7/26 OTTOTD: Third-most Commented Story, Eh?

For black men, a nod can say a lot

By Ernest Hooper, Metro Columnist 


In Print: Tuesday, July 26, 2011

It's a simple nod.

You make eye contact then tilt your head up. In many instances, you follow with a rhetorical, "What's up?"

Invariably, the person on the receiving end does the same. And then you move on.

For most of my life, I've employed this greeting with other black men.

john727 Jul 25, 2011 4:36 PM


Better hope the receiver of your nod doesn't think you are 'dissing' him,or you might get shot.

intolerant pissed off redneck Jul 25, 2011 9:44 PM Eric? I meant Ernest. Whichever. Why should I care? You wouldn't nod at me since I ain't a "brutha" tryin' to make it.
Jethro Bodine Jul 25, 2011 4:45 PM

when I walk down the street I see people. guess whoever wrote this has failed to assimilate.

stevedawgs Jul 25, 2011 4:50 PM

May I ask just what the point of this story is?

MBrettH Jul 25, 2011 9:22 PM At the party, nobody care what color Anybody is, unless you are a white man talking to a black woman. Then you are liable to come outside to find your car tires flat or a brick through your windshield. Who needs to learn tolerance?
solarpete Jul 25, 2011 5:29 PM

Why is this only a black thing? Doesn't matter any color can nod, but many whites learned how to talk years ago so by them saying Hello or Hi makes them so far ahead of the game. You nod ur head in Key West they will think u r looking for a pick up of another gay man. If u nod in NYC to someone they might kill u so who cares Does this story make any sense or r we all to now go out into the streets an nod to anyone we see

Kenyanmonkey01 Jul 25, 2011 5:57 PM

why do so many brothas have a huge chip on there shoulders? gettin dissed seems to be the most important issue in there life

nielad Jul 25, 2011 7:31 PM

whas up bro?you down low?

FLORIDABADBOY Jul 25, 2011 7:41 PM

If a white person wrote a short story about
their heritage beliefs they would be labeled
a racist. Equal treatment does not exist.
Comments welcome.

ObamaScare Jul 25, 2011 8:23 PM

Keep acknowledging how youre different black america..Its worked out so well up to this point.

samuel adams Jul 25, 2011 9:26 PM


Brookstone1 Jul 26, 2011 1:53 AM

It is with little wonder that I openly guffaw at such sophomoric attempts at journalism as well as the clowns on the "skreets" it were....

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