Running on CPT is a Racist phrase originally used against Black people to generically describe their lack of time management — but it can now also be effectively used on anyone who is perpetually late. “CPT” translates to “Colored People’s Time.”
While “Running on CPT” is never a compliment, last week I believe I ran into that phrase’s Racist opposite.
I was in a Starbucks one night and I overheard a conversation between a Black couple sitting next to me.
She was angry. He was trying to calm her down by shushing her and by raising an open hand above her head and slowly lowering his arm as if pressing down a volume control lever.
HER: “Don’t you shush me!”
HIM: “Take it down. You’re making a scene.”
HER: “I have to get up early tomorrow morning!”
HIM: “So do I.”
HER: “Yeah, but I have a White Man job, and you don’t!”
As their conversation rattled back and forth between yelling, more shushing and ongoing, failed, open-palm, volume tuning — I began to connect “CPT” to its Racist opposite: a “White Man Job.”
It seems a “White Man Job” is a job in which you cannot be late or you’re fired and, I guess, if you “Run on CPT” then you lose your “White Man Job.” At least that was the stretch of my momentary Starbucks analysis of those Racial cultural memes.
If “CPT” is a derogatory term for Blacks — is “White Man Job” the insulting opposite for Caucasians or not?