I've known you're of African descent for quite some time. What I'm also aware of, is that you've achieved a fair amount of success and position during your life. With those things in mind, I expect you likely live in an area of diverse and enlightened people, who share your views, beliefs, and values There is a trap though, as you show all the symptoms of detachment a white person of your same status would. You don't realize how far removed from the ******** in "da hood" you are. Slavery was abolished in 1865, this is 2017. If my meager grasp of math is correct, that's a separation of 152 years between then and now. Actuarials tell us the average human lifespan is something on the order of 75 years, and as such, I can guarantee there is not a single slave owner alive today. Turnabout is fair play, and I feel justified in asking, "exactly how long are blacks going to be allowed to play the race card"? Let me ask you this, was someone shot and wounded on your block within the last two months? Last Friday did several individuals empty two pistols up your street just for sport? If they did, did they do it within moments after a police cruiser passed? I live where I live because of my own foibles and failings, I've accepted that. But I have a bird's eye view, of exactly now badly racial tensions have become, and literally how badly inbred and poorly socialized today's inner city blacks have become. In general they merely parasites, foaled for the increase of social entitlements they bring. After puberty, they're trained to count to 10, so they are able to divine if they've been given the correct amount of money for the bag of crack or smack which they've just handed some junkie or crack head. And then there's the "music". When rap was first introduced, my "obviously racist", friend at work said, (when I asked WTF is that sh!t?), said, "oh yeah, they don't have to bother singing anymore". Today's "thug rap" and "hip-hop", are a meager excuse for some imbecile's non stop profanity, (based mostly around "the N word") about what the stupid pr!ck did the day before yesterday. "Man I tol' dat bee-atch, blah, blah, blah". "I busted a cap at da po-lice, blah, blah, blah". This is how what "music" has deteriorated. It no longer has any true artistic value. There's no purpose, no history, no faith, no striving for something better, no ideals, no mythology, and practically no melody. Just some idi0t ranting profanity. So basically, I listen to a 3 note bass run, with a melodic timing overlay of either, ugga, bugga, bugga", or, "bugga, ugga, ugga", combined with a continuous reiteration of "that darn N word", from early Friday afternoon to Sunday night. But yes, the two guys with the loudest stereos do have jobs, so I suppose I should applaud them for that. I was raised with the same standards you were, and which you claim to embrace now. But, I was overprotected in the process. The trouble is, if my crazy aunts hadn't taught me to be fluent in profanity, I probably wouldn't have survived past the 6th grade in my inner city schools. So, blacks tend to stick together much more than whites. If a low class black commits a crime, any high class black will generally turn him or her into a victim of circumstance. After all, his "baby daddy didn't stick around", the trauma of that was intense. "Baby daddy", of course, was out knocking some other "b!tch" up, trying to put, "another jewel in his crown", while leaving the financial cleanup to a host of local, state, and federal agencies. My impression overall is this, whatever excuses blacks make for the continual use of the N word, at the base of it all, they're just mocking whites, and rubbing white people's noses in the fact we're not allowed to say it any more. There's no "higher purpose", just revenge. After all, if a black can get someone fired for using that word, another black might be able to swoop in a take over that job. It's a dog eat dog world, and with all the pit-bulls y'all are collectin' these days, that's a literal statement of fact. (as well as a great pun on my part). @LNCPapa, please do me the courtesy of not giving this post a "TL;DR". I have tons more horror stories to tell. This post is as "short as it is",for the sake of "brevity".