I notice that when I am dining out, I deliberately overtip. Why? Because, being a former server for three years, I know that, whether we want to admit it or not, black folks are terrible tippers. Knowing that, I feel like I have to overtip to make up for all the black folks who have tipped poorly in the past. I have this odd desire to do my part to save our collective face.
Or, when Im walking my dog, I make sure that my poop bags are clearly, ridiculously visible because in my neighborhood, my fellow black brotha and sista dog owners are notorious for not picking up their dog’s poop.