understand a situation....thanks!!
     
  8. MrBlak

    MrBlak Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Thankyou!!!

    :wave: Thanks Nubian Princess and Manasiac!!!! :wave:
     
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