Last but not least, we have the black guy...cooking Chicken & waffles. (Makes "Come on son" face.)
Normally I'd rip the show producers a new asshole (PAUSE) for this one and go onto a rant about this dude setting us back 100 years, but I won't...because he didn't...and in the end, I was rooting for him. He was not the non-threatening Obama type, as he had a large Neck tattoo and a beard. He also had on a nice tailored suit and spoke articulately, yet not Uncle Tomish. This is what I've waited to see on TV all my life...no homo. That, however, isnt what this is about. This is about rooting for the black guy.
About halfway through the program I found myself just waiting for the others to get eliminated and the black man to prosper. Did it matter what the other people were cooking or how good their idea was? No, it didn't. This was a hood dude from Detroit, we wanted him to win. In the same way that our ancestors...well, white people's ancestors, showed a sense of pride at their grandparents stepping off the boat at Ellis Island, I felt a swelling of pride (pause...no ExtenZ) as I rooted for some dude who lived thousands of miles away and whom I'd never met. Has the African American Dream become the new American dream simply because non-minorities have transitioned, for the most part into 2 classes, the "well to do" , and those "trailer parkers who are happy living their own double wide dream?"
Most importantly, is this racist?
We'd call a white person racist if they said something like this, wouldn't we?
That being said I've come to realize that there is something inherent in our DNA which binds us to similar people, and race is the most common identifier, not because it's the strongest tie, but because its directly correlated with "the experience", let me explain.
If you put a Choate and University of Pennsylvania grad from the same City as me on the show and a Black guy from Minnesota, I'd probably identify more with the black guy. Why? Because I know that based on his skin color, he has been treated similarly to me...he has seen and undergone certain things. Sure I share experiences with the UPenn grad, but i know that even in those similar situations, the "experience" was different for us both. It's really only when the black guy looks like the one below that we won't root for him, and that's because we know we've had a similar experience, but his is as a result of looking like a walking stereotype i.e a hot mess.
I know that it takes a lot of balls to say this, and I'm sure a lot of people wont appreciate it, but it makes me reevaluate my stance on a lot of things including white supremacists. They really aren't doing anything Blacks haven't been doing for years. They're rooting for the "white guy", and there's nothing wrong with that.
C4: He's got a point.
The problem is that the KKK, Aryan nation and other white separatist groups, like typical white people, got too Extreme, and took the concept wayyyyy too far. Subtract the violence & intimidation, and ignorance of other races and you really have nothing fundamentally different than Marcus Garvey, or Halle Sellassie and the Rastafarians Back to Ethiopia movements. That still doesn't excuse these fuckhead neo Nazi's from acting like white coons, and meth head tweekers.
All I'm saying is that we often forget that no matter how hard we try, certain things will always exist, and the importance is not disassociating ourselves with them, but rather , seeing them for what they are. It's OK to root for the black guy, or the white guy. Just know why your doing it, and be respectful to others as human beings...unless you're talking about Latinos, in which case just do it in english and they won't understand. Kidding, no really. Look I'll tell a black joke too to make it even...What's the difference between a Large Pizza and a Black Man? A large pizza can feed a family of four. Chuckle.
-Rooting for the black guy (Unless it requires leaving my wallet unattended)