A ha, now you're gonna open a can of worms with this one. Patriotism is just as fallible an idea as ancestral pride. I didn't have anything to do with being born in the US, and yet I am patriotic. WTF?
It doesn't make sense, does it?
Thing is, you can love and be proud of what you are even if you had nothing to do with it. It's when you turn that up a little too much and use your pride as selfishness, and it turns from simple pride into arrogance and xenophobia that this becomes a problem.
My race (white) is notorious for losing control of ourselves when we celebrate our ethnicity, and taking it too far. And I think that's a shame. We don't have a "white history" month because we can't be trusted with it.
But seriously, don't rag on Lorisco too much. He, like many of my white brethren, is obviously quite awkward and very undiplomatic about racial stuff due to the confusion of being an average white male.
Let me explain: If you are white, and don't have a lot of experience in being around other races, then you don't understand what it's like to be different and have society at large treat you differently. Look at the "NOPD most crooked" thread. There's guys posting on there who have never had a bad experience with the police. How freaky is that?
And really, this thread is nothing more than the statement "I don't understand black people". Well... no shit Lorisco. Instead of ragging on him, maybe we can make some suggestions to help the poor guy. He is really missing out on stuff.
Try renting some Paul Mooney stand up comedy. I'm sure there's videos out there somewhere. I got him on audiotape. Watch the Dave Chapelle show. Try some collard greens with a lot of hot sauce. They're good. Stop privately treating black men like boogeymen and locking your car doors when you pull up to an intersection where some dudes are waiting to walk across the street. Unclench those butt cheeks, and walk like you DON'T have a screwdriver up your ass. Anybody got anything else?