There has been so much to say about the video in Spring Valley High showing the child who was brutally assaulted by a school resource officer that went viral this week. I just recently saw a video of newscaster Brenda Woods of 11 Alive in Atlanta response to the incident in her “Last Word” segment. If her ‘cake by the pound’ makeup and crusty braids weren’t bad enough, what she had to say was even worse. In the video, she asserts that the ‘bigger picture’ that nobody is talking about is how ‘disrespectful’ children are and how we don’t know what she said before the incident to start it:
We’ve all heard it before, every time you see Black Lives Matter some moron (hello Raven Symone) decides they feel left out and decide to use to trivial phrase ‘All Lives Matter.’ While all free thinking and good will people know that ‘All Lives Matter,’ the police in this country think otherwise. I’m not sure how many black women and men have to be murdered by police officers for people to see that police brutality is a serious issue that disproportionately affects black people. At least 304 black people were killed by the police last year. Black people are 5x more likely to be killed by the police than white people. This is a specific issue that needs specific reform.
The Obama Administration has now put criminal justice front and center as its main issue in his already impressive set of reforms. On the heels of commuting the sentences of 46 federal convicts, Obama will soon be the first president to visit a federal prison where he will talk to inmates and prison guards. He has also spoken on the issue recently in the media with a speech to the NAACP convention and also sat down ‘The Wire’ creator David Simon earlier this year to speak about criminal justice reform. In his NAACP speech, Obama spoke against mandatory minimums, a lack of voting rights, jail abuse and job discrimination that many current and former convicts face.
Mass Incarceration and over-sentencing are important issues that disproportionately affect poor people of color. Our criminal justice system is one of the most systematically racist institutions in our country. African Americans and Latinos make up only 30% of the population, but 60% of the prison system. 1 and every 35 and 1 and every 88 black and latin men respectively, are behind bars. Around 1 and 9 African American child has a father in prison. This is one of the greatest unspoken injustices in America. You want black people to stop crying about racism, changing the way we sentence and jail our people of color for non-violent crimes would go a long way in changing that. This along with an overhaul of our policing system needs to happen soon.
With racism and police brutality in the headlines, I feel the need to engage and educate the ignorants on the issues of race and how to know if you are a racist. Get your pens or Iphone notepad out, this may be difficult for some of you to grasp.
1. Everybody around you looks like you:
If your friends and workers circle look like the first 5 seasons of Friends, then you’re probably a racist. A lack of interaction means a lack of tangibility or accessibility, a lack of tangibility leads to a lack of empathy. Go talk to that one employee you might have ignored or be threatened by or tried to get fired. See how life is for them, you may be surprised that they are complex creatures with feelings, emotions and thoughts. If everyone around you looks exactly like you and you have no interaction with persons of color besides a mugshots on the local evening news, Chances are you may be a racist.
2. You Deny Racism
Bill O’Reilly, Rush ‘Fatman” Limbaugh, Glen Beck and several others are guilty of this. They attempt to diminish or defect racist acts in order to avert attention from their subject. If 9 BLACK churchgoers in a historically BLACK church being shot by a WHITE SUPREMACIST isn’t racism then I don’t know what is to be honest. Denying Racism is the new Racism.
3. Fox New is your GO-To
If you are an avid watcher of Fox News then you’re probably racist. Fox ‘News” knows this and panders to your deepest fears. I use the term ‘news’ loosely because Faux News is mainly a bunch of old white men screaming racist shit to a choir of.. you guessed it, a bunch old racist white men. When is the last time you’ve seen a favorable story about a minority on Fox News?
4. “Black People problems are their own..”
Yes, slavery ended several hundred years ago..and that could be a valid argument had laws and regulation of black life been put into place for the last 200 years to make life a living hell for black people. Racist deny these laws or any sort of barriers exist for people of color. The they turnaround and blame black people for their problems with white supremacy. It’s become almost as systematic as racism itself. DENY AND DEFLECT, DENY AND DEFLECT, DENY AND DEFLECT.
5. You look at black or brown people in a negative light
This is hard for most racists because they want to believe that they’re above that way of thinking and ‘they see no color.’ Red is a color, blue is a color, green is a color and black is a color. We all see colors because we have these things called eyes and unless you’re a moron you’d be stupid to think otherwise. Now sit and think, have ever found a black man or women intimidating or threatening just for them being themselves? then you ARE racist. Have you found black men and women to be ‘aggressive’ or ‘too loud’ to the point you feared for your safety, even when there was no rational reason ? Have you ever looked at a black or brown person and found them inferior to you? Then you are, my friend, racist.
If you found yourself agreeing with any of these 5 steps, then darling you are racist. Let’s say it together, MY NAME IS _____ AND I AM RACIST. See, that was easy. Now take the steps to change it.
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The Bill Cosby situation is sad enough as it is, especially for somebody like me who grew up watching “The Cosby Show” and “A Different World.” I didn’t put Bill Cosby up on a high enough pedestal to feel really bad about what happened, but the personal accounts of his predatory, gross actions have done enough damage to my insides to know that this man is a criminal. Most of these women gave detailed descriptions of what Bill Cosby had done to them, and so far 40 plus have given the same exact story. He promised them some sort of favor or advice, lured them back to his hotel or what not, gave them drugs and when they woke up he was putting his clothes on. The stories are about as common now as the joke “So a priest and a rabbi walk into a bar…” Some of us believed this women due to the frequency and detailed accounts of their stories, while some held out for ‘more’ evidence. It has now come out that Bill Cosby admitted himself to giving women Quaaludes and now the rest of the world believes what we knew all along. Bill Cosby is a rapist. What took so long?
What boggles my mind and perplexes me is that FORTY women have come forward, FORTY and people did not believe these women!! I understand that the white community are quick to toss black media figures aside, so that is why we as black people hold on tight ours. For centuries, black men have been accosted with untrue accusations from rape to murder without any proof or evidence. I get the reasons why, but at what expense? All these women had this same story and most weren’t filing civil lawsuits. These stores happened decade after decade with women from every decade testifying. Why do people let celebrity and male privilege cloud their rational thinking. Why are we so quick to dismiss women, especially black women when they speak on their experiences?
So much can be written about the misogyny and sexism behind the rape culture here in America and around the world. If a women says no, it should mean no under any circumstances. It doesn’t matter what state of sobriety she is in nor how provocative she is dressed, she should still be respected and only engaged in activities in which she in which she consents. This simple logic seems to have eclisped most of America. So many excuses are made to pacify this behavior. We have all heard it and seen it but nobody wants to address it. Bill Cosby preyed on and manipulated these women. Yes, people can be coerced with money and fame. Does this mean these women deserved to be drugged and raped? Hell No.
Bill Cosby has done so much for the black community. With a top rated show and made us more ‘palpable’ to a mainstream white America. He showed them we can be doctors and lawyers with style and swagger. He showed them that we could have class and have humor. He showed them that black people bring in the bucks and also have a stable family unit. No matter how tainted his image is now, the doors that he opened for us are still open. It is okay to call Bill Cosby or any other celebrity out for their behavior. It will not undo anything he had done for us. Shows like “Empire” and “Black-ish” will still be on TV, people still realize that black people can be doctors and lawyers with swagger. True progress will not achieved until we start being honest with ourselves as well as others.
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As an African-American, we prided ourselves on January 20, 2009 when a man, a black man walked across the stage where he was initiated as the 44th President of the United States. We as Americans of African descent finally felt for the first time members of the United States. We finally had succeeded in what our ancestors fought so hard to accomplish: We had finally achieved acceptance. This man, Barack Hussein Obama, had become our beacon of hope in a historically insecure, oppressed race of people. You know us black folks and our marytr complex.
Fast forward to three years later; black unemployment still hovers around 16% which is statistically higher than the national average. Communities are broken. Obama, himself, has frequently been laying on his back being legislatively tea-bagged by the tea party and conservative wing of Congress countless number of times on a countless number of issues. Support for Obama by blacks, though strong, fell to around 81%, an all-time low. Everybody from Tavis Smiley to Maxine Waters has come out against our President’s lack of attention to minority issues. There are several ongoing debates with these issues.
One side says Barack is doing his best and we should be supportive of him regardless. These are probably the same black Americans who attend New Birth Church post-Eddie Long homo scandal. I call it blind faith. The kind of faith that old Mothers used to have when their sons’ were getting molested by their uncles and they blindy turned their heads and looked the other way. That’s blindness for you. There is some logic to this argument. If we do not stand by Obama, who else do we have.
You have another side who says Obama fails to give attention to minority issues, especially when it comes to poverty. This is the side that looks at the 16% unemployment and the flack they are getting from their constituents. Half of them are also butt hurt because Obama didn’t invite them to Thanksgiving dinner nor got the chance to sit on his face like half of the tea partiers have gotten too; Nevertheless, Obama has given this critics fuel to this argument with recent tax cuts, lack of jobs bill and overall lack of strength as a leader when it comes financial and economic decisions. He has consistently caved into wall street and conservatives when it has come to spending and getting our country out the recession (by the way, any more bad economic news and we’re back in one.)
There is also a side who really doesn’t give a damn. If it doesn’t involve two wives scrapping it out on national television, ass and titties, then they do not care. This side also frequents lines outside of Popeyes, fighting over the last 2 piece meal and has added ‘grownmanstatus’ or ‘fivestarchick’ as their middle name on facebook.
(SN: What would some of our historical leaders’ facebook name be Martin ‘niggahasadream’ King, George ‘poppedthatcherry’ Washington, Rosa ‘didntgetmyassup’ Parks)
The final argument is Obama represents all Americans. We are a melting pot, not individuals. There is no color and we are Americans first, race second. They also say those who want to do for themselves will, in fact, do for themselves. Minorities are lazy and always looking for a handout. These people also a frequent watchers of Fox News and swallow Limbaugh’s oxycotton for him if they could.
As African-Americans, we are at a crossroads–Do we speak out against one of our own (which rarely happens)? Or do we stand firm by him despite his sluggish performance as of lately. Either way it goes, we become the hypocrites. If we do not vote for this man, we’re stuck with the others. If we stick by Obama, we may have to endure four more years of the wimpy kid.
Personally, I agree with all standpoints in certain aspect. I would say I am happy that a time has come where we are actually holding our ‘leaders’ responsible for our behavior (Al Shartpon, you’re next.) I also do feel like Obama does represent not only black people, but all of Americans; we have to start doing for ourselves, Obama is not Muhammad or Jesus. However, I do understand no alternative at the present moment so standing by him is a must unless we want this in office.
Maybe this will show us that we cannot wait around and we have to do for ourselves. Invest in our own businesses and communities, holding ourselves accountable for our own behavior and exercising our political muscle every now and then. We are not as helpless as we think, you know. We want to mainstream into modern society, but we have a lot of cleaning up to do on our own lawns before we try and conquer that lion. If we gave more of a damn about ourselves, maybe other people would too.