Solitude: the Successful Black Man

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  1. The only two black men that I know quite well (one is a second cousin and the other is a close family friend) are university professors. Both are quite well-spoken, and for that they have been accused of “acting white” by some of the more stereotypical black people they’ve met. Particularly my second cousin, who has taught in the states. I have trouble understanding where the urge to verbally beat someone down or take away their race comes from when they attain success outside of what the media has deemed possible.

  2. I hear you…I am a 45 yo Asian-American female who looks more like 16…I constantly get incredulous comments on the local commuter train by older people who are amazed I can read the New York Times (I have been doing it since age 10!)….That said, don’t get mad…..just talk to people and have a conversation with them….it’s better than letting your blood boil…some people are just ignorant but if you can change one person’s limited perception of a certain type of person then more power to you…Sometimes being underestimated may be a good thing…for me, looking much younger than my real age is good for relating to teenagers and kids (since that is crucial to my particular profession)…You might be able to reach certain people that no one else has an in with….Make use of your unique qualities….

  3. Donna, that persecution comes from ignorance and jealousy.
    Certain people who lack experience and perspective have issue with anything outside their defined worldview.
    And depending on what area and culture in the U.S. that one deals with, the problems in the article and in your comment are very common.


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