I have a friend who grew up outside of D.C.. He has a very “black” way of speaking due to his going to a 90% black school. I was driving back from visiting him when I saw a police officer pulling a motorist over.
I thought, in my friends voice “Its just ‘the Man’ keeping ‘the Brother’ down.” So I looked and it was a black police officer pulling over a white motorist.
When I told my friend the story his answer was priceless.
“Color don’t matter, either way it’s still ‘The Man’ keeping ‘the Brother’ down.”
Now “the Man” is a “brother”. ;)
Wow, so blacks have achieved, at least in part, the color-blindness that Dr. King spoke of:
1. The Man is neither black nor white, or any other color - The Man has no color or creed (Dr. King is pleased).
2. Brothers are black people that aren’t The Man.
3. The Man is everyone that isn’t a Brother.
4. Brothers are men, not women. Black women are Sisters, unless they too become The Man, in which case they aren’t Sisters any more. (See rule 7)
5. Boys don’t exist among blacks - at all. Black boys are Brothers. Calling any black male a Boy is, well, taking your life in your own hands. Distinguishing between the Adult Brother and the Child Brother should be handled with discretion. ‘Son’ is an acceptable appellation for the child version of Brothers, now that we are ‘AB’ (After Barak). In ‘BB’, it was best to just not make a distinction.
6. Black conservatives are referred to as ‘Uncle Tom’, and are blood relatives of The Man. Black conservatives are stripped of all cultural priveleges of Brotherhood. (Michael Steele, Walter Williams, and Alan Keyes)
7. If The Man is black, and leaves elected office, then after a grace period of six months, and the endorsement of a prominent unelected black liberal democrat, then they can be reinstated as Brothers. (See Colin Powell)
8. Dissent will not be tolerated. Brothers caught in the act of the public criticism of Brotherhood are excommunicated (See Bill Cosby).
9. God is recognized by the Brotherhood, but only for the purposes of providing venues for political fundraising and promotion, and for providing an inspiration for a genre of American music. Brothers freed themselves from slavery, and Abe Lincoln is still The Man. God had nothing to do with it.
That’s a messy sort of Venn diagram to try and draw, but I think that sums it up nicely. If you follow these handy rules, then you’ll be able to navigate any number of spurious, but catastrophic racial discrimination litigation brought on by any of your African American employees in the age ‘AB’.