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December 17, 2015 10:34 AM   Subscribe

Black Folk Don’t...” is an open conversation that invites everyone to take a second look at the grey areas between us all, no matter the race, and most importantly to do it with a sense of humor. This documentary web series is a special presentation of BlackPublicMedia.org, directed and produced by Angela Tucker, with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Did you know that black folk don't… posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey (14 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
Double. Amazed how I missed it. Mods pls delete.
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey at 10:47 AM on December 17, 2015

i missed this too the first time around, and even if this is a double, we should keep this thread around
posted by and they trembled before her fury at 10:48 AM on December 17, 2015 [1 favorite]

Visit the official site. Oh, wait. No.
posted by Chuffy at 10:49 AM on December 17, 2015

[Double, but from a few years ago and it looks like there's enough new content here to keep this post up.]
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 10:51 AM on December 17, 2015 [13 favorites]

Four years (minus two weeks) should be past the statute of limitations.
posted by Etrigan at 10:51 AM on December 17, 2015

Regardless of double-or-not status, interesting. I watched the camping one because this was one preconception about black people I had no idea of until pretty recently. I'm not sure why anyone camps really and I say this as someone who liked camping and somehow owns four tents that I never use.
posted by GuyZero at 10:51 AM on December 17, 2015

I didn't even know there was such a thing as Black Public Media. Looks like a very interesting series.
posted by gyc at 11:00 AM on December 17, 2015

I have to watch the "Live to the end of a horror movie" episode.
posted by Faint of Butt at 11:22 AM on December 17, 2015

This thread needs a little Stew.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 12:03 PM on December 17, 2015

I like the style, but I wish they would mix in objective data with the opinion interviews. For example, in the tipping one you get various opinions on whether black people tip or not, and various theories offered to explain why. I know there have been studies done on that topic, and it would be nice for the show to be able to say "Studies show that black people tip/don't tip/etc", and they could discuss that.

Similarly, whether black people live to the end of horror movies is something you could actually crunch the numbers on. It would be interesting to see if the perception matches the facts, and if there are any noticeable trends over time. Hopefully the numbers would show that trend being less true towards the present day...
posted by Sangermaine at 12:05 PM on December 17, 2015 [3 favorites]

Subjectively, a couple of decades ago when I waitressed, the black folk not tipping definitely was a bit of a thing. The black people who did tip almost invariably made a point of HANDING me the tip rather than leave it on the table. But not to pick on black people-the same is said of a lot of church folk to the point I have heard at least one pastor tell the congregation it was their Christian duty to tip. As a Christian myself I knew that I was about to get either overtipped or stiffed when church folk were there.

I think I agree with the couple of people on the video that said it was more of a class thing than a racial thing. My white grandfather was the worst tipper I ever knew-when we went out to eat with him I lingered at the table and added to the ONE dollar he would leave after at least five people had dined.

In any case the best tippers always seemed to be current or former restaurant/ service workers, and in that case race absolutely did not matter one whit.

There really is a thin line between cultural/class realities and prejudicial/racist beliefs. It is very lazy but very common thinking to believe that a person will always/never be or do something simply by virtue of their race or background, but some of these things happen often enough one can understand where the belief came from, and then turn into selffulfilling prophecy, maybe.
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 12:55 PM on December 17, 2015 [1 favorite]

I hope it's OK if I post videos of PK Subban as he plays street hockey and spoofs Don Cherry?
posted by A dead Quaker at 4:53 PM on December 17, 2015 [3 favorites]

I just watched the horror movies one, and now I'm really mad at the producers for not including titles to indicate who people were. Like the guy in the green shirt-- I want to check out his filmography, but they didn't name him, or even credit him at the end. What's the deal?
posted by Faint of Butt at 6:24 AM on December 18, 2015

As a naive white person, when I got to the big about the "camping cap" with the Confederate flag on it (worn by an African American man to signal to white fellow-campers that he's harmless) my mouth dropped open.
posted by The corpse in the library at 9:07 AM on December 18, 2015 [1 favorite]

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