Dear White People, Including the “Good” Ones

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Let’s not hide anything. Some of you will try, but your actions will suggest otherwise. You got a problem with black people. More specifically, you got a problem with black people who don’t fit your mold, are the main and only characters in any uplifting scenario and who love themselves for being black and are not sorry for it.

Your insistence that you’re “not racist” is no longer valid, not that it ever has. You find reasons why a cop murdering a black person is valid even though the black person posed no lethal threat on the officer. You call black people who are trying to raise awareness about racism and are making a change racist and derogatory names. (I’m sure you’re familiar with the popular n-word that you whine about not being able to use without being called a racist.) You will go so far as to wish death upon them! You defend any form of oppression against black people and blame the victims for their situation. And through it all, many of you who have done and are doing this think you’re still good people.

Then, there are those who are apathetic. There are those who stand by and do nothing. They practically just sit back and watch or ignore the reality altogether. Yet, they will proudly and without remorse reap the benefits of being white in a white dominated society. At the same time, they will argue that there are no such things as white privilege and racism, purposely arguing and convincing others that society is post-racial. They consider anyone and anything established for the uplifting of black people to be just as racist as any white hate group. And they too think they’re basically good.

Well, I got news for you. Get ready to have your feelings hurt. Get ready to have your sense of morality, and lack thereof, called out.

Here’s the truth. YOU ARE NOT GOOD PEOPLE!

There, I said it. Cue white fragility, white entitlement, white supremacy and white privilege. Your whiteness doesn’t make you good by default just like my blackness doesn’t make me bad. Just like being pro-black doesn’t mean you’re anti-white. And asking white people to take responsibility for their racism is not racist, let alone a bad thing.

Let me break this down so you can understand.

Good people are the ones who acknowledge that they have a race problem and find ways to fix it responsibly. Good people are the ones who take part in making sure change happens. Good people don’t try to dismantle any movement for change and justice. And good people don’t put their feelings ahead of other people’s lives as if their emotions matter more than a human being’s worth.

Good people don’t think they’re better than anyone because they’re a certain color. Good people don’t support the oppression of others and justify it. Good people don’t ignore the suffering of others just because it’s uncomfortable for them to handle. Good people don’t condemn other people who know what’s wrong and are trying to make a change for the better. And good people don’t wish that other people would die for making a positive change towards people who are different from them.

And there are white people who have taken up the cause, because they are aware and are willing to struggle so that black people will have the same privileges and rights as they have. They see the problems and are fighting to remedy them. That is not a bad thing. It will not mean that your people will be oppressed. So, stop worrying. All in all, they are the true good ones.

During the last few weeks alone, we’ve seen not-so good people come out and express their hatred. Of course, they will tell us to get over it. But how can we ‘get over it’ if they continue to demean us? Maybe one day some of them will realize their sickness and truly become good, but there will be those who would rather be a white people than a good person.

White Folks, You Got a Problem

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White people,

We know that you’ve been angry and upset, especially for the past couple of weeks. We know you’re pissed off at Cam Newton for being a black quarterback for the Carolina Panthers. We know you’re miffed at Beyonce for that Half Time performance, because she had the audacity for rally for Black Lives Matter, another topic you have serious trouble with. There are other examples where you people (Yes, I said ‘you people’.) have shown your racist, white supremacist asses with glee and no apology. That is, until someone catches you.

Basically, you’re no longer center stage in everything, and that makes you mad. You make racist remarks to express your seething anger at us for taking some of the spots you think are only reserved for white people. You wish death upon us for making blackness a subject. We see it as racism at its most obvious.

Black people, and people of color (POC) in general, are not stupid. We recognize racism when we see and hear it. So, your assertion that you’re not racist or how something is not about race when it is won’t fly with many of us. We are well educated on what you people have done and are doing. And I say ‘you people’ instead of ‘some of you people’, because that is how you refer to us whenever we have done something stupid, terrible or not up to your ‘standards’. So, get a taste of what’s it’s like not to be you and savor it.

Yes, call it racist. Cry how this is making white people feel guilty as if that’s worse than death itself. Accuse us of using the very invention that your people have created and benefited from for hundreds of years. I honestly don’t care. Why? Because asking white people to hold themselves accountable for their racism and privileges whenever any incident of racism against POC occurs is not racist.

We are not oppressing white people and reaping the rewards from the oppression, nor are we making them ashamed to be white, contrary to popular right wing opinion. We only ask for fairness, equality and respect. I know that seems hard for you to grasp. Admit it. You have major problems with that. You have major problems with us, and it is tearing you apart inside. This begs to ask the question. If all lives matter, as many of you say, why do you have such a big problem with black ones?

Black folks are not perfect. We’re every bit as human you are. And no. Your skin, European features and overall history and culture don’t make you superior just as our skin color, African features and culture doesn’t make us less-than-human. Those are lies that you have adopted and cherished. It’s the lie that you hold dear. Sure, some of you are unaware. Yes, some of you are proud of living that lie. But the bottom line is that it’s YOUR PROBLEM!

It’s a problem so twisted that you hate us more than you love yourselves. You focus more on what’s supposedly ‘wrong’ with us way more than you figure out what’s so great about yourselves other than your overall whiteness. The proof is in white supremacist groups, conservative media and their pundits and on the internet.

Still, you can’t stand it when we call you out on your racist bullshit. And you have a fit when we love our blackness. Even you, who claim to not be racist, have a problem with us. But instead of facing it, you make excuses. You create lame ass reasons why you hate us. You create and cite statistics all day trying not to face your dark truth. You continue to hate and you’re fine with that?

If you want us to shut up and ‘stop bitching’, own up to your bullshit. Face that fact that you or your people have a race problem and make steps to fix it. For those of you who generally don’t give a fuck, go ahead and sink in the tar pit of white supremacy and racism. Humanity doesn’t need you.

R.I.P. Maurice White

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From Variety:

Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White died Wednesday in his Los Angeles home at the age of 74.

White’s health had declined in the last few months as a result of a long battle with Parkinsons disease, which had plagued him since the early 1990s and forced him to stop touring in 1994.

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Signs of Internalized Racism

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It’s sad to say this, but there’s no shortage of self-hate among people of color, especially black folks. You would think that most of them are really white racists in disguise wearing black skin with some of the shit they say. Sadly, that’s not the case. It’s a sickness of incorporating white racism into your mentality, hating yourself and the people of your race. In other words, they prefer to stay in the “house” with their white masters, because they love them more than their own people.

For those who are not familiar with how internalized racism operates, here are some signs to watch out for, particularly when it comes to black people.

White Supremacy

Those stricken with internalized racism will not only jump on the bandwagon of white supremacy, they would probably call shotgun. They believe that white people truly are intellectually and morally superior for reasons that all point to whiteness. Simultaneously, they think their own people are inferior for just as many stupid reasons.

Some are so severe in their self-hatred that they believe any and all forms of oppression against their people, historic or contemporary, are good things. They think they were worst off before white people came along and that things are better thanks to the white man. And there are those who are not ashamed to say so.

Hating 

Internalized racism will cause you to dislike or downright hate your own people. Any negative stereotype about your race is believed. If you’re a self-hating black person, you will likely believe that your people are lazy, shiftless troublemakers and will fuel your thinking with various forms of media that confirm your biases, and only those images. Hell, they would even become the degrading images you come across.

Those with a media platform of their own will spread their hate. Some will do it as often as possible, because their hatred is that strong.

In some cases, the hatred is directed towards a specific gender. When it comes to black folks, and yes, it is disheartening, you have brothas hating on sistas and vice versa calling each other ‘niggas, bitches, hoes’ and the like. And with the help of social media, they use their pages, blogs and websites to not only express their disdain but will preach why the opposite sex of your race is no good. Again, some dedicate the better part of their time to produce numerous pages or videos telling others how rotten black women, black men or both are. But they will praise nonblacks, lighter-skinned blacks and(or) white folks, for supposedly being better people, or better-looking people, to date or marry.

Even violence against your own people can be a sign of internalized racism. Fighting, raping and even killing members of your own race is usually seen as evidence of the self-hatred some people of color harbor for each other. Some may argue that violence against anyone, even non-people of color, show signs of self-loathing. Even drug and alcohol abuse or excessive body modification point in that direction. Suicide and suicidal thoughts may be indicators.

Physical Changes

Those who hate what they are as people of color may find ways of making themselves look less like people of color. They would invest their money on products and surgeries to change or erase their physical qualities. Symptoms include whitening of the skin and eyelid surgery.

Against Anything For POC By POC

Black History Month, Black Entertainment Television, Ebony, Jet and Black Lives Matter were created in response to the endless campaign of white supremacy and white racism. Not the way some folks feel. They parrot the voices of their white, usually conservative, friends who feel that basically anything celebrating black people, promoting black culture or uplifting to black folks is somehow racist against whites. Remember, they love white people more than they love black people, and as such, realistic and historical truths are nonfactors to them. Loving and appealing to their Caucasian comrades are more important to them.

Some will go so far as to hate your name. If you have a black-sounding name, a self-hating black person will look down upon you and probably your parents for giving you that name.

Rejecting Racism

Internalized racists do not believe that racism was, or is, a factor to the state of the times concerning people of color. Trumpeting the voices of white denial, they conclude that all problems people of color face are brought on by themselves and no one else. Don’t ever show them any facts or figures that indicate racism or else, you’ll be called a racist yourself.

There may be other signs, but this pretty much covers the bulk of this illness caused by centuries worth of white supremacy that must be addressed. It’s not easy fighting whiteness when it’s all in your face every day. Some people fight all their lives while some give in and let the whiteness consume them. And then there are some who either are born into it or simply choose to think like white racists. We have people with the spirits of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Sista Souljah, Harriet Tubman, Fredrick Douglass, the Black Panthers, the MOVE organization and other black revolutionaries who champion for the cause of black love and freedom. But you will also have Uncle Toms, Sambos, Coons and House Negroes that will fight to the death and speak loudly for their white masters.

Brothas, Let’s Stop the Disrespect!

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Misogyny is the disdain and contempt for the female gender. It is ingrained in our society. And it is a global problem, one that has permeated into the black community with devastating consequences.

Recently, I heard about the tragic story of a black woman who was executed in the streets. Her “crime” was that she turned down a man’s advances, and she was murdered for having the freedom to say no.

Her name was Janese Talton-Jackson. She was someone’s daughter, sister and mother. A man named Charles McKinney approached her twice at a bar. Each time she rejected. And shortly after, she was shot to death because of it. She was only 29.

Sadly, this is nothing unique. It happens more often than we like to believe. It happens so often that there’s a Tumblr page dedicated to the victims of similar attacks.

I’ve read a few articles on this incident from bloggers and writers, and I took the liberty to check out some of the comments from readers. While many saw this as a horrible act, there were a few who bashed the victim for her own death! I’m not surprised seeing as how we live in such a culture of victim blaming. Still, it was sad as hell to see comments from (presumably) males who thought Jackson was responsible for her own murder.

Some of the comments ranged from assuming Jackson had a stuck-up attitude to the old mental illness excuse to males crying about how they getting disrespected by women somehow equals to or is more damning than what happened to this woman. Assuming that these are indeed males behind such comments, males have privilege mindsets that tell them that their suffering matters more than women’s and that they have rights over a woman’s body, not women themselves. This bastard Charles McKinney felt disrespected, because a woman said ‘no’ to him even though she had a right to. His fragile ego couldn’t take and so he took it upon himself by punishing Jackson by killing her. His misogyny was the weapon that took down an innocent woman.

Like I said earlier, it is a global problem that is a part of the black community. By no means is it limited to the black community. (Checking out the Tumblr page confirms that.) Yet, it is a problem we must address. No one in this country is more disrespected than black women, and some of that disrespect comes from black men. Yes brothas, it’s hard out there for us, but it’s even more hard for our sistas, especially when they have to deal with coonin’-ass fools that insult, harm and kill them. Instead of looking down on them like some self-hating, male privileged Negroes do, we need to stand by them, with them and fight for them the way they do the same with us and for us.

R.I.P. Abe Vigoda

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From ABC News:

Character actor Abe Vigoda, whose leathery, sad-eyed face made him ideal for playing the over-the-hill detective Phil Fish in the 1970s TV series “Barney Miller” and the doomed Mafia soldier in “The Godfather,” died Tuesday at age 94.

Vigoda’s daughter, Carol Vigoda Fuchs, told The Associated Press that Vigoda died Tuesday morning in his sleep at Fuchs’ home in Woodland Park, New Jersey. The cause of death was old age. “This man was never sick,” Fuchs said.

His death brought to an end years of questions on whether he was still alive — sparked by a false report of his death more than three decades ago. Though Vigoda took it in stride, the question of whether he was dead or alive became something of a running joke: There was even a website devoted to answering the much-Googled question, “Is Abe Vigoda dead?” (On Tuesday, it had been updated with “Yes,” with the date of his death.)

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Trump’s Supporters

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Donald Trump is one of America’s richest billionaires, a former reality TV star, Republican Presidential Candidate and world famous poster man-child for white male privilege. His campaign has been gaining steam mostly due to his appeal to racists, right wing extremists, lost house minorities, authoritative douchebags and overall ig’nant-asses.

Recently, “the Donald” made a comment about how if he were to shoot someone in the middle of a crowded street, his voters would still support him. When asked to clarify his comments, he declined. I shudder to think that there is a strong possibility that Trump may be right judging by how his disciples view him, certain people and this country.

Trump’s racism, sexism and Islamophobia appears to be the driving force behind a large swath of his voters. He stated how he would build a wall thousands of miles long to stop Mexico from sending in those deemed problematic saying how they’re sending in drugs, crime and rapists. He claimed that in Jersey City “thousand and thousands of people were cheering” after 9/11. He tweeted a fake graphic about black people supposedly murdering whites in large numbers. He called for a total shutdown against all Muslims entering the U.S. And he’s been known to make a sexist comment, or two.

And there are people out there that eat this shit up. They see Trump as their hero of sorts, someone that champions against the thought police or from political correctness. Since many of them hate our current President, they see Trump as the anti-Obama, which, to them, is a savior against any and all forms of liberalism. It shows that there are folks out there that are so closed-minded that they believe thinking, fact-finding, basic morals and humanity are practically sins punishable by ostracization or a good ole’ ass-whoopin’ as seen in some of Trump’s rallies.

A Black Lives Matter protester was physically assaulted by Trump’s supporters when he disrupted one of his speeches. Latino protesters and immigrant activists have been spit on, cursed at, harassed and beaten. And a Muslim woman peacefully protesting was forced to leave one of his more recent rallies. It should be noted that there have been racial epithets, threats and Nazi salutes whenever Trump comes to town. Fights at his rallies are about as common and inevitable as a fight at a local bar.

If you plan to protest at any of Trump’s gatherings, be prepared. There will be fools that will jump you.

Donald Trump’s momentum is still as strong as when it was when he first started campaigning. It shows no signs of slowing down as his followers are as determined as ever to get him in office. If Trump does get elected, you can best assure that you can kiss this country, and perhaps the world, goodbye.

 

R.I.P. Glenn Frey, Founder of The Eagles

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From the Guardian:

Glenn Frey, Eagles guitarist, has died at the age of 67 in New York.

The founding member of the US rock group had been suffering from intestinal problems for several months and had surgery in November.

Frey co-wrote and sang some of the Eagles’ best-known songs, including Heartache Tonight, Take It Easy, and Lyin’ Eyes, and co-wrote Hotel California and Desperado with Don Henley.

The band announced his death on their website.

“Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia,” a statement read.

“The Frey family would like to thank everyone who joined Glenn to fight this fight and hoped and prayed for his recovery.

“Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us, his family, the music community and millions of fans worldwide.

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The Conservative Distortion of Dr. King’s Legacy

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a driving force behind the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s. He sought for racial justice and equality for blacks and poor people through virtually nonviolent means up until his death in 1968. That’s the basic and simple image of who Dr. King was. However, decades after his death, his legacy has been easily misrepresented, misinterpreted and misused to advance political and social agendas usually against the people Dr. King fought for.

Many folks of today seem to only remember Dr. King for one thing, his “I Have a Dream” speech of 1963. More specifically, they remember that one sentence where he mentioned about judging one’s content of their character, not the color of their skin. Many people seem to have misinterpreted that as a call for colorblindness. What’s worse is that some, mostly conservative, use it not in it’s intended context but instead to avoid any kind of racial responsibility.

Conservatives are notorious for using their version of MLK whenever the subject of discrimination against black folks and general racial inequality is mentioned or exposed. They use their disfigured knowledge of King’s vision, that he was supposedly a conservative Republican, against anyone who suggest that America must take responsibility for their role in creating, sustaining and benefiting from racism and reorganize itself into a system where all people have equal chances and rewards. So, things like affirmative action would be looked down upon by someone like their Dr. King.

But alas, the right is not known to be reality or truth-driven in their pursuits to maintain the status quo. If they were, the status quo would’ve crumbled, something they won’t allow. Dr. King wrote in  Why We Can’t Wait the following passage:

“Whenever the issue of compensatory treatment for the Negro is raised, some of our friends recoil in horror. The Negro should be granted equality, they agree; but he should ask nothing more. On the surface, this appears reasonable, but it is not realistic. A society that has done something special against the Negro for hundreds of years must now do something special for the Negro.

Few people reflect that for two centuries the Negro was enslaved, and robbed of any wages–potential accrued wealth which would have been the legacy of his descendants. All of America’s wealth today could not adequately compensate its Negroes for his centuries of exploitation and humiliation. It is an economic fact that a program such as I propose would certainly cost far less than any computation of two centuries of unpaid wages plus accumulated interest.”

Most conservatives prefer to ignore the past or not consider it having any significant impact on today. Nor do they believe that blacks are being or have been racially oppressed in any way. They rather believe that today’s black person have equal opportunities, and the only thing holding them down are themselves. Some believe they have more handed to them in the form of welfare and affirmative action. And some hard right wingers believe they don’t deserve any “special treatment” regardless of how they were or are treated.

But most of all, they appear to not know or not care to know that in the past, Dr. King was widely hated among white Americans.  Maybe that’s why his legacy has been heavily malformed, to ease the guilt of white Americans, to tell them that racism is not their problem or a problem in general. And no doubt, if Dr. King were alive today maintaining his same views on racism, conservatives would target him as a leftist, a communist and(or) racist, an enemy against innocent white people. There would be no attempt to whitewash him. Instead, he would be blacklisted among the right, negatively painted as a dangerous leftist by conservative pundits. He would be placed on the list of the most despised black leaders alongside Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. And if he wasn’t assassinated then, someone would try, thanks to the influences of white supremacist hate sites and Fox News.

Dr. Martin Luther King’s image of being a radical fighter for economic and racial justice has been watered down by the mainstream as a nonthreatening leader who spoke about a post-racial society. The white-owned corporate media and even many school text books would not dare to discuss the Dr. King that spoke out against the Vietnam War, wanted to eradicate poverty and demanded economic equality, reparations for black people and that white supremacy was one big fat lie used to keep black folks down. That was the real Dr. King, the one that conservatives and many white folks would hate with a passion.

R.I.P. Carlos Munoz

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From the Latin Times:

Colombia mourns the death of one of its greatest actors of all time, Carlos Muñoz Sánchez, who passed away Monday from health complications. He was 72 years old.

The heartbreaking news was confirmed by the actor’s wife Luz Helena Ángel, reports Noticias RCN. In November 2015, the actor underwent surgery for a hernia that affected his stomach and lung. Just two weeks after his operation, Muñoz suffered complications and had to be admitted to emergency in the Reina Sofia Clinic. He died Monday in Bogota and is survived by his wife and daughter, Manuela Muñoz Ángel.

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