Real Talk I wish I had written: RBL

The Big Man needs to be extensively quoted on this.  Someone get a pundit chair, stat.

Back when racism was an open sore on the face of America instead of the festering scab it is now, there was one unforgivable crime for black people, particularly black men.

Self confidence.

See, racists didn’t like their Negroes with a spine. A black man who liked to make eye contact with white people, who didn’t hold his hat in his hands whenever he made a request and who carried himself like a full-fledged member of the human race was seen as an affront to all that was decent. Black women had to face similar humilation, at times their humilation was worse because it also included sexual abuse, but nothing really got racists’ blood boiling like a Negro man who “took on airs.”

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