Thursday, September 04, 2008

Re-thinking Black

It's time to re-think what it means to be black.

For All Americans, especially Black Americans, and even more especially, White, Latin & Asian Americans. It's time we really re-examine our Ideas about race, and our entire approach to these subjects.


Because we're not truly getting anywhere.

I talk about this often, but racism is rampant on the internet; It's everywhere - all but confirming the theory that racism has simply gone 'underground' - as David Ike puts it, Racism has gone from being Overt, to being Covert - and over the years many black people have expressed their feeling that racism is still around, it's just more 'in the closet' - blacks are not being called Nigger to their face anymore - but still get treated as if that's what they are.

I've posted videos from Elaine Brown, who really did a fantastic job in talking about how things were, then compared them to how things are, to show that not much has changed at all.

Over at ThaClub, I used to say often that racism is still with us today; The only thing that changed were the laws; the ideas were never changed or challenged.

And so, this brings us to today - where 'being black' is often expressed as the Opposite of being white; HBO has a great series on, "The Black List: Volume One" ... looking forward to the other volumes, but in part one a great case is made for the true Diversity of Black People.

It's time for black people to realize, that no matter what you do, you're still black. Even if you listen to rock music, surf, rock climb, go camping every other week, wear sandals, or any of the things that would typically be considered 'white' ... like speaking proper English ... you're still black.

And it's time for Whites to realize, that support of any type of Medium that promotes Only Negative aspects of black 'culture' - that promotes the Lazy, Ignorant, Nigger themes that were created long ago by white people, is a Bad Thing.

The view cannot be, "that's too uptight" - No... truth is, "That's too insensitive" - Black people deserve to be shown the same respect as the Jews. Media often jokes about the Jews having lots of money, running the world, and so on - and often You'll hear people come out saying, "That's racist, anti-semetic ... and so on."

I WISH the media was making those kinds of jokes about black people.

If you're a white person, is it really so hard to understand, that black people do not all belong to gangs, that not all of us speak like we've never read a book, that not all of us have 'bling' in our mouth, that the constant barrage of stereotypes in movies, music, and the media, are in no way uplifting the black community - and might, just might be a reason for the ongoing problems in the black community? That when young kids live in areas where the schools are poor, underfunded, the facilities are old, the teachers are unqualified, that when they look for success it's not in their homes, and instead they see it on TV, as a rapper who talks of glory, from drug sales - that they may be easily influenced by that type of message?

Is it really so hard to understand?

Division, and Separation is not the answer. We need to come together; but in order to do that, we must understand one another.

and now... a lil entertainment :)

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