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2015 will be upon us, unless you’ve read this post after New Year’s. But looking back in the year 2014, it was definitely a wild ride with more loops to go through.
We lost several famous people along the way. We lost James Avery and Juanita Moore when the year started on a ridiculously cold note due to that thing known as the polar vortex. You know, the time when everything was much colder than usual and conservatives considered it proof that there’s no such thing as global warming.
Then, there was the whole Chris Christie scandal and that situation with the Washington Bridge. It was on the news for a while, but I guess it’s no longer an issue, at least for the New Jersey mayor.
I guess people were more hyped about the Seattle Seahawks going to the Super Bowl with Richard Sherman leading the charge in the most scary-to-most-white-people way when he trashed talked like a WWE wrester on national TV. People, mostly racists, considered that “thug” behavior. We all know why that is. But even if he was “respectable” like Forrest Whitiker’s role in the movie The Butler, racist fuckers would still find a reason to hate on Sherman. A black man, especially a father doing the damn thing like combing his daughter’s hair can never win in this shithole of a society. If assholes like Ted Nugent can take a shit on the legacy of Dr. King, they can screw over any black person. Or they would prefer to find the less reputable of us like that video of a toddler cursing up a storm while adults got their chuckles on and consider that as “black culture”.
That gave rise to the media sensation of the so-called “knockout games” where a few black youth would literally knock down random people in the street. Media reporting got so bad that you have people like Ashley Depew “creating” nonexistent black suspects to cover up those who actually fucked them up.
The hatred of black men is evident among America’s “finest” as it seems like we’ve seen a spike of cop killings this year alone. We’ve lost Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Akai Gurley, Eric Garner, John Crawford and Yvette Smith, Tanesha Anderson and God knows who else. And those responsible such as the pigs that murdered Aiyana Standley-Jones, Michael Brown and Tamir Rice were able to walk away thanks to a racist injustice system.
Cops like Darren Wilson, Jeffery Follmer and apparently, hundreds of cops nationwide have that police privilege that immunes them from any responsibility when they abuse or kill anyone, including unarmed black folks. They think that they’re just doing their job and everything would be cool if people would just cooperate. And if they get their asses beat, that’s all on them.
Out of that chaos sprang a movement that demands that black lives be given the respect and dignity that is only afforded to white people. One man by the name of Ismaaiyl Brinsley took it to fatal extremes executing two cops after shooting his girl and before taking his own life. And the media saw fit to link him to the movement.
Speaking of the media and its shenanigans, have you noticed how black victims are treated poorly as compared to white suspects? If not, lots of people did. It seems white people are basically good folks, but a few – according to the same media – have glitches that cause them to go haywire in the most violent way possible. Such was the case of Elliot Rodger, the misogynistic, racist, overprivileged fool who shot up Isla Vista in California or Bradley William Stone, the guy who shot six people in Pennsylvania before killing himself. And let’s not forget the pumpkin madness caused by young whites over something stupid or the usual Halloween racists who still haven’t gotten the moment that people of color are not costumes. All while showing the world they didn’t care too much for the numerous African women kidnapped earlier this year.
White people, particularly those of the famous variety, continued to show off their privileges and racism this year. Iggy Azalea, Ridley Scott (Well, Hollywood in general for producting such tripe like Blended, Noah and Exodus), Donald Sterling, Tal Fortgang, Anthony Cumia (One-half of the former duo Opie and Anthony), the dudes who frequent on websites like 4chan, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, the fools who went to poor black neighborhoods pranking poor blacks and almost getting their asses whooped on and, of course, xPrae continue to deny white privilege while actively perpetuating, participating, producing and promoting it.
We also saw black shame from the media. Ray Rice (and a few other black athletes that caught the attention of TMZ which caught the attention of other news outlets), Solange and yes, Bill Cosby have made the news for all the wrong reasons that threaten negative stereotypes. Ray Rice beat his wife. Solange beat Jay-Z. And Cosby’s accused of beating up the pu…well, I won’t go there, but you know what I mean. He’s accused of being a serial rapist. Then there’s the Real Housewives of Atlanta, Love and Hip Hop and the scourge known as Sorority Sisters. Does Mona Scott hate black people?
We lost a lot of notable people this year. We lost James Avery, Robin Williams, The Ultimate Warrior, Marion Berry, Big Bank Hank of the Sugar Hill Gang, Buster Jones, Joan Rivers, Meshach Taylor, Bobby Womack, Casey Kasem, Ruby Dee, Chester Nez, Yuri Kochiyama, Dr. Maya Angelou, Bob Hoskins, DJ E-Z Rock, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Karyn Washington, Frankie Knuckles and Chokwe Lumumba,
However, we’ve seen a lot of great things this year. Shonda Rhimes wows audiences with her new show How to Get Away with Murder starring Viola Davis. We saw the release of Blackish starring Anthony Anderson and Tracey Ellis Ross. We see Michael Sam showing the world that being gay is a beautiful thing. We saw young black women and men being overachievers, geniuses, entrepreneurs, activists, defying stereotypes and doing the damn thing. And we will, without a doubt, see more of that in 2015.
What do you remember most about 2014? What do you remember that I’ve missed in this article? What do you hope to see in 2015? Sound off below and I’ll see you next year.
P.S. I may create my own website.
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Darren Wilson, the infamous cop who shot and killed Michael Brown, a young, unarmed, black male teen, in Ferguson, Missouri has been getting quite a fan base.
First, a fund raising site called Gofundme.com had a page set up so his supporters could donate some money for the embattled officer. The amount swelled up like a balloon in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Second, there was a Facebook page showing love and support of Wilson. It currently has almost 80,000 likes.
Then, there are police officers, former comrades of Wilson, who expressed their solidarity by wearing wristbands that read “I am Darren Wilson“.
Finally, there’s the very recent confrontation at a baseball game between a large group of St. Louis Cardinal fans, who turned out to be Darren Wilson supporters and activists calling for justice in Michael Brown’s murder at a baseball game. One of them even had a piece of poster board that read “I am Darren Wilson” taped on his back. But that wasn’t the worst part. Dead Spin listed asshole-worthy moments involving the fans:
We start off with a bang…An old white Cardinals fan begins telling the protesters—all of whom appear to be black—that they need to get jobs. He looks right in the camera, proudly, and says, “That’s right! If they’d be working, we wouldn’t have this problem!”
The crowd of Cardinals fans begin drowning out the protesters’ chants with a “Let’s go Cardinals!” chant. Well, they could be saying worse things…
They start saying much worse things. The “Let’s go Cardinals!” chant has turned into a “Let’s go Darren!” chant. Cool.
One of the Cardinals fans calls one of the protesters a “crack head” and tells him he needs to go see a dentist.
The “Let’s go Cardinals” chant starts up again.
One of the Cardinals fans starts telling one of the protesters that if he ever “saw him in the street” he would “look at the ground.” They argue for a bit about who would and would not whip whose ass.
A small blonde lady starts yelling at the protesters: “We’re the ones who gave all y’all the freedoms that you have!”
An older female Cardinals fan begins telling the man holding the camera, who claims he is a former Marine, that she doesn’t believe he is a veteran. The conversation does not go well for her.
The Cardinals fans start in on a very loud “USA! USA! USA!” chant.
Another Cardinals fan begins yelling at the protesters, telling them that they need to get jobs.
A female Cardinals fan begins chanting “Africa! Africa! Africa!” at the protesters.
A Cardinals fans tells the protesters that they need to remove their hats and pull up their pants.
Since each movement and some other expressions siding with Wilson, who recently testified before a St. Louis grand jury, and having his back during this saga, I would have to agree that these and most other Wilson supporters are indeed Darren Wilson, and Darren Wilson is them! And there’s really nothing to be proud of.
Wilson showed such contempt for the life of a young man for reasons unknown that he played God and took it violently. Those who believe that Wilson was the actual victim may likely hold the same sentiments regarding black life, especially that of Michael Brown, whom many seem to believe caused his own murder by doing something he shouldn’t have. And some may hold the same feelings whenever any black person is murdered by…anyone.
In America, a black male who dies from violence is seen as a black male who himself was violent, whether he was or not. Therefore, his chaotic death is inevitable, and there’s nothing that can be done, because he brought it on himself due to the always exclusively dysfunctional nature of black culture proclaim by racist whites. That’s why not too many people with such thinking will not break a sweat in doing anything about it except complain and point fingers.
Many people, including yours truly, suspect the ever-present specter of racism behind not only the Brown’s death but also how Wilson, a white male, was never arrested or punished. We also sense it in the acclamation these men get, most of whom are white themselves. And unless you’ve been asleep, we’ve seen this bullshit before over and over again, and they are damn good reasons why we see race in the eternal season of black male hunting. When all excuses other than race has been crossed out as illogical and irrelevant by racism deniers, many of whom are racist themselves, there can only be one viable explanation.
Since Brown’s death, there have been what seems to be an increase in police brutality against black people. Some are viciously injured and others are killed. All of those people are Michael Brown, Oscar Grant and Rekia Boyd, to name a few. Those who support the cops who killed them are Darren Wilson, Johannes Mehserle and Dante Servin, also to name a few.
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NOTE: I admit that I had reservations about posting this article. However, Ms. Merriweather has a right to express her thoughts and opinions, and she has been very honest about what she says. So, as always, comment below.
By Lavern Merriweather:
There seems to be a growing and serious divide among black men and women. Not to say that black males and females have always gotten along, but these days it seems to be getting worse.
Many black women columnists and bloggers on the internet are expressing their disgust about the so-called Ray Rice scandal and how it is being handled by NFL commissioner Roger Goddell. While I agree that what Rice did was abhorrent, I also feel that there is a lot of fake self-serving grandstanding being used for selfish purposes. If there is one thing I can’t stand it’s a hypocrite, especially one who is very glaring obvious with their inconsistency, then acts as if nobody else is going to notice.
Several black females have weighed in, and even though I can understand their anger, I have a problem with the motivation behind it. I have written many critical emails to some black women in the blogworld questioning how they can one minute decry the deaths of young black males like Trayvon Martin and Mike Brown then freely engage white males in their blatantly racist double standards towards black male celebrities. When you claim continuously that your outrage is being fueled by a despicable act, then shouldn’t you be disgusted with ANY male that commits it?
Black women are many times just as silent as white men when it comes to domestic violence from white male celebrities. Hell, they are silent for any criminal accusation directed towards a white male that’s famous. This leads me to believe that you are more concerned with getting your licks in on black men than actually giving a shit about the issue itself. If that’s not the case, then you should either attack all the guilty parties or fess up and say “Yes, I only want to demonize certain people,” since that is clearly what you are doing anyway. Either come right out and admit that this is a personal issue between just you and black males. Or stop pretending that it’s about the issue of violence towards women when you are selective in your vilification.
I heard very little if any outcry from black women on the internet about the appalling assault on grandmother Marlene Pinnock. Marlene is the black female pedestrian that was savagely beaten by a white male cop in California for – what I could see – was doing nothing more than crossing the street. Blow after blow was rained on Ms. Pinnock’s head by this thug. Still, black women have yet to unleash a derogatory rant on the white male responsible. And before anyone complains that some black women did respond, please email me those posts, because I have yet to see one. Trust me when I say I did look for them, but I never found one.
Not only that, black women on the web decry of this so-called ‘black male privilege’ without ever mentioning how extremely limited it is or ever speak of their own. Black female intellectuals that speak out about the daily luxuries afforded to black men seem to be forgetting about their own. By that, I mean precisely the one that allows them via a computer keyboard to denounce behavior not exclusive to black men as if it were.
Last time I checked, domestic violence cut across every line, be it racial, social, economical and yes even gender. Yet to hear black women tell it, Becky, as she is known, can fend for her damn self when it comes to dealing with an abusive white male, especially one that is well known and beloved by an easily influenced public. It appears that there are some boats black women are not willing to rock.
Another thing that bothers me about all the pious blither blather is when black women speak so dismayed about the issue of facing both racism and sexism. That’s funny, because they don’t ever bring up the fact that it often times comes from the very SAME person! If you think for one second some of that the racism you experience from white males isn’t infused just as much with your predisposed gender, then I have a huge statue that sits on Ellis Island to sell you.
I’m also very troubled by the latest trend of black women demanding that black females who are killed by police in America get as much attention as the Sean Bells and Mike Browns of the world. I must be missing something when the fuck did this become competition? Now, we need a scoring chart to see who life has more value? What a damn crock! I don’t disagree that black women should get equal time too, but to make it a problem that exists between the sexes is foolish and pure bunk. If black women feel so slighted, then why aren’t YOU speaking out on the deaths of black women at the hands of cops who in all likelihood were white, rather than jumping on bandwagons that you are fully aware come from a place of pseudo outrage born out of white male arrogance?
Black women that are currently siding with their white male brethren on the Ray Rice situation could just as easily spend some of that time calling out their white colleagues for ignoring the plight of Ms. Pinnock or any black women for that matter. In case they haven’t noticed, the very people they are so pissed at for not discussing the deaths of young black women are the very white males now fawning over Ray’s wife Janay, as they make a mockery of the all too real problem of spousal abuse.
Brotha himself has discussed at length his disappointment in his fellow black males for how they treat black women, as well as apologized for his what he feels is a privilege that he can enjoy while black women cannot. Although I don’t disagree, I feel that black women, if they truly mean what they say, should also acknowledge the part they play in tearing down the black males that they claim, at certain times, to be defending. That also goes for this supposed irritation at Becky, but standing side by side with white female feminuts when they target black men in the most racist and sickening way.
The call for respect needs to be expressed by both sides, not just one, and black women need to put much of their money where their mouth is. This constantly trying to have it both ways leads the conversation in way too many directions.
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The argument I may get from the usual suspects will be that I can’t talk about white people since I’m not white. Therefore, doing so would mean I’m being judgmental or more precisely, a racist, race baiter or liberal. If I was indeed white, the response would still be vehement in the name of white honor. But in the aftermath of the media upheaval over the Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, and any other black NFL player who have been spotted for being accused of domestic violence and the usual outcry from white feminists that followed, as expected, there are a few violent, gun-related incidents I think society, including White America, need to be just as outraged over and start asking themselves what they can do to make some changes.
You may wanna get comfortable, because this will be a long one.
In Deltona, Florida, a man, Frederick Wenzel IV, was upset because he had to move back home to live with his parents. He got drunk as hell and was possessed by the NRA demon. He grabbed an AK-47 rifle and started firing wherever he felt like it. Luckily, no one was hurt, and he was arrested and slapped with multiple charges, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Imagine the surprise I didn’t feel when I heard how he was arrested instead of shot by police. I don’t think a “What if” scenario that imagines a color reversal is needed as we all know what would happen.
In another part of the country, in Corpus Christi, Texas, Sammuel Tooney went on a shooting rampage in an RV park that killed three people and injured one child. It was reported that he intended to murder the people since he had a long-standing beef with them.
Some people will use the “mentally ill” excuse, but we see too many cases like the next one not to accept it as a case of a few lonely, crazed nuts out to destroy everyone and themselves.
In Bell, Florida, a convicted felon and grandfather of six, one of them being a baby, Don Spirit fatally shot and killed his grandchildren, his daughter and himself. It’s unknown why he did it. But reports say that he had a lengthy criminal record which included accidentally shooting and killing his 8 year-old son and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Pathetically, there are other cases of trigger happy white men who’s gun appreciation have endangered and cost lives. A father in Florida gave a gun to his suicidal son. A man in Missouri shot at a fleeing car after a Craigslist sale got screwed up. And a “survivalist” in Pennsylvania opened fire at a deadly ambush against cops at a state police barracks. Remember, these are just a FEW cases.
Has anyone noticed how most of these notable acts of violence happened in the South? Not that it makes a difference, but it’s not entirely surprising seeing as how it is virtually red with strong conservative values, one of which relies on the Second Amendment’s right to own guns. The only thing is that it is ‘acceptable’ if you’re a white male, especially with the crime and violence we Negroes cause, threatening the existence of the so-called “superior” white race.
A gun rights advocate wearing a bulletproof vest brandishing a firearm in Nashville named Leonard Embody was spotted by news outside a Metro school as a way of making a statement that “guns aren’t dangerous”. Apparently, he suffers from short-term memory or long-term stupidity as he seems ignorant of the long list of school shootings in this country alone. However, Embody is not alone. Open Carry marches seem to be a trend with white gun owners. One group even had the nerve to walk in a predominantly black neighborhood in Virginia. I guess they had a free pass with a black member among them.
I haven’t heard anyone discuss the incessant need for white folks to want to possess guns, not to mention an urge to carry them out in public as if they were fanny packs. It seems like white people seem awfully fearful about what “could happen”, and I speculate that menaces in black skin are at the top of their list. I doubt that these and other incidents of violence by white folks even register in their minds that white people are the biggest threat to white people. The killers and loons reported in local and national news are individuals who simply lost it in the white gaze. To white (male) gun owners, they may even be comrades or in a more outrageous sense, heroes.
Two black males were murdered by the police that are in the national spotlight as of now. One was John Crawford, who held a toy gun in a Wal-Mart store and was shot because…well, you know. Cameron Tillman who was 14 years-old, was the latest prey to be hunted by cops as he was the victim of being another young, black male suspect. Even though the reports say there was a scuffle with police in the latter case, there are no reports that state Tillman was armed. It’s hard to say if they were killed by white officers. Regardless, their lives was terminated due to the distorted vision of whiteness that sees black men as the eternal enemy.
Nevertheless, in most cop and vigilante shootings involving black people, the victims were unarmed. Yet, they scared the shit outta white people. Unfortunately, those white people were packing, and didn’t hold back pulling the trigger. This is a part of what it means to be black in America, you are more threatening WITHOUT a gun than a white person WITH a gun.