I’m sorry, babe, but I act me
I don’t act Black, whatever that be
The phrase “act black” is a racist term that permanently links black behavior with lower class status: improper grammar/English, use of slang, way of dress, etc.
“Whatever that be” was a play on bad grammar. Many lower class black males use incorrect grammar. The correct way to say that verse would be “whatever that is” instead of “whatever that be”. That is how much of a lyrical genius Donald is.
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