It’s already hard enough to be black while living in America, without having to prove your worth in every 5 minutes; but to be intelligent, black and good looking is somewhat of a triple threat. People already assume that black people are loud, ghetto and ignorant. So, to show manners, to speak proper English and overall act like you give a damn often leaves people feeling intimidated. Like damn, can’t I be smart and black. Is it that much of anomaly? And let’s not throw looks into the equation. Because we all know you can’t be good looking and intelligent at the same time. It’s a trade off, right? And don’t let you dress well and have a sense of humor. Then you’d really blow people’s minds.
It’s rare to see somebody that has all these qualities and when you do it’s like they’re an exhibit on display. The kind of person you only hear about. Even mass media doesn’t like to acknowledge these types. I don’t even know when’s the last time I saw a smart, intelligent and good looking black person on a tv show. The last I can think of is…. nobody. Well, maybe Kerry Washington on Scandal but I heard she’s a jump off so that defeats the purpose.
This has been especially on my mind lately, especially when it comes to school. I’m the only black person in my one of my classes, plus I have the highest grade in the class. Now I’m not one to broadcast my business, so only a few people know about my grades (how I don’t know) and they all got some type of problem with me now. It seems like I intimidate white men the most. Mainly the douche bags that seem to be stuck in the whole women and black people are inferior. I can only imagine what it’ll be like when I get out into the “real world” and have to deal with office politics because I know there will be many people thinking I’m coming for their position and rightfully so.
I could go on and on about this subject by getting into how society taught us to think that black people are inferior because they were threatened by us or how you can’t be black and intellectual without somebody calling you an Oreo at some point in your life. But, I’ll be nice and spare your eyesight today.