I wanted to go into further detail about the " playing both sides of the fence " topic on my first excerpt. Educated black men that live in the black community sometimes have to look in the mirror of their previous when they walk out the door. Every man had to make that decision in their life where they had to take a stand and put some of their past in the past and move forward. This feeling resonates more with me and a lot of strong black men who still live in their communities because everyday when we walk out the door we see what we could've settled for. Saying all this to say that educated black men are the best actors ( and British people ). When we go around people outside of our race we have more of an obligation to leave a profound impression because of stereotypes, one's own sense of pride and simply just wanting to be accepted by others. When we go around people of our own ethnicity we sometimes have a dumbed down approach so that they can understand us and we don't look like we are better than the ones in the streets or just settling with life AND IT SHOULD NOT BE LIKE THIS. I feel like a white person can be themselves almost 24/7 because even if you have a different personality or approach and you're Caucasian you would still be accepted because of the understanding white people have with EACH OTHER. We don't have this same understanding. If I went around talking to people within my demographic in my community with a professional approach I can almost guarantee a few of them ( not all ) would look at like what I said or my approach was foreign or they would think that I'm acting Hollywood and get offended because they think I'm trying to come off as better than them instead of thinking that this is just who I am as a person. It's a frustrating reality. Both sides are apart of you but can't really come together. Instead they just play off of each other.
Thank you for reading.