10 Superstitions Black Folk Can’t Let Go Of

July 29, 2013  |  
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Don’t Split the Pole

If you find yourself walking down the street with another black person and suddenly an obstruction, like a pole, pops up in your path don’t split it– meaning both of you should walk on the same side of the object as you pass it instead of walking on opposite sides. It’s bad luck. I didn’t hear about this superstition until later in life so I’m always doing this, inadvertently. While I hear people get faux outraged when I do it, I don’t know if anyone really believes it to be true.

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