sloopjohnc wrote:Guy E wrote: But when I enter a social situation with Black people I look forward to it. The humor and laughter is usually at a much higher level than with an average assortment of White folks. The conversation tends to me more animated, more open somehow
Yes and no. I think it depends on how many white folk are around, ratio to black and white, and if the situation is comfortable or not.
Like I said, I've been to many family reunions with my brother-in-law's family and I've seen conversations change in tenor depending who people are talking to and the racial dynamics of the group.
But I've seen this guard put up among my Hispanic and gay friends too. The more comfortable the environment, the more natural or uninhibited people become.
Sure. I was thinking of situations where I'm the only white person or it's me and Zena, who's Turkish with North African blood. It is all about the comfort zone.
Racial dynamics are complicated.