'White People Like to Buy the Drink'

More

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...."


Jump to comments

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.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity


Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity

Video

Is Technology Making Us Better Storytellers?

The minds behind House of Cards and The Moth weigh in.

Video

A Short Film That Skewers Hollywood

A studio executive concocts an animated blockbuster. Who cares about the story?

Video

In Online Dating, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist

The co-founder of OKCupid shares findings from his analysis of millions of users' data.

Video

What Is a Sandwich?

We're overthinking sandwiches, so you don't have to.

Video

Let's Talk About Not Smoking

Why does smoking maintain its allure? James Hamblin seeks the wisdom of a cool person.

Writers

Up
Down

From This Author