I’m the metal kid that grew up listening to all the stuff people thought made you worship Satan, do meth, and kill your parents. But man, I remember the day I found Nas and thought “this guy….he’s a poet” (and I don’t even really care for rap). Everyone else I knew was on the Tupac/West Coast/East Coast feud, cause well, that’s white suburbia for you and as you aptly stated, we either try to appropriate it or somehow explain it as relevant to our life.

That being said, I’ve really enjoyed your writing and the challenges you present and your candidness. Sometimes it’s hard to hear but needs to be said.

Oh, side question. What are the rules on Black Twitter out of massive curiosity (you said to ask you stuff!). Here’s why I ask. I love to creep in the background because some of the stuff is HILARIOUS (like the gifs you embedded in this piece we’re super funny), but I haven’t really engaged yet because I don’t want to be that super white dude that’s like “fer shizzle” and looks like a jackass. I’ve found it best to listen and ask. The hashtag for Game of thrones (#DemThrones) was about the best stuff I’ve seen on Twitter, period. So as the super white dude covered in tattoos and who loves metal that screams at you, I’m just trying to get ahead of the learning curve.

Storyteller | Combat wounded veteran | Metalhead | Designer | Bleeding on a page just makes it more authentic: https://benjaminsledge.com

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