When did we become so damn sensitive people! You cats kill me with your internet policing and widespread backlash against anything that doesn’t tow the company line. It amazes me how you can be all on somebody’s jock one day and as soon as they stray away from what you consider their lane you want to crucify them on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and etch-a-sketch. Miss me with that! This is what’s wrong with us. This is the gift and the curse of the internet and the blogging community. On a larger scale this is what’s wrong with people and the particular example I’m speaking of is what’s wrong with our culture ; African-Americans. Do I think the cat was outta line? Sure. Every topic ain’t for everybody. But the firestorm that ensued is misplaced anger. We are angry and we took it out on the wrong person. Once again this is America so you can talk crazy about the post all you want, but you’re wrong (IMHO).
This backlash is misguided and misdirected. Where was this when the hateful speech at the GOP debate continually called out black people based on ill-conceived stereotypes and blatant racism? Huh? Answer me dammit! Where was all of this passion when elected or possibly soon to be elected officials where doing everything but calling you a nigger on national television, to standing ovations no less. We are focused on the wrong thing family.
Where is the fight about the change in textbooks that whitewash history? Huh? Yea that’s what I thought. Texas is now teaching that slavery was simply an industry that aided America in becoming great. That slavery wasn’t a brutal, immoral, rape and pillage of a people that left systematic injustices still felt today. Your kids will be taught that our founding fathers having slaves was just part of the game, no big deal. They will learn Martin Luther King, Jr was possibly a Communist, Malcolm X was a militant terrorist and the KKK was misunderstood social club. And y’all tripping cause some cats that normally write from the perspective of being a funny a$$hole hurt your feelings? But that’s why you like them, they’re provactive, it gets the people going. There are more important and volatile things that need our attention.
I understand the emotions that come along with touchy topics and the propensity of the bourgeois black folks to articulate their wit, moral fortitude, and erudite nature of societal appropriateness, but in the words of Riley Freeman, “nigga please!!” Our voice is strong, but we are yelling at a wall, preaching to the choir, and any other cliché or catch pharse about barking up the wrong tree. We fight for Troy Davis for 3 days then drop the mantle on the disappropriate sentencing targeting young black men and women in our urban communities. We are still having conversations I killed already! (I know who am I to kill a conversation? My kids think I’m the ish and that’s all that counts) What I’m saying is this:
We have become a bunch of pansies and everyone knows it but us. With all our advanced degrees and social influence, we still focus on money, clothes, and hoes (male & female) instead of generational wealth, socioeconomic equality, and loving every inch of our black skin! Our voice is one that has shaped history, changed the course of nation, and shut down bullshiggity for years. Can we use it for something that matters again? Please.