Originally Posted by Evangelist
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I have been doing some research on being a black introvert. It seems like sometimes, I am a minority inside a minority. It is like being in a subset of African-American culture that at times doesn't display the same traits as mainstream black society. I was wondering if other black INTJ's could list how they are uniquely different from African American culture. Maybe ways that people would think are strange for us. Here are a few of mine.
1. I don't mind overt nonviolent racism, at least I know exactly where you stand. I don't have to guess.
2. I don't like most gospel music.
3. I will run from anything loud.
4. I refuse to equate "urban" with the worst part of town.
5. I really don't like a lot of rap, though I understand it's place in our musical history.
6. Didn't vote for Obama because he was black.
7. Loud colors are a no
8. I really do like James Taylor, Michael McDonald and Carol King.
9. I refuse to see any Tyler Perry movie.
10. I really have no desire to ever go to Africa other than to vacation. I know we call it the Motherland, but that is Mississippi for me.
WOW, WOW, I'm a Black, Male INTJ. When I first read this post I was like what the HELL? But I do get it... I was raised in by two professional Black parents both with graduate degrees. I mention this to make the point that I subscribe to the theory that environment you group up in has a large impact on who become as an adult. Growing up, I constantly heard, "you so proper" "that's white" Etc. But I came to realize that my "being Black in America" experience was different from a lot of other Black American people I've come into contact with whom I think are just GHETTO ASS People!
Might I suggest you read "Our Kind of PeopleInside America's Black Upper Class" by Lawrence Otis Graham. It's a very interesting view point on classicism within the Black community.
I'm not calling you classicist by suggesting you read this book. It helped me put a lot of things into perspective though. On another note when I was a boy, I had aspirations of traveling to Europe and I never had the desire to go to Africa either, but the opportunity came for me to go to South Africa when I was in high school and the experience changed my life and helped shape my world view.
A lot of the things you mentioned are in fact common stereotypes that are placed over Black American's heads, but I've come to discover that because you don't do a lot of the things you mentioned or you don't subscribe to a lot of the stereotypical schools of thought that a lot of other Black Americans do when you are Black has more to do with your Black Experience. Not with the fact that your personality type is INTJ. Many INTJs have come out of the hood, my dad was one of them and he's extremely smart, talented and well educated yet introverted.