My day-long experiment in truth telling, failed. It made me and the people around me miserable. Masking the tough truth with kind words and finding a nicer way to say unpleasant things is much easier to say and accept.
Because many whites feel that US society is now "post racial," enabling them to "get their black on" without a physical presence in the black community, white label executives package black culture and style through white artists without the burdens of racial disadvantage.
I looked forward to the day when I could finally say I knew what it takes to be cool. I couldn't fathom it would be something that would disappoint me. That maybe I wouldn't want to be cool. But I don't. I can't.
I believe that some of what follows may be universal, and some of what follows undoubtedly was shaped by my own life experience. I am eternally grateful to have grown up in a loving family in a middle class suburb on the southwest side of Chicago in the 1970s.
A nap nook won't give people a deep sense of inspiration or commitment. Cool is not equivalent to loyal, and this arms race of out-"cool"-ing the competition isn't an enduring answer. A treehouse is a great place to retreat to, but it doesn't inspire people.
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