Friday, May 2, 2014

"...And Martin Luther King Jr Had Hoes"

It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity

As insightful as I am, the quote above is not from my own hand. It’s from the famed African –American socialist W.E.B. Du Bois. What you’re about to read here holds nowhere near the intellectual gravity of something like The Soul of Black Folk.  This is a tongue-in-cheek and very politically incorrect social commentary on a few age-old "certainties" in the Black community.

Self awareness is the hardest thing for anyone to do, so I don't expect this to be easy to read if you're Black. And it shouldn't be. I believe that we, as a Black people, need to shine the brightest light on ourselves. 

The Police Aren’t Always Out to Get Us!

Let me tell you a little secret. Most people live their lives with little to NO interaction with law enforcement. Why is that? Because they don’t place themselves in situations where the police SHOULD be involved. Sure, Blacks are sometimes unfairly treated by the police. I myself have been “harassed” a time or two, but a lot of times, I must admit I was doing something I shouldn't or I was in a place where someone else was doing something they shouldn’t. Think really hard about an interaction with the police. Remove your emotion and you'll see that 99.999% of the time they probably had a fair and reasonable excuse to be there.

Two sides to every story. Don't do anything to get you a**kicked
then mostly you won't get you ass kicked.

During a conversation with a police officer, (And he was a Black police officer) on a film set I learned something that makes a lot of sense. "If the police is soap and every neighborhood is a body, the police in your neighborhood has to deal with the “armpits” and "asshole" " the officer said. "Every part of the body is the same color, and not all parts smell. In fact, some parts are really nice, but when you're always getting jammed in the ass you're just going to assume everywhere stinks and needs to be scrubbed." 

You have to be mindful that the police never get calls where people say things like “Hey we’re having a party and just wanted to see if you guys wanted to come hangout with us.” 

They get called because someone in f**king up. They’re almost exclusively dealing with people committing or suspected of committing crimes. So when this officer was in a black neighborhood, he was always dealing with the lower end of Black culture, and as unfair as it was he too started to get a “slanted view” of all Black people. Same thing happened with Mexicans when he worked that beat. Same thing was happening now that he was working a beat in a White neighborhood. That's just human nature man. Unfair? Yes, but anyone would start to feel that way. “Cops who work in White neighborhoods look at all White people the same way cops working in our neighborhoods look at all Black people; potential suspects.”

Soul Food SUCKS!

I’m writing a movie and I have a great line about soul food that I’ll use here and now. "The easiest thing for a people to pass down is their food and their recipes. An important part of a culture is what the people eat. Unfortunately for African-Americans we were victims of slavery. This means we were left to eat whatever our masters didn't. Pigs feet, chittlins, hog maws, neck bones and all the other shit that wasn't originally meant for human consumption. So in turn we've passed down a shitty diet from generation to generation."

The "soul" may be the only think this meal is good for,
because it damn sure ain't good for anything else in your body.

There is a reason that Blacks are more likely to have high blood pressure, be obesity, or get diabetes. Most of these diseases are centered on a person’s diet and Black people have been eating so badly for so long that our genes were literally reshaped! As good as soul food is, few things on the menu have real nutritional value. We as a people need to put down the fried chicken and collard greens and pick up some steamed veggies and baked fish. We need to introduce healthy recipes to create a better diet for our children and start to reverse at least one of the effects of slavery that still impact us today.

OJ Probably Did It.


Really nothing else to say. That negro’s guilty.

We Don't Give The Good White People Get Enough Credit

If you know me, I can be a bit… should I say “militant”. There are times where I say things that make Kanye West look like Carlton Banks from Fresh PrinceLook at Civil Rights like a game of a tug-of-war between giants and men. We needed a few giants to switch sides, pull WITH us, and swing public opinion for more giants to join in. Civil Rights took a real turn after this moment.

John F. Kennedy, the most powerful and recognizable White man in the country, instantly helped vilify every racist in a way Martin Luther King JR never could do. They were not only shamed by one of their own but the most important of their own. What JFK really did was act as an example for the rest of White America on the fence about Civil Rights to follow. He helped Whites that would have otherwise continued to stand pat, get off their asses and join our cause. In a sense, he  “co-signed” for us and that helped fast-track civil rights.

My greatest point is this: A White person that TRULY cared about Civil Rights in 1960’s showed real courage. If you were Black in 1960's, you were supposed to show courage. If your house is burning down, you’re SUPPOSE to run in and save YOUR kids. Hell it’s YOUR house! Sure it’s still a brave action but it’s an EXPECTED, and I’d even say a required action. You see your neighbor on the other hand doesn’t have to lift a finger. Why should they? Their house is fine, their kids are fine, why should they risk their lives? 

Can you name the two white guys in this picture and/or tell me
why the greatest Civil Right leader is holding it?
That’s not only a brave action but it’s a selfless sacrifice. A White person siding with Blacks on Civil Rights in early 20th Century would mean becoming a social outcast, and in the south, it could even mean death. Yes, more White people were on the opposite side of the fence, let’s not be so quick to dismiss the ones that were willingly hand-in-hand with us. We should honor those that fought with us because they are just as much a part of Black History. Because Black History is American History.

The Union Winning The Civil War Was The Worst Thing to Happen to The Country.

This is so much more complex than you think. If you’re still reading, this one is going to change the way you view that war forever. It’s going to take a minute but stay with me.

There is no debating it. The Civil War had to happen. Slavery is a black eye that this country WILL never erase. Ever. While the Union’s victory propelled the country forward, that same victory sealed us to a fate, in some respects, far worse.

What makes this country different from every other country on this planet? It’s not our freedoms and liberties. Canada, England, and France enjoy many of the same ones you and I do. In some cases, like free health care, even better ones. What about our wealth and technology? Japan is just as advanced. China’s just as rich. Then what makes us different? We’re the only country where the people have a fear of the government and not the other way around.

Sure there are other governments that are far more ruthless, but it’s because those governments have a real and palpable fear of its people. For a good reason too. Every great civilization have been able to successfully overthrow their government at one point or another. Look at what happened in the Middle East a few years ago. Those people were successful in overthrowing incompetent and cruel leaders, giving their country new starts from the ashes of rebellion. Of course some of those situations still aren’t ideal and most have years of unrest ahead, but you know what? They were still ABLE to do something which is more than us here in America can say. We can’t do anything to change our government.

Why is that? How can issues that have over 90% of the voting population's support still not pass in Congress? Why can’t something as universally agreed upon like raising the minimum wage happen? How can the vast majority of the public think something should change and it still not change? Why do lawmakers seem to do whatever cooperations want and NOT what the people want? Because all those years ago when Robert E. Lee surrendered, he also surrendered the people’s ability to ever truly question our government ever again. That victory empowered US government over the people and the stranglehold has never loosened. In fact, it was tightened, with added agencies like the FBI, NSA and the CIA. And with laws like the Patriot Act.
The Civil War was a MUCH needed moment in
American History, but it was ultimately a waste.
By trying to keep the asinine and archaic practice of slavery intact, those idiots in the South forced the government to stand on the right side of history. We, the Independent American people, post Revolutionary War, used our first chance for Civil Revolution to keep f**king slavery intact! Really?!

It’s like going to a school where some of the policies suck for it's students. Not all but things really need to change. Say you somehow break into the principal's office, hijack the intercom and you have a chance to talk to the entire school. A chance for the students to be heard. A chance to make a real impact, but you use the platform to try and keep an even stupider policy intact. The powers that be then break down the door, kick you off the intercom AND punish you…severely. The school then goes against your suggested policy, thus making them look smarter and you dumber. Because of your stupidity the school tightens security and kills any chance of EVER letting a student speak up. All the while masking the real problem; that some kind of CHANGE needed to happen. You’ve successful empowered a flawed system into thinking it’s flawless.

Since 1865, the government's have been looking at the American people as simpleminded boobs that can’t think for themselves. Foolish simpletons that would be lost without Uncle Sam’s guiding hand. They don’t listen to the people because the last time the people had a real chance to talk the people stood up for something really really really stupid.

Closing Thoughts

Now before you call me an "Uncle Tom", let me tell you a few things about me. That opening quote you read? I knew it by heart. I’d venture to say before reading this, most of you didn’t know who W.E.B. Du Bois was, much less read something like The Soul of Black Folk, which I have. I can tell you the day Fred Hampton died. Do you know who that is and why he's important? I’ve read Alex Haley’s The Autobiography of Malcolm Xtwice. I knew about Solomon Northup some ten years before his story became the Oscar winning film 12 Years A Slave because I read part of the book in high school. I say all these things to let you know I'm someone that knows my history and knows the history of his people.

I get it. There are tons of things that happened in this country that were well beyond our control. If life is a race, and America is the stadium, from 1776 to about 1900, Blacks were expected to run AND win a race from OUTSIDE the stadium. From 1900-1975 we were in the stadium but expected to win starting 20 yards behind the other runners WITH 15 pound lead shoes. From 1975 to now, Blacks are running that same race, finally free of the weighted shoes, but we still start about 15 yards off the pace.

If anything, our disadvantages should make us stronger, better, faster, and smarter than everyone else not weaker. But we don’t think like that. We just see limits and hurdles rather than building blocks and strengthening opportunities. Too often we quit before we even try. We don’t have the same drive as the generations before us. We’re too comfortable. Most Black folks think "The Struggle" is over. Why? Because we have a Black President, we can sit in the front of a bus and sh*t in same toilets as White folks?

Even with those early handicaps, Blacks like Fredrick Douglas, Mary McLeod and Garrett Morgan STILL made something of themselves. They found a way to rise above the circumstances of the world they lived in and outshine Whites that had far greater advantages. If you're reading this and you're Black tell me something; what's your excuse some 100 years later? I'd hate for heaven to be a real place, have someone like Booker T. Washington ask me how come I didn't make something more of myself, me have to look him in his eyes and say, "It was too hard". 

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