YOU’RE NOT REALLY ONE OF US!

HEAD-SHOTL P SIMMONS,
LONG BEACH, CA.

IT’S SO HARD BEING AN AFRICAN AMERICAN MALE THAT TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THE GAINS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. I HAD THE CHANCE TO GO TO COLLEGE FREE AND EXPERIENCE A LOT IN LIFE. BECAUSE THESE ADVENTURES ARE NOT COMMON TO THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY, THE EXPERIENCES AND MYSELF REALLY AREN’T WELCOME IN THE COMMUNITY.

NOW I STAND ABOUT 6-5 AND 265 AND OF COURSE I STAND OUT WHEN I GO OUTSIDE THE COMMUNITY. TO THIS DAY I STILL PROUDLY WEAR MY CLASS RING AFTER THIRTY YEARS. PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER WILL ASK, “WHAT’S THAT RING FROM…. WHERE DID YOU PLAY BALL”? WHEN I TELL THEM THAT IT’S FOR GRADUATING FROM COLLEGE, THE SMILES TURN UPSIDE DOWN. THEY THOUGHT THEY HAD ANOTHER COLLEGE ATHLETE AND THEY BECOME VERY DISAPPOINTED.

I GUESS WHAT I AM SAYING IS THAT WHERE EVER I GO, I JUST CAN’T BE MYSELF. I AM SUPPOSE TO BE SOME CONCEPT OF A PERSON TO FIT THEIR IMAGE. THEN I AM NOT EMBRACED WHEN THE PEOPLE FIND OUT, “YOU’RE NOT REALLY ONE OF US”! I AM NOT ONE OF THE BROTHERS . I AM NOT THE PRO/COLLEGE SUPERSTAR THAT YOU WANT ME TO BE. I AM JUST A MAN.

SIDEBAR: I WOULD SAY THAT I AM WELL SPOKEN. SO WHEN SOMEBODY SEE A WELL SPOKE , OVER SIX FOOT TALL AFRICAN AMERICAN MALE, THEY THINK THAT YOU’RE A PEACE OFFICER.

Keep the conversation going - comment and discuss with your thoughts

  • Cecile

    There’s probably many things that you don’t know about yourself. Just be happy, confident, stay healthy. Prove yourself to you!
    Cecile
    bhappy2day1973@yahoo.com

  • AConcernedBlackMan

    You’re a real hero, a real human being.

  • barry irving

    …is there such a thing as a peace officer anymore?…if you lived among your peers, you wouldn’t be perceived differently. Many who came from the hood and went to college and got good jobs come back to the hood expecting admiration. People among the poor and entrenched may never have those opportunities. Not every one is in the position to take advantage of any institutional opportunity. Culture is the definer. when you educate and refine yourself, you become different by example. Only evolution, education and development will change that!

 

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