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ACTING WHITE & THE CONSERVATIVE CONSPIRACY

1.10.2006

Ras Baraka, Newark, NJ's councilman-at-large shares his theory on the never-ending issue of what in the heck does "acting white" mean in an article at BlackElectorate.com. Debunking The Myth of Acting White. Well actually the article is his analysis and concern over politicians like IL Senator Barack Obama and Newark Mayoral candidate Cory Booker.

"These new young black conservative democrats pop up from virtually nowhere, Ivy League educated and well versed in black quotations and Civil rights trivia. On the surface they appear as a Godsend. The new black leadership we were long waiting for, but upon further examination or if you follow the money trail you will find some strange ultra conservative folks hanging around."

As someone who heard the "she thinks she's white" throughout highschool because I wanted to study instead of hang out, I'm not going to go all the way with Ras on this one. It is not a complete myth that blacks think being educated is acting white. When I reached college, I can't even tell you how happy I was to find black friends who wanted to excel and knew that the key was working hard and not feeling entitled. They also shared the same experiences as I did when they were in high school.

I have several nieces and nephews and many of them have experienced similar things. What I have noticed is that the higher the economic class of blacks, the less that happens. So as with most problems facing us in America, it's not about race, but about economic class.
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