After Darren Wilson, a white cop with a color-aroused of black males was let off the hook for the murder of Michael Brown, an unarmed black male, there have been reports of violence in their hometown of Ferguson, Missouri. The protesters were pissed off, because another cop got off easy for taking a black life like it needed to be snuffed out. Ferguson is now the epicenter of the unraveling of the suppressed animosity hidden deep within American citizens forced to survive – not live – in an unfair, racist society.
But then, you have the usual oppositional comments from those who likely don’t know what it’s like to be a part of “the other”. From the obviously racist to the naive hypocrisy glaring in the phrase “Violence never solves anything.”
Yeah. Violence never solves anything per sae, but it’s a hell of a sure fire way to get what you want. Besides, if you use that phrase to condemn the protesters against a racist, oppressive system, but stand behind Darren Wilson, you’ve proven to be the biggest hypocrite since Bill Clinton.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or have allowed to school system to brainwash you, you would know that violence gave birth to this country. America, as you know it, would never be what it is without the genocide of the First Nation people, the brutal kidnapping, enslavement and holocaust of Africans and their descendants, the bombing of other nations, including those in Asia and the Middle East, the oppression of Blacks, keeping out immigrants from below the southern boarder and all forms of systematic violence against poor people, including whites.
But alas, I’m not supposed to bring all that shit up, because that would be blaming the ever-innocent white man. It’s all ancient history. So, that doesn’t matter. There’s no need to bring it up. Funny, how some people consider the past irrelevant whether it’s 500 years ago, 50 years ago or five minutes ago when it concerns forms of white racism.
Crime and violence are not exclusive to black culture just like terrorism is not a part of the Islam faith, nor is the word “illegal” is not used as an adjective against a person of color from another nation. History shows that white culture – like it or not – throughout history has been the leader in those sins. Maybe it’s past time to own up and pay up.
And if you think this is another case of blaming the white man, go ahead and think that, because that’s probably what needs to happen. White men are not as innocent as they proclaim themselves to be. If you’re stupid enough to link terrorism with Islam, then don’t be shocked when we link the KKK with Christianity.
So, pardon me and other folks when we tell you to stuff that fake pacifist shit up your ass when you support government actions that take the lives of so many people. Violence is an American as apple pie, and so many of us are ravenous for it. Do yourself a huge favor, and deal with that shit and own up to it before you make a colossal ass out of yourself.
P.S. I almost forgot. Some of you lose your shit after sports events like Hockey or mundane things like pumpkins, as it seems. You have a problem with violence going on in your community with murder-suicides, serial killings and sexual assault. So, how can you tell us that violence doesn’t solve anything when your people are still using it for insignificant events and pathological hatred against your own?
Go ahead. I’ll wait for your weak-ass argument.
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From ABC News:
Before hundreds of men from the Navajo Nation became Code Talkers, Nez and 28 others were recruited to develop a code based on the then-unwritten Navajo language. Locked in a room for 13 weeks, they came up with an initial glossary of more than 200 terms using Navajo words for red soil, war chief, braided hair and hummingbird, for example, and an alphabet.
Nez never tired of telling the story to highlight his pride in having served his country and stress the importance of preserving the Navajo language. The 93-year-old died Wednesday morning of kidney failure with plenty of appearances still scheduled, said Judith Avila, who helped Nez publish his memoirs. He was the last of the original group of 29 Navajo Code Talkers.
“It’s one of the greatest parts of history that we used our own native language during World War II,” Nez told The Associated Press in 2009. “We’re very proud of it.”
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During a news conference in January, when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that nine out of ten Native Americans “prefer” the name “Redskins,” he was quoting that 2004 survey of 768 people who identified themselves as American Indian.
“Of course it is both disgusting and predictable,” Fenelon told ICTMN about the 90 percent figure that Goodell quoted. “It is a major reason why I agreed to take this [study] on… The dominant society knows on some level that it is bogus to run these uncritical polls, and then reproduce results that don’t resonate with real experience.”
The Chinese Exclusion Act (1882) was a US law that shut off all immigration from China to the US except for scholars, merchants, diplomats and professionals. It is where the American idea of “illegal aliens” comes from, the beginning of the country’s racist immigration policies.
At first just immigration from China was limited, then Japan and Korea were added (1907), then the Asiatic Barred Zone (1917) and then southern and eastern Europe (1924). On top of that, Chinese and Mexicans were being driven out by violence and deportation.
That is why the US was so lily-white in the 1950s. Some think of that as the “natural” state of the country, but it was the creation of a set of racist policies that began with the Chinese Exclusion Act, policies that were not overturned till 1965.
Sexual violence and its perpetrators are often unassuming. The situations that yield such experiences are often so bound up in extended intimate relationships and a culture of sexual over-determination that the ability to recognize them as violations, or the desire of the victim to do so, is difficult to access. This is to say that the discussion on this touchy subject can never be directed to only those men “who would never have sex with a woman against her will and never want to be caught up in stupid situations that can be easily avoided” (Watkins).
While I am just beginning the healing process six years later, this incident forced me to recognize the ways Troy, Mel, and Anthony (two heterosexual and one queer black man) showed up for me. They did not judge me or pose thoughtless questions that would position me as essentially responsible or reckless, but, somehow, my twenty-one year old self—the one who had lost her virginity at twenty and only had one other sex partner beyond this guy—knew to be afraid to speak, to be ashamed of my actions, to blame myself, and to keep it a secret. These men showed up for me when I could not possibly show up for myself. The love demonstrated in their actions was radical!
A few weeks ago we revealed the most epic prank when we highlighted to story of a homeless man who was blessed with $1,000, and a fully furnished home by YouTube comic Magic of Rahat.
Now the man is passing along his good fortune to others in need.
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by Lavern Merriweather
I know very little about Alaskan Inuit people, but that’s because of my own laziness. Still, if I were to judge them based solely on TV ads, I would think that they were funny looking little folks who smiled all the time and screamed or hooted loudly when excited while living in igloos. They must also be all men, because I don’t see Alaskan women represented anywhere. And they must also only be five feet tall, because they are always tiny.
This could be a valid ideal of what Alaskans are like, but I doubt it. Even on one of my favorite shows “Northern Exposure”, the majority of the people in that town were white. Come to think of it, most people on shows set in Alaska tend to be of a Caucasian persuasion. There were only two Native people on Exposure and one of them was actually a white actor whose character supposedly was mixed to justify their lack of diversity in hiring practices. The most troubling part about all of this is that this is not new.
TV and Hollyweed, for numerous years, have showcased to the viewing audience an image of people of color that is woefully inaccurate; the most recent target being Arabs. I guess it’s because they are a safe group to attack. I mean after Sept. 11, many of us watching the tube in the United States should expect Middle Easterners to be portrayed as they really are, which according to most filmmakers and producers are a bunch of sneaky, scary, dangerous lowlifes out to slaughter Americans in the name of their Jihad. They apparently have no concept of morals or decency and obviously can’t wait to spill the blood of American infidels. At least, that’s what you would think if you have seen enough movies or shows with Arab actors in them.
Not to say that they are all bad. In fact, the sequel to “Harold and Kumar” was very critical of white people’s fears. There have even been some big screen flicks that show Arab people questioning the disgraceful level of hatred towards them. The one I love the most is the guy in that dreadful Jodie Foster vehicle “Flight Plan”. The movie itself was a steaming pile of dog doo. However, I liked that when Jodie initially accuses him after her daughter goes missing, he gets to tell her off. Then, in a later scene, he gets to body slam Jodie to the ground when she tries to storm the cockpit. I liked the Arab man not only standing up for himself, but also getting to vent his grievances.
Still, most of the work Arab performers get will be the same shit like that Ah-nuld junk “True Lies”. Ironic that although he is of Austrian descent, Arnie never has to worry about typecasting. Hell, most of the roles he gets make no mention of his ancestry, and he gets to be different European ethnicities.
Many folks of color, especially Arabs, can only dream of the day where their nationality will have nothing to do with why they were hired. Problem is that a lot of the Hollywhore mindset is still stuck in a whites only water fountains time warp. They don’t create change, because they don’t want change. They want to protect the status quo so that they stay on top of it. Any threat to that won’t be tolerated, which is why you can have countless shitty movies starring white actors green lit while Spike Lee had to beg for money from rich black folks so he could finish his groundbreaking “Malcolm X” picture.
It’s why after many decades of supposed progress, we still have stories of black folks in major motion pictures focusing on them as only servants, why a number of ridiculously talented folk can’t get a job, unless they play a subordinate or someone who doesn’t make it past ten minutes in a horror film, and if they do last any longer, then they’ll bump them off eventually before the credits role.
My guess is that horror films often times require empathy for you to enjoy them. Think about it. If you don’t give a shit about what happens to the people on screen, then what the hell is the point? Naturally black folks aren’t worth feeling sorry for. So, their asses got to go right off the bat. It’s something that I, Brotha and many other black folks have written posts bitching about. Yet, it still keeps happening. Why? Because any version of a person of color must be filtered through the lens of white eyes.
You can’t have a good-looking, engaging, charismatic hottest of hotties like Chow-Yun Fat be relatable to white moviegoers, unless he plays a cliché at some point. Same thing goes for “28 Days Later” star Naomie Harris. It doesn’t work that way. You can’t have films like “Indian Runner” or “Once Were Warriors” on multiple screens around America. But have somebody like Mike Myers or Jack Black playing a man of color in an extremely offensive way and that movie will open across the globe everywhere.
“The movies that humanize non-white folks won’t sell as many tickets as the ones that mock or make fun of us,” according to Hollywhite logic.
What’s worse is POC actors act subservient on screen while seeming to love every minute of being a caricature. Any black person who believes that the days of Stepin Fetchit are over is completely deluding themselves. It’s gotten so bad that now even black men are playing mammies, unless you have another word for what it is that Martin Lawrence and Eddie Murphy are doing when they dressed in drag as old, fat black women.
And if it’s not stereotyping, then it’s ignoring altogether. I have noticed that once Disney makes a princess flick with a female of color then you never see them represented again. No more Native Americans, Asians, Arabs and certainly darkies from A-fri-ca need apply. Your services are no longer valued once they get what they want from you.
I recall long ago when I first saw “A Soldier’s Story”. In one incredibly powerful scene, the late and very great Adolph Ceasar recounts an incident that happened when he first got in the army. He was explaining to another character why he hated one particular soldier in their barracks. While he and fellow black cadets were at a bar In France, some white males were there also. The white privates told some French women that black people were monkeys and to emphasize their attitude convinced a black male to parade around with a tale and a sign declaring him king of the monkeys which he happily joined in on, oblivious to the outrage of his fellow blacks. He was killed later that night.
Now, I don’t want to kill any black performer or entertainer that enjoys being a high paid coon to the delight of white audiences. I do however believe that a few of them need a serious beatdown.
Satire, according to Merriam-Webster dictionary, is a way of using humor to show that someone or something is foolish, weak, bad, etc. It is humor that shows the weaknesses or bad qualities of a person, government, society, etc. Satire is usually used as motivations or plot devices for stories in literary and film media, mostly used to get a few laughs in and to make people think and talk at the same time.
When satire misses it mark in any narrative, intentional or purposeful, and becomes neither funny nor thought-provoking, it shows up as an insult that mostly only privileged people fun hilarious. The satire argument is when people defend such offensive jokes in the mainstream, claiming it be “just satire”.
The American mainstream media factory continuously manufactures and distributes entertainment in the name of satire. The only concern is that most of the factory workers, and their bosses, are straight white males from the left. As such, most mainstream comedies are modeled for their amusement. What we find out there when we go to the movies or turn on the TV are stories and sketches that are supposed to mock society’s isms and phobias. However, a good chuck of those turn being part of the “other” into a punchline that seems never get old.
Take Seth MacFarlane’s animation empire on Fox. He has made a fortune in producing three animated sitcoms: Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show. All three shows are among Fox’s most popular programs. And all three rely heavily on MacFarlane’s brand of dark, blue-collar humor of fart jokes. gruesome violence and cutaway gags.
However, most of MacFarlane’s projects never tire on using white liberal humor that makes fun of anyone that is not straight, white and male. While some may argue that the real target for ridicule is aimed at American society, especially how white people think and act, the laughs are mostly aimed towards those who fit outside that exclusive box for straight, white American males only. Beyond that are jokes about women, people of color, foreigners, non-Christians and gays o’plenty.
Recently on Twitter, we saw Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report tried to poke fun at the current controversy surrounding Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins and his creation a foundation for Native Americans while still maintaining the name for his football team. But Colbert’s attempt at satire took a wrong turn when he tweeted about creating a foundation for Asian Americans called the “Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.” Activist Suey Park caught wind of this, and a firestorm was ignited by the hashtag #cancelcolbert.
The controversy surrounding Colbert, Park and skit and tweets inbetween has still being debated with people talking sides on who’s the most wrong. Some will say that all parties involved got it wrong. But this attempt of satire, no matter how screwed up it is, has definitely got people talking, especially with how to approach social issues with a sense of humor.
Satire is hard to achieve, and without a doubt, you have to be clever as hell to get people laughing and thinking at the same time. It can’t simply be dismissed as “just” satire. White liberals in mainstream circuits use racism as a punchline for their comedy routines. But can bringing laughter to society’s problems really spark any hope of change? Is it supposed to invoke change? On the contrary, it seems to help desensitize an already insensitive public. And that’s no laughing matter.
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On Wednesday’s Colbert Report, the satirist made fun of Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder’s recently announced Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation. Snyder created the charity “to provide resources that offer genuine opportunities for Tribal communities,” according to a press release, but Colbert mocked it as an attempt at positive PR for the NFL team and its controversial name, which many consider to be racist.
Playing off of Wednesday’s segment, the verified Twitter account for The Colbert Show, which is often written in the persona of the blowhard TV-host character Colbert portrays, posted this tweet on Thursday to its 1 million followers:
I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.— The Colbert Report (@ColbertReport) March 27, 2014
“Ching-Chong Ding-Dong” is a reference to a satirical Asian caricature Colbert has assumed on the show in the past, including a January 2011 segment attacking Rush Limbaugh. It was also part of Wednesday’s segment about the Redskins.
After outrage erupted on the social network, the tweet was deleted, but not before the #CancelColbert hashtag started trending.
The Sandra Bullock vehicle Blind Side is another example of the white woman as a central, racialized figure in a movie. As you may recall, the movie is based on the true story of a white woman who adopts an African American boy who comes from a poor family. I wrote about this moviewhen it came out last year and noted that it’s a version of the “white savior film” that many sociologists have studied. The film was a huge hit at the box office (grossing approximately$255 million dollars) and earned Sandra Bullock an Academy Award for Best Actress. It also seems to have prompted something of a life-imitating-art moment for Bullock who, shortly after the film – and her marriage – ended, adopted an African American child.
The entire premise of the film Blind Side rests on the race and gender of the lead character; there’s no story here without the central fact that this is a white woman adopting a black child. Imagine a Tyler Perry production where Janet Jackson is the playing the lead and she takes in a poor, African American child. It might get produced (by Perry and maybe Oprah) but it’s not going to do $255 million at the box office and Ms. Jackson (lovely as she is) is not getting an Oscar nod. The whiteness of the lead female character is the sine qua non of the Blind Side.
The night Victor White Sr.’s son died in the backseat of a cop car in New Iberia, Louisiana, he called the local sheriff’s station to figure out where his boy was.
“I asked them if he’d been apprehended, and they told me no,” he said to me. It wasn’t until the following morning, March 3, that Victor Sr. found out his son, Victor White III, had been arrested and died while in police custody. But he didn’t receive the news from the New Iberia Sheriff’s Department—he got the call from his son Leonard, who also lives in New Iberia and had been questioned that morning by police in connection with the death of his brother.
Immediately, of course, Victor Sr. made the two-hour drive from his home in Alexandria down to New Iberia to find out what the hell was going on. But the cops refused to tell him anything about the circumstances surrounding his 22-year-old son’s death, citing an ongoing investigation by the state police. At that point, Victor Sr. had no idea his son’s death was caused by a gunshot to the back while he was still in handcuffs in the backseat of a patrol car. Every official he talked to was cagey.
Is that why “Little Brother” only features boys in the 9 to 13 age range?
That’s part of it. Also, we don’t see them. In the media we see black teens but you gotta get there first, right? And I knew that around age 10, something was happening to black boys—and we weren’t seeing anything on it. It’s popular to hear that when young black boys enter the 4th grade that’s when “they” start planning how many prison beds to account for. I don’t know who said that but what I do know is that Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu has said that the 4th grade is when boys emotionally drop out of school. Also, as you’re approaching the teen years and puberty, it’s a very special time and I thought that it would be cool to learn about when boys learn about their emotional, nurturing sides. Our approach is very direct. We focus on their emotional side, love, their love lives and what they project them to be. They teach us a lot.
The interviews are refreshingly intimate. Tell me more about the questions you asked them and why.
I wanted to know, what they thought they’d grow up to be. Were they planning on getting married or starting a family? If they were or were not born into traditional nuclear families, what did they think their own family was supposed to look like?
And what did you find?
These young black boys still carry very idealistic beliefs. They’re going to be grown men with partners and they’re going to have children—many children! They’re going to have a good life, be financially stable, have a good job and be alive. They haven’t projected anything other than that—and they include God in that plan.