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Uppity Negro Posted on 06-16-2004
theTRUTH

Uppity Negro... :roll: I've noticed that this is the latest "fashion" trend at HU. I know that perspective freshmen have prolly never heard of it before, but how do the current Howardites feel about it? I know its just clothes, but do you feel it sends a positive messege? I'll post my opinions later...
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HU_Intellect replied on 06-16-2004 05:48PM [Reply]
Whoa !!! somebody break this one down for me quick :!:
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michael_02_808 replied on 06-16-2004 06:21PM [Reply]
theTRUTH wrote:
Uppity Negro... :roll: I've noticed that this is the latest "fashion" trend at HU. I know that perspective freshmen have prolly never heard of it before, but how do the current Howardites feel about it? I know its just clothes, but do you feel it sends a positive messege? I'll post my opinions later...
http://store.uppitynegro.com/ That's their site for those of you who have yet to hear about it. They offer lengthy explanations of what "uppity negro" means (or what it's suppose to mean) and details on what exactly is their purpose. While their explanations are interesting, I must admit that I think they are saying a bunch of nothing. I seriously doubt many of the people they cite as "uppity negroes" would buy into any of this. To me this a classic example of one's poor attempt of turning a negative into a positive. I don't think this is any different than people trying to alter the meanings behind words such as "****" or "b*tch." They get points for being good salespeople, I guess. This is all of course my opinion, and everyone is free to do as they wish w/ their money - they just definately wouldn't get any of mine.
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Afro-American replied on 06-16-2004 06:47PM [Reply]
they talk about the name is supposed to represent the blacks among us who have rebelled and revolutionized....but I mean they couldnt think of any other positive name..like maybe "african royalty" "revolutionaries" something lol....i mean the name is just bad planning, cause I know if my white friends saw me with a shirt that said "uppity negro" they would look at me like i was psycho or even if noone black here knew what i was meaning they would think negatively....so i dont agree with the name...the message yeah...but since I dont try to be the definition of uppity i cant support something with that name, cause that would compromise my true background and where i came from, and insult the people who helped me who the uppities may not think matter, who didnt exactly protest but still made a huge difference with the means they had...
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HU_Intellect replied on 06-16-2004 07:30PM [Reply]
Ok I get it now. It's actually not a bad concept the only thing is I don't think many people will get the actual meaning of the shirt.
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Girl701 replied on 06-16-2004 08:27PM [Reply]
I've never heard of that before but its an interesting idea. Only thing that bothers me is that they claim not to be a fashion line or a fad like those bob marley t-shirts. But once people start wearing much of something, it becomes a trend and sometimes isn't the point to get a message across to the masses. Thats it for now.
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HU_BadLady replied on 06-17-2004 12:16AM [Reply]
HU_Intellect wrote:
Ok I get it now. It's actually not a bad concept the only thing is I don't think many people will get the actual meaning of the shirt.
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replied on 06-17-2004 02:02AM [Reply]
Truth be told, Im not really feeling the shirts. Im feeling the entreprenural spirit and all, but Id just feel like and **** walking around with a shirt that said "uppity negro" on it. I like what they are trying to do, but i think uppity negro just doesnt say it. Now u can wear an uppity negro shirt all u want at the HU and its cool, but i have a feeling if i wore an uppity negro shirt in Atlanta that i would get my **** roasted.
theTRUTH wrote:
Uppity Negro... :roll: I've noticed that this is the latest "fashion" trend at HU. I know that perspective freshmen have prolly never heard of it before, but how do the current Howardites feel about it? I know its just clothes, but do you feel it sends a positive messege? I'll post my opinions later...
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RevolutionarySistah from Los Angeles, CA replied on 06-17-2004 02:17AM [Reply]

fatman wrote:
Well i copped my uppity negro shirt over the internet like a month ago. I've rocked it a few times goin out to the mall and the movie theater here in northern virginia. and its funny to see white peoples expression when u walk in a room. confusion is the overall consensus. no white people have had have the courage yet to come up and ask me the meaning... they jus act like they dont see the shirt im wearing but their actions are obvious. oh yea and my shirt is pretty noticeable. heres what it looks like:
well, look like i'm finna hop on that bandwagon cuz that shirt look hot to me. lol Its funny too. I mean, back in the day, if you think about it, white folks did consider an "uppity" negro to be a black man or woman to think or act for themselves. This is like saying "yes, I am uppity. Now what!?!?" I love fashion, and I love to make a statement with my fashion. Yes, I rock my Malcolm X shirt with him holding a machine gun, and I always wear my shirt wit Huey and Fred standing tall. And you know I had to cop that Angela Davis shirt. I do understand though how some people just wear it without knowing the meaning or the true purpose of the person they are wearing. I don't really appreciate that. I will continue to make statements with my clothes, and don't get mad if you see me in the HU wit something crazy written or air-brushed on my trucker hat or wife-****. That's just how I do it! Since people can't read my mind, I let my clothes do the talking. .....my fashion is trendy, yet revolutionary at the same time
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replied on 06-17-2004 02:18AM [Reply]
I realized now that i dont care what people think bout me and if i feel strongly bout sumtin then ima voice myself... kinda like when u see people rockin they favorite team jerseys. but with me.. i dont get down wit jersey game, and rather rock sumtin that shows african pride. just depends on the type of person u are.
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