[Image seen @ pnc’s wicked blog, psychonappy] 
In the leaked phone conversation, at one point, Mike + Glenda are talking about a relationship and he says to her something along the lines of the girl had his nose wide open. Glenda doesn’t get it and Michael explains:
“It’s a black thang”
The way he says it reminds me a lot of convos I have had with friends about things we are black people do. Obviously Mike is referring to black american slang for being in love, but is there anything else that we can categorise as being a ‘black thang’? I think there are lots of things, but it is definitely controversial. Among the following things I see loosely as ‘black things’ are:
- Supporting black people in the public eye: Michael still had a LOT of support from black communities worldwide despite all the controversy. I heard a stat that said from the exit polls of the US election this year, almost 97% of African-Americans who voted chose Barack. Doesn’t take a scientist…
- Crabs: On the flipside, there are crabs in a barrel as well. But I only think this happens with some people have nothing else to do or dream about.
- Being suspicious or wary of anyone who tries a bit too hard to be down: You know what I mean….right?
- Education: A high premium is put on education throughout all black people in the world.
I think Michael is right. There are certain things which are very ‘black’. And judging from Michael’s gangster attitude in his later years, it carries through with you in your life.