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All Black People Know Each Other

In Communication, Griot, Networking, Self Improvement on April 7, 2013 at 10:18 am
L-R: Kelly Rowland, Billy Dee Williams, Sherri Shepherd, Wesley Snipes, Beyonce, Malik Yoba, Oprah, Qui, Fab 5 Freddy

Familiar like Family

No, we don’t, but I do like the fact that no matter where in the world we are, when we see another that looks like us, we speak and often times indulge in random conversation with no formal introduction, knowing full well, we may never see that person again.  I guess it’s a social/cultural thing.

Personally, I speak to everyone I encounter in passing. I smile and wave at strangers. Some are caught off guard by the gesture and wave back, while wondering if they know me, some grow stoic and just stare (like a deer in headlights), and some mean-mug me in response. However, 9 out of 10 times when I speak to a black person in passing – without pause, they speak back in kind. I love that about my culture. I do. It’s so warming. I also love it when  random folk of any race are cool enough to smile and wave back at me without reservation. It’s the coolest.

I have an awesome black male friend of 23-years who is married to a fantastic white women for about 21 years. Their interracial union is beautiful and quite productive , though he once told me that early on in their relationship he and his wife had a slight falling out because they had gone to the grocery store and as they entered the doors, a white couple exited the store. They made eye contact with the white couple. My male friend acknowledged their presence with a nod and a smile, the couple saw my friends and continued to walk their way. Once inside of the store my friends see a black guy nearing the exit, my male friend acknowledged his presence with a head nod and a smile and the black guy responded with a head nod a smile and said, “What’s up?”  Then while they shopped he encountered a couple of other social speaking black people and he even struck up a brief conversation with a brother about an NBA game that was going to broadcast later  on that evening. Once they were done shopping and had returned to their car, his wife stared at him curiously as he began to start the car. He asked her what the look was for and she said,

Wife: How do you know all of those black people and why didn’t you introduce me?
Husband: What black people?
Wife: In the store.
Husband: I don’t know any of those people.
Wife: Then why were you talking to them? I didn’t see you talking to any random white guys.

He hadn’t noticed the fact, but after yielding brief thought, he realized that he nodded and smiled at everyone that encountered him making eye contact and that many responded in kind, but only the black people responded vocally. He kissed his loving wife on the forehead and welcomed her to his culture. This was year one in their marriage. Culture is real and curiosity is cute. But…
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All Black People DON’T Know Each Other – we’re just expressive in our social lovin’.
I’m of slave descent like Oprah, sure – but we’re not really cousins.

All cultures have uniquenesses as to what makes them hot.
Among rhythm and athleticism, Black folks talk a lot. 🙂

All Black People Know is that when they see each other in the streets
if one should speak kind to another – it’s common courtesy to return the speak.

Now that does not mean that All Black People do it.
I love smiling and speaking – So to social boundaries? Ahhh – screw it!

I speak to everyone I see.
Especially those who act like they don’t see me.

I wave at strangers I pass on the street
and known to hug a good soul at an introductory meet.

Life is short and hugs are sweet.
I smile and speak to most folk on the street.

Mean mugs don’t ever plague my face.
You’ll find no frown line or ill will trace.

Yes, I’m an extrovert. I’ve heard and I am aware.
I’m Qui
Taking the time to speak to thee, because I humanly care.

Are you a random speaker?
And would you ever dare?

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  1. What?! We have got to hang out. Next up, is the HUG. lol! I guess I’ve just never met a stranger – I might be part Irish. 😉

  2. Irish people will just launch into a conversation with anyone they meet even if they have never met them before. You could be standing next to someone in a shop or somewhere and the guy next to you will just start talking about football or the weather.

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