The Simmering Anger of Black Males

Topics: Black people, African American, White people Pages: 7 (2341 words) Published: August 29, 2013

Dr. Carlos J. Minor is a veteran educator, having served students at every level throughout the P-16 continuum. Currently he serves as a guidance counselor and athletic coach in the Douglas County (GA) school system, and as an adjunct professor of education at Shorter University (GA). Dr. Minor holds a Bachelor of Science degree (General Psychology) from Xavier University, a Master of Arts degree (School Counseling) and the Doctor of Education (Educational Leadership) from Clark Atlanta University.

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The Simmering Anger of Adult Black Males
Carlos J. Minor, Ed.D

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This past summer, I was on vacation out of state. A coworker who is from the city where I went told me to try this particular restaurant. When I arrived at the restaurant, the line was out the door and around the block. I spotted a used bookstore across the street, so I went over and perused the Black Book Section, making several purchases. I came out, and the line had grown even longer. Since I was in a nice shopping area, I decided to walk around and find alternative dining accommodations. I spied what looked like a nice restaurant so I decided to give them a go. The hostess seated me, the waiter let me know the salad bar was included and all you can eat, and everything seemed fine. After I got my first round of grub from the salad bar, I noticed that people were coming over from the other side of the restaurant. I also noticed that I was seated all alone to the opposite side. Out of curiosity, I wandered over and noticed two things. First, I was the only Black patronizing this particular dining establishment at that time. Second, while I did not receive any ill treatment I had been segregated from the other patrons. I was not dressed in a Paul Stuart suit, but I did not look like a street thug either. I had on cargo shorts with a Clark Atlanta Alumni T-Shirt and tennis shoes. My belongings were in my ever present backpack. Since I look far younger than my years, I could have easily been mistaken for a student at one of the colleges in the area. While the food was excellent and my service was good, I was still quite disturbed that I had been involuntarily segregated from White patrons. The manager came around towards the end of my meal, asking if everything had been O.K. I put down the book I was reading and told him that the food was great but the segregation was not. I calmly asked him why I had been seated away from the White patrons. He grew red faced and apologized profusely. I calmly informed him that he had not answered my question (he never The Simmering Anger2

did). He offered my two free entrees the next time I came in. I explained that I was from Atlanta, I was only in town for the week and that I would not be returning to his establishment. I did inform him that I would spread the word about the hospitality I had received. It was pretty funny. That manager could not tap dance fast enough, and after he rang me up and brought me my credit card receipt to sign he said I really hope you accept my apology Mr. Minor. I calmly informed him that my proper honorific was Doctor. If possible he turned even redder as I gathered my things and left his restaurant. If the above narrative was an isolated incident then there would be no reason to get angry. For a Black man it never ends. A lifetime of ill treatment on the basis of his gender and skin tone can lead to serious anger, resentment, and even downright rage (Grier and Cobbs, 1968). This has been the plight of the Black man in America since 1619 and it is the ongoing plight of the Black man in America as we head into the second decade of the 21st century. It does not matter how a Black man is dressed, how educated he is and how he speaks and...

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