Jenn wrote this!! Isn't it so true...it made me and Ricky laugh!
"Homedogs, homeboys, brothas:" Are they all poseurs?
Ok. There are the homedogs, the homeboys, the brothas. All in our schools. But, really, there ARE NO SUCH THINGS as "brothas," "homeboys," or "homedogs." Why, you ask? We are in Coral Springs, not "in da hood." Every day, I see people, especially those "tuff" males, use these terms whenever greeting their friends or talking about someone else. However, it is very irritating, as we do not live in the ghetto and everyone that attends school in this city, no, this county, knows, or should know, proper English. Right?
All of those guys, and even girls (hey, I can’t exclude them, either), that use these so-called "ghetto" terms are kidding themselves. Nobody in this city of ours lives anywhere near a true ghetto. The people and city around them are not ghetto, no matter how much they try to make themselves and the people around them as. Webster defines "ghetto" as "a city slum inhabited by a minority group who live there due to social or economic pressure." By talking like a "brotha from da hood," they’re telling everyone that that is where they live. Which, of course, is not. Have them point out their homes to you, all the while adjusting their $50 Phat Farm pants or fixing their silver bling-bling around their neck.
I’m all for slang. Sometimes it can be cool to use, depending on the word. But these guys, do they think that it’s cool to talk in this manner? A notable expression that my own "gang of sistas" can’t stand is the use of the exclamation "Hell, no!" or even better, the plural form of this exclamation: "Hells no!" Whatever happened to saying, "No way, man!" or "You think I’m stupid?" As for greetings, "What’s up?" or "Hey, guys" always remain classic and spans many generations. These are normal greetings that use terminology NOT in Russell Simmons’ Def Jam Dictionary of Terms. These are actual words people that don’t live in the ghetto use. Of which, I reiterate, they and we don’t live in.
No one here is from the ghetto. So why talk like it? It shows a lack of maturity and respect when they speak like that. There’s a term, poseur, that I guess can be considered a slang term. Basically, it means someone posing as someone else that they are not. I can apply it to these people. They are pretending to be someone they are not. And this someone is not someone that will take him or her far in life.
So my message? Stop being poseurs and be yourself. Not the self you put on to impress people, but the real self that you live in.