You Don’t Have To Whisper, We Do Know That We’re Black

You Don’t Have To Whisper, We Do Know That We’re Black

By Anise Smith

I am all on board with political correctness. It is greatly needed in some situations and it really does serve a purpose.  It put in place a barrier for those that deemed it okay to just open their trap at will and let all kinds of nonsense escape. We would never want people to feel as if they could yell slurs whenever the desire strikes them, but sometimes I wonder if it has had an extreme effect on some individuals.  This is because I have noticed a weird sort of nervousness I detect when speaking with some people and there is reference made to blackness. It is really odd and frankly a bit silly.


We know we’re black – there’s no need to pretend we aren’t

When I’ve mentioned something in reference to being black, people that are not black really seem to feel uncomfortable.  I have noticed that sometimes the people I am speaking with start to get nervous and speak in a whispering tone.  The first time that it happened, I looked around as if there was someone lurking about because the weird whispering and nervousness was so strange. Then the second time it happened I started to realize that there was a pattern in the behavior.  I realized that every time I mentioned something pertaining to black hair, black food or black culture people got all, weirded out and started the odd whispering thing.  I thought, what the heck, am I secretly auditing for a new show called Black Whisperer?  I think I can speak for all black people on this one point, and I will let you all in on a secret – we ALL do know that we’re black. There’s no need to whisper.  Seriously, it’s okay. On a related topic, it’s okay to say black, too.  Again, we do realize that we are black and will probably continue to be, so it’s okay to say black.


I am saying this in a joking manner but all of this really made me think about political correctness and if it has gone to far if this is the effect that it is having on people.  It could be that in the need embrace political correctness, it has caused an atmosphere in which people are nervous about acknowledging the obvious blackness that can’t be ignored even if anyone tried.


Speaking about black life and black culture is a part of who we are as black people. Just like other people speak about their culture, it’s the same concept. There is never a need for others to feel uncomfortable, whisper, or laugh uncomfortably when this comes up in discussion.  Remember, we do know that we’re black; it’s not a secret.


Families are families, people are people, regardless of color

So many cultures assume that we as black people know so much about their culture and speak about it as if most things are common knowledge but when we speak about our blackness there’s a noticeable discomfort.  I think this is primarily due to the need to be so politically correct and that they forget that it’s okay to have a discussion. There’s no need ever to feel uncomfortable about general discussions because that’s how we move past cultural barriers and open the door to much needed dialogue about race, race relations and moving past racial stereotypes.


Think about this; if you never had a discussion with friends, you would have never really had an opportunity to get to know that friend. So opening the door to conversation is imperative if we want to ever move past racial stereotypes and learn to see people as people.

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