We're gonna tell ya somethin put your mind in a swirl
God bless the next baby that comes in this world
The world's full of hate discrimination and sin
People judgin other people by the color of skin
I'll attack this matter, in my own way
Man, I ain't no slave, I ain't bailin no hay
Written a deposition, in any condition
Don't get in my way cause I'm full of ambition
I'm proud to be black (and I ain't takin no crap)
I'm fresh out the pack (and I'm proud to be black)
SO TAKE THAT!!
Run-DMC (Proud to be Black)
I see you!
Look at you!
You look real smooth today!
Is it the way that the blue pinstriped suit drapes over your frame?
Is it the way that your baggy jeans fall on your Timberland boots?
Is it the way that your fitted Yankees cap is tilted slightly towards the east?
Is it that swagger or "pimp" in your walk? Is it your strut?
Is it the way that you engage your co-workers in topics like the ozone layer and environmental issues?
Is it the way that you bounce to a beat from J Dilla? Or the latest verse from NaS or Jay Z?
Is it the way that you bi-lingually speak...good English at work...slang on the cell?
Is it the way that you hold it down for your entire family?
Is it the way that you've made it to the point that there are a few people who enjoy what you have to say on a daily basis and look forward to reading what you've written?
Is it the way that you are a friend, homie, confidant?
Is it the way that you know your past and understand the humble beginnings from which you came?
Is it the way that you've succeeded but understood that you have even further to go?
Is it the way that you live hip hop culture?
Is it the way that you've made sports a huge part of your life?
Is it the way that you know that God has put you here for a reason and you must do the job that you've been assigned to do?
Is it the way that you...are you?
Who are you?
You are Kyle.
A black man. A strong and proud black man. A black man who has been blessed with the gift and the experience to raise 3 black boys into black men.
These are some things that I think of when I'm asked "what does it mean to be black to you?"
This week CNN will air the special "Black In America". I will be tuning in as many of you will as well. It's easy for celebrities and athletes to speak about being Black in America. But what about the common folk. People like you. What does it mean to you? When you look in the mirror...do you like what you see? What does it mean to you to be black?