2015-11-19

Current Events: President Obama's, "Folks wanna Pop off" Is the Blackest Thing That Ever Happened This Week


You have to read this article on verysmartbrothers.com; not a website I frequent (maybe I should) but it showed up in my Facebook feed when W. Kamau Bell (pictured below) shared it.



Apparently President Obama used the aforementioned coloquiolism to describe some of the extreme reactions to the Violence in France as of late.  The writer, Damon Young's (pictured below) excited reaction to the statement is crystallized perfectly in his piece:


"So Black, in fact, that instead of attempting to determine and assess exactly how Black it was, I’m more interested in how “folks wanna pop off” found its way into the President’s lexicon. Does he possess a reservoir of culturally relevant slang terms and colloquialisms that he employs when White people aren’t around? We know he code switches — we see it with every seven-step handshake, and his rendition of Amazing Grace during Rev. Clementa Pinckney’s eulogy is a first-ballot entry in the Code Switch Hall of Fame — but he’s also a 54-year-old man who hoops in Sam’s Club Nikes and tucks his shirt into his sweatpants. (No. seriously. He does.) He is, and will always be, cool in a macro sense. But, in micro sense, he, again, is a 54-year-old man who hoops in Sam’s Club Nikes and tucks his shirt into his sweatpants. This is not what cool people do. Cool people do, however, reflexively use “pop off” to address haters. President Obama is a paradox."

Click through to the whole article to enjoy a few good laughs: President Obama's, "Folks wanna Pop off" Is the Blackest Thing That Ever Happened This Week

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