Friday, June 10, 2011

We Are All the Same, If You Are Brown: Second Edition

I figured this Friday, I would continue with my observances that bring all black people together. I think these observances are important, because, hey, there are more brown people in the world than any other race; yet for some reason we think we are all completely different. Although, we may have certain cultural differences certain things are engrained in our blood. Check this week's following observations.

Observation 1: Black Folks Love Chicken and Watermelon, worldwide

While here in Africa, I have noticed two things. Africans love their chicken and their watermelon. Now for them there is no social stigma associated with it, so yes, they eat it in large quantities all day. A restaurant in Africa is hard pressed to survive if they do not serve chicken and rice..or so I am told from some restaurant owners. It is a staple of our diet, hell, in fact, we probably brought watermelon to the States. (Someone research it and get back to me). So as the Fourth of July approaches, I want my brown skin folks in America to know, it is in your blood to love chicken and watermelon, so do not be ashamed this holiday to cut the biggest, juiciest piece of watermelon you can find, after eating your bbq chicken.

Observation 2: Black People Like to Back in When Parking

This observation has been cited before and I at first was skeptical. However, after a few years of observation, I have noticed it is true.  For some reason, when we park we want to reverse in. We don't care if we are holding up the traffic behind us, if the street is narrow, or if there is a pedestrian. We will find our spot, whip the car forward and then effortlessly (for some) back in. It is the same here in Ghana. Although there are four million people and traffic is horrible, it always amazes me how people whip their car around and back it on in. It looks like slavery has taught us all, be ready for a quick get away, just in case.

Observation 3: Sisters Don't Like to Get In The Pool

We all have that friend, who will go to the pool, but do nothing but dip a toe in. They insist they cannot get their hair wet or the chlorine is bad for their skin, whatever it is, many refuse to get in....and will be mad if you splash them and the water falls above their shoulders. In fact, some of them don't even own swimsuits, yet they still come out in their shorts or capris and lay out on the chair. They will eat your bbq at a swim party, drink your liquor, but they wont get in the pool. Ghanaian women are no exception. They will also come out in their non swim gear, sit next to the pool or beach and never think about getting in, but I think this is indicative of my fourth observation.

Observation 4: Black People Are the Most Creative Race in the World

Coming to a developing country, has reaffirmed my belief that black people are some of the most creative people in the world. Hell, we have figured out how to use every part of the pig as a meal, we created cornrowing and we have been making ends meet, when there are really no ends. Living here in Africa, I have learned that there is always a creative way to fix a problem. If you have strings hanging off your shoe, burn them off. The shoe will look brand new again. Need a small item, dried quickly?  Iron it, it creates a steam cleaning effect. We turn our every day talents into viable businesses and most importantly, we can survive in any circumstance and be happy. Wow, we are such a great people.

So this Friday, remember its good to be brown.

Until Next Time. Smooches.


  1. So I did a little research on watermelon (which I despise by the way) and this is what I found: Watermelon is a vine-like flowering plant originally from southern Africa. By the 10th century AD, watermelons were being cultivated in China, which is today the world's single largest watermelon producer. By the 13th century, Moorish invaders had introduced the fruit to Europe; according to John Mariani's The Dictionary of American Food and Drink, "watermelon" made its first appearance in an English dictionary in 1615.

  2. See, Debby. I knew watermelon was from Africa. :)

  3. GTG,
    I am really enjoying your blog. You may 'member that I lost my j-o-b too. Now I spend my time working out and wonder why I could never get into it while I was working. Just a note about your food observation: I don't eat chicken and very seldom eat watermelon. I surmise that the accessibility to those staples in the environment make it so popular.

    Thanks for sharing your experiences in the Motherland.