Tuesday, May 31, 2011

We Are All the Same, If You Are Brown

Well, folks the honeymoon is over.....with the internet that is. It has been down the past few days, but over the past few weeks, I have come to learn that nothing works in Ghana all the time. LOL. However, I am sure in 20 years that will be completely different. In the meanwhile let me get this blog out before it shuts down again.

I figured this blog I would share with you simple things I have observed that illustrate to me when you have melanin your skin, we really are all the same.

Observation Number 1- Black kids get their asses beat, worldwide

In the States, black kids have been getting their butts kicked for centuries. But not in conventional ways, our parents whip us with switches, shoes, extension cords and anything else they can put their hands on. This skill is obviously inherent from the motherland because this kids, get tore up. I have seen kids get beat with empty Coca- Cola bottles, wire hangers and well just the plain old fashion muff against the head. In the States we call it child abuse, but here it's discipline. I must admit though, the kids in Africa know their place. It definitely makes me think the US should bring whoopings back with a vengeance. I think it would make all of our lives easier and probably reduce the stress level of a lot of parents. After all, who needs a stress ball for your juvenile delinquent, when you can whip the hell out of them. 

Observation Number 2- Black People Worldwide  Do Not Live Their Lives By Time

In the States, we have CPT; colored people's time. For those of you not familiar, this is a running joke in the black community that says if you are within 30-1 hour late, you are not really late. In Ghana they have GMT, Ghana Maybe Time. This means I will be there within two hours of our meeting time, and don't bother me to rush; I have other things to do.  Guess it goes to show, if the majority of your invitees are black, you should tell them to arrive at four pm for an event that starts at six pm.

Observation Number 3- Black People Love Their Weekends

Most people like to have a good time on the weekend, but some black people live for the weekend, literally. People will spend all week saving their checks to get the best bottle and limo service for the weekend only to be on public transit on Monday. Sad, but true story. However, they are not alone. It is the same in Africa. People will work all week to go spend almost every cedi (pronounced CD) in their pocket over the span of three days. Crazy yes, but hey, we all do what is best for us. Plus, who am I to complain....I like free drinks.

Observation Number 4- Only Black People Can Dance to Reggae

This is my final observation, but yet one of the truest. I have traveled throughout the United States, the Caribbean and now Africa and have noticed when the reggae beat comes on, all the white people in the room are on a completely different beat. This past weekend we went to Chez Afrique, a must see while in Ghana. It has a live band on Friday and the place is soo packed you can barely move, but the music is good. It just so happens it is a tourist spot as well, so of course there are plenty of ubrinis, as whites are called here. It never failed they were on their own beat every song that was played. Perhaps, we just hear different rhythms, whatever it is, it doesnt seem to stop anyone from having a good time and it provides even more entertainment for those of us in the room dancing with them.

I haven't uploaded my pics yet, so expect them the next blog. In the meanwhile, if you are offended, get over it. You know everything I have spoken is the truth. :)



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