CPT is an old acronym. It is probably getting to be a little outdated. There is a growing class of black people who are absorbed in the corporate, financial and consultant worlds who don the uniform of that world – golf shirts, Dockers, BMWs and Blueteeth, ample senses of their own importance, Fossil watches and a commendable respect for time. That’s righteous, but culture is what it is. I recently attended a forum on diversity where the expert on culture was explaining the various cultural relationships with time. According to him, in general terms white cultures or western cultures are far more concerned about punctuality than are brown cultures or southern cultures. One of the reasons he gave was that brown cultures place a higher value on social consensus than white cultures do – unilateral action probably doesn’t have its origins in brown people’s lexicons. I loosely interpreted that to mean that white people like to go off and play by themselves, while we like to play in groups. There is nothing novel in any of this or inherently good or bad. It just corroborates the special relationship between colored people and time.
After we had been underway for about 10 minutes, a smaller speed boat came blazing to catch the ferry. There were three or four women in the boat, each of whom had those enormous crocus sacks that only women from brown parts of the world would carry. I think those bags are correlated with culture too. You only see them with women at check-in counters on flights to South America, the Caribbean or
I asked a fella next to me what the story was. He said that the ferry runs late because they don’t want to leave people who are late. The speed boat picks up people who are late for the late ferry and carries them out to meet it. I joked that the whole system is based on being late. He laughed and said, “Ah!! My American broda, in