500 Words is Not Enough
The people who genuinely need to read this post may never see it. I contributed to a piece for The Michigan Daily about self segregation. In it I try to explain a little about what is now being referred to as “the Black Hole”–you know, the mass of Black people in a public space that seems to constantly attract more Black people. I agree with everything I said in the piece, otherwise I wouldn’t have wrote it, but I’m not exactly sure this phrase came out correctly:
“I also relish the opportunity to be around other intelligent black people. Since this is the University of Michigan, a vast majority of us aspire to heighten our consciousness.
Sadly, that may not be the case for other parts of the world. The fatalist in me fears that I’ll never be around such a concentration of scholastically inclined black people ever again.”
My time at the University has been my first experience dealing with so many intellectual Black people. And I do fear that outside of the context of the University I will never find Black people this accepting and supportive of my own intellectual pursuits.
That being said, I don’t know how I feel about contributing to the notion that there are masses of dumb Black people roaming the non-Ivory Tower-lined streets–a notion which can be implied by my aforementioned fears. I only had 500 words so I didn’t have space to adequately qualify my sentiments.
I don’t want to be an elitist. I know there are non-academics who are extremely intelligent. My Grandfather was a bus driver in Detroit and he happened to be a genius, I’m sure he wasn’t the only one. Of course, my Grandfather probably would have been an academic had he not had to deal with being a Black youth in the Great Depression and all of the stuff that entailed, but I digress.
Also of note in the piece is that all of the students are minorities of some sort. I didn’t know who was going to be contributing but I was hoping for at least one white person. Instead there are three Black males (including myself), one international student who appears to be from the Indian sub-continent of Asia, and one half white/half Latino person who for the last several years has been embracing his Latino side. This fantastic representation makes it seem as though only non-whites are doing the self-segregating. As though white people in no way contribute to the clumping based on ethnic lines in the world. That’s ridiculous. But I can’t criticize the Daily because I work for them so I’d better stop now. I think I have authorization to post on the Daily’s blogs so maybe I’ll try to put a version of this up there. Until next time, Peace and God Bless.
edit: I have successfully posted to the Michigan Daily blogs. The message is slightly different. If you want to comment just go here
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