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Why am I always the ‘cool black guy’?

I’ve noticed when I’ve gone to almost all-white college bars that I am THE MAN. It’s almost like I’m a celebrity, as in, “Hey! It’s THE Black Guy!” What’s that about?

Tola24659, Gender : M, Race : Black/African American, Religion : Catholic, Age : 23, City : Silver Spring, State : MD, Country : United States, Education level : 4 Years of College, Social class : Middle class, 4554

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This same phenomena occured whenever a black person was around the town where I grew up, too. Quite simply, he was a like a novelty. I grew up in an all-white area, with only whites for miles around. We saw blacks only on television and in the movies, or on rare trips to the city (where we would stand and stare in silent awe). Whenever a black guy was around, we thought he was the coolest thing to ever walk this earth, because he was so different, and his color represented the whole ‘glamorous’ rapper lifestyle. Basically, we didn’t know any better because of our lack of exposure. I imagine that these guys in the bar you visit are feeling something similar, if they also grew up in predominately white areas.

Christine32083, Gender : F, Race : White/Caucasian, Age : 25, City : Spring Park, State : MN, Country : United States, Occupation : Teacher, Education level : Over 4 Years of College, Social class : Middle class

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