Okay, throughout my sixteen years of existance, I've come to find that most people see blacks as the common steryotype. Rowdy, annoying, always yelling, hypersexual, hyper hostile, thinking of nothing but money, pimps, hoes, and the lot. It's not an awesome thing, either. I've been herassed by these steryotypes where I live for not folowing this life style myself.
An African American adolesent following the typical steryotype would be into rap music, be homophobic, "not giving a shit" about school or anything athourity figures say is important, make fun of people who are different than them or act differently (Usually behind their backs, to their face if they're confidant that they would win should the two fight). Lazy, cursing, maybe smoking/drinking, using inaccurate vocabulary, and constantly trying to find ways to lose his or her virginity.
The only thing I have in comon with this steryotype is the fact that I'm African American, and like some rap music. I do fairly well in school, I listen to Classic Rock (Love Jimi Hendrix and Rage Against The Machine), and even some 40's music (The Ink Spots and Ella Fitzgerald). I enjoy reading, I love anime, I play video games, and I love Star Wars. For these interests, I would be called "White" by steryotypical black peers.
My take on the whole anti athourity attitude most black adolescents have is a mix of laziness and fear. First I'd like to branch off on the whole slavery issue, now before you guys go "Oh, that happened 200 freaking years ago! We should ALL just forget about it!", I'd like to come back with the fact that it will not and can not be forgotten. The only reason that argument is made is because blacks still comment about it today. I say this becasue it's the conclusion I came up with after I pondered why people tell blacks to get over slavery, which lasted 400 years, and yet nobody tells Jews to get over the Holocaust, which lasted 6 years.
Slavery is gone, yes, but the scars are still very deep. I mean, I can't look back in my family tree to see wich part of Africa my ansestors came from, nor could I be okay with blacks and whites alike saying the N word (I'll make a blog about that issue as well). Racism is not gone, either, only hidden. It is because of these facts that the steryotype African American would support this anti athourity attitude. It can also help explain why they don't try when it comes to school. It's not that they "don't give a damn" about school, it's just that they've given up. They feel that they shouldn't even try, becuse it'd just be another door being slammed in the face. It's the typical "Aim Low" attitude. Don't expect anything from yourself when you try at something, that way you'll never be disappointed.
Now, I don't excuse the behavior, I'm only trying to explain it. But right now, I have a splitting headache, and can't continue right now, but I'll add to this later. Please comment on your stance in this argument if you've read it.