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Tuesday, April 3, 2007

“Acting Black” = Underachievement

By Tariq Nelson

"I feel that understanding this attitude is important because many of them bring this same attitude into Islam and dress it with righteous vocabulary. If a black child is asking another one 'why aren’t you acting black?' it is the same as asking 'why aren’t you underachieving and acting ignorant?' An entire culture of underachievement has been formed. Laziness becomes 'zuhud.' Not having a job becomes 'sacrifice.'

"However, the article below states that even white kids are asking this question now of black children…They expect them to act like the one black, fast talking, underachieveing street-wise character who 'acts black' (the polar opposite of the Magic Negro) in those movies that otherwise have a cast of straight laced white people."

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