These House Negroes and most others like them.
But don't they look just dandy?
Again, I was asked to join a group of Black men who imagine themselves as being better than all other Black men.
"It's an honor not given to many", I was told.
I support this local organization when their actions agree with mine but I don't wish to belong to any group which excludes others predicated on social status - I had enough of that back in high school.
I've always hated the term "Talented Tenth" - it's as though some believed that they alone were predestined to rule over and subjugate others.
Sure, I can come across as polished and erudite - it's an easy act to accomplish - but then the "Mutha'-Fucka's" come flying out of my mouth when someone takes advantage of another.
Many of these men came from the same culture they now disdain - others are so far removed from this culture that their ideas and concepts are no longer valid.
"But you're "Bougie" just like us.", one member would say.
"Octoroon Please (Yeah, I stole that phrase from SeeNew - but they don't know it.)... . First of all it's Bourgeois or Bourgeoisie. "Bougie" is a colloquialism used by those who cannot pronounce it the correct way. Secondly, I attend to and deal with those y'all Nigga's are afraid of or imagine yourselves too good for on a daily basis.", I would reply.
"But, but... . Many in your family are members of (fill in elite Black organizations here) and (fill in the rest here). You give away more than most of our members have.", another member would continue.
"The thing is - I am not from here. I don't know nor recognize anyone I am supposed to try to impress. Your little Boule organization is just an imitation of a white imitation of a European imitation of some obscure cult bent on subjugating others. You have no real power - what you have is an imitation of an imitation of power. Real power comes from being free to make ones own choices without being beholden to some status-seeking group. You're not the master, nor are you the master's helper - y'all are just the wolves in sheep's clothing serving the master of this world leading those who should know better to the dark side of humanity.", I replied.
In all honesty, if these guys came to me for my philanthropic work - I may have listened.
Since they came after me for my perceived status and my ability to be above the childish acts of racism because many whites they wish to befriend are already friends with me - Effum.