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The Smothers Brothers Ponder the Question: What is the nicest black mens watch?

Updated on August 21, 2011

Is There Really Such a Thing?

This may be a very unpopular answer to this question, and I surely don't want to offend anyone, but when I read it the very first thing that popped into my mind was the Smothers Brothers singing My Old Man.

Bear in mind that I have heard them sing it once - maybe twice if I saw the re-run - in 1967. And the moment I read the question, "What is the nicest black men's watch?" this song was the first thing that occured to me!

So I just had to share it with you! This version seems to have been edited or perhaps it is not the same version I saw, but you will get the idea.

The Smothers Brothers: My Old Man

The Smothers Brothers

A hilarious and meaningful conversation...

To look at this video now, one might think it is racist, but in 1967, it was anything but that. Of course, today we don't use the word "negro", but at that time it was the preferred politically correct term, and it was so much better than the terms that were commonly used.

I clearly remember Dick and Tommy having a lengthy exchange about how Tommy's "Old Man" was not a negro, and even if he was (GASP!) there is no such thing as a "negro's raincoat" and a "negro's hat" because everybody wears the same kinds of clothes, and you can't label people's clothes by their race, creed or color. This was very daring of the Smothers Brothers back in those days. Their repeated use of this politically correct term, implication that a white man might have an "old man" who was a negro, and their assertion that everybody's clothes are the same made a real, positive statement. This was at a time when the nation was just beginning to wake up to the fact that separate is not equal and that there were not gaping, insurmountable differences between people of different races.

It took a lot of fighting, rioting, protesting, convincing and general effort to educate the public to the notion that there was not and should not be "negro's clothing" and white clothing, "negro's housing" and white housing, "negro's schooling" and white schooling and "negro's water fountains" and white water fountains, and so on.

So my question now has to be: Is there really such a thing as a "black men's watch" today?

Have times really changed that much that we now (once again) have black accessories and white accessories as a matter of course? If so, is that a good thing? If it is a good thing, why is that?

You may think I am asking that rhetorically, but I am not. Feel free to answer.


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  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Texas

    Actually, I wrote this several years ago, and I think things have changed since I wrote it. I think this is a function of unique African/American style becoming admired and sought out. I recently wrote an article on commission about African Wedding Dresses, and the information I researched was fascinating and very positive. So, I think perhaps a "black man's watch" is a good thing to seek out today as long as it is something that comes from Black-African/American culture. If it is something that is produced by some big, faceless corporation for the purpose of taking advantage of that culture or capitalizing on that culture, that's another thing altogether.

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    7 years ago

    Your premise is more than correct it is brilliant. However, now a'days, it is racist for a white person to point out any body else's racist deeds. My first thought at reading the question is that the best time piece for a black man might be the biggest 'wall hanging clock' one could manage worn around the neck A'La Flavor Flav! Is that racists? Of course it is. That just highlights how defiled our society has become, when the first thing that comes to mind is the 'lowest common denominator'.

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Texas

    Thanks! Do you think my premise is correct? Are we wrong distinguish between clothing for different races of people? Or is this actually a step in the right direction in that black people are now admired for a unique style and fashion sense?

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    Felix J Hernandez 

    7 years ago from All over the USA

    Quite innovative. I like it. I recall hearing that song before.

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Texas

    Thank you. I'm not sure I said exactly what I meant to say with this... but I tried... from a perspective of remembering when it would have been considered offensive and racist to believe that there was such a thing as a "black men's watch".

  • elainedunne profile image


    9 years ago

    Very good...enjoyed that immensely!


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