Black and Teen in America

Black and Teen in America

There are 136 comments on the WLTX Columbia story from May 20, 2008, titled Black and Teen in America. In it, WLTX Columbia reports that:

Recently, Darci Strickland sat down with 19 African-American teens from across the Midlands.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at WLTX Columbia.

Glass Houses

Newberry, SC

#113 May 22, 2008
datruth wrote:
5) Enunciation Is A Beautiful Thang - My Pops also taught me the importance of how to speak to grown-ups in a way that commands respect. Speak loudly, clearly, enunciate, and use direct eye contact if you want to be taken seriously. Don't show up for your job interview wearing aviator shades and mumbling to the floor like one enterprising young brother I observed at an H&M store in Philly last Summer. Discover the joys of code-switching, and learn the appropriate places and times for using words like "jawn", "young", and "tight". Eliminate the word "conversate" from your vocab altogether. If you're vexed, peep my epic The AverageBro Broken English Hall of Shame post, and it's accompanying comments for further guidance.
6) Pull Up Your Damn Pants - We already talked about the whole bright colors thing. But hues aside, make sure you're putting your best foot forward when the occasion deems to necessary. All pencil jeans should be burned immediately. Ditto for those skater hoodies. Pull up your damn pants. Liberace wore themed belt buckes. If you don't know who he is, Google him, then trash yours. And while I'm all for accessorizing, there is no rational explanation for wearing Air Jordans, a black and white pinwheel cap, aviator sunglasses, and carrying a walking cane when you're wearing a black suit... at a funeral. Exercise some common sense and dress according to your environment. And oh yeah, no more pencil jeans.
7) Leave An Open Seat - This is closely related to the No Slow Jams rule. If you're at the movies and there's enough space, for the love of all things precious, leave an empty seat between you and your boys! You are not on a date, you are watching a movie with friends, so space it out. You can communicate with each other just fine when separated by an empty seat, and who knows, if you're lucky, a nice young lady might want that seat. And you won't even have to call her "shawty" either.
8) Blunts Are Not A Nutritional Supplement - Your body is your temple; not an ashtray for roaches. Two Strawberry Swishers (or Phillies, whatever floats your proverbial boat) do not equal a serving of fruits and veggies. Recreational drug habits make it difficult to hold down a real job, rob you of pocket change, and permanently char your lips. If you've really gotta do this though, at least have the decency to partake in the sanctity of your Mama's basement, not while driving your Mama's car down Georgia Ave in mid-day.
9) Enough With The Feminine Grooming Habits - I'm a Kappa Man, so I understand the importance of looking good. That said, some of these young dudes nowadays are taking the whole Omarion/Ne-Yo I'm-So-Hood' metrosexual thing a bit too far. Baby hair is for babies. You shouldn't be using your little sister's makeup pencil to draw imaginary hair anywhere on your person. And if you've actually arched your eyebrows, or even remotely considered arching your eyebrows, just go ahead and stick your head in an oven right now. Life isn't getting any easier.
10) Read A G.D. Book - This isn't strictly a young black male phenomenon by any means, but let's break this habit while we're still young. Every time I go to the barbershop, I hear all sorts of misinformation floating around. "Obama's a Muslim." "Ciara's a hermaphrodite." "The reparations checks are in the mail." "Tupac is secretly living in Brazil." "John McCain is bringing SlaveryBack... yep." All untrue, and all easily refutable if you'd read something other than King Magazine and the Post sports section. Man Up! and get yourself a library card. Smart is the new cool, fool.
I'm not 100% sure that's Danni but could be. Anyway, it was funny and there is so much truth in it. it would be a good start.
smc

Sumter, SC

#114 May 22, 2008
Other than that, I have to disagree with the bright color thing. I like earth tones, too, but considering so many black Americans walk around late at night on foot, they are very hard to see if they are wearing dark clothing, much less if they are wearing camo-type clothing. I would rather they be bright orange and a bit tacky than be invisible and dead on the side of the street because the driver did not see them. These type of accidents happen often on Shop and Atlas Roads, usually because the person hit is virtually invisible in these poorly lit areas (and the fact that they often walk down the middle of the street does not help the danger level of the situation either).

**Of course these areas need sidewalks anyway. That would help to 'curb' the problem, pardon the pun.
smc

Sumter, SC

#115 May 22, 2008
That being said about Danni, he/she/it cracks me up sometimes. I haven't personally seen the children attacks so I can't judge him/her/it on that, but I just took the time to read that whole long a$$ post that he/she/it wrote, and it was fairly well put together as well as entertaining. I did not even know that there was a name for the pencil pants, I just thought they were ugly pants that people wore that looked stupid. I agree with everyone reading a book. I have already posted what I think about the color thing--I would rather see someone looking tacky than someone dead. I agree that the kind of calls made to women are more likely to get you a real cat than a woman. And I think most people know how PRO-ENUNCIATION, GRAMMAR, SPELLING, ETC. that I am. It is very important. This Danni character may be an a$$ at times, but I haven't seen it yet and so far she's just made me laugh.

I would like to add something: Even if you are compelled to not sit together while in the theater, please remember that you are not the only people in that theater that has paid too much already to see a film. They did not pay to hear you and your kids talk and carry on. This drives me crazy, and it goes for ALL races.
LRHS_08

Columbia, SC

#117 May 22, 2008
As Jerry said, you are an idiot. Call the USCIS and find out, if you don't believe us.
Being born in the US, regardless of whether your parents are illegally here, makes you an American citizen.
Totally Disgusted wrote:
<quoted text>
UNFORTUNATELY FOR YOU, THE CHILD IS AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT! YOU AND PEOPLE LIKE YOU JUST NEED TO BE DEPORTED--THE SOONER, THE BETTER! JUST LIKE EVERY OTHER HISPANIC GANG MEMBER!
Tomfoolery

Columbia, SC

#118 May 22, 2008
smc wrote:
<quoted text> Ok. I understand you a bit better now. I am 'white' military man, and I KNOW that the profile for a serial killer is a WHITE MALE ages 20-35 (I may be a bit off on the ages). I know that is true, so I don't dispute it at all.
I did not mean to come off so harsh in my post towards you, I think I misunderstood your point. Remember your thoughts are only racist if they contain hate. To notice differences in people is human.
By the way, what you described is a hostile work environment. I would talk to my supervisor if I were you because their behavior (betting how many 'black' faces will be on the news) is totally inappropriate, especially in the workplace, and especially if it makes you uncomfortable. It sounds like you are working with some jerks. Remember, their rights end where yours begin in the workplace as far as that kind of talk goes.
BTW, not all of America is like this. Racism is everywhere, but it rears its ugly face especially in the South (it seems to me, anyway). Have a nice day and thanks for the response, I had been confused. Out of curiosity, where did you grow up? I like the upbringing of loving God and others for their character and who they are as a person bit. That is hard to find in America sometimes. Keep up the good work with your child!
SMC, I am also a veteran. I was in Vietnam 67 an 68. I was wounded in the Tet Offensive. 9th division, Mekong Delta. As far as you say racism raising its ugly head in the South, I beg to differ. I've seen racism in Vietnam, black and white, and the majority of racism came from the African troops. As far as the the whites being the serial killer that you say they are, take a look at Wayne Williams who killed numerous young individuals in the Atlanta area. Also look at the black individuals that slaughtered the young white folkes from Tenn. I can direct you to numerous links on the web that says you could be totally wrong.
smc

Sumter, SC

#119 May 22, 2008
Tomfoolery wrote:
<quoted text>
SMC, I am also a veteran. I was in Vietnam 67 an 68. I was wounded in the Tet Offensive. 9th division, Mekong Delta. As far as you say racism raising its ugly head in the South, I beg to differ. I've seen racism in Vietnam, black and white, and the majority of racism came from the African troops. As far as the the whites being the serial killer that you say they are, take a look at Wayne Williams who killed numerous young individuals in the Atlanta area. Also look at the black individuals that slaughtered the young white folkes from Tenn. I can direct you to numerous links on the web that says you could be totally wrong.
I was in Korea for quite some time but I would rather not talk about it, if you don't mind.

I know not all serial killers are white, just like all the crimes and robberies around here are not always committed by black people. I am merely pointing out that a DISPROPORTIONATE AMOUNT white people are serial killers, just as a DISPROPORTIONATE AMOUNT of crime around here is committed by black Americans. I was just trying to communicate an idea to 'anne', that is why I was not more specific. I try not to use absolutes like ALL serial killers are white, etc because they are not true, as you pointed out. I've been all over the world and this country and it just seems to me (from my own opinion and perspective, especially on these forums) racism is very prevalent down in the South. I did not mean to imply that it was ALL in the South, nor all in America. It just seems more obvious to me, I suppose. It's just my personal opinion, don't take it as fact. I was trying to make a completely different point, but I guess I was not very clear. Semper Fi...and thank you for serving. I know none of us vets hear that enough.

NAI

“Love and Happiness”

Since: Mar 08

from Orangeburg, SC live in MD

#120 May 23, 2008
Glass Houses wrote:
<quoted text>I'm not 100% sure that's Danni but could be. Anyway, it was funny and there is so much truth in it. it would be a good start.
I don't believe that is that girl. She didn't use the N word or some kind of derogatory word. Couldn't possibly be her.

NAI

“Love and Happiness”

Since: Mar 08

from Orangeburg, SC live in MD

#121 May 23, 2008
smc wrote:
That being said about Danni, he/she/it cracks me up sometimes. I haven't personally seen the children attacks so I can't judge him/her/it on that, but I just took the time to read that whole long a$$ post that he/she/it wrote, and it was fairly well put together as well as entertaining. I did not even know that there was a name for the pencil pants, I just thought they were ugly pants that people wore that looked stupid. I agree with everyone reading a book. I have already posted what I think about the color thing--I would rather see someone looking tacky than someone dead. I agree that the kind of calls made to women are more likely to get you a real cat than a woman. And I think most people know how PRO-ENUNCIATION, GRAMMAR, SPELLING, ETC. that I am. It is very important. This Danni character may be an a$$ at times, but I haven't seen it yet and so far she's just made me laugh.
I would like to add something: Even if you are compelled to not sit together while in the theater, please remember that you are not the only people in that theater that has paid too much already to see a film. They did not pay to hear you and your kids talk and carry on. This drives me crazy, and it goes for ALL races.
Hey you, just saying hello, since I am having some insomnia tonight. Hope all is well with you. You should be making that move real soon right? Btw, I've seen plenty of Danni's posts....very vulgar, immature, and racist. Judging from that earlier post, that couldn't possibly be from her. Take care my friend
smc

Sumter, SC

#122 May 23, 2008
NAI wrote:
<quoted text>Hey you, just saying hello, since I am having some insomnia tonight. Hope all is well with you. You should be making that move real soon right? Btw, I've seen plenty of Danni's posts....very vulgar, immature, and racist. Judging from that earlier post, that couldn't possibly be from her. Take care my friend
Hello there, NAI! I hope all finds you well this early morning....I am usually awake at this time and some of the really late responses are very funny. If what you (and half a dozen other people) said is true about Danni, that really could not have been her on that earlier post as it was humorous and not vulgar that I noticed, anyway. Some crass humour, but that's all. I notice they never did come back, though. Yep, I'll be making the move probably a bit delayed due to family illness but everything's okay. I just don't want to get on the road and then turn around... anyway, good talking with you, as usual :) We'll be moving up in the next few months though. I'll still check in here from time to time to see what new mess this state managed to get into...good luck with that insomnia, maybe my long-a$$ meaningless post will help :) Have a good night and best wishes your way...smc

simple man I

“I KNEW I'D FIND YA”

Since: Apr 08

Location hidden

#123 May 23, 2008
smc wrote:
<quoted text> Thanks! I just responded to you on the Cayce Rape Suspect thread...so glad they caught that SOB.
This particular article really ticked me off...we will never have equality as long as titles like this exist in our news.
mornin smc, youre right about the show.
good job
BTW- just read your good morning to me from wed., sorry im late.

simple man I

“I KNEW I'D FIND YA”

Since: Apr 08

Location hidden

#124 May 23, 2008
smc wrote:
<quoted text> Thanks! I just responded to you on the Cayce Rape Suspect thread...so glad they caught that SOB.
This particular article really ticked me off...we will never have equality as long as titles like this exist in our news.
I for the most part avoid any real comments on articles involving race.
Iam an admitted bigot, but on a personal level.
I dislike certain types of PEOPLE based on behavior.
4UDAY

Columbia, SC

#125 May 23, 2008
They need to get a silver Mercedes.
anne

Columbia, SC

#126 May 23, 2008
smc wrote:
<quoted text> Ok. I understand you a bit better now. I am 'white' military man, and I KNOW that the profile for a serial killer is a WHITE MALE ages 20-35 (I may be a bit off on the ages). I know that is true, so I don't dispute it at all.
I did not mean to come off so harsh in my post towards you, I think I misunderstood your point. Remember your thoughts are only racist if they contain hate. To notice differences in people is human.
By the way, what you described is a hostile work environment. I would talk to my supervisor if I were you because their behavior (betting how many 'black' faces will be on the news) is totally inappropriate, especially in the workplace, and especially if it makes you uncomfortable. It sounds like you are working with some jerks. Remember, their rights end where yours begin in the workplace as far as that kind of talk goes.
BTW, not all of America is like this. Racism is everywhere, but it rears its ugly face especially in the South (it seems to me, anyway). Have a nice day and thanks for the response, I had been confused. Out of curiosity, where did you grow up? I like the upbringing of loving God and others for their character and who they are as a person bit. That is hard to find in America sometimes. Keep up the good work with your child!
I was born and raised in Germany and sent many years in Japan. And thank you, my son is a very hard working honor roll student that takes all honors class or AEP classes, he plays three different sports and also is taken a karate classes. I was raised that idle hands is the devils work. And I keep him as busy as possible.
SMHinSC

United States

#127 May 23, 2008
Scooter wrote:
Maybe when we stop convincing black kids that it's "uncool" to read, learn, have good manners, and be successful, they'll start trying a little harder. Right now, any black kid who tries to do good in school, speak proper English, or dress decent gets accused of trying to "be white." Etiquette is a game EVERYONE must play in order to be successful... it's not a "white thing."
This statement is so true.
Dave

Lincolnton, NC

#128 May 23, 2008
Unfortunately, this thread is focusing in on race, which is the fault of bad journalism. Darci discussed subjects that are pertinent to all teens - I know because I was one two years ago. As a young adult I'm tired of the leaders in society who continue to segment the races while screaming for equality at the same time. I worked in the SC Senate and saw lawmakers stirring up racism by treating one race or the other preferentially. I and many others would appreciate it if WLTX would report the news and not continue to divide the races.

dave, www.thehistorybluff.com
smc

Sumter, SC

#129 May 23, 2008
simple man I wrote:
<quoted text>
mornin smc, youre right about the show.
good job
BTW- just read your good morning to me from wed., sorry im late.
No worries, Simple Man. Good to hear from you, and I hope you are doing well.

Yeah, this was a good one. And thank you very much. Considering my first few posts ever were you, me, Bandit, Harry and Warlock fighting like hell it's nice to have peace here with everyone (most people:)

I figured out why I enjoy the debate so much. My memory has improved since I began doing this, and so has some grammar that was a bit dusty. These little arguments do nothing but help me to better myself physically and mentally. Heck, I FEEL like I could get up and walk and smack some of these people in the face sometimes. It's turning out to be a good anger---keeps my brain active and alert for any mistakes, like the old days. I don't feel like I'm just wasting away into nothingness like I used to...Probably a good thing for Alzheimer's patients, too, though that is just a guess and in no way medical advice (a$$ covered). They do memory games all the time, but this is more fun to do!
Happy Hour

United States

#130 May 23, 2008
As the gas prices go up this will weed the dumb ones out no matter what color they are.

Nothing beats crime like starvation and utter poverty.

Let them goof off now and when they are living in mud huts I will spit out my window of my SUV and laugh at their plight.

Seriously I could care less what happens to any of them.
smc

Sumter, SC

#131 May 23, 2008
anne wrote:
<quoted text>
I was born and raised in Germany and sent many years in Japan. And thank you, my son is a very hard working honor roll student that takes all honors class or AEP classes, he plays three different sports and also is taken a karate classes. I was raised that idle hands is the devils work. And I keep him as busy as possible.
Hello, anne! I hope you are well today, and your son. He sounds like one busy boy! Good for him. I used to ride a horse when I was younger (not just a woman's sport) and won quite a few ribbons. This was many years ago, though.

How interesting that you were born and raised in Germany. Another poster named NAI is trying to figure out if we are related because we both have Cherokee blood prevelant in our family, although I am such a mutt. So far I have found lots of German heritage, Cherokee, a little ('maybe') Scottish, and Celtic/English. Whew! What an American mutt and proud of it!! You type English very well. Was it your second language? I do not have children but if I did they would know more than one way to communicate with the world. I don't speak French, but now in my spare time I am trying to learn the basics at home because I enjoy the way the language sounds. I tried this with German, but needed and instructor as I was very confused. I did learn the name of my car: "Das est ein Volkswagon" (spelling?). I used to own a Volkswagon bug, baby blue, named Bubbles.

You seem like a very multi-talented and educated woman. It is good you are passing this on to your son.

Once again, apologies about the earlier post. I looked over your post again and realized I had missed a single word that changed your whole meaning...my fault, I am sorry.

Oh, and idle hands definately are the devil's work...tell your son to keep it up. If he can juggle that and keep his grades up he must be one smart cookie and you must be so proud. Hope you have a nice day...smc
smc

Sumter, SC

#132 May 23, 2008
Happy Hour wrote:
As the gas prices go up this will weed the dumb ones out no matter what color they are.
Nothing beats crime like starvation and utter poverty.
Let them goof off now and when they are living in mud huts I will spit out my window of my SUV and laugh at their plight.
Seriously I could care less what happens to any of them.
Then, once again, why are you on this forum? Unless you want to help build these teens up, discuss the racism of the title of the article/WLTX in general, or offer solutions to the problems these teens face, then leave. Thanks from everyone.
smc

Sumter, SC

#133 May 23, 2008
simple man I wrote:
<quoted text>
I for the most part avoid any real comments on articles involving race.
Iam an admitted bigot, but on a personal level.
I dislike certain types of PEOPLE based on behavior.
I know exactly what you mean. When I was medically discharged, I chose to go back to school for informational purposes. I had several black professors, some of whom I still speak to as friends. I don't dislike the race, but sometimes the 'culture' that SOME races have adopted are a disgrace to society. These professors were (obviously) well-spoken, educated, and polite. That earned my respect for them really quickly, and I realized at that point that it is still not the color of the skin, it is the behavior of that person....I hope I explained that well enough to not set any land mines off :)

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