Black America's Secret Shame


In an entry at his Very Smart Brothas blog, Panama Jackson checks in on the unspoken value system among African Americans as the wealth gap widens between the rich and poor. He says that some "elitist" blacks are ashamed of uneducated blacks who do not have the option to assimilate.


… Yes. Black people. Black American’s are secretly ashamed of other Black people. I know. It’s one of the most f[—-]ed up things you’ve ever heard. I hear you looking at me crazy. But it’s true. Black people that can read and write, and have gardens to tend, and garages that actually house cars, and have the OPTION to live amongst white people are ashamed of other Black people.

[***DISCLAIMER: These are fun, I swear. Which Black people am I talking about that are ashamed of other Black people??? You ninja. Yes you, the Black person that is reading this right now instead of in the projects affectionately known as WorldStarHipHop. The Black person who reads and writes. F*ck that, the Black person who ENJOYS reading. Yes, you. Does it sound elitist? Yes it does … but here's the test: if you have at any point in your existence, been somewhere, and an unruly group of Black youth have come into your presence and you cringed and/or uttered the word "n*ggas" under your breath … then this means you. Mmkay pumpkin?***]

Believe you me, it’s true. It’s a sad reality yet one that exists. Take for instance young Black folks on subway systems across America. Now those youth don’t care about being loud and obnoxious. Hell, it’s what kids do. However, you care. You wonder to yourself, why the hell they won’t shut up. Then you do scan the audience the kids have attracted. You scan the white faces for disapproval, and then you scan the Black faces for disgust.

Read Panama Jackson's entire blog entry at Very Smart Brothas.

Panama Jackson is the co-founder and senior editor of He lives in Washington, D.C., and believes the children are our future.