When I started this blog three years ago I had hoped that DOC would jump on here and write some himself. The blog changed over time to my thoughts on life to more of fitness, wellness and parenting and DOC never really had a chance to share his opinions. Well, like all great sitcoms (seriously, NBC, where are you with my own show??) we have our first Spin Off. He is the Laverne and Shirley to my Happy Days. A Different World to my Cosby Show. The Different Strokes to my Facts of Life.
DOC has started his own blog answering questions from his point of view called “What’s Up Black Dude“. Friends and family ask him questions and he tries to answer them as best he can.
With everything going on in the world today we have come to realize that we have very different points of view on social issues. There have been some VERY interesting points of view shared in our car rides on the way to work in the morning. If you were riding in our car, you’d think we were fighting – we’re just helping each other understand that based on our experiences how our opinions are shaped… in a sometimes loud and with lots of hand gestures manner. Please don’t judge us at the traffic lights, ok?
The issues in Ferguson this summer really gave us a lot to debate and we were even asked to join our dear friends radio program to talk about our perspective on the issue as an interracial family, one having grown up black in the south and the other white from the north. We have a lot to talk about, but sometimes, in the privacy of your own minivan you really talk about issues more openly than you can on radio or a blog. We’re still trying to balance our beliefs and don’t feel ready to talk live and in living color, ya know, however, we do have a voice and we do have an opportunity to share our history and our beliefs that many of our friends might not understand because they are not a part of this culture. I’m proud of DOC for lending his voice in this way on his blog and I hope you’ll pop over and ask him a question!
This week, with everything being talked about with the NFL, we’ve had plenty of debates. When news broke that Adrian Peterson was arrested for hitting his child with a switch we honestly both laughed and figured every parent we knew would be in jail. Heck, DOC had to go and “pick his own switch” for his grandmother. After we saw the pictures our tune quickly changed. Abuse and spanking are very different. Those pictures showed abuse, something we could never accuse one of our parents of. Growing up in the black south DOC’s grandparents reared him the way they were and the generations before them were – at the hand of a switch – that they more than likely learned from a slave owner.
I hope you’ll read DOC’s take on this and ask him a great question. He hasn’t answered mine yet…. Why do some black men love big butts and why would they ever deny it? It’s a great mystery of life.