I find it's distressing, there's never no in-between
We either niggas or Kings, we either bitches or Queens

from Black Star – Thieves in the Night Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Black people are always portrayed as the two extremes. They’re either big stars, or thugs. There doesn’t seem to be an in-between in peoples' minds.

This line also speaks to the absence of a black middle class in the American popular imagination — blacks are (or at least were as of 1998) portrayed almost exclusively as dangerous, violent thugs (Willie Horton), or (in the imagination of Afrocentrists) the descendants of ancient royalty. Kings/Queens may also conjure the images of super-wealthy and super-successful black Americans like Michael Jordan, Michael Jackson, and Barack Obama — the modern face of black achievement.

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