Have you ever been, Or felt/feel like the "odd one out"? I mean, I know there are a lot, A LOT of black bass players, but even still, playing a stringed instrument seems to be odd for a person if color. I listen to a broad range of music, but its mostly rock, metal, and jazz. And since I'm young (16), I sometimes get put down for not going with the mainstream and wanting to be a rapper, or wanting to play basketball or wanting to make beats as a living. I try not to let the constant "you wanna be white or sumthin???" and "what, you wanna be a rock star" (and then the stupid sound of them imitating a guitar solo). And the stares from people when you walk around with your gig bag on your back out in public? (then those stares are too, followed by bad imitations of guitar solo's... ) There are a select few who will stop and ask what I play, but most are highly ignorant and non understanding. The thing that gets me the most, Is that I get this more from my own race, and Hispanic races then I do from caucasion's. I know for the older black/hispansic TB'ers it may have been different since people were alot more open with music back in the 70's and 80's, But what was your experience, And whats your advice/look on it? And for the younger, minority TB'ers whats it like for you?