I’m not from the ghetto, I’m from the Black Burbs, and oh yes there is a difference. Growing up in Black Suburbia or the Black Burbs(from here on out BB), is quite an experience. Let’s rewind for a moment. There’s a small setup to this story…
So I’m hanging with a bunch of people and we’re all carrying on and getting to know each other. Well this one girl, was explaining how, in her school from home, there were only like 3 other black people in the whole entire school, and talking about her shock when she came to college, just from the sheer amount of minorities(Hispanic, black, Asian etc) on campus. Ok nothing that I haven’t heard before from other various cases. But this chick has the audacity to ask me, “how was it growing up in the ghetto”. I replied back with “I woudln’t know”. She looked confused, slightly constipated, like she she didn’t understand my answer. Oh you know I to educate…
I didn’t grow up hearing gunshots, sirens, or tons of screaming and shouting. I’m thankful for that I grew up in a safe and engendering enviroment. So many people have to worry about making it home from school safe, I blessingly did not.
I guess I need to be honest here. I didn’ grow up the Suburbs Suburbs, I did, but I’m from the country and Country Burbs(white or black) are different, than say, Mega City Burbs. The major difference of the available of un-developed land( I know, what a concept!!) We had plenty of neighborhood land to go exploring, make hideouts and fish for tadpoles and such. Another big difference is the proximity of the house to one another and the backyard space, both of which are much greater. Also the houses tend to be farther back from the street, thus giving you a larger than normal front yard as well.
Growing up in the BB are pretty much like growing up in the WB. Everything is family based, and people are normally friendly and social. But don’t be fool there is a difference between white suburbia and black suburbia. For instance of decoration of house for hoilday and festivities. We are less likely to put lights on the house, place snowmen in the front yard, stack hay bells, or erect a 10 foot bunny on the side of the house. In BB, being the coolest kid on the block meant having the coolest and latest sneakers, or the “hottest jacket”, not shiniest bike, the “most awesomest” skateboard. Cookouts become a neighborhood event, with everyone nearly pitching in. You also have a great deal of people sitting out on front porches, just relaxing. Also the landscaping of theBB is very different from the WB. I can’t explain it, it just it.
MY BB was quite unique, because at home I personally have grape vines, apple, plum, pear and peach trees in the back yard, along with a real clothes line(some people don’t know what that is..). Although Wal-mart is about 4 miles away, there was always a lady in the community that sells popcicles and sodas. There also was system of delaying the bus if one child got left. For example if I got left by the bus, my mom could call 10 stops down the tell them, so make sure their child, walked slow the bus, thus giving my mom time to hop in the car to catch the bus. Anywho, I guess that’s enough for today..