Do white people have soul?
Black men make poetry in every day life, perhaps in part because they are among the most oppressed adults in our society, And this singular group that populates our prisons is also perhaps the most influential in driving the culture of human interaction. Let’s start with the poignance of calling a dear friend “homey” or “my homeboy”.
I think that this most oppressed group of people in our society is one of the most influential.
African Americans shape our rock and jazz music. Europeans know it: Harlem is a favored tourist destination.
And I’ll go out on a limb: black actors arguably outperform most others in movies and the theater (the exception perhaps being the English).
And what’s more black male street slang is still changing our language as you read this. “I’d like to hit that,” conjures a specific male sexual movement. “S’up?” is a greeting that resounds with good feelings. Slapping palms as a greeting or as congratulations is part of what we do now. As is dancing with joy when something good happens. (Think of Ellen Degeneres, a copycat, for starters.)
And don’t forget rips in dungarees particularly at the knees. I remember seeing a photograph of Ronald Perelman with knee rips a couple years ago.
Then there’s the expression “bros before hos”. And remember the TV show that demonstrated how we might pimp our cars.
I could go on and on with examples from daily language.