*(Via Color Lines) – When I read Gene Marks’s Forbes piece, “If I Was A Poor Black Kid,” it literally made me woozy with anger. Actually that’s not true. That was how I felt when I read the title and saw Gene’s smiling (white) face shining back at me. I wanted to grab him and shake him like you would a victim of shock. I wanted to yell at him, “STOP ACTING LIKE A WHITE GUY!”
That’s what my friends and I call it when somebody sticks their nose in places where their nose doesn’t belong—annnnnnnnd thinks they have it all figured out. That expression started when I was on the road with Laughter Against The Machine and I was ranting about a (white) dude who exploded on my Facebook page, indicting the entire Occupy Wall Street movement for not doing it right. But what “Karl” (not his real name; I think he spells it with a “C”) didn’t do is offer any solutions…or advice…or cloying aphorisms…or even a cookie. I was at a loss for words as to how to explain to “Karl” that he wasn’t helping anything by just being shitty. All I could come up with was, “STOP ACTING LIKE A WHITE GUY!”
Now, I didn’t say that to “Karl.” I have enough experience on the Internet to know how that goes down. But with the Gene Marks nonsense, I have to put it out there to the world.
So, here are five signs that you or someone you know is acting like a white guy….