Ratchet: the word my generation has used to sum up the hood mentality and the products of that mentality.
I’m not ratchet by any means. I may listen to the occasional hood anthem, use the occasional slang phrase, or even get loud with my friends and family, but that’s about the extent of it. I know that there’s a time and a place for everything and I’m not stuck living in the air tight box that those with the hood mentality do. Even knowing that I don’t have the hood or ratchet mindset I thought I understood the “ratchets” well enough. Now I realize that trying to get into the mindset of those with the hood mentality is like asking logical questions to illogical people. No matter how they try to explain themselves to me I’ll never understand. Most times they won’t try because they don’t understand their actions themselves and that they come from underlying issues. And unless a ratchet person has come to the point where they are ready to break free from the chains that keep them in the hood mentality then there’s no point in explain my actions.
People stuck in the hood mentality take pride and offense in things that most wouldn’t think twice about. These are the same people who would rather spend $200+ every other month to make sure that their child has the flyest Jordans than put $25 each paycheck into an account (or even a piggy bank for that matter) for their child’s college education. They keep expensive weaves in their heads, airbrush acrylic nails on their hands, never without mini-blinds they call eyelashes but don’t have a dime in a savings account. They take pride in their ability to win street brawls and street credit instead of being positive contributors to society. They brag about their grind being their three dead end jobs as opposed to grinding towards ONE career that can sustain and satisfy them. These people are willing to complain about the stereotypes they are subjected to while playing right into them. They are happy in sustaining instead of elevating.
Having opened my eyes to the world of the ratchet I almost feel bad laughing at ratchet acts. I feel silly having had disagreements with ratchets who can’t and don’t understand what I’m trying to communicate. You can’t age out of the hood mentality. You can’t move out of the hood and expect to just leave that mindset alone. You can’t be “educated” out of the hood mentality. You have to be enlightened out of the hood mentality and it’s something one has to want for themselves.
So until the ratchet come to me for enlightenment I’ll be keeping them at a safe distance. I’m not a trained zoo keeper and you see what happened to Siegfried and Roy when they tried to take a creature out of their habitat and tame them.