I definitely think of "The Man" as being black slang -- in fact, The Man was the evil mastermind that was trying to destroy The Brotherhood in Undercover Brother.
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> From: Cinefrog@comcast.net
> Date: Mon, 9 Mar 2009 14:49:09 -0400
> Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: The Horsemen
> In a very general sense I have always heard them refered to as ³the
> man²...and somebody told me yesterday that it was in fact a black expression
> more than a white one...at least in the US...
> Iıll ask the linguists...they should know...they interview people all the
> time and they have a much larger sample (socio-economically) than we do...
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