It’s summertime, which means most of you may be adding another type of party to your repertoire besides First Fridays and those After Work mixers, the infamous Boat Ride. It’s an old past time for most Black people. If you don’t know about it ask a friend, they’ll put you on. And then you won’t be able to escape. We here at Three Ways have gotten numerous invites to hit the high seas with fraternities, sororities, entrepreneurial organizations, the Key Club, etc. And I’ve seen countless more invites floating around on Facebook. I’m all about us exploring new venues, but since when did Black people and boats become a good idea?
It may be on the approved list of things that we like, but it’s a bit ironic isn’t it? Honestly, we don’t have the best track record with boats. At the very least, not the best first impression. Think about it… Ok. I guess like the infamous N word, we’ve turned a bad thing into a good thing. Right. Even with that and the fact that America will be apologizing for slavery any day now (any day now…), I’m still apprehensive.
Why? I still don’t see many Black Olympic swimmers, I did see one at the opening, and the ones I do see aren’t that impressive (check out the video below). Nor have I seen any Black kids in the deep end of the pool. So unless I missed the memo, I’m pretty sure that Black people still don’t do water. Deep water that is. We do the beach. I know we’re all about expanding, but let’s not over step our boundaries here. Deep for us is neck level. I’m grown and I still want to feel something underneath my feet. And for the record I can swim. Just not very well. And that’s exactly what everyone says…
Water just isn’t our thing, so maybe we should lay off the boats. Hit the community pool and let’s get an apology from boat makers nationwide. Just some words of wisdom for the next time you get an invite for a Boat Ride. If you aren’t down with the movement, rock some booties and a life vest and live it up like Jigga on the Big Pimpin video. Just make sure you don’t fall off the side. Cause that’ll be in my next blog.
Hope you enjoy the summer & the sarcasm,
This somewhat funny post is dedicated to one of the funniest gentlemen to ever grace the stage – Bernie Mac.