By James Manning
Someone on Facebook asked the question, why are black men so arrogant? This is a rather odd question because it presumes an accepted definition of arrogance and that is not the case. There are people like Kobe Bryant who many perceive as arrogant when in fact he is a supremely confident athlete. Of course that is my opinion and is as subject as anyone else’s.
But it is easy to mistake confidence with arrogance when it comes to world-class athletes as you come to expect that from people performing at the level of excellence. The same is true about wealthy people. It doesn’t matter how that wealth came about, we understand that affluence has the potential to skew a person’s personality.
Black men, ordinary black men do not have superior athleticism, nor are they wealthy so if there is perception that black men are arrogant, one has to wonder what is driving said arrogance. I can only assume that because the world is against us – at least that’s what many of us perceive and the number of black men lends credence to that suspicion – we have no choice but to put on airs when interacting with the world around us. Weakness is not an option and in the process of displaying strength, sometimes we may delve into the realm of arrogance.
Projecting strength and confidence is a defense mechanism against a society that at every turn attempts to relegate us to the bottom of the barrel. Is some of it a façade, an act? Yes. But it is a necessary personality trait that every black man must acquire if he is to survive. So to answer the question, why are black men so arrogance? The answer is, we’re not. But if it seems that way it’s because we have no choice. It’s a matter of survival.by