Early in a black boy or girl’s life, he or she is lunged into a world of perpetual competition. The competitive nature of African Americans is evident in our lifestyle, music, sports, and overall culture. It’s not uncommon to see opulent black entertainers attack and ridicule each other like children in a schoolyard.
By the time a black girl is engrossed in the public school system, this sense of competition is solidified. She must compete with her peers to date the most attractive or sought out black boys for their attention. Young impressionable black girls are judged based on their hair, skin color, and weight. These girls are taught that the girl with the lightest skin, tightest ass, and nicest breasts will be bestowed a quality black man. However, this black man isn’t exempt from the competition his partner had to deal with.
This black male also had to compete with his peers. It isn’t uncommon for black women to overlook black men for reasons such as height, clothes, weight, popularity, etc. Black males are taught to excel in their craft in order to counter their flaws and get the quality girl they desire. Whether he is a rapper, basketball player, fashion designer, teacher, fireman, doesn’t matter. He must be the BEST. When he becomes the best, then he’ll be able to choose the girl he desires. Black boys grow up seeing entertainers and athletes live a life of luxury and swag. These black boys don’t necessarily want to be athletes or entertainers, they want the women and lifestyle they have. They learned that there is…
One would think this mindset ends after high-school, but it doesn’t. This attitude persists throughout the majority of a black person’s life. However, if this competition pushes some black men and women to be the best person they can possibly be, is this competition necessarily a bad thing? If this competition pushes a black person to be the next Lebron James, Drake, Robert L. Johnson, Nia Long, Aaron McGruder, Spike Lee, or Barack Obama is it really a bad thing?
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