I Am NOT Shawty Lo!

The Oxygen Network plans to unleash a brand new beastly show called All My Baby Mamas starring Shawty Lo, his children and their mothers along with his young girlfriend. Already, the internet is seering over another product of the white media’s black inferiority campaign in the form of a reality television show. I, myself, have written a post about this project, and signed the petition to keep it from emerging on the small screen.

There are so many things wrong with a show premiering on a network supposedly founded to empower women. (I guess that objective went down the drain with the incursion of The Bad Girls Cub.) The thought of creating and greenlighting a show that emphasizes negative black family stereotypes shows that the producers and the network are turned on by skin color and ratings. As usual people would take this pile of reality as legitimate proof of the black race’s inferiority just as they did with minstrel shows and rap videos. The sad part is that some of those people are the same color as the so-called stars of this piece.

Most of my posts have dealt with white racism and its disciples, but there comes a time where you have to be real with members of your own community. I’ve written a few posts on collective black shame. Already, there are some brothas and sistas coming down with that sickness.

Some black people have heard about this reality show and immediately expressed their antipathy. But they also expressed disappointment not just in the fact that such an idea is in play, but they believe that Shawty Lo’s baby mama saga is typical within the black community. In their minds most black communities across America are overflowing with illegitimate children by irresponsible, stupid black men with nothing but pussy on the brain and the dumbass women who open up with legs for them. Some may even go far as to believe that is how black people are and that we are just screwed up…just like Mr. Charlie said for hundreds of years.

Brothas and sistas, Shawty Lo’s situation is not typical or a black pathology. It may not even be a problem if Mr. Lo and his children’s mothers’ are in their kids lives as a responsible parents. (Keep in mind that I didn’t called the children ‘babies’ as in ‘baby mama’ or ‘baby daddy’ because from the picture alone, they are not babies. They appear to be preteens, but they no more babies than me and my older sister.) We need to stop trying to believe that Shawty Lo as a representative of ourselves. Tami Winfrey Harris at Jezebel lays it down:

Stop owning the idea of black dysfunction. Stop repeating that “we” act this or that way. Stop believing that every ill-advised or socially unacceptable act of an individual black person (or 20 black people or 1,000) is a blight on the whole of the black community or YOU personally. Stop pretending that all black behavior is endorsed by the black collective. That racist America thinks this way is no endorsement. But taking to comments sections to proclaim loudly your disgrace at how other black people are living is an endorsement of credit-to-your-race type thinking as well as the idea that the caricatures the media treat us to really are representative of our race.

Stop it with the black shame. Shawty Lo is not the black community. If the white guys over on Gawker aren’t hanging their heads over Mick Jagger, his many children, and their mothers, then you can still hold your head high in a world where Shawty Lo and “Fighter Baby Mama” exist.

We need to stop being ashamed of being what we were born with like it was some disease or hideous birthmark. Most of all, we need to break free of the white racist mindset that has us thinking about ourselves in dark monolithic ways. We are NOT a race of criminals, athletes or baby popping hoes. That is what many white people think, especially those in the entertainment industry. So, why on Earth would we want to think like them when they hold racial double standards that don’t pan out? If you think this is the absolute way to think or if you want to covertly please your white friends, you are in for a rude awakening.

Will All My Baby Mamas see the light of day? I hope not. We’ve already been through hell with shows like Flavor of Love and every reality cop show. We don’t need another 21st century “Make whites feel good about being white” show. However, if by some twisted cosmic act of fate that this show does air this spring, we must not consider it a monolithic collective image of the American black community for one simple supported reason, it’s not. For your own sake, either change the channel or turn off the TV.


22 thoughts on “I Am NOT Shawty Lo!

  1. Well white people can’t feel good about being white with Honey Booboo. And the housewives franchise is rife with crazy white women. The Shahs of Sunset that show Iranian/Persians as gaudy and classless idiots. There’s something for everybody to be offended by.

    1. Yes, but many whites don’t see them as true representations of their race. They see them as complete degenerates, the lowest denominator of white America. However, they have other images, most of them positive if not exaggerated.

  2. I sincerely hope that this show continue to hold its current status, “a consideration.” Quit sleeping Brothas and Sistas, we must remain cognizant of the fact that we are living in a day and age where almost everything is intentionally mislabeled and misidentified by corporate media. Don’t believe the hype, there is nothing positive that an “All My Babies Mamas” show potentially has to offer to the black community, or any community for that matter.

  3. *claps slowly*

    Your post is spot on. I have been saying for a while now that the few Black people who are indeed acting a fool are not representative of Black communities nationally or worldwide. It is just that these types have the loudest voices.

  4. Great post.

    I find the idea of this show to be offensive. But what matters is reason people are offended. If they are offended because they’re worried about another show encouraging dysfunctional or unheathly behavior for ratings (with no regard to the wellbeing of the people in the show itself), that makes sense. If it is because they’re afraid it will “make black people look bad”, they must have forgotten that we’re in America. Black people will always “look bad” when its time to make white people feel better about being white, and insulting other black people in an effort to pass the buck doesn’t change that. There is nothing dysfunctional about being black, and there is absolutely no reason to feel collective shame over it.

    The irony of being so offended about this show coming out is that it just plays to white feelings of superiority. They feel pleased with the fact that black people are clamoring (in their minds) to distance themselves from these shows and the people cast on them by accepting these behaviors as “symptoms of being black”. They see it as an affirmation of the idea that black people are dysfunctional and know it, therefore white supremacists have had it right all along.

  5. The TLC channel has put Dallas, Texas and ratchetness on the map with the Best Funeral Ever. Everyone at work was talking about this tom foolery. One of the African American mortuaries is featured on this ratched show. Featuring outlandish funerals. It is so crazy. All the white people at work were laughing about this. I didn’t know this even existed. Everyone had their iphones laughing at this mess. It was a truly I weep for my black people moments.

  6. I like how we((black,p.o.c etc) are supposed to self identify with what some white people want to see us as but they get to only self identify with what appears to make them look good.

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