Vern’s Venting: Brother Malcolm Said It Best

Malcolm X

by Lavern Merriweather

Brotha once put a quote on this website from the late and very great Malcolm X. Malcolm said that if you watch and listen to enough news or media, you will come to sympathize with the oppressors and hate the oppressed. That is certainly true about many black folks. We will hate on our own in a hot minute when the powers that be tell us we should.

Brotha, in one column, gave a link for a website called Buzzfeed where a writer there did a post about R. Kelly. Ashley Ford mentioned a tragic incident of abuse in her own past. Then, used that as an opportunity to trash the embattled R&B singer. Most of the comments were negative towards Mr. Kelly. Yet, one woman, coincidentally also named Ashley, spoke out.

She complained and rightfully so that they would never attack white males who are accused or outright guilty of the same thing. She even named some famous white males who are alleged of being a pedophile. However, when she did that, a number of people on the comment section got very defensive, leading me to ask the question, what the fuck are you getting so damn upset about?

It couldn’t be because they are that concerned about the issue of a celebrity harming minors sexually. Otherwise, they wouldn’t be arguing with her and copping an attitude. It’s like people, including Negroes, have an aversion to speaking negatively in any way about white male celebrities which really gets on my fucking nerves.

When I also mentioned several white males, particularly Roman Polanski, another commenter made excuses for the hypocrisy by saying that he was convicted and vilified. She even capitalized the word ‘convicted’. I had to remind her that although Polanski was supposed to be incarcerated, he never spent one day behind jail for his crime. He was also given an Oscar, a standing ovation and had a bunch of his rich, white friends in Hollyweird create a petition to free his worthless ass after he was finally about to be extradited back to America.

Roman Polanski

On top of that, I have observed that any time on the message boards a white person is coming under fire, some asswipe has to throw a black person under the bus to protect them. You won’t ever see the reverse of that. In fact, black people will only bring up other black people when trashing a black public figure. I have never seen a white person get mentioned when the target is black, and if someone has the guts to do so, then they are immediately shot down as if they have committed some great forbidden sacrilege against humanity.

Even the president of the United States isn’t immune to this racist and arrogant practice. When former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich was under indictment for trying to sell the senator seat vacated by our current President Barack Obama and taking kickbacks, the lily white local media did their damndest to toss every black face within a five-foot radius under the nearest bus for Blago’s sake.

After he chose a successor to the seat, an African-American politician named Roland Burris, the leeches came out of the woodwork in full force to put Mr. Burris on blast as if he did something wrong by accepting the now tainted slot. Little surprise that the same white folks saying how they felt sorry for the Blagojevich family didn’t hesitate to criticize Burris. He instantly became the bad guy despite the fact that it was Blagojevich who was the accused guilty party in the first place. Then again, it’s not impossible to notice a distinct disparity, especially in a racially segregated city like Chicago, in how the media treats black politicians as opposed to how they treat white politicians which is the typical ignore and stick their heads up their ass or damn any Negro foolish enough to be an acquaintance of theirs. Still the main group that many in the public and media love to attack is always going to be well-known black folks.

Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich

I once got into a heated debate with a fellow commenter who said that if Tom Brady were guilty of the same thing as Michael Vick, he would be getting the same level of animosity. He couldn’t answer for why it is then that twice accused rapist Ben Rothelisberger hasn’t gotten even half the criticism of Michael. Many will try and justify their double standards by saying that white people are treated exactly the same way when they know that’s a complete crock.

The fact that those people got so pissed off when supposedly it’s about the kids and saving them from monsters who would take advantage of them tells me right there how full of shit they are when it comes to celebrities, race and criminal behavior. But what really fries my eggs more than anything is when they start harping on someone that has nothing to do with the situation at all!

Since the OJ trial happened in 1994, a lot of stupid ass white people have used any and all excuses to bring his name up even when it has zero relevance to the topic. Worse than stupid white people are stupid ass black people who do it as well, not even recognizing how brainwashed they are by the dominant society. The media wants certain people so ingrained in our mind that we refuse to let it go, or have the balls to demonize one of them or somebody that they glorify.

After the “other” Ashley brought up white males, another black woman chastised her for saying that it wasn’t about any of them it was about R. Kelly. Yet, we never wonder why is it that we, along with white people, don’t ever write posts vilifying white males in the public eye, that we are so quick to mock or make malicious comments about each other while staying silent when it’s a white person.

Michael Jackson has been dead for almost five years, but I have yet to see the media or anyone else being snide and obnoxious towards white males still living. In fact, if you look at the track record of white males you will find a shitload more people to denigrate for extremely cringe worthy relationships with children, but it’s only Michael and R. Kelly that are ever talked shit about.

I get that racism is a serious, emotional, clusterfuck mine field that we have to navigate carefully just to maintain some semblance of sanity. However, when you happily and eagerly indulge, then engage in hateful practices that you know are meant to keep you down while championing the hierarchy of the country, then you have nobody to blame for that but your damn selves, like the high minded crowd of Negroes who will bitch and whine about how sleazy, violent and misogynist rap is but have no qualms about watching some of the foulest most disgusting garbage from white folks. Not at any time will they acknowledge that the holier-than-thou brigade led by white folks are the very same people bombarding non-white America with countless images of extremely sick brutality and immorality.

Any time I remind them about the depraved entertainment from the white majority, they protest that they don’t enjoy those things either. When I ask why is it that they aren’t attacking white folks 24/7 like they do with rappers I have yet to get a reply. Just total silence.

White supremacy notwithstanding, we have to be in charge of the part that we play in our own representation good, bad or indifferent and stop relying on what white folks say in how we choose to judge ourselves and one another. Holding ourselves to a higher standard is one thing, but we should never allow anybody to use double standards on us. If you care so much about an issue, then you should stand by it or get your fake silly ass out of the way. Because if your goal is to play games or play favorites, then you need to quit wasting everybody’s time.

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24 thoughts on “Vern’s Venting: Brother Malcolm Said It Best

  1. The hypocrisy of the media and contradiction from society in regards to black folk worldwide has been withstanding for eons. Agreed.
    Using Malcolm X’s jewels in reference to the pedophilic exploits of any of these snakes (pick a color) is a waste of wisdom.

    1. I think Lavern used Malcolm X’s wisdom to illustrate the hypocrisy in how famous white people are treated as opposed to famous black people. I’ve seen white people defend Roman Polanski in one breath, but condemn Michael Jackson in another.

      1. You’re absolutely correct Brotha Wolf.

        I hate pedophiles. I just don’t want us as a people to defend our pedophiles vs. their pedophiles. Lets not give these molesters ad space. Regardless of race. It’s useless.

        Seeing a Malcolm quote used in reference to any of these sick bastards annoys like saying “anything is the new black” but I meant no disrespect.

        We all know Malcolm was responding to black males being blasted across TV on the evening news. One crime can be committed by us & 10 varying crimes can have white perpetrators in the same time frame. Who receives the spotlight?

        Something else I’ve noticed w/the onslaught of media castration of BM. Even our street documentaries of known criminals, they propel the ones who snitched into film and syndication as opposed to those who stood up and faced their wrongdoings. I might be wrong. Every man don’t squeal.

        Frank Lucas, Barnes, Alpo get a lot of play for complying.

        Frank Matthews, whom they never caught, Little Melvin from Baltimore, Pee-Wee Kirkland and whomever you may add won’t get the likes of Denzel to portray them unless they bend.

        Just another angle I’m putting out there to keep us looking weak, dumb & docile on top of the homo agenda geared towards us compounded squared w/omnipresent racism. Not glorifying the underworld but many of our brothas stay solid facing CCE’s but I know they can’t broadcast that no more than they can broadcast the Haitian revolution to past slaves & current students/citizens on the mainland.

        We can’t give them no ideas whatsoever bout perserverance, strength, loyalty…

      2. I think he means I’m bringing rational intelligent thought to people who can’t see past their own reflection in a mirror

  2. Like I said before, White is right in their eyes. Even when they do something wrong. Yet when a Black person does something wrong, the whole race gets vilified for that person’s wrong doing. Now that is a racial double standard.

  3. @Nat Turner’s Revenge. “One crime can be committed by us & 10 varying crimes can have white perpetrators in the same time frame. Who receives the spotlight?”

    This is what causes the division within minorities in the USA and paints the picture of African Americans around the world. It’s a powerful tool that the media uses. While the War Industry, which is all just about white owned and controlled, does its worst at killing the world. I am absolutely convinced that if there was a true account of every crime in this country from rural trailer parks to the urban northwest it would be white crime that comes up on top…

    1. The World they killing are colored folk. Isn’t white nations vs. other white nations. It is white nations/The U.S. exercising grand (dragon) imperialism on nations of color.

      1. @ Nat Turner’s Revenge
        I differ with you on the world white folk are killing. White folk are killing their own nations and non-white nations with their racism, evil/wickedness, depravity, etc. etc.

  4. OMG, a pedophile is a pedophile. Roman polansky is not the pedophile that 99.99% of black parents need to worry about. Honestly a convo about child-molesters is in no way equal to a convo about shady-pols. Black, white, yellow, red, I have no interest in defending pedos.
    Pedos really should not be part of any convo about racial double standards because….who cares if a pedo has hurt feelings.

  5. Hello,

    I’m the Ashley who wrote the piece for BuzzFeed. A friend just sent me this link. First of all, my piece is about the conversation surrounding the R. Kelly allegations, as in how people first question the alleged victims and HOW they’re questioned. At no point do I bad R. Kelly (even though I certainly believe he’s guilty). I sincerely wish people were as concerned with the daily assault of black girls as women, as they are with whether a white man suffers for every black man who does.

    We matter too.

    1. In my opinion, I think what Lavern was trying to say that when it comes to sexual assault, rape and pedophilia in Hollywood (at least), the public seems more like to give white men a benefit of a doubt and more admiration than black men accused of the same crimes and that the latter seems to be more newsworthy than the former. As such, from what I’ve seen, there’s more reports on black celebs in cases of crime than there are with white celebs.

      But I contacted her about your comment. Hopefully, she will come and respond. In the meantime, here’s my take on the R. Kelly situation: http://www.rippdemup.com/entertainment/r-kelly-rape-culture-race-13950

    2. Well if that’s how you feel then why were black women so silent when a WHITE MALE vice principal took a 11 year-old bi-racial black girl across state lines and admitted he had sex with her? Furthermore ANY grown man violating the sexual innocence of a child should outrage everyone. There seems to be a insistence from black folks to deny ourselves the right to vilify whoever it is sexual abusing young girls or children period. Probably many more men besides black men and certainly R. Kelly are guilty of sexually abusing minors but our society is hellbent on only vilifying certain people especially those in the media who get paychecks from white bosses

      1. About 17 years ago in my hometown of Chicago that’s how I know about it because it wasn’t much of a national story.

    3. Another thing any time a black woman accuses a white male of rape she is attacked immediately for her credibility I don’t hear you all crying about how you matter then Ashley

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