Vern’s Venting: If It Ain’t White, Then It Ain’t Right

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By Lavern Merriweather:

I was perusing the Root website when I saw an article about Australian rapper Iggy Azalea and what some call her ridiculous ‘blaccent’. No surprise that the majority of white commenters and even some black folks were defending white people’s latest flavor of the month. They trotted out their egotistical and self-serving logic that black folks don’t own rap. So, who are they to bitch about who can or can’t be a part of it. This is where I always like to call my favorite word: BULLSHIT!

These are the very same people that got 100 kinds of upset because a Negro a.k.a. the ‘Chocolate Lover’ Idiris Elba starred in the “Thor” movie as, of all things, a Norse god. White folks were so angry about it that they took to social media in droves to complain. The exact folks who say that any actor can play any role were really furious that a black man was playing a fictional character, and they didn’t approve. They saw nothing wrong with half-Asian, half-white actor Fred Armisen on “SNL” playing President Obama, who is real. Yet, they can be pissed off about a person that is fake. My guess is because he is black and acting as a character of authority. Don’t forget Idiris played someone that Thor had to answer to if he ever screwed up.

When open-minded fellow and my favorite Bond Daniel Craig suggested that a black male be cast as the next Bond, many white folks were up in arms. They were pissed and by that, I mean with a capital ‘P’. Yet they saw nothing insulting or foolish about Angelina Jolie bronzing her skin and donning a rather stupid looking curly perm wig to play Marianne Pearl who was the wife of slain journalist Daniel Pearl in the flop “A Mighty Heart”. When a number of black women on the blogs went boo hiss, they were met yet again with condescension. The naysayers whined that Marianne has white blood in her. So, what’s the big deal?

The ‘big deal’ is that while that may be the case. Marianne is a brown skinned woman! Hollowood would never hire Kerry Washington to play Amelia Earhart or Agatha Christie. So, Angelina should not be starring as Marianne. I don’t care that Angie financed the movie. There were more appropriate and surely more talented actresses that could have been in that film. On top of that it’s not like the movie broke any box office records. So a woman of color obviously couldn’t have done any worse money wise.

It’s not only music or movies I and Brotha have written several posts over the years about. It’s also sports, such as the amount of resentment that the Williams sisters in tennis have faced. If it’s not their opponents, then it’s the media and so- called fans of the sport. Venus and Serena have been slyly and sometimes outright berated about everything from their clothes, to their hair and their lack of social skills. The haters can’t deny their ability or skill on the court. So they attack whatever else they can pick on.

After actor David Tennant left the long running classic British series “Doctor Who” to pursue bigger and better roles, rumors began swirling that his replacement might be a black man or a white woman. Of course, fan geek assholes went all kinds of batshit and hurried in record numbers on social media to whine. They hemmed and hawed like mad that the good Doctor, despite being a fictional character who transcends time and could be played by anyone, just had to be a white male. No explanation or valid reason was given for this rambling idiocy other than those little whiny jerk-offs can’t stand the thought of a black man being the smart, charismatic, attractive lead.

The same thing goes for the popular “Hunger Games” franchise of books turned into movies. I haven’t read them, so I don’t know, but fans of color said that the main character Katniss Everdeen and her younger sister are supposed to be girls of color. Yet when an actress of color was hired to play star Jennifer Lawrence’s little sibling, she was met with nasty, racist comments by stupid, white, arrogant cowards on Twitter – some complaining about how ‘disappointed’ they were with the politically correct casting. How is it being politically correct when the person who WROTE the damn book made her a female of color? Maybe it’s that they can’t imagine the idea of a future not being lily white as we have seen with other movies.

A commenter on the Root site made a very perceptive and intelligent comment. He said, which is true, that if a sistah from America named Shaquanda went to Australia, started talking with an Aussie accent, adopted their mannerisms and played a didgeridoo, she would either be criticized or seen as a laughing stock. She certainly would not have people rushing to defend her moronic position like they are doing with Iggy.

I am all for an end to this segregation of music. Like I said before, music is pure and universal. It shouldn’t keep having these labels and hateful separatist mentality of some people. However, what Iggy is doing is nothing more than ripping off folks who are at the bottom, then standing on their shoulders like she created it in the first place. Australian or not, she should know by now the arrogant history of white people stealing music styles from Negroes then acting as if they came up with it all on their own. It’s what happened to artists like Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and the entertainingly flamboyant Richard Pennimen a.k.a. ‘Little Richard’, and it’s still going on to this day.

White people are fully aware, as are we, that when the races are reversed they don’t like what is perceived to be Negroes invading their territory. They refuse to tolerate any and all notions of a black person taking part in anything they view as theirs. So where the fuck then do they get off expecting that very thing of us?

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12 thoughts on “Vern’s Venting: If It Ain’t White, Then It Ain’t Right

  1. “The same thing goes for the popular “Hunger Games” franchise of books turned into movies. I haven’t read them, so I don’t know, but fans of color said that the main character Katniss Everdeen and her younger sister are supposed to be girls of color. Yet when an actress of color was hired to play star Jennifer Lawrence’s little sibling, she was met with nasty, racist comments by stupid, white, arrogant cowards on Twitter – some complaining about how ‘disappointed’ they were with the politically correct casting. How is it being politically correct when the person who WROTE the damn book made her a female of color?”

    Actually, that was the young character of Rue that was Black & she was the young girl that Katniss took under her wing. Her sibling was the blonde Prim, who is blonde in both the book & the movie.

    And, in truth, the girl who was cast is actually Biracial, but still Black enough to have been cast. There were many righteous-minded readers of the books that pointed out that the character was supposed to be Black and even quoted the book verbatim. People were also mad that the Black guy who came from the same district as Rue was Black as well even though, again, he was described as Black. And they had an issue with Lenny Kravtiz being cast as Cinna, although his race is never mentioned. So, technically, anyone could have played him.

    As for Katniss & her little sister, the author did not specifically state that they were White or of color, but she did say that given how far in the future the story takes place that much race mixing has occurred by this time and it would not be unusual for Katniss to be mixed.

  2. I read the Hunger Games and i don’t agree about Katness and her sister being white. In the book the character of Rue is a person of color. Even the district that Rue represents resembles a plantation. They labored for an overseeer and they were not allowed to eat the produced that they worked for picking fruit and vegetables and other produce or they would be killed for stealing if they were caught eating what they had labored for. Rue had skills climbing trees because of her small size. Those white racist teens on social media were all another generation young racist a$$holes coming up to spout their nasty tweets and attack Amandla. Just like they are doing now for her video about race appropriation. The racist trolls are in full effect attacking her again.

    1. That’s why I pointed out that I haven’t read them so I don’t know but somebody said they were described as olive skinned so they could have been part Asian. I think it’s just that like you said trolls were pissed.

  3. I made a mistake in my previous post about The Hunger Games character Katniss Everdeen. I meant to say i disagreed about her being black. They are white. The character of Rue is a person of color and possibly black.

    1. Yes, I agree that Katniss & her sister are White. I just pointed out that the author said that mixing was quite possible in the family’s lineage. Katniss is described as having straight, black hair, grey eyes, & olive skin.

  4. i honestly cannot stand whites and their double standards. No, make that quadruple standards. They are so arrogant and delusional in their minds, they want to be everybody but no one can be themselves, I am all for exclusion of whites from anything black at this point cause they just make me sick

      1. Culture bandits indeed! You guys are quite entertaining. How about the following inventions:

        Radio to play the music of your culture – Enrico Marconi, a white guy.
        Like listening to it on a CD Player – James Russell, a white guy
        Like venting on this here internet – Bob Kahn, a white guy
        Are you communicating with a cell phone – Martin Cooper, white guy.

        So it seems that your hostility towards whites doesn’t include the technology and products that white men and white culture have provided to this planet. You’re more than happy to jump on those product’s bandwagons right? How do you spell hypocrite?

        oh, and if you’re not defecating in a hole in your yard, thank Thomas Crapper – white guy, for inventing the toilet – please feel free to use that invention as much as needed.

  5. ..Marconi? White? Funny how just a few decades back Italians were considered quite the Opposite of what is now deemed as “white”-not to mention the high levels of African lineage that many, many of them have in their genetic makeuP (trust me, I should know)! Lbvs Anywho, once again ‘Vern has knocked it right outta the ole’ proverbial ballpark with this spot on post of Cultural Appropriation by generations of Wannabes who want to take/steal credit for Everything that belongs to other cultures.
    Sidenote: Just imagine how dull it would be for them not to have any culture’s music (especially Blacks) to rob-it would only leave them with a few limited choices such as Classical, or perhaps even something like Bluegrass but seriously, who in larger society (locally and on a global scale) would consider either genre “cool” enough to imitate? Not even the majority of their “own” folks embrace this in large amounts!

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