'White People Like to Buy the Drink'

Somehow, when I did that John Mayer rule post, I neglected to link this great Katt Williams bit. "As a nigger, we are not prepared to turn down a drink." So true. Much of the whole "black/white" bit in comedy is really just "rich man/poor man." Toward the end of this clip, Williams talks about how when we go to the club, often we aren't even having fun, it's just "niggers watching other niggers."  That certainly was the case when I was younger. When you lack capital in one area, you often try to make up for it in others. Williams is talking culture, but he's also talking about a lack of capital, a lack of a free sensibility. Cool can be affected, or at least attempted, no matter your capital. 


There's great joke Cedric tells about white people "hoping"--"I hope no one's in our chairs."--and black people wishing--"Nigger, I wish a motherfucker would be in my seat, tonight." Maybe this is just me getting old, but it feels like what this really is is the difference between someone whose acquired things that they fear losing, and someone else who hasn't, and thus doesn't fear losing anything. I know with a woman and a son, and being 34, I'm much more of a "hope" person, whereas when I was 22, and out with boys on homecoming, I was a "wish" person. 

Just some thoughts.

Heh, "the president always fighting. He just like Anthony Mason..." And of course, "I'm a grown-ass man, dog...."


Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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