A Right To Speak

I’m not the best at debate. In fact, I’m not good at debating at all. I don’t use a lot of college-level words in my articles. I base my entries on events that are going on and use my own judgment based on a little research that doesn’t take a lot to do. To be honest, I don’t have the time to do extensive research like I want to, nor do I have a scholarly mind. And lets be real, there are more important places for such writings to be than on a simple blog such as mine.

So, where am I going with this? Well, this is in response to certain commenters who, in literally so many words, have taken the time to express how wrong I am whenever an issue dealing that reflects who I am as a black person takes center stage and I write about it. I express my thoughts and emotions, but there are those who will not approve and will find something wrong with that. And I strongly believe that it’s because I’m a person of color who dares to talk about racism.

I don’t mind being told I’m wrong, but it gets on my nerves when the reasons why are mundane and weightless. And when I explain myself, it’s like talking to a broken record that repeats the same responses over and over. It’s like being told that my thoughts are worthless compared to the other person’s and that is the core of these isms and phobias against certain people that we have to deal with all the time.

I’ve dealt with people, some claiming to be people of color, who told me that my focus is on a subject they felt was not important enough to mention. I was told that racism wasn’t a big deal in this country, at least today. I was told that black-on-black crime was the real issue. I was told that black people were “out of control”. I was told this and that from those who seemed to can’t stand the subject of racism enough to want to virtually troll around and even derail topics.

Being told how wrong you are when you are a person of color discussing racism helps to kill the topic for seemingly personal and immoral reasons. Racism is a realistic subject that is just as important today as it was 40 years ago. When you have unarmed black people getting killed left and right by (mostly) white police, for instance, racism becomes a possibility when it’s happening by the hundreds each year. I’ve yet to hear about unarmed white citizens murdered by black cops at the exact same frequency. Until that happens, it’s quite understandable, like it or not, that racism is a factor.

The subject of racism is so heavy and complex that it tires a soul out, a soul who’s aware that it exists. But it’s even more exhausting trying to convince naysayers that it’s still going on, and they don’t believe you no matter how hard to try to prove it. The truth is you can’t ‘prove’ racism to them, because they are stuck in denial. It’s as if they are willingly blind and ignorant to the obvious. Nothing can make them consider otherwise.

However, the other truth is that there is no argument when it’s open and plain for anyone to see. There is no “other side” to consider when certain groups of people are being demonized and dehumanized daily. But they exhaust themselves trying to convince me and others that the issue of racism is a minor topic compared to whatever they think is considered more important.

That is why I end up banning them from my den. In the end, they’re trying to tell me that my thoughts don’t matter, and that my feelings are insignificant. In other words, I’m not supposed to get upset or scared whenever another black person is killed by a crazed cop. I’m not supposed to get angry that more and more young black folks are streaming to prison in record numbers for the most minor offenses. I’m supposed to keep quiet when my people are constantly misrepresented in the media 24 hours a day. And I’m supposed to shut up when people bring up stupid reasons why people shouldn’t stand up against that and other forms of racism.

We can not agree on the same thing. But when people start seeing that racism is not only real but terrible, maybe, just maybe there will be some progress. Then again, not everyone is down with progress, and that is part of the problem.

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22 thoughts on “A Right To Speak

  1. I feel your frustration and I live it as well. This current climate seems to be one long endless snuff film. I’ve seen Black people killed in real time more than I have ever at any point in my life. And yet, we are still blamed for being “wild” or “deserving” of such treatment. I have lost the ability to argue the point because if you can’t see what I’m saying then nothing I could say will make you see it. But let’s not be fooled into believing this is anything less than an agenda being put forward. And yet we have hashtags to label our pain and outrage as if they are revelations only we of the highly melaninated peoples knew existed.

    This summer is gonna be a hot one and methinks the powers that be are looking forward to the show.

    Excellent commentary Brotha.

  2. I express my thoughts and emotions, but there are those who will not approve and will find something wrong with that. And I strongly believe that it’s because I’m a person of color who dares to talk about racism.

    I don’t mind being told I’m wrong, but it gets on my nerves when the reasons why are mundane and weightless. And when I explain myself, it’s like talking to a broken record that repeats the same responses over and over. It’s like being told that my thoughts are worthless compared to the other person’s and that is the core of these isms and phobias against certain people that we have to deal with all the time.

    I’ve dealt with people, some claiming to be people of color, who told me that my focus is on a subject they felt was not important enough to mention. I was told that racism wasn’t a big deal in this country, at least today. I was told that black-on-black crime was the real issue. I was told that black people were “out of control”. I was told this and that from those who seemed to can’t stand the subject of racism enough to want to virtually troll around and even derail topics.

    Those trolls are of the worst kind – the ‘concern’ trolls pretending to be PoC, yet repeating, verbatim, the racist BS statistics and insane, inane rhetoric that has been spouted from any and every racist, separatist, supremacist and / or conservative “source.” Responding to them is an exercise in futility – you will only drive yourself mad as they suck you into their vortex of willful ignorance.

    I think the saddest thing is that some of these trolls are liberal saviours, who can’t be trusted any more than conservative, tea-bagging bigots…all political labels are anathema to me.

    Good article – we need to keep pointing out racism wherever it exists, even if others try to shout us down and drown us out. Save energy for that…not for engaging trolls in endless, rhetorical arguments that go nowhere.

    Just my $0.02…

  3. See that knowledge! It’s your blog, your views, your opinions and your facts. If they don’t like it, then they need to start their own blog and not try to discredit yours.

  4. Well, this is in response to certain commenters who, in literally so many words, have taken the time to express how wrong I am whenever an issue dealing that reflects who I am as a black person takes center stage and I write about it. – Brothawolf

    Bothawolf, you must remember, … Amerika has an ugly history of denying black folks some of the basics of life. How to read and write, denied the right for a black husband and wife to cohabitate by sending them to different plantations. In short, the objective of unprogressive and feeble minded whites is to deny you and the black man in general the right for you to see yourself as an autonomous (self-determining) human being. Generally, they want you to view yourself either as mere property or as a little boy and not having the right to fully express yourself. The ultimate goal of WHITEY is to deny you your humanity!

    The reason why whites are terrified of any black man that’s FREE not only as a thinker but physically as well, is because they know that if your imagination as a free thinker is arrested, well then, you are already defeated. On the other hand, any black man who’s firm about their position and who they are as a person, they then see you as a threat because you’re falling for their bullshit. Do not allow yourself to conform to the thinking of someone else. Never allow anyone to take away or deny that what you saw with your own two eyes (the shooting of black men) was in fact a lie. Also, if some former cave dweller does attempt this stunt, well then, they simply don’t deserve or qualify for a response from you. In other words, hurt their feelings with silence!

    Keep up the good work Brothawolf!

  5. I’m going to state something that might be hard for some or even you to believe. I think the mannerisms that CNN shows these reports of brutality alone against black persons might be just a way to perpetuate strong world wide stereotypes. It’s important to show the injustices committed but step back…. Step back and let’s really re-examine the country (US of A) because that’s what we are focused on. They won’t highlight or regurgitate any of the police brutality against several white people for a reason… It puts scale and highlights on white people in both urban and rural settings and shatters stereo type myths. CNN is literally exploiting and manipulating these facts… The media knows many folks will see the news and say that’s just another unruly dead ” ” and move on and further add to their stereotypical subconsciousness…

  6. Hogwash! If you put your ideas out there, you should expect that there just might be people who might disagree with you. If you’re telling them to shutup, then you’re no different from what you’re trying to condemn. And, no Katina, you DON’T get to have your own facts. The facts are the facts are the facts… no one owns them. By saying that Brotha Wolf has his own facts you’re just saying that he gets to make crap up. And blakksage, you’re bringing up stuff that hasn’t been seen in 150 years and talking like it’s today. I’m calling BS on you. If you continue to put out garbage like this, it’s no wonder there are people calling you on it. They’re not trolls, theyre free thinkers.

  7. Those arguments you listed in regards to posters nay-saying racism, are nothing but deflective retorts to the topic of racism. I say mock em! Since they try to trivialize Black folks feelings, I say do the same thing! Nothing pisses them off more that a thankless ‘cullud’ ain’t ‘listening to them. Besides, they really can’t be taken seriously, but that’s their point isn’t it?

  8. ColonialistThinker said: “And blakksage, you’re bringing up stuff that hasn’t been seen in 150 years and talking like it’s today. I’m calling BS on you. They’re not trolls, theyre free thinkers.”

    Let me tell you something BOY. You don’t get the right to tell me how to respond to a blog post. You may have a better chance to succeed at sitting your little wrinkle ass on a chair filled with needles, but not here with me. And you incorrect again to say that trolls are something other than those who attempt to derail the posted topic, just like you’re trying to do here. You are an EFFing troll!

    However, you are correct when you state than I speak of things that took place over 150 years ago as if they’re still taking place today. Practically the same shit is still happening today as they did for more than 150 years ago.

    Even further, I take personal offense to that because black people was on this continent even prior to Christopher Columbus’ bitch ass brought slaves for a personal fee against their will. In fact, I take offense again because my ancestors were brought here within the hull of an EFFing slave ship over 400 years ago, not a mere 150 years ago. Give credit where credit is due, … nincompoop! Get your facts together before making a darn fool of yourself BOY! Isn’t Amerikkka still grappling with the following?

    Discrimination and racism against blacks
    Thuggification of blacks
    Marginalization of blacks
    Extrajudicial killing of blacks
    Criminalization of blacks
    Ghettoization of blacks
    Murdering of unarmed black men
    Economic, social political disenfranchisement of blacks

    ColonialistThinker, are we not still dealing with the same bullshit TODAY, as we did with stupid ass white folks over 400 years ago?? Aren’t we BOY!

    Sick ass white boys like you make me EFFing sick. I will never conform my thinking and behavior to be consistent with yours or any other former cave dweller. You and other trolls will never pull this conformity thinking on me or to make me feel as if what I’m saying is wrong. Therefore, you may as well do what a lot of white folks are notorious for doing when they want to feel as if they’re still in control, either go and phuck your sister or ask your mother to get down on her knees at the threshold of your zipper for a little comfort.

    Now, go ahead and post your second weak ass post which I’m certain will amount to saying nothing!

    1. Yeah they keep talking about 150 years ago when what happened to Hank Aaron, James Byrd, Ricky Byrdsong and countless others wasn’t 150 years ago.

  9. @Blakksage, that has to have been one of the funniest posts I think I’ve ever read. It was so full of paranoid, brain-dead, nonsensical hoo-hah that for a moment I figured you MUST be joking. No one REALLY believes all that stupid garbage! But, apparently, YOU do. By the way, I like that your initials are bs, because it’s so fitting. So, since I think you’re actually telling the truth, and that you DO believe all that dimwitted tripe you posted, I’ll answer you as if you WERE serious.

    Go ahead, show me where slavery is STILL taking place. Show me where you don’t have the right to express yourself. Were you somehow censored in THIS blog (like I will be, and a bunch of others who disagreed with Brotha Wolf)? Where the WHOLE “EFFing” WORLD can see your luminescent thinking? Whites are so terrified of a free black man that they voted overwhelmingly to put one in the most powerful office in the world, to have quite a lot of power over ALL white men in America. Yeah. Ok.

    Serious question: Are you an idiot? Or are YOU a troll? Maybe you’re PURPOSELY putting out this kind of demented slop to make BLACK people look stupid. Because, if I were a black person (I’m not, nor am I white), I’d be embarrassed to have you agree with me.

    And you talk about the few dozens of black men who are killed by cops each year, while your friend “TeddyBearSniffer” is telling about all the WHITE guys being shot that the media just aren’t telling us about! You guys are so full of schizoid, irrational rantings, you wouldn’t know it when one of your other personalities bit you full on the ass!

    So, no as a country we don’t struggle with thuggification of blacks. No, we don’t marginalize blacks, we make them the President. No we don’t criminalize blacks. Black criminals criminalize black criminals. Duh! No, as a country, we don’t ghettoize black people, black people separate themselves. No we don’t murder unarmed black men, BLACK MEN murder unarmed black men, women and children, you moron. And, no, there is no economic disenfranchisement of black people. Here’s where you will drop the ball again: give me HARD EVIDENCE of ANY of what you say.

    Go ahead. Offer some HARD EVIDENCE of ANYTHING you say, because if you don’t then you’re just a low-IQ blowhard, following the Man like all the other sheep. Only this time, “the Man” is a racist sleazeball with dark skin. I gave you HARD EVIDENCE: The President of the United States. Want some more? Here you go. Why, it’s on this very blog! Right here: https://brothawolf.wordpress.com/2015/04/19/verns-venting-lies-white-people-tell/ . Read Lavern’s Fourth Paragraph where she tells about all the black governors, mayors, aldermen, state senators all across the land. Oh, and she even mentions the President of the United States? Marginalized? I don’t think so! Ghettoized? Is the White House in a ghetto? Discrimination? Is being elected President, or governor or senator or alderman or mayor discrimination? You have some WEIRD thoughts about discrimination!

    Don’t worry, Broth Wolf won’t have the balls to publish this, so you can just stay in your own pisspot of hatred, ignorance, bigotry, and fake anger, and all the while pretend you’re all righteous and noble, when you’re really just pathetic.

    As for your penultimate (use a dictionary) paragraph. Yep. YOU’RE a real man, YOU are, with that kind of thinking going on in your head. Ooooooohhhh… crazy black man is all proud of himself that he can talk like poor white trash to a brown girl, and feel all big and strong.

    You’re an embarrassment. But then so is Brotha Wolf’s ignorant, whiny pile of s**t original post that started this whole whine fest in the first place.

    🙂

      1. This asshole ‘Free Thinker’ can go fuck himself as can others of his ilk. He writes of your ‘anger’, but he sounds angrier than anyone here. Even if he/she isn’t ‘white’, so what? Folks look to your own because many other racialized people are just as racist if not more so than their white counterparts when it comes to people of African descent.

        In essence, this piece or shit wouldn’t dare speak or carry on in person to a black person. Hell, they may even spout what whites call ‘politically’ corrects sound bites and slogans. They reserve their vitriol for blogs such as this under the guise of ‘debate’. Motherfucker, he is under no obligation to ‘debate’ you or your fellow fucking agony aunties. This guy has the patience of Job when it comes to assholes like you. Anyhow, fuck off and good riddance to asswipes such as yourself! I curse because, unlike long drawn out bloviations, cussing is concise and to the point. Oh and you don’t debate lunatics.

    1. You forget that the White House has been LILY-WHITE for years and please don’t use my point about black people overcoming the many obstacles placed before them to aide your stupidity. Those people what there are of them got where they are in SPITE of discrimination that’s what I was saying. I’m pretty sure if you ask the people I was talking about they will tell many horror stories about the racism they faced on there path to a better life. Or do I have to remind you of all the blatant and subtle racism President Obama dealt with before and after his election? You are missing the forest for the trees my friend.

  10. ColonialistThinker said: “Ooooooohhhh… crazy black man is all proud of himself that he can talk like poor white trash to a brown girl, and feel all big and strong.”

    You’re so darn funny ColonialistThinker,! Just like I thought, you’d respond with a post that’s either off topic; literally saying nothing or another childish rant! In fact, you just barely qualify for a response. Move on free thinking TROLL!

  11. Herneith said: “I curse because, unlike long drawn out bloviations, cussing is concise and to the point.”

    I’m not sure if this quote was directed at me, but I did post a somewhat long response to ColonialistThinker. In any event, for argument’s sake, if this was a knock on my post, don’t get offended because of how I chose to respond. Hell, … you didn’t even have to read it, you had a choice read it and perhaps learn something or ignore it and remain ignorant by learning nothing. And now, because I chose to modify my expletives, as opposed to showing just how much of a small vocabulary that someone has, LIKE YOU, you appear to be offended. In short, you want me to respond to a blog post in a manner consistent with your level of ignorance.

    Tell me, … is this what you wanted instead? Just like I told ColonialistThinker, THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN! Therefore, continue scrolling , don’t read my posts and shut the phuck up!

    I refrain from using expletives on blogs because personally, I believe on one hand it’s a sign of disrespect to the moderator and on the other hand it’s also an advertisement of someone’s ignorance that utilizes curse words as well.

    In summary, if you want to appear ignorant as opposed to someone having at least a twelfth-grader’s level of intelligence, the choice is yours. Hell, … this is supposedly a free country, ISN’T IT?

    1. Blakksage, my post wasn’t directed at you. I apologize if you thought as such. It was directed at ‘flyonthewall’ and his ilk. I apologize to you as I should have been clearer. In fact, I enjoy your commentary. I don’t believe in giving posters such as ‘flyonthewall’ or his ilk any intelligent rebuttals or debate as they rehash every racist meme they can come up with. Again I apologize.

  12. Excellent commentary and valid points on the hypocrisy that runs rampant outta the troLLs mouth (here, and around the nation/plantation as well), everyonE!!!

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