This vid is not a rant on the situation, it is a focused overstanding in order to point us in the right direction to avoid this insanity.
This vid is not a rant on the situation, it is a focused overstanding in order to point us in the right direction to avoid this insanity.
I don’t have the most time to blog like I want to, so I moved to youtube blogging! I do cuss a bit but it’s all in love! I’ve also moved past the magnifying of a system we all know has made clear to us it is against us. So my subject matter has grown onto conversations that can lead people to broader and more intensive views of themselves that encourages growth. The goal is to open people up on personal levels, as talking about the global spectrum can be overstood when we can see how it is directly effecting us. This is a new method, I’m a little awkward on camera, however it will work well for right now.
I won’t go on to do a long introduction to what the topic consists of, I will simply go into a few points that answer the question of why we can’t just “get over” slavery. Just note that these are not all points, the complexity of the black struggle goes deeper than I think a single blog post could offer.
Firstly, the fact that many of us don’t see how the struggles of the past relate to our current state of poverty and violence. Most people don’t know blacks were arrested after slavery for not having a job, when getting a job especially in the south was nearly impossible without becoming a slave again. Many previous owners would set their black “employee’s” up for failure by creating job expectations that no man can meet which in turn indebted blacks making them slaves again. If we were to look back at our history of struggle for rights in a “free” country we see that we still are marching and asking the government for more jobs and fair justice as done in 1963 when MLK lead a march in Washington. How this relates to poverty and violence is the fact that if there are jobs, people can pay their bills, lessening poverty. If people have a job what will they need to do with killing each other over drug money and other illegal sources of income. When the police are harassing our young boys and girls, people don’t have jobs, schools are failing our children, that plus many other factors create a hostile/stressful environment in our communities. When immigrant Italians came over to America, they faced similar issues with jobs, when it became a well known issue, the whites fixed it by creating jobs and feeding them. And still blacks have yet to have enough opportunity to make their own means to fix these problems. Instead of rehabilitation, most blacks are sentenced to jail over drug offenses compared to the fates whites in the same position face. Most people including some black folk themselves don’t find sympathy for a drug user of color, instead we see them as a failure and despicable.
Secondly many of us are still stuck in a slave mentality. Too many of us agree to the ideas that light skinned blacks are of higher beauty than darker tones. Same goes when we believe in the term “good hair” and maintain preconceived ideas of who men and women from the “hood” are. Even some of us who don’t fully agree but feel like we should just “let it go” and “go with the flow” are those who still believe that there is truth to some of these false beliefs.
Thirdly some of us do not recognize the same beliefs that hurt us exist in most whites. In short we can begin with the Trayvon Martin case and the amount of people supporting the laws brutal force on a child of color’s death. Then we have some white friends that make comments about your African features and maybe some that seem to make you out to be racist by your beliefs in equality and fairness. They are instilling a slave mentality they don’t understand. They may say they aren’t racist and avoid discussing the topic yet continue to hold stereotypical expectations of your behavior. Whether you play up to them or attempt to do the opposite, which is behaving like them, they and you are playing Yes Massa! When this happens it makes us slaves on a psychological level especially if we are one to filter the black out of our IG pictures and wear everything but our natural hair on top of our heads. To add before the next point, there isn’t anything wrong in switching up our hair, however if we are constantly attacking our curls to appear of a different race, even subconsciously we are sending ourselves a twisted message. Getting something such as beach waves is attempting to give yourself the perceived “good hair” that does not originate from you culturally.
Lastly, if we do not care to research our own history even as we know it’s been purposely hidden from our educational view, we are stuck in slavery. The fact we don’t know and our own white peers don’t know makes them believe the lie even more themselves which in turn keeps the subconscious racism alive in both parties. The hate or high dislike for the unknown is something we can find in ourselves when we don’t know ourselves. All we know is where we are presently and where whites are going, which is the same place we wish we were going. When we are aware of our true history we can feel who we are is supported by those who’ve made tremendous leaps before us. Watching people who look nothing like you succeed is not giving us a vision of who we are, it simply teaches us how to be which is opposite of who we are.
Note to reader: I almost didn’t share this post because my head is in major storm mode…This may come off a little cloudy, however it is all from the heart. Hopefully if anything is unclear, we can further discuss in the comment section.
Why are we as black people turning the Trayvon Martin case into one about our own crimes against one another? What too many are falling for is the fact that there is no such thing as white on white crime, Mexican on Mexican crime, Asian on Asian crime, but there is a such thing as black on black crime. The term can be used a double edge sword, but before you push it any further through your own people, ask yourself who has created this sword?
The reason there is only the term black on black crime isn’t because one day we got fed up with the overwhelming crime in our neighborhoods, it is the crimes against our people that caused this to happen in the first place. Our neighborhoods weren’t always ghettos, and we owned many successful businesses during segregation. With that reason alone crime was low because if you have a job, income, and as an adolescent a place to lay your head, your doing alright. During those times of segregation unity was alive, we had parks and activities within our communities, perhaps not all but majority of them were okay. [Here is a link to an example of destruction in the black community:http://www.tulsareparations.org/TulsaRiot.htm] Even after these times blacks were being educated and doing great things with their lives that weren’t publicized. What too many don’t know is when slaves were set free, they were arrested if they didn’t have a job especially in the dirty south where whites were still keeping former slaves and paying them almost nothing or not at all creating debts, or not hiring blacks [period].
That in itself is keeping one at bay by another’s expense and that on its own began the prison systems attack on the black family. Then in the 70’s- 80’s drugs were introduced into our communities which destroyed families and then came the hustlers and pimps. The way the oppressors do this is in a sneaky fashion. During the 80’s being “bad” was what everyone wanted to be, respect was something people killed for. Scarface was big during that time as well as many other Godfather like movies.
The fact that history books were teaching people that everybody but whites were savages in ancient and even modern times by supposed fact stating and insinuation, leaves the school system as poison. Educating children that blacks were slaves and nothing else is insinuating that that’s all they were and can be. A child has a blank slated mind, and when they are taught history, they are being taught an example of who and how to be.
Those of us who feel they cannot become the white image are those who turn to the streets and we get violence. This is also what created some blacks need to fit into white culture, their own didn’t result in much accomplishment economically or socially as far as they were taught. And what do many of our parents teach us, go get a job, get money, get educated to get money…and so on. It is money driven, as though that would solve all of our problems. It only aggravates young people when we find not enough of us gain the same opportunities as a select few, when being an entertainer seems to be the only way to get big checks, when we don’t love each other for who we are naturally, we combat ways to run away from ourselves to be more like whites. Even those who have been successful can’t go up on stage somewhere and speak on the real issues in the black community without any apology or losing their means.
All of this plus so much more is what creates infected minds at birth, once the system has been set in place we teach our children the same destructive lies we’ve been taught. This black on black crime is a result of constant attack on blacks within their communities. Yes their have been attempts by many whites or blacks to help the community, however many and damn near all were nothing but band-aids placed a deeper issue.
Our mentality has been taken over, the way some of us think have left too many of us as complainers who don’t solve problems. Too many of us don’t trust one another. Malcolm X was on some deep knowledge that Dr. King began to understand towards the end of his life. Dr. King has even been quoted saying that he maybe bringing his people into a burning house via desegregation. The issue with desegregation was that it created certain divisions within our community which has dwindled our unity down.
Until the supremacy stops, we can’t possibly regain our love and trust for one another when they are controlling how we live. So what we must do is continue our relations with our peers who maybe white, but educate ourselves and dedicate some of our time to being a leader for the children. It’s important that we keep those who support what we do closer than those who don’t. Being someone who is for your rights in a world where its easier to go along with the system can be challenging, however if we recognize and support those who do we can make big things happen. Small feats that will manifest into larger ones are what we must focus on. Starting our own educational community centers and even community corner stores can bring jobs and money into your community. It will take all of our commitment to make this happen. As much money as some of us spend on our hair, expensive cars, and electronics, we can put together and open our own community services. We can do it old school to and have meetings inside our homes, neighborhood cook outs don’t happen like they used to.
We need to learn to love each other again, whether by friendship or commitments. Once we can understand the confusion and madness surrounding the downfall of our current state of community, we can understand ourselves. Some of us are insecure and don’t feel good enough. Whether you’re a black woman who feels less beautiful than another, we need to seek our inner beauty and have faith in who we are. As a black man you must find the worth within yourself to become a successful man and provider by accepting your own talents and run with them. Black men, please begin to see how the black women has been torn down. Black people heal from the stories of abuse, rape, and social judgment. I know many sacred women and men who love themselves and none of them could have until they accepted and understood the social and economic struggle of black people.
Lastly, after all of this going on about the madness within the community caused and aggravated by our oppressors, I hope some of us can see what black on black crime is. Just to be clear if it isn’t by now, black on black crime exists in our minds. Whatever we believe will be, if we believe the lies about ourselves, that we only destroy each other with no reason, and we should be exploited by whites for the crimes they did and do, then I guess it exists. Crime is crime, the mentality of white supremacists that feel the need to rule and destroy is what has created this issue. I advise those reading to check out the video below. I am not Muslim but I do listen to those who speak the truth about the struggle.
Before I go in on the perversion of the term reverse racism I want to be clear on the definition of racism and reverse. Here is the definition according to www.dictionary.reference.com
1. a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to rule others.
2. a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination.
3. hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.
Reverse adjective, noun, verb
1. opposite or contrary in position, direction, order, or character: an impression reverse to what was intended; in reverse sequence.
2. with the back or rear part toward the observer: the reverse side of a fabric.
3. pertaining to or producing movement in a mechanism opposite to that made under ordinary running conditions: a reverse gear; a reverse turbine.
4. acting in a manner opposite or contrary to that which is usual, as an appliance or apparatus.
5. noting or pertaining to an image like that seen in a mirror; backward; reversed.
With this said where do we find the definition pertaining to only black people. Although we know whites have used black and colored people as the cornerstones to their own success, why is it we are using the term reverse racism opposed to simple racism? By using the term this way it makes white people get fearful because they don’t want to be treated how blacks have and continue to be treated. It also makes a black man or woman feel sorry for them by using and accepting the term because it brings the thought that whites shouldn’t be taken off their pedestal. Like “oh no lets not upset master”, even as we’ve yet to receive fair treatment especially when we fight it. It’s us as people catering to white people’s feelings even as ours doesn’t matter when we accept this term. Racism is racism, there’s no color to it, so why do white people get the special phrase of reversed racism?
Although I do not believe in racism, I do feel that blacks being so heavily attacked on their ideas and rebellious ways against whites isn’t fair when you have the police (just one form of oppressors) who act like the KKK destroying our children. [Read one of the recent stories of brutality on a black honor student [http://www.yourblackworld.net/2013/07/black-news/honor-student-inexplicably-beaten-by-police-i-awoke-spitting-my-teeth-out-on-the-ground/]
Even as blacks reform to the new rules, laws and regulations the U.S of A has put out, the system still attempts to keep us in check. They do this through redirecting our thoughts and attention on what they want us to believe and think. Their distractions with war, entertainment, scandals, and snake tongue talking is what will surely leave us losing in the end if we continue to, (as too many say) just let things go. This is not me being extra particular, or nit picking, I am just seeing what the game is, and what the effect of this false belief system is working to do. There is no such thing as reverse racism unless that means continuing racism against blacks. To reverse something as stated is to reverse what was intended, pay attention to what intentions are meant and really think about the fairness of such statements before we adopt them.
This morning I began wondering why the black community lacks support when it comes to those like myself who are comfortable with conscious conversations on the systematic oppression blacks face globally. I mean why wouldn’t you support those who are becoming enlightened and share what they’ve come to know as the truth by definition? With so many issues boiling in the black community, there are a lot of forces which cause confusion and division that is not necessary. Whether it be by religion, money, and politics, we all stand somewhere in between. Sometimes our stand for these things are stronger than our stand with each other. Not knowing what we are standing for will hold no support to us even as we’ve been convinced it empowers us. If money, religion and politics are being regulated by the very same people who have enslaved us, and continues to by way of these three entities themselves, how much can we rely on these devices to rise? Whatever devices we use to rise must be truth based, because fighting a lie with more lies won’t fix the problem. All three entities must be reset and conducted by us in order to ever be for us. Still so many have yet to see it this way living in the matrix of what agreements, laws and stipulations have been made rather than going on what is right for all.
Those who don’t support black leaders tend to feel as though there’s no use in trying because we watched so many other black leaders fall in their attempts for freedom. What they fail to understand is we must stand together as a single unit and quit electing one man to fight a an entire peoples battle. We all have a part to do, not to say we can’t follow our black leaders, as some are born leaders, but we need to become the leaders anywhere from our households to our cities. That is true support for one another, including those sacrificing their physical lives and freedom via jail and execution.
So many of us feel we become unfair when our focus is mainly on the black community, as though we are acting too black. I guess this means some of us get nervous of our own selves when we become “too” empowered. Some of us feel the need to continue to protect our oppressors, even as they take our men and women [sexually, prison, war], brainwash our children [via entertainment], experiment on us [research black experimentation]. And continue to make us feel inferior by refusing to include us into basic and superior opportunities of advancement.
There are some who will become defensive of their white idols if any black man or woman they label as “radical” goes on to enlighten them about white supremacy. They usually don’t see how their own friends don’t even respect them as the black man or woman they are. Comments like, How does your hair do that, I don’t know why black men always talk to me, Do you play basketball, Why do you look angry, may seem innocent until you realize how many whites have asked or made comments on similar things. One thing I notice is when white women talk to black women they tend to move their hair a lot, especially when discussing the subject of hair. I dare any black woman or man reading this to engage in a conversation about hair with a white woman and see if she doesn’t start waving her hair around. They seem to do this as a way of reconfirming what they see as their beauty in hopes for a response or compliment that will give them some assurance to the false belief that they are the look. They do little things like this to check black people and sometimes each other when they are insecure.
Those who are defensive to these points and others feel the things they think or hear white people say about us is true without justice. Some really believe all black men and women are lazy, dumb, criminals, whores, etc… And because of these false beliefs that are constantly entertained they become embarrassed of their blackness and do all they can to disassociate themselves from the community. They may be the type to claim to be mixed, always wear their hair in European forms, speak with their noses up, and some even may bleach their skin. All of this due to how they were programmed to believe what we’ve been sold since we were children, white princesses (unless you’re a frog), white only (male) super heroes, white “leaders” who lead the Euro people into battle (invasion) with the Native peoples of the “New World” (as though we needed this new thing!), and white intellects (any person made to be taken seriously). We get placed into all not so stereotypical, but strategic placements in entertainment, even as we have a hidden and lost history of everything the whites claimed to have discovered in early years of science, technology, fitness, medicine and entertainment, to name a few.
This lack of knowledge is surely what will keep us divided and I haven’t even gotten past the surface. Once again I’m not white hater, I really feel that us as black people need to make all necessary changes for a better future. Remaining okay with these issues won’t help us heal and grow, we need to know what the truth is so we can break the shackles of this mental slavery that got so many of us lost and going crazy. Doing the same things we’ve done and expecting a different result is insanity. Too many of us do the same and fall in the same traps. I personally cannot look at my future child and tell he or she that they are free when they are not. We need to decide to reeducate ourselves so we can develop working plans to reform the system. This won’t start until we come together as one and commit ourselves to our human rights, and that includes our entire well being not just economic means.
Today I had a great opportunity in speaking with my 90 year old Grandmother about her experience in being a Narragansett Indian woman in the early 19th century, United States. The chat was such a great opportunity in that I’m glad I asked so later I don’t have to wonder. Still so many questions and stories I want to hear but today I will move forward in sharing the knowledge given to me today. The conversation started off with me asking her what she felt the benefits of knowing her ancestral culture gave the family during her years growing up. She expressed that she found pride in who she was because although the whites who came into America tried to deny their existence before their own arrival, the tribe knew better. She said it made her proud to know who she was especially after the fact that the Europeans attempted a genocide during the Great Swamp Massacre [December 19, 1975]. According to Wikipedia the tribe was defeated completely in April of 1676, however my Grandmother expressed how the tribe continued to fight and have kept some of the land in southern Rhode Island in recent years. She spoke of private meetings the tribe would have because whites did not allow them to congregate publicly. As a young woman she felt pride in knowing her family was continuing the fight even after the attempted genocide. I asked her if she felt family life created better relationships within the family during her days living on the reservation. Although it seems obvious, she expressed that having those Pow Wow’s are what helped keep the Native spirit alive during a time when celebrating this was prohibited or sabotaged by whites.
She went on to explain how the small bit of the Narragansett’s left after the attempted genocide had split them up by some going to the city [Providence, RI], remained [South Kingston, RI], or moved to the Pequot’s [CT tribe] side because of the closeness in location and bloodlines. Those who moved to Providence mixed with blacks and some whites which caused a bit of division in the tribe. Many who stayed in southern RI [South Kingston], kept the bloodline going and some had mixed with the whites. Having this conversation with her allowed me to regain my Native pride that had once withered because some of the darker skinned kinky haired Natives as myself aren’t considered “real Native”. Even as I have more Narragansett blood in me then some who are mixed with white, they as my Grandmother said, “like a certain look“. My Grandmother said that some in the tribe have referred to other darker skinned Natives as niggers. Regardless of what people like to say for some sort of control, by way of Jim Crowe, I hope those who feel detached from who they are will hang on to their roots. Knowing who we are will only allow us to come together without the ignorance.
In the ending part of my conversation with my Grandmother we were talking about how there are so many artifacts that have been hidden from our knowledge from early Native American civilizations up until after the Europeans invaded. I advise as I have before, for those interested in knowing who was really here before the Europeans to check out Hidden Colors part 1 & 2. African’s have been coming to America long before any of the Euro people. Here is a link to an introductory video of Hidden Colors which is already out, make sure to check the ‘About’ tab where links to books and other miscellaneous info is. http://youtu.be/WiBtrwRtPjM