This is a special addition of ‘Your Thoughts’ where the thread is open for those who have been victims of racism. This is where you tell your experience. And if you have more than one, feel free to explain it.
To a lot of white folks, black people are the worst things since cold grits. They’re obsessed with thinking they’re superior to everyone else, especially blacks while hung up on the notion that we’re naturally below them in every way they deem is important to them.
Their claim to fame is all the accomplishments done by White Americans and Europeans since time immemorial. Many of them think that all of the greatness of Planet Earth, i.e. civilizations and sciences for instance, was only done by pale face. The rest of the world, especially in the tiny land of Africa, didn’t do shit as far as they’re concerned, and they wouldn’t be civilized without the intervention of the great white man.
Their “evidence”, and I use that term loosely, usually comes from – of course – white supremacy sources. Crime reports, real or fabricated, are “proof” to them. The local news where the suspect is a black person is “proof” to them. Pseudoscience produced by struggling business owners with high school diplomas from the South or Midwest are proof to them. Basically, anything that hints towards the damning lie of black inferiority is worthy of their attention.
It’s no use lecturing them on historical, societal and scientific truths, because white supremacy is the truth to them. It’s their only “truth”. White people are not just people. They’re better! Everyone else who disagrees, including actual experts, are simply wrong. No argument will suffice. None!
Diversity, in their minds, promotes white genocide. Black crime or rather black-on-white crime is astronomical. Affirmative action is the only explanation why a black person advances in his or her career. Again, no counter argument with actual facts and data will work on them. The superior white race is in danger from the inferior black race.
They are proud to be white. Yet, their pride is hollow as they need to hate nonwhites in order to feel good about their complexion. They can’t love their whiteness without hating blackness. And many of them are fine with that.
Oh, and don’t even think of bringing up slavery or racism. Black people are in the state they’re in, because of their own culture. White people didn’t do anything. They’re cosmically innocent.
What are your thoughts? Why do you think a lot of white people hate and fear black people? Leave your comments below.
Being woke is another way of being aware of what’s really going on. It’s when one notices that something’s wrong and knows that it’s empirically wrong. It’s when you see that what’s considered normal by many is actually crazy as hell.
But if you know about something but is ignorant about another, does that mean you’re still woke, still asleep or at least, drowsy?
For example, you believe that classism is a major concern in this nation. However, you believe that it’s a bigger problem than say…racism. Or you’re against sexual assault and rape, but you think that most rape accusations, especially against male suspects, are false. Or you may believe that black lives matter but think black people need to focus more on “black-on-black crime” as opposed to police imposed and state sanctioned violence.
What do you think? Can being aware on some issues but uninformed on others still make you woke? Are there varying levels of “wokeness”? Please comment below.
Once, he was regarded as “America’s Dad”, but now, he’s also known as a sexual predator. And while he still has many supporters, his name is permanently tarnished.
Bill Cosby was heavily admired with bringing forth a brand images of blackness that struck not only presented some new shit to the mainstream but has also brought with it a form of black respectability with a side of family-friendly comedy that was limited in the media landscape.
While Cosby was pushing envelopes, however, he was also apparently pushing up and into numerous women without their consent. 60 women accused the comedian and actor of drugging and sexually assaulting them while being passed out. It’s been brought up before several years ago, albeit not at the magnitude it is now, but it wasn’t until late 2014 that another comedian Hannibal Buress made a joke about it that more women came forward. With each new face came new cracks in Cosby’s career, his future projects his overall wholesome image and his legacy.
Click on this Wikipedia page for more information on the history of Cosby’s allegations.
Fast forward to today and to make a long story short, a trial is set on June 5, 2017. After several days, it is declared a mistrial. However, prosecutor Gloria Allred declare that the fight is not over.
ABC News has a timeline of events leading up to the first day of the trial.
So, here are my thoughts about the whole story, and please leave your thoughts in the comment section.
I honestly liked Bill Cosby during my much younger days. He made me laugh with his pseudo-drunk, primarily family friendly humor. I especially loved his stand-up comedy film Bill Cosby: Himself. But I never saw him as anything more than a talented, hardworking man in show business, and I admired him for that.
In all honestly, I was shocked and dismayed by the flood of sexual assault allegations that came pouring after Hannibal Buress’ viral comedy routine. But I kinda was disappointed in Cosby a decade prior with his now-infamous “pound cake speech” in which he morphed into a conservative grandfather scolding at Black America for, as he implied, not doing better as our ancestors hoped for in their struggles.
The speech was polarizing. Some black folks agreed, believing that it was a harsh but imperative lecture. However, others heard the personality responsibility and respectability political tones throughout Cosby’s words which were – at its core – useless in a racist nation where black people would be despised even if they wore top hats, tuxedos and spoke Oxford English.
And like the accusations, trial and fallout that came afterwards, opinions on Cosby are still heavily divided. There are people who condemn him, believing what he did was unforgivable and hoped that he would be sentenced for the rest of his twilight years in prison. However, Cosby still has faithful followers, some of them believing he was targeted. They think there’s a plot against him due to his legendary status, his wealth and his failed bid to purchase NBC. Whatever theories abound, people cannot fathom Mr. Cosby of being a sexual predator.
The problem is people almost never fathom any man, especially one of considerable fame, great wealth and many accomplishments, of having a dark side. And with the history of racism, whenever a black man is accused of rape, we always assume that the victim is lying and scheming, especially if she’s a white woman. We condemn the victim for trying to send another black man to jail, and if he’s rich, we think she’s a worst kind of gold digger looking for a way to sue, collect cash and ruin his reputation and power. Like it or not, it’s a symptom of rape culture and victim blaming.
We can easily say how there’s no proof Cosby raped those women, that’s it’s just hearsay. We can support his claims that he’s innocent. We can latch on to conspiracy theories. And we can wonder why the accusations have emerged during a period of tepid racial tension, even though it’s been brought up before in the past and many of us weren’t paying attention. But we have to come to grips that Bill Cosby, the historic idol who pioneered television with his creativity, humor, wisdom and drive just might be a serial rapist, even when remembering his glory days watching The Cosby Show on TV One.
That is if you are watching.
It would be a year since the passing of one of music’s greatest and more ingenious icons. I want to open this thread for anyone to share their fondest memories about Prince’s music. If you want to post your favorite videos, you can.
Here are some of the major points to know about this latest and troubling news story as provided by the New York Times:
It’s also worth noting that Trump ordered a ban against Syrian refugees from entering the country. However, he saw fit to fire shots at their nation despite the potential of harming civilians. Also, as mentioned above, the plan to bomb Syria was put forth under Obama’s watch. Yet, Republicans refused to support it. And the bombing that happened in 2013 was reported as much deadlier than the recent attack. Why the flip-flop?
What are your thoughts on this and the entire situation with Syria?
Here are my thoughts.
Like many of you, I’m still in a slight state of panic. However, I’m not too surprised. Donald Trump is this country’s new President, despite his numerous – and I do mean numerous flaws, shortcomings and examples of his overwhelming ignorance, the same traits pathetically found within most of his disciples.
Will I watch Trump getting inaugurated into office? Maybe. Maybe not. Those who won’t, I don’t blame you. Those who are but don’t care about Trump will do so to see how it goes out or curiosity to see what happens. Those who adore him will no doubt enjoy this as they see it as the first day of making America ‘great’ again.
Now, before any possible trolling from Trump supporters begin, which will probably be loaded with elementary school-grade name calling and racism, subtle or overt, I want to say that Barack Obama was not perfect either. But compared to Trump, he was still a gentleman. And sadly, the average Trump voter sees that as a huge problem.
Barack Obama is a successful black man who became the most powerful politician in the nation. That’s a major problem to them. It’s big enough that people on the right are willing to make up and(or) believe any lie and conspiracy theory, and instead of criticizing his policies with genuine insight and information, they prefer to unleash their inner Klansman spirits and call him and his family every racist name in the book, even make some up if need be.
“But they are not racist,” they claim.
People call Obama a divisive president who ignited racism as if it magically began in November of 2008. (Most of those who make that claim unwittingly exposed their racial hatred towards the former Commander-in-Chief.) But who’s the one who mentioned building a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border? Who wants to keep Muslims out of the country? Who keeps referring to black people as “the blacks” and that we all live in the inner city?
And we need not to bring up the obvious that if Obama was accused of half the shit Trump is accused of, not only would he had never been got so much as a nomination, he would likely be in prison. Again, Obama was not perfect. But after learning about Trump’s racism, misogyny, sexual harassment and Islamophobia, I’d rather have four more years of Obama. Hell, he can stay in the White House for as long as he lives. Turn the White House into the Black House, dammit!
I’m joking here.
But seriously, the nervousness that blacks and other marginalized people in this society feel is not without good reason. Though we are told different by ‘privileged’ folks who not only don’t truly know, but don’t wish to hear about our struggles. Some of them believe they are in worst shape than we. And as such transformed fear and hatred into ‘virtues’. To them it’s necessary to look down on those who are worse off than they are. They think they not only deserve the best, but that they are the best as far as human race goes.
As far as black people go, we’ve endured that crap for what seemed like eons now. With Trump beginning his term as President of the United States, it’s nothing new that half of this nation would walk to the ends of the earth for this man, because he embodies all that they admire: hatred, ignorance, wealth, a fragile male ego, whiteness, an overprivleged human being with no fucks given about who he hurts.
As I’ve said several times, Trump is their savior, a wealthy white male who shares the same disdain they do about all they consider is ‘wrong’ with this country. He’s their messiah who came back to save America – from us.
But here’s the thing, and it may sound unbelievable, but many black people love this country. We love this country more than Trump and his followers. Why? In a sense, we’re its conscience. We’re the little angels on America’s shoulders telling it what it should do to better itself and its people. While this nation listened and has definitely improved, it still refuses to fully reflect on its sins. Trump being President is that time where America decided to listen to the little devils on the opposite shoulder. And if you watch cartoons, you always know that what happens next isn’t good.
However, black people will survive. Humanity will survive. We will likely have to fight harder than ever, but we will make it. Black people are survivors. We always have been ever since we were kidnapped from our homeland. And we will survive the Trump era no matter what it takes.
What say you?
Dylann Roof, the young man responsible for the Charleston Massacre, has been given the death penalty.
What are your thoughts? Do you think he deserves it? Do you think death is too easy? Sound off below, and don’t hold back.