As a twenty-something Black man in America, I love my culture. It has shaped damn near every facet of our society. Many of today’s luxuries (yes, cars, televisions and phones are luxuries) are made possible by Black ingenuity. Black fashion has taken over the world. Hell, American music is Black music. However, I don’t live in a sugar-coated world where the sun is always shining and smiling unicorns parade the streets. The Black culture and its subjects have massive flaws that I am not afraid to point out. For making these blatant observations over the years, I have been called a “coon” so many times I’d need another set of hands and feet to keep count. One of the most upsetting phenomenons in our culture is the seemingly flippant way we use the word. Even more so than the N-word.
The Contemporary Bible (aka Urban Dictionary) describes a “coon” as “a black person who does not like their own race; who doesn’t/barely claims being Black”. My favorite definition I found in a forum read “a Black [who] puts down other Blacks to entertain Whites”. When did looking at something through an objective lens become “cooning”? ESPN’s Sage Steele saying that the worst racism she received is from Black people is not being insensitive to the Black culture. She is stating an observation from her experiences and it is an observation I whole-heartedly agree with.
Her ESPN colleague, Stephen A. Smith, is apparently a member of “Coon” Nation as well.
As long as Black-on-Black crime remains so damn high, why should we expect other races to take #BlackLivesMatter seriously? Blacks need to stop pleading for help from others and help ourselves. Some of us are in constant denial about the issues within our racial boundaries. Every obstacle we face is not the fault of the White m...let me stop. I’m “cooning”.
The term originated in 1837 derived from the Portuguese term barracoos which was a “building constructed to hold slaves for sale”. Some of us are still trapped metaphorically. Trapped in our subservient, unevolving and victim mindsets. Trapped in our "hoods" that do not promote education or positive progression. Enslaved to the notion that a pair of Jordans on your feet is a symbol of success. Any Black who dares to have an opinion even slightly criticizing Blacks is labeled a “coon”.
If only we could realize that “coon” is just as ugly as the N-word.
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