Colored People’s Time

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Four female members of the U.S. Congress had to be mechanically added to the official photo marking the first day of the 113th Congress. If you peruse the photo, it appears that three of the late arrivals are African American. That’s them on the top steps above the others. Don’t numbers one, three and four appear to be sisters? This brings me to the conclusion that Colored People’s Time may have entered into the equation. I’m just sayin’.

Wikipedia (yes, the online authority) defines Colored People’s Time as “the stereotype of African Americans as frequently being late.” WOW!

Family members have been outlawed from bringing main dishes to holiday dinners because of CP Time. We got tired of the mac and cheese showing up around dessert time.

Weddings have been delayed, not because of the bride or groom, (well, maybe the bride) but because key family members hadn’t arrived to witness the union.

Church services have been delayed by as much as an hour because too few members of the congregation were there to start. Performers, who charge upwards of $50 per ticket, are famously late (i.e. Lil’ Wayne, Kanye West, and Mary J. Blige).

House Minority Speaker Nancy Pelozi wanted to mark the record number of women newly elected. Other females arrived in a timely fashion, but after a time, they were freezing their buns off and the four still had not arrived.

“It was freezing cold and our members had been waiting a long time for everyone to arrive and had to get back into the building to greet constituents, family members, and to get ready to go to the floor,” Pelozi said. “It wasn’t like we had the rest of the day to stand there.”

Black people are so used to CPT that we’ve come to expect it. We are pissed off if something actually starts on time. If something is halfway over by the time we get there on CP Time, we’re ready to throw a fit. Who told them they could start on time?

Care to share some of your experiences with Colored People’s Time? Doesn’t matter if you were on the giving or receiving end. We’d just like to hear about it.

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