By Lavern Merriweather:
There was a comment made by a reader about a post that Brotha wrote where the person said something to the effect of the many black people who are college graduates, happily married functioning couples and own their own business. In other words black people who are successful, well adjusted, smart, well-educated and have a two parents in the home DO exist.
One of the biggest myths white people spread is the notion that black men don’t take care of their kids. Either that or they have a bunch of babies mommas’ that they don’t pay any money in child support for. On one of my favorite shows MTV’s “Guy Code”, the subject turned to fathers. Out of the seven black men that are commentators for the show, only one grew up without a father.
Then, there is the idea that being an unmarried teen girl is something celebrated solely in black households. That Negroes just love family. So who cares if 15 year-old Tanisha is carrying her third kid, right? No talent, dumbass Sarah Silverman even made a snide joke that the best time to have a baby is when you are a black teen. She must have been living in a cave when vice-presidential hopeful Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol got pregnant at 17. It was to another teen named Levi who promptly left her to raise their son all by herself then got another girl pregnant soon after. There is also Britney Spears’ kid Jamie Lyn who got pregnant at 16, but I suppose that’s not the same, because they are white trash bumpkins who do that sort of thing. On top of that is the other MTV show “Teen Mom” which glorifies underaged girls that are white getting pregnant. This usually occurs without the benefit of a job, husband or higher education, but they are white so that shouldn’t matter with them either.
Another popular myth among white people is that black people are sponging off of their hard work and labor with welfare. This lie is not only the most ridiculous, but considering the fact that it’s actually white folks who receive more welfare than anyone, it’s the easiest to disprove. Some white people also neglect to acknowledge, or maybe they just refuse to, that a huge number of those working hard to pay for welfare are black people. A lot of black people who work every day to make the mortgage, feed their kids and keep clothes on their back equally contribute money just like the white folk whiners. Believe it or not, some Negroes even hold important government jobs too such as heads of state departments. I can’t forget all the mayors, state senators, aldermen, a few governors and even the guy who currently resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Yet, to hear white people tell it, those folks don’t exist, the only way for us dumb darkies to make money is by becoming rappers or athletes. No college professors, moguls, authors, TV producers, lawyers and the like need apply.
The major lie that seems to get under Brotha’s skin most is that black people i.e. black men commit more crime. So the killing in the name of protecting the greater good is always justified as is the disproportionate number of young black males who are incarcerated. Something that many of us know is complete and utter bullshit. There is more than enough crime to go around in white areas. However, the problem with that is that those crimes never get talked about excessively. And when they are discussed by the white led media it’s always with about a million excuses for the behavior regardless of how heinous. Why else do you think that multiple women send love letters and marriage proposals to white male serial killers? It’s not just because those women like a bad boy or thug; it’s because white males who kill are seen as tragic, romantic figures by the media. Even the ones who aren’t accused of killing many people like Scott Peterson are perfectly okay, because he’s really ‘cute’.
Despite decades of evidence to prove otherwise white people can’t even look at their own despicable behavior with an honest lens. This is why I believe they love to rehash or continuously vilify famous black males for shit that they are equally guilty of. Or why they keep whining about statistics that say black people are more prone to crime. How the fuck are those numbers going to be relevant when the system gives harsher sentences to men of color and penalizes them more! It’s not that white people are committing less crime; it’s that they aren’t being held nearly as accountable, certainly not the white woman that killed her kids yet only got two years while a black woman who killed her kids got life in prison. Not when you have some stupid, brain dead white woman reporter giving a sympathetic interview to a white couple that is starving their two year-old to death because they claim that he is Jesus, nor the many guilty as sin white folks Dr. Phony (Phil) parades around on his show in the name of counseling [ratings!].
I guess those folks also don’t watch NBC’s “Dateline”, CBS’s “48 Hours” or ABC’s “20/20” and their endless tales of something horrific happening to an innocent, beautiful white person. Usually the majority of time, the person responsible is white too, but those stories don’t get told on the nightly news. White people’s villainy is for entertainment purposes only. Where were all the assholes bitching about statistics for the crimes that white people do which are glamorized by the media? If history has taught us anything it’s that white crime is something to be overlooked or ignored that it was never as bad as those of color like to imagine.
They seem to forget that it was a white male who kidnapped Elizabeth Smart, that a white man kidnapped Jaycee Duggard and held her prisoner for 18 years. It was a white man Timothy McVeigh who blew up that building in Oklahoma 19 years ago killing 87 people. And what about the shootings in Paducah, Jonesboro and Columbine. All committed by white male teens.
Another of the more recent lies is that Negroes are more homophobic, even though white fundamentalist preachers like Oral Roberts, Pat Robertson, Billy Graham and Jerry Falwell have spent decades attacking the gay lifestyle. Then there is that idea that black people aren’t as patriotic. However on that issue can anyone honestly blame us? Even while there are thousands of black folks serving bravely in the military every day with many others that have given their life for America. These are just some of the bullshit falsehoods that white people perpetuate to delude themselves that they are better. Those of us, however, who know the real deal also know that truth, no matter how well hidden, always finds its way to the surface eventually.