We Can’t Do While Black

I was browsing one of my favorite blogs, VSB(verysmartbrothas.com), really expecting to see an article on Baltimore from Panama one of the bloggers. Panama is near Baltimore. When I started reading this blog it was basically 2 bloggers and a guest blogger every blue moon. Now, the blog site has grown to include various blogger guests. But another blogger’s blog got my eye. Pleasantly, I found this article that provoked me to listen to”To Pimp A Butterfly” and share some of the things we Black folks understand to be true. Check out some “can’t do” from the list.

Living And Other Things We Can’t Do While Black


We can’t start listing the names of the people who we know have lost their lives to police brutality without wondering if we forgot any.

We can’t keep up with those names day in and day out.

We can’t listen to some song about being in love or being happy without listening to Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” first.

We can’t let two Black public intellectuals beef without feeling the need to remind everyone that we have more important things to worry about.

We can’t laugh at jokes about the police because no joke about them is funny.

We can’t walk by police without fearing them or hating them.

We can’t live without fear for our ownselves and each other.

We can’t protest in peace because that hasn’t worked.

We can’t riot because that hasn’t worked.

We can’t go to every march.

We can’t do a damn thing, but we also can’t stop trying.

Excerpt from VSB blog by Jozen Cummings who is often referred to by many as the real-life Jozen Cummings. He’s that real. He is a features reporter at the New York Post, where he is responsible for a weekly column called Meet Market. More importantly, he is the author and creator of Until I Get Married, and he hosts a monthly trivia night in Harlem called All Good Questions Trivia at Corner Social. He lives in Harlem, graduated from Howard University, and grew up in Seaside, California.


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