Negrophobia

Maybe I’ve posted this before, I can’t recall. But, in light of all the talk of poor, oppressed white people, it can’t hurt to post it again.

I have friends who will not go into a store if they see only black people in there. I have co-workers who would  mess their pants before stopping at a restroom on that side of town. I call it Negrophobia, and this ode is dedicated to those so afflicted.


Negroes on the Street 
Of all the places for us to break down,
It had to happen on this side of town.
Call for a tow, don’t look around
At the Negroes on the street

Your cellular’s at home? Mine is, too.
Find a payphone, what else can we do?
We passed one by, a block back or more
In front of a crowded Negro-type store

Hold your pee, hon, look at that store
Its’s full of Negroes, a dozen or more
I’m not saying they’d rape you,
or that I they might beat
But if they did, who’d help us?
Some Negro? On this street?

I’m going, I’m going! Stay calm, be cool
Let these kids pass by, strolling to school
in their sneakers, baggy pants, and bandanas.
Where’s the police? These punks are a menace.

Walking on dirty, cracked negro cement,
past cars sporting rims of an odd Negro bent
Even the air here smells quite different,
redolent with rich, ripe street-negro scent

Stay calm, be cool, show no worried face
Negroes sense fear, a trait of their race
Black people hate us, or most do, I suppose
Everyone knows they’re all addicts and ho’s.

Peas and greens in a sunlit garden
growing beneath a fresh-painted wall
I’ve no time for such, I work hard and
I bet their food stamps paid for it all

In the doorway a gal kisses a “brother”.
“Have a nice day at work, dinner’s at Mother’s”
Okay, so he works, some do, a fraction.
Only got jobs ’cause of affirmative action

That one, with his girl, has he got a gun?
Or the one sporting corn-rows,
playing catch with his son?
Their music is strange, so’s the food that they eat
Fried fish, chicken and chitlin’s, and barbecued meat.

So many black people,
going this way and that.
There goes an old black guy,
in a suit and a hat.
And the lingo, how strange
Is it good to be phat?

I was afraid of this, here comes one now
all smiling and polite, asking us how
can he help us. Do we need a jump?
No, no. I think it’s the water pump
Help’s coming, go on your way now.

Shakes his head, frowning, as he turns away
a faux pas, I admit it, but what can I say?
Why even the clean ones, decently clothed,
could be out to get us; we wouldn’t know it.

The tow truck appears, rescued at last!
by a pale white guy, not moving too fast.
You gotta get out, can’t ride in the car
Laughs when he sees how scared we are.

Can’t ride with me either, company rules,
and no taxis come here, they ain’t fools.
I’ll send my brother for a hundred a head
Or walk ten blocks, catch the bus instead.

Defeated, I pay. “Tell him to be quick”, I say,
And climbing into his truck, he goes on his way,
smiling. Because of my fear, he doubled his pay.
And people fear most what seldom they meet
Like jaguars in the jungle,
and Negroes on their street.




11 thoughts on “Negrophobia

  1. NOT what the talk on the RNL has been about, G. If it were, you would have seen me oppose it already as I am NOT a racist (nor a bigot).

    The issue on the RNL has dealt with the tendencies of the race card to be viewed and played in only one direction, as well as the evidence that this Administration is not only aware that it is doing so, it has made it a matter of national govt. policy (the classic definition of racism).

    As long as you keep defending a red herring/false cause, you will only make matters worse, not better.

  2. Years ago my wife and I were coming home late one night and passed a car broke down on the side of the road headed in the other direction. I could see the person was attempting to change a tire by the light of a cigarette lighter. I turned around and pulled up behind him so he could see by my headlights. I could see it was an older black man who was attempting to hold the lighter and change the tire. He turned to look at me and I could see the concern (or fear) on his face as he did not know who had pulled up behind him. I had a flashlight so I got out and walked up to him. He quickly told me, “I’ve got it. I don’t need any help.” I told him I didn’t mind holding the light for him to change the tire, but I could see how afraid he was. He insisted he did not need any help even though his body was in the hiway and he was struggling to get the tire changed. I walked back to my car, got inside, and sat there with my emergency flashers on, until he got the tire changed. He gave me a wave, got into his car and drove off. Fear of what might happen, or what had happened in the past.

  3. B, although the guys that inspired this poem were out-and-out racists, I have seen the same racial fear on liberal faces. There is a lot of racial fear and hatred in this country still. Personally, I would rather see Rodney King show up at a Tayvon rally than Al or Jesse, as King appealed, in his uneducated and inarticulate way, to unity and not divisiveness.

    • Now THAT I can and do agree with – all of it. I’m just not willing to ignore what is happening now because of the wrongs in our past. For me, it’s that whole ‘two wrongs…’ thing, you know what I mean?

  4. Had you ever wondered why people, including other blacks have this so called “negrophobia”? Its because in many if not most its warranted. Would it come as a surprise to you that neighborhoods populated mostly by blacks are more crime ridden? Did you know that if you live in one of those neighborhoods you are more likely to have a crime committed against you than if you lived in even a poor white community? Have you looked into statistics that support this? I have. Not only have I made a point to know and understand the statistics, I have also lived in both an almost all black neighborhood, and an almost all poor white neighborhood. Which neighborhood do you think I had more of a problem with regards to crime being committed against me?

    Chris Rock did a comedy skit about this a while back. It was very funny, but very true. In it he said something to the effect of “if I am at an atm at night in a black neighborhood and hear a noise, I’m not looking over my shoulder for a white person, I’m looking out for n#ggers!” Not exactly what he said but close. Even blacks have this “phobia”. Its no phobia though. Its common sense.

    • Funny; I live in a mixed-race neighborhood, and I have never been robbed in 29 years. I lived in all-white neighborhoods before that, and have the police reports to prove that I was robbed on a regular basis.
      Funny that you talk statistics, yet you have none to share.

      • Greg, try looking at the race break down of the prison population before you start with this fallacious ‘you got no stats’ objection again. It’s getting old, fella.

        Do some work for yourself before you start nay-saying from the hip because, in this case, intangible has a point that I can attest to from my studies while in college for my sociology degree. Only thing is, back then, ALL my professors were telling me those statistics were ‘proof’ of white racism. LOL. 😀

  5. Everyone I disagree with sudenly wants ME to do Their work for them.

    The Innocence project has exonerated 254 prisoners through DNA, 172 of those were black. That statistic suggests certain sentencing disparities, along with a ‘blame-the black-guy” mentality. The USA is 11% black, that close to 2/3 of those wrongfully convicted were black points out that racism and racial fear is alive and well in the USA.

    But none of this is germane to the notion that walking down a street full of people who are of a different color is dangerous. I agree that it can be, just look at the Trayvon Martin case.

    A U of Michigan study of 328 criminal exonerations showed that while black-on-white rape represents less than 10% of all rapes, 29% of blacks in jail are there for rape, and 65% of the exonerations were black men convicted of rape.

    • Everyone I disagree with sudenly wants ME to do Their work for them.

      Well, in my case, it’s because the numbers being cited are considered a given in sociology circles. They argue over the cause, not the fact. Besides, the accepted norm in these things is for the person to present an argument, using whatever ‘facts’ they decide necessary to strengthen their case. But it is the person who objects who is expected to provide the ‘facts’ that refute it. Also, it is not required to cite anything that should be common knowledge for those informed about the issue at hand. The ignorant have no ‘right’ to demand ‘facts,’ they have a duty to educate themselves. This is how it is supposed to go anyway, but Leftists tend to expect people to do their work for them – even in trying to defeat themselves in an argument for the lefty. It’s ridiculous.

      That statistic suggests certain sentencing disparities, along with a ‘blame-the black-guy” mentality. The USA is 11% black, that close to 2/3 of those wrongfully convicted were black points out that racism and racial fear is alive and well in the USA.

      See what I mean? NO! Your stats do NOT ‘suggest’ this is the answer: they suggest it is a ‘possible’ answer – or one of many ‘possible’ answers. Another could be exactly what Intangible suggested: if you hand with dogs, you get flees. So it is equally as likely that the people who get arrested and convicted do so because of their past, their affiliations and the assumed guilt that goes along with it – NOT the color of their skin. Case in point: how many people see a hard core biker and just ‘assume’ he is ‘OK’ because his skin is white? I would hazard to guess that – IF YOU ARE HONEST – you would agree with me the answer is “Not many.”

      But none of this is germane to the notion that walking down a street full of people who are of a different color is dangerous. I agree that it can be, just look at the Trayvon Martin case.

      Here, I agree. It almost got Zimmerman killed. (I said that to ‘try’ to show you that YOU are showing prejudice biased in one direction where there is NO evidence that your conclusions are warranted by the argument you are presenting. I did NOT say this because I believe it – but it ‘should’ make my point).

      A U of Michigan study of 328 criminal exonerations showed that while black-on-white rape represents less than 10% of all rapes, 29% of blacks in jail are there for rape, and 65% of the exonerations were black men convicted of rape.

      Now THAT ‘might’ have some merit – but then, the whole issue of rape in general has its own problems (see the Duke Lacrosse team incident), so this is NOT a good example for people to be studying to ‘prove’ racism.

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