In the comments section of the Black People 🙁 post, Randy talks about something I’ve heard complaints about for years: Black people who won’t shut the Hell up in movie theaters. A lot of people will admit that this is true, very often. Even Black people joke about it. This sort of behavior is a feature of a certain subset of Blacks, and I’ve noticed a similarity it has with other behavior I’ve seen among such people. My observation is that unassimilated Black people seem to have a problem with boundaries. Some of the things they do suggest to me that they can’t make the distinction between their space and other people’s space. They have a problem with the notion of public space – that you have to consider other people once you are outside your own private domain. This is why you might see a Black person in his car holding up traffic to have a conversation in the street with another Black person. This is why you’ll see a Black guy blasting his car stereo with no regard for the people around him. This is why two Black people will loudly converse in public, not particularly caring how it’s perceived by other people. Or why you might see a Black mother loudly chastising her kid, or hitting her kid, in public. Are they acting this way because they’re genetically Black? Does having sub-Saharan DNA cause people to act this way? Who could make that case? I used the word “unassimilated” for a reason. Some people, many of them Black, are just not assimilated into mainstream American norms and values, probably because they have never had any incentive to be. I’m not saying it’s White people’s responsibility to give them the incentive. Not at all. So don’t anyone accuse me of blaming anyone other than these people for their behavior. But you’d be amazed at what people can do when they realize it’s in their best interest to do it. People are very good at sizing up situations and figuring out just what they can and cannot get away with. Little kids are good at this, and so are grown-ups of all races. Somebody has to say, “Look, you can’t do that.” Or “Hey, knock it off!” Preferably somebody who can give the impression it would be in your best interest to do exactly what he tells you. Who does that?
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