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It's a Black thang

Posted by ESC on June 12, 2003

In Reply to: "Black" sayings posted by TheFallen on June 11, 2003

: : Trying to get together a list of as many sayings about black people as possible, Such as Black don't Crack, Black is Beautiful.... any additions would be appreciated.

: Once you've had black, you don't look back... well, you *did* ask...

It's a Black thang - A reference to any cultural or social practice, behavior, or attitude unique to or stemming from the African American experience.

Blacker than thou - A signifying expression used to refer to an African American who thinks he/she set the standard for Blackness and disses other African Americans for not acting or thinking "Black enough."

The Blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice - An old proverb resurfacing in hip hop. A variation: The Blacker the college, the sweeter the knowledge.

(All of the above from: "Black Talk: Words and Phrases from the Hood to the Amen Corner" by Geneva Smitherman (Houghton Mifflin Co., New York, N.Y., 1994.)