Wednesday, February 22, 2006
The article, Shani breaks the rules by Melissa Harris-Lacewell, in today's Chicago Tribune is about those standards. I feel for my brother Shani Davis. I can relate to his struggle and I have even been stopped and illegally searched by "Chicago's finest" too.
The double standard sucks. It weakens race relations and reduces grown men to the status of children. Why can't a brother have a little pride and dignity? Why is that when choose not to play Stepin Fetchit we are criticized and put down?
The double standard operates in show business too (understatement of the year). If a white actor doesn't want to do something because it compromises his dignity or personal beliefs then he is conscientious. When a black actor does the same, he is difficult.
An angry white comic is edgy. An angry black comic is scary.
I've been there. I've been the scary, and difficult black man. At least, I am not alone.