Black == Lazy

Now, before the world comes to a screeching halt, let me explain the title. This expression is not a declarative statement. It is a question. Anyone who’s taken any level of computer programming can tell you that this expression can return one of two values, true or false. Having said that, the question reads “does black equal lazy?” The train of thought that led me to this question began one night at Wal-mart. I was there on a late-night ice cream run and on my way out of the door when I saw three young African American ladies walking into the store. The first young lady was wearing a white t-shirt and black pants. The second young lady had on a tank-top and shorts. It was the third young lady’s outfit that really surprised and outraged me. She had on what looked like a night gown with fuzzy slippers. Now what really outraged me about this was the fact that she wasn’t an any notable rush. There seemed to be no emergency or sense of urgency about her. “Why then”, I asked myself “does she look like she just rolled out of bed?” The only answer I could think of to justify her appearance would be the fact that she didn’t deem it necessary to change out of house clothes into something more suitable. Whatever she was after, if it didn’t warrant a change in clothes, did it really warrant the drive, the time spent lookinig for it, and the money to purchase it? If it’s not worth two minutes to change clothes, then I would suggest that it really wasn’t needed right then and their.

After thinking about this on my way home, I began to think about other African-Americans of my generation. Having attended a HBCU (Historically Black College/University) myself, I know many of the arguments/mindsets/belief systems held by many black people my age. Countelss are the times I’ve heard “the white man” blamed for all that ails black people. Yes, the system is unfair, unbalanced, and essentially broken, but it’s not broken beyond repair; neither is it impossible to excell and succeed under the current system. To do so just takes work.

I must admit, I’ve been working on this post for some few weeks now, trying to find exactly what I want to say about the subject, only to find there is so much to say. No, I don’t hate my own race, but I do hate that so many in my race choose to use their status as a minority as a crutch. Where’s the honor in that? So it’s harder to be black than it is to be white…so what. Numerous blacks have bucked the system to become prominent, wealthy, and respected in both the African American community and the majority white community. Most of them have been labeled as “sell-outs” or “tokens”. I was once called such things, and I still here them from certain people from time to time. If being scholastically successful, financially secure, well-read, and well-spoken makes me a “token” or “sell-out”, then I would submit someone who is “truly black” or whatever the opposite of a token or sell-out is would be the opposite of successful, financially secure, well-read, and well-spoken. Yes, I’m no thug, hoodie, OG, or any of that, but I am secure in my blackness; but I digress…

…Too many times have I witnessed young blacks blame others for their problems. If there’s one thing I will take from all the lessions of my mother, it is this: If you don’t like your situation, change what you’re doing and change it. Complaining about it, and blaming others certainly won’t change one’s station in life. Likewise, complaing about the fact that whites have it easier in this country than any other group won’t change the system and it certainly won’t help your cause of “getting out of the hood”. Trust me on this. I was born in the “hood” as it were, and only after 11 years of my (then single) mom working two and three jobs at a time did we finally start to “move on up in the world”. It’s after living through this that the sight of that young woman in that Walmart that night really infuriated me. We, as a race, have worked too hard to be miss represented by the lazy among us, and make no mistake about it; all many white people need is that one example for them to say “well, that’s just black people for you. Too lazy to put on decient clothes“. My mom, who is the most profound person I know, said in her customarily profound way “If you don’t like being shot at, why give the enemy amunition?

Now before I loose what few white readers I have left at this point, let me assure you that neither my mother nor I view all whites as enemys of the black race, but her point is a valid one: Why give the system the means to discriminate against you? The answer to that is simple: How can you stop something that is viewed as being “true to yourself and your race?” Sounds confusing, I know, but that’s the whole point. Our self-image as a race has to change. Yes, our ancesters were victims of a great injustice, but as long as we view ourselves, in this day and age, as victims, we will never be equal.

So back to the original question: Black==Lazy. In retrospect, I think the question may be too broad to answer. In one sense, the answer is no, Black != Lazy (read black does not equal lazy…more computer stuff). I do know of many African-Americans who work hard to achieve what they have, and are working harder to achieve more. On the other hand, there are those who choose to do nothing and blame the white world for their problems. These are the onse you see habitually relying on welfare to feed themselves and their children. These are the ones you see uneducated, unemployed, and unmotivated to change; In this case, the answer is a resounding yes. But there is hope. Like MTV says The Know is Spreading.

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~ by Deuce on August 23, 2006.

70 Responses to “Black == Lazy”

  1. The problem is not the RACE, It is the people that are making a living off there situation. I’ve worked with so many different races that i could start my own rainbow colition. The media and those who make a paycheck and possition in life use hatered and problems to there advantage. Now it is true that if your not ready for Responsibilities, Then when they come along,Its like trying to understand the blueprints of a Nucular weapon (Not knowing who to read & write. Also to days citizen are being convinced to go to collage & look for that velvet chair.What the hell happen to manual Labor. It keeps you in shape & provides a pay check. Also when i tried to hire a lot of people for manual labor jobs, Most of them thought that they should be make as much as me from the job. If your 19 and don’t have an income KEEP YOUR DAWM LEGS CLOSED. So if you do get pregnet then it has to be RAPE. And if your a so called MAN. Respect the woman of your race as much as you want other races to respect them. Look out for them and take care of them the same way you want other races to respect them. And for godshake look presentable when you leave your house.

  2. I liked what ice9 had to say and agreee that the majority of blacks blame the white devil for their inability to succeed. If I ever meet ice9 I would deffinately buy that man a beer!! I have a black girlfriend and she doesn’t want to work and the majority of her family, brothers, sisters, cousins, ect.., are on wellfare and keep having kids with different guys and continually blame the white man for their fucked up lives. Well, I was never handed a silver spoon! I grew up poor, but unlike my black brethern, I choose to get off my ass, get a job and an education! Why is it when things don’t go right for blacks the first thing they do is fall back on the race card…? If they want to put the blame where it truly belongs, all they have to do is take a quick glance in a mirror. A picture is worth a thousand words…. So, stop flashing the race card or using any other excuses for their lack of iniative or inability to succeeed in life. Hell, now a days its a plus to be black…and if you’re a black female, the sky is the limit. I have seen affirmative action used extensively in allowing under educated blacks selected for a position or hired solely on the basis of their minoriy status. This really pisses me off!! I have had to work for everything I have obtained and so have the majority of other white people. I guess being successful in life is a white thing!!!!

  3. I started out in life believing in total equality, absolutely not a rascist at all. But years of working with black people is influincing my perceptions of blacks in a negative way. Let me preface by saying that there are a few well-mannered, intelligent, hardworking black people that I have worked with.
    However, they are way, way outnumbered by lazy, backstabbing, blacks that do their best to do as little as they possibly can and do it with a shitty attitude. Absolutely 0 work ethic. I also see an overall lack of problem solving ability and a tendency to “not get it” as quickly as most other people.

    I’ve also seen reverse racism with black people near the top of an organization discriminating and harassing lower-level non-blacks.

    So sorry, if I see an organization full of blacks, I’m running the other way. You couldn’t pay me enough to work there.

  4. Found this on a Google Search after becoming so irritated with my coworkers who are Black… It seems impossible to get them to work. They always are on their cell phones or listening to rap or looking on TMZ, work is few and far between. And god forbid you try to get them to assist you with something, it’s “I’m on lunch” or just cuss words.

    They come into work late everyday and always have an excuse on why they can’t do something. I wish I didn’t have to work with any of them because they fit every negative stereotype about them.

    It’s hard to believe their vote counts as much as mine.

  5. in our department of four we have the mis-priviledge of having a black ‘working’ with us. he does nothing but talk shit all day and criticize people, when you ask him to do any work or help out the response is ‘bitch i’m on lunch’ (funny how ‘lunch’ is between the hours of 10-4)… they are the laziest most useless race. i hate them.

  6. Furthermore, the system is broken. What do you get if you’re poor and have little kids?

    Free housing, free food, free healthcare, freed education. Is there any incentive for birth control and planning your family?

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