How a highway patrolman becomes a gang banger

Via Twitter via The Washington Post

Via Twitter via The Washington Post

The stupid. It burns. From The Washington Post:

Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson is not a gang member. He’s just a Kappa. – The Washington Post.

That some white people would see a law enforcement officer with his fingers in a position they don’t recognize and immediately go to the bigoted place: He must be a gang member – WHAT?

Are people really that unfamiliar with black fraternities? Never caught  Stomp the Yard on repeat one Saturday on TBS? Didn’t pass by a step show at college? Unconscious when Spike Lee’s School Daze was in theaters? How do you go through life completely oblivious to historically black fraternities and sororities and our rituals and traditions? Are your circles so homogeneous that you really have no idea? You couldn’t ask somebody?

People of color don’t get that luxury of being ignorant and unaware of the dominant culture. In fact, often our very survival depends on being literate in two worlds.

I’m reminded of what anti-racism educator Tim Wise said: When you’re white, what’s important to black isn’t on the test. When you’re black, what’s important to whites IS the test.

Or (not sure who said this first): The slave always knows more about the master than the master knows about the slave.

Butler University graduation, 1993, repping that 08 Pink and Green set out of Howard U.

Butler University graduation, 1993, repping that 08 Pink and Green set out of Howard U.

This is a serious matter (some of y’all will get that), but for fun, here’s a picture of me, throwing up a sign from the gang sorority I pledged – Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Kappa Chapter.

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