Friday, May 11, 2012

Afr-i-can't


I’ve taken a recent event to heart, so much in fact it brought me out of my rant coma.
Recently friend of mine was approached by guy, he liked what he saw and commenced to ask some variation of "Can I get your BB pin (Are you gonna bang?)" etc. Upon finding out her ethnicity, she found that he:

1) Was shocked she was African.
2) followed this up with “I thought you were Caribbean because of your light skin and long hair.”
3) Seemed genuinely disappointed.

If someone could let me know which borough of London it is, that all Africans look this…

I'm still waiting for Ghanians to explain how this movie came into fruition...
Now racial stereotypes and perceptions are unavoidable. In primary school being a child of African descent was like wearing a neon "Kick me" sign. Somedays it was all you needed to be to get cussed out. Kids can be hilariously cruel.

Fast forward to secondary school when words like “bounty” and “Wigga” popped into teeage conversations, because at that age, God forbid you didn’t adhere to the stereotypical social groups, and hell fire if you dared to wade into a social group that wasn’t considered to be typical for your race.
Lets not forget the youngsters who took it as an opportunity to mask their ancestry and fabricated a completely different 1st middle and last names.
I don't mean nick names or "road names" but adolescence aside, if you ask me to call you Man-a-man/top-shotta/ Deez Gunz/ RuffEZ or anything similar... I WILL slap you.
I thought Uni would filter this out. *FACE PALM*
Whilst at Uni I recall a time, one of my friends meet a guy called “Jaydeon Brown”, or so he said.
She went home and proceeded to do what every person did at the time. She searched for him on facebook, to make sure her perception wasn’t altered by the strobe lights /lack of light ( alcohol).
After searching and failing to find him, she waited till he called and tactically, suggested they added each other.
Busted.
A clever man would have owned up or maybe even thrown the towel in. Not this geezer. He proceeded to spell out his “Full name”.
I didn’t know Jadeon Smith was spelled X-Z-N-L-Y-*click*-K-W-A-M-E-O-L-U-T-O-L-U-L-O-P-E  


No person should be ashamed of their name/race. Even if it’s Doo-Doo Brown. This is the 21st century. Furthermore, what is so hard about racial diversity that people fail to understand?
OH SNAP!! Your half Japanese?!? GTFOH!!!
I find it really hard to fathom, that despite how multi-cultural London is, people still baffled by variety and still hold onto the “standard edition [insert race]” appearance and personality check list. What is confusing you?

Once upon a time, humans happened.
They went to different places, mixed together, and their babies came out different looking…

The End.

I love being African, knowing where my descendants came from and even who I may attribute my looks to, but to think that I have seen and know everything to do with being African would be stupid. So if you are one of those individuals who assume that by encountering a couple hundred, maybe couple thousand people, you are now an expert on how every race should look, act or be Please slap yourself and repeat...
I don't care how many facebook friends you have.
No one is ignoring certain racial “trends” which make for hilarious observational comedy or documentaries or “sh*t [insert race] say” videos on youtube, but have some perspective.
Fundamentally there is no exact and accurate equation, not to mention so many social, geographical and cultural impacts on race and racial perception.
Take an individual as just that. An individual. Respect their ancestry may differ to yours because even after a million of examples of
Brown skin male + Brown skin female =  Brown skin baby.

This could also happen.



The Ihegboro family and their youngest daughter Nmachi.



Rant Over

Signed Rants4food