Tell Me How You Really Feel

If you’re lucky enough, there will come a time when you will find yourself in a situation where people speak candidly about race or make some politically incorrect statement.  More often than not, the remarks will be offensive; and some may apologize or tell you they meant no offense.  It allows you a bit of insight as to how someone truly feels. You now know where you stand.  Right, wrong or indifferent, the game has changed. Nevertheless, all the players remain the same.  

Today was my daughter’s “lucky day”.  She plans to tryout for her high school’s dance team in the fall.  To prepare, she along with 25 other girls participate in a school supported camp to learn various types of dance –  from ballet to hip hop, technique, choreography and stage presence. It is essential to learn the fundamentals of each dance to be successful:  ballet’s, plies and pirouettes, hip hop’s popping and gliding.  However, hip hop dance is primarily freestyle improvisation.

To teach hip hop improvisation, the female instructor told the class to walk like an African-American pimp (male) who had a cane and gold teeth and to dance like a “ghetto girl” with lots of money rubbing her fingers together. I guess that was supposed to be a freestyle swag.
After her instructions, while looking directly at my daughter, the only African-American in the class, she said, “No offense.”
No offense–
Lazy, gangsta rapping, pimp walking, watermelon, corn bread, glaze doughnut, finger lickin’ fried chicken eating, grape Kool-Aid, 40oz drinking, basketball playing, eye rolling, booty shaking, joke cracking, finger snapping, lip smacking, pants sagging, neck rolling, dope selling, Ebonics speaking, baby having, gang banging, superstitious, public aid, no daddy, baby daddy, woolly head, weave & tip wearing, rim buying, always dancing, help me Jesus praying.
Tell me how you really feel.
Offense Taken.
I’m Just Sayin’…(Damn!)

While gratifying, this anybody could check here here experience only made me more

4 comments for “Tell Me How You Really Feel

  1. Anonymous
    June 28, 2012 at 4:52 am

    Hey Jae Mac,
    I decided to check my email and thought about your blog. People state what is already in their heart or what they are feeling and say it regardless of what their race, creed or color may be. I believe some people that lean toward racism or some “pleading ignorance” will use the excuse of “I meant no offence” (maybe that should be a new motto or written on a t-shirt). Once that “game” has gotten out in the open than you can expect they will say or do anything to get a response or reaction to further racism.

    In regards to the instructor she should be investigated and then fired (shame on her). She saw an opportunity to influence a group of young ladies to further racism and hurt a wonderful young ladies feeling. All in the name of the high school dance team.

    I’m just saying…(d) tell me how you really feel
    Dia (MIL)

    • July 26, 2012 at 8:22 pm

      Thanks Dia (MIL) for your wonderful comments. It has always amazed me that some folks put so much time and effort into being ignorant. Just seems too much like work, I’m just sayin…(Damn!)

  2. July 24, 2012 at 4:24 am

    your posting is very good about tell me how you really feel

    • July 26, 2012 at 8:23 pm

      Obat –
      Thanks for reading & commenting.I appreciate it!

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