The Black nod, can you explain it?

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I didn't know any kind of nod existed until I moved to NC from MI. I asked my parents if they knew all of these random strangers who were nodding/smiling/speaking and they explained it as a southern thing.

Since then I've experienced the Black Nod, the Natural/Curly Nod, the Professional Nod, the Biker Wave, etc. Folks greet each other when they see someone they identify with.

Blame it on the cell phone...
Heh, I don't do a curly nod, but there's often a smile of admiration and identifying when I come upon another woman with a big head of curls.
Well I guess now that Slinky has pinpointed the root of all prejudice (you know, black folk being friendly with each other and all, making the white folk uncomfortable), I'm sure it can all be sorted now.
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I've never heard of or seen any kind of nod amongst black people. But I grew up around all white people in the country so who knows. What I did notice however was when I got to college black people would greet each other (verbally). It was odd at first to me but I just fell in line so as to not let people see me as rude. There were so few black people so I get it. My white friends on the other hand would get upset about it but for the life of me I couldn't figure out why- heck, I greeted white people too if they made eye contact! But many white people would talk about black people segregating themselves because they would all sit together in the dining halls and the like.

I pointed out to one friend that while, yes, many black folks sat together, look at every other table around us (we were in the "white section"). They were ALL white people sitting together. So what's the difference? From then on out she sat with me in the "black section." She finally saw that EVERYONE gravitates to what's familiar--it wasn't just black people.

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I've never heard of or seen any kind of nod amongst black people. But I grew up around all white people in the country so who knows. What I did notice however was when I got to college black people would greet each other (verbally). It was odd at first to me but I just fell in line so as to not let people see me as rude. There were so few black people so I get it. My white friends on the other hand would get upset about it but for the life of me I couldn't figure out why- heck, I greeted white people too if they made eye contact! But many white people would talk about black people segregating themselves because they would all sit together in the dining halls and the like.

I pointed out to one friend that while, yes, many black folks sat together, look at every other table around us (we were in the "white section"). They were ALL white people sitting together. So what's the difference? From then on out she sat with me in the "black section." She finally saw that EVERYONE gravitates to what's familiar--it wasn't just black people.

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Originally Posted by Kilajo
I went to predominantly black jr high(97% black and of the 3% other, white was the least). All the white and most other people sat at one table in the cafeteria in the middle. And outside before the bell rang, all the white people sat in one area as well.
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Heh, I don't do a curly nod, but there's often a smile of admiration and identifying when I come upon another woman with a big head of curls.
Originally Posted by Saria
I've had the curly nod. I kind of liked it.


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Originally Posted by rouquinne
Hmm, well that's exactly what I'm doing when I nod to people who are wearing a yarmulke or star of David necklace.
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I've also noticed most white people get very uncomfortable in majority black places. But when I mention a place is too white for me, they think I'm being weird.
Originally Posted by Josephine
Hell, I get weirded out when nearly everyone is white. And I'm not saying this to show that I'm the Hip White Person.
I'm now privy to the motorcycle nod and/or wave.

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I've had a 'parent of a small child' nod. When my kid may do something exasperating, emberrassing, or silly.

One book I read referred to a nod between rape survivors.

I suppose its a nod of shared understanding toward the other person.

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Once I get ninja's scooter working, do you think I can nod at the people on their bikes at the Harley Davidson shop near my house :-)
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OK, I don't want to alarm anyone but...sometimes there is also a "What's up, man?" or a "How u doin?" that accompanies the nod.

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I attend a Church that is predominantly black. Probably about 95%. I sometimes feel a bit strange and out of place.....but then I think, this must be how it feels to live in Utah every single day if you're black.
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I ride a scooter and wave to everything with less than 4 wheels and a motor. Some of the Harley riders pretend not to see it, but most other riders see the solidarity and nod or wave back. It's nice.
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IMO, i think white people (i'm speaking generally, not all whites) are afraid of blacks.
Originally Posted by thelio
Phoenix started a thread asking this very question in 2009. I never got around to reading it because I was in the hospital and too sick to read what seemed like a 100-page thread.

I had the thread bookmarked for several years, meaning to read it one day, but lost it when my computer crashed last week.
I'm an equal opportunity nodder and/or waver. So, if you're on a scooter I'm definitely going to nod.
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IMO, i think white people (i'm speaking generally, not all whites) are afraid of blacks.
Originally Posted by thelio
Phoenix started a thread asking this very question in 2009. I never got around to reading it because I was in the hospital and too sick to read what seemed like a 100-page thread.

I had the thread bookmarked for several years, meaning to read it one day, but lost it when my computer crashed last week.
Originally Posted by medussa
Was it the "Are Black people particlarly intimidating" one?
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IMO, i think white people (i'm speaking generally, not all whites) are afraid of blacks.
Originally Posted by thelio
Phoenix started a thread asking this very question in 2009. I never got around to reading it because I was in the hospital and too sick to read what seemed like a 100-page thread.

I had the thread bookmarked for several years, meaning to read it one day, but lost it when my computer crashed last week.
Originally Posted by medussa
Was it the "Are Black people particlarly intimidating" one?
Originally Posted by moodydove
Yes, that's the one. I couldn't remember the title, just the gist of it. Thanks.

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