Monday, February 05, 2007

Tuesday: Two Cents Day

There is buzz going around these days about how the NAACP and some U.S. postsecondary officials are condemning college parties that are themed "gansta parties". That is, mostly white kids get together and wear gang gear, grills on their teeth, and drink malt liquor out of paper bags. The NAACP complains that these antics conjure the worst racial stereotypes.

I say: Suck it up. Yes, it's probably not the right thing to do, but I don't see where anyone is really getting hurt by it. Especially since its a real thing.

Stereotypes exist for a reason. And it's not as if these parties are making fun of anyone, per se. The black community created the gangsta lifestyle; they endorse it and, yes, they even promote it. So if a group of people want to get together and be "gangsta", I don't see why that is wrong?

At an off-campus "Bullets and Bubbly" party throw by University of Connecticut School of Law students last month, pictures showed students wearing baggy jeans, puffy jackets and holding fake machines guns. I mean, doesn't this sound like an album cover for 50 Cent? It's hardly making fun of someone when its an accurate representation.

And I can't even see where anyone is being made fun of when the gangsta lifestyle is exactly that - a way of life. It's a choice that is made by every adult who lives it (no one is born a gangsta). Maybe a party based on the gangsta life is a little crass, but it can't be considered racial insensitivity when it's being accurately played out.

I don't hear the state of Kentucky complaining when kids get together and throw "white trash" parties. And for all I care, fraternities can even throw "gay" parties, where they sit around, flirt all night, get drunk, and give each other blow jobs.

Oh wait, they already do that.

If blacks in America don't like the way they are being represented, they need to start doing a better job of reprezent'n. Just my two cents.