Conservative blogger whitesplains how Black America can be successful (UPDATE)

xPraetorius, owner and operator of the Praetorian Writers’ Group has decided to give some advice as to how Black Americans can succeed in America. Apparently, as a white male, he knows what makes black people tick. So, he has compiled a foolproof recipe for black people on how to prosper in the freest nation ever founded, according to him:

  • Get an education — go at least through college (get a real education. No “African-Americans Studies” or other nonsense. Get an education that will allow you to provide a good or service for the next forty or so years)
  • Learn to speak English well
  • Work hard
  • Present yourself more or less normally to others
  • Interact normally with others
  • No tattoos.
  • Do what you can to keep your family together.
  • Stay married, so that your children have the greatest possible opportunity to succeed too.

It’s as simple as that, folks. xPrae believes this is what will guarantee life, liberty and happiness for us poor, downtrodden blacks in a country that’s a virtual utopia for us.

For those who don’t understand how this could possibly be offensive, allow me to translate each point:

  • xPrae believes that learning is a vital venture when it comes to success. But for black folks, it’s a sure thing. Except don’t learn about your history in America because that’s stupid. He doesn’t think African American studies is considered ‘real education’. So, I guess we have to learn about all the jolly shit only white people did since time immemorial as a first step to reaching the top for a limited time only (40 or so years.)
  • xPrae suggests that black people need to ‘speak well’ in order to navigate in today’s world. I assume he means speaking the king’s English. I also assume that he thinks we’re not smart enough to know how to speak when it comes to the workplace, or worse, he thinks we hate speaking properly. Yes, black people have their own dialect. We call it ‘Ebonics’. But we know when to use it and when not to use it when necessary.
  • xPrae obviously believes in the bootstrap myth. Working hard will lead you to the American dream, also known as meritocracy. He believes that failing is an individual problem, never due to institutional and systemic factors that stifles the realities black people have faced and are facing which has been documented for years. They simply don’t exist to him, and black people who fall short only have themselves to blame.
  • xPrae advises that we should present ourselves as ‘normal’ to others, more or less. But he hasn’t explained that ‘normal’ looks like. So, he left that one pretty vague. We can only assume at this point what he truly meant.
  • We should interact normally with others. Again, what does xPrae mean by ‘normally’? What is normal to him?
  • xPrae must think only black people have this affinity for tattoos. And he must also believe that we’re that stupid not to know better. Where did he get this idea from, Bill O’Reilly?
  • I actually agree with his suggestion to keep family together. But again, it’s suspect since he placed this in a list of things Black Americans must do to achieve success.
  • Lastly, xPrae thinks staying married with kids will ensure success for their kids. I guess he doesn’t think children can be successful from single parent homes. But like all his other points, he provides little to no explanation or reference links to further elaborate his views.

xPraetorius has also warned black people to be wary of those calling themselves black leaders. He thinks they, whoever they are, are lying through their teeth about institutional racism and white supremacist thinking. On top of that, he thinks we’re the ones telling black people we can’t do this or that. This is coming from someone who professes on being insightful about the world around him. But his list questions if he ever so much as met a black person in his entire life or that he learned from watching Fox News .

And as usual, he took this post as another opportunity to talk smack me about and Abagond, yet again. He even claims that Abagond is one of those who believe that black people can’t achieve squat despite evidence to the contrary. But as usual, xPrae provides no evidence.

I have to wonder what kind of world is xPrae living in where he thinks his views are objective. I have not heard one prominent black figure discourage black people from succeeding anything. Most of that dispiritedness came from white racists since day one doing everything they can to make sure the majority doesn’t reach alpha status. But as someone so detached from reality that he thinks racism isn’t a big problem in one article but cries about how me and another black blogger are racist towards him and white people overall because of the skin color and not because he and white racist trolls have been insulting, ignorant and condescending, he doesn’t see it that way and doesn’t want to.

I guess that’s why xPrae didn’t bother to write about – say – the Charleston church shooting. He probably doesn’t think it was racially motivated or that it didn’t happen altogether. xPrae’s textbook conservatism and delusional mindset that spawns white paternalism, white denial, white egotism and, of course, white racism is his gospel as seen in his blog and his comments. It is his way, the truth and the light. And his obsession with outspoken black bloggers continues as he sees us as part of the problem with black people. Not him. Never him.

UPDATE: Less than 30 minutes after this article was posted, Apollo, a troll I banned a couple of years ago appeared with the following message:

apollo

It seems suspicious that he would make this comment almost immediately after I made a post about his buddy xPraetorius. It’s also strange how he never commented in his blog for – at least – the last several blog posts he made but came running when I made a pingback to an article xPrae wrote. To that end, I suspect that Apollo is another one of xPrae’s sock puppets.

On top of that, in no time, xPrae produced a response, patting himself on the back for me “taking the bait” thinking he’s right again as he tries to deconstruct my article in the most sheltered, conservative white male way possible which will include a barrage of name calling. (There won’t be a link to it.)

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13 thoughts on “Conservative blogger whitesplains how Black America can be successful (UPDATE)

  1. Well, here’s my unwanted two cents:

    He’s absolutely right or, at least, following the aging idea that a college education is the route to financial success. And again, he’s right – assuming he meant majoring in it, which I think he did – that Black Studies, Women’s Studies, and other such things are largely useless in the job market.

    He’s wrong though in a way since the focus on education needs to start much younger. Blacks, especially Black men, enroll in college at a higher per capita rate than Whites. It’s just that their graduation rates in the case of Black men is lower.

    The language thing? Meh. I see too many Blacks who can’t or won’t speak normative, American English to refute his statement but I’m not going to discount yours either. I’m used to the phrase, “Code Switching,” though the too common complaints from Blacks about having to do it plays into xPraetorius’ statement as well.

    The look and behavior things? Yeah. I read it as dress and act White, which is how I assume you did as well but weren’t going to go there without empiric evidence.

    Again, like it or not, that’s solid advice…within reason (I’m not going to go into hair or clothing colors since you and I actually probably agree on those things). The more normal one seems, the less likelihood of extra scrutiny one will receive. This is made more true for Blacks since it seems that a lot of their “style” is deliberately different from- and bothersome to Whites’

    And tattoos? Really? xPraetorius does seem to have an issue and one that is aging poorly. I both see more extreme tattoos on Whites than Blacks (and yeah, I live in “the hood”) and see plenty of people with them who have good jobs.

    Hell! I used to work for the New York Stock Exchange and saw both Whites and Blacks with neck and hand tattoos – and facial piercings and gauged ears in the case of one of the Whites – working as stockbrokers and investment bankers. Times and the acceptability of body mods have changed.

    On family – he’s 100% right. Single parenthood is the #1 reason for children growing up in poverty and childhood poverty – for a variety of reasons, some possibly arguably racist – is the #1 reason for later failure to succeed in life.

    On work – he’s mostly right but the point on family needs to included in it. Hard work will improve your situation but, if you started off at the bottom it’s not going to be enough to get you that far up the ranks as it were. It’s more a case where you can move up some and, following the other bits of advice, put your children in a position to do better. It’s, in my opinion, a long game strategy.

    1. Jonolan,

      I never fully agreed with everything you say. But you have made good points.

      1. I know learning about African-American studies ALONE won’t get you much of anywhere in a white racist society. STILL, Black people should have the right and opportunity to learn about their people and not just learn how great white people have been from history books being taught nationwide in the school system.

      2. Black people know how to code switch, because it’s a survival technique. We do it because we have to, something xPrae refuses to see.

      3. xPrae’s article was littered with shit white people say, but provides no substance. There are no references, not even to his seemingly favorite news site National Review. So, his use of the words ‘normal’ and ‘real’ are blank. But like you said, I suspect that he must be referring to whiteness.

      4. Single parenthood doesn’t guarantee a poverty-stricken live just like a two-parent household doesn’t mean that the children will live a successful life.

      5. Like I said, xPrae’s meritocracy is flawed if not, as with the rest of the article, bland. All in all, it was just a list of watered down advice points that have been used by trolls like himself with no intellectual foundation to stand on much less no complex reasoning behind it.

  2. Its gotten to the point where I pretty much just dismiss this White male gibberish for exactly what it is: the delusional natterings of men, who were once sought after for the answers to all life’s questions, but who are now stuck in the past, as the world moved on without them.

    As a librarian, whose job it is to find the truth of things and give it freely to those who want it, I have no patience for illogical foolishness. I’m a black woman, a scholar, and a librarian. I’ve been engaged in critical thinking my whole life because I’ve had no choice but to do it, if I wanted to understand how the world worked, and now I get paid to do just that.

    Such men desperately want to be consulted for their opinions on subjects about which they know nothing, but think they do, because they’ve given it a little bit of thought. To them, every problem is a simple one, with clearcut rules. Theirs! They have never engaged in critically thinking about anything in their lives, as they’ve never needed to do it, have had no practice at it, and hence are extremely bad at it. They’ve done no research, no reading on the subjects in question, or even watched a documentary about it, but they’ve got opinions.

    Boy! do they have opinions! On anything and everything! And we should all just shutup and recieve their wisdom, while being told to reject the wisdom of the leaders of own race.

    Men like that never have anything new, surprising, or insightful, to say. All they have are assertions and declarations without receipts. And it never occurs to them to provide any because, in the past, a White man’s word was taken as gospel, even when he had absolutely no knowledge ofthe subject under discussion.

    I’ve been done with White gibberish (since White women do this too) since yesterday.

    1. That sums up xPrae’s way of thinking. And it’s gotten to the point where he even has to troll to make his point known. He even uses sock puppets to make himself appear like he has supporters. To me a person who uses sock puppets must not be too concerned about the truth. xPrae cares more about his inflated ego and white supremacist conservatism to see reality.

      1. This xprae is a mentally ill loon with too much time on his hands! Just try reading one of his posts. Ignore him. Having any type of discourse with him is like talking to a wall and reading his posts are like watching paint dry.

      2. I look forward to the day when he’s exposed to the point where he can’t defend himself no matter what. He’s shown he’s morally bankrupt but doesn’t see it. Well, one day, xPrae will be unveiled as the asshole he truly is.

    1. I try to, but after this article, I’m going to put all my effort into letting xPrae go even though he won’t let me go. I don’t know what his deal is. He’s just that demented and lost.

    1. He’s more obsessed with being right, right in both meanings of the word. He’s committed to conservatism, and convinced he knows more about the world than us.

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