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We Have Lost Our Collective Minds!! : Misplaced Anger

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. 

This how I feel right now

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.

Where are the 1574 comments on this?

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.

In love,

Christopher Collins


5 thoughts on “We Have Lost Our Collective Minds!! : Misplaced Anger

  1. What you are saying has a very clear and direct point…. however, who is supposed to this lead these charges for systemic change? Where is the Martin, Malcolm, Booker T, Dubois of this generation? Where is Harriet Tubman, CJ Walker, Angela Davis? We don’t even trust one another in the community long enough or have enough conversations about critical issues long enough to even see if a plan can be devised.

    Black people (in general) still have a chip on our collective shoulders that prevents us from being honest about our ability to like other races, expose ourselves to completely different experiences than what our parents grew up with, and actually have a conversation that goes beyond hip hop lyrics and fashion!

    Can we use our voice for something that matters? Maybe….but who is going to convince the people who have the ear of the community (Wayne, Jay Z, Jeezy, etc. etc.) to push some of this change the few of us want to see?

  2. Chris, being from Chicago and now living in Houston, I hear you loud and clear.. Growing up in the 60’s, up north where we grew up chatting.. I may be Black but I am Somebody…living now 2012 in the south , when the motto is ” can’t we all just get along”….We are the Malcoms, the Martins, .. thank you …

  3. i respectfully disagree with this post.

    please understand that we are a WORLD of short attention spans. There are still people dying in Japan and Haiti but because our news isn’t covering it, most of our attention has long since moved elsewhere.

    but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t small fundraisers still being held and non-profit/ngo workers not still doing their part. 1 person can only do so much to change the world, but they can try.

    as for the post at hand – i think there are multiple issues at hand.

    you simply cannot take a serious emotional/physical/legal/mental issue and make light of it. you simply cannot take a complex ugly act and turn it into a simple matter of logic& responsibility. sexual assault and rape is not that black or white. if we can’t even agree what it is/looks like, how can we say 100% how to prevent it? and knowing what some women know (who have been through it or are closely connected to it via studies, volunteer or work), the type of sexual assault we always default, isn’t even the most prevalent kind. so unless you dont want a woman to date men at all, she has a higher chance of being assaulted by someone she knows, trusted and wore track pants around vs the stranger in the club with a roofie. no one is saying crazy roofie dude doesn’t exist, but to completely ignore all the others, no matter how uncomfortable as it may be to think about is ignorant, frustrating and dangerous.

    also, some issues touch people differently. i live in canada, so knew only what i voluntarily read about troy davis via news and twitter. and just because it was an injustice against black people – doesn’t mean as a black person it SHOULD matter to me. i take the abuse of children, here and abroad a lot more personally than i do than the abuse of animals. does this make me horrible person? no. it just makes me human. there are people out there who place animals above all others.

    it takes many kinds to make the world go round. i wish i could be like Jesus, and care about all things, that concern all people. fact is, i just dont have that kind of space in my brain, heart or soul.

    all i can do is try to educate people when touting erroneous facts about subject that i am knowledgeable about, learn things that i am ignorant about and hope to leave a positive footprint behind.

    • Keisha thanks for responding to the post. I think my message may not have been conveyed clearly enough. I am not excusing VSB for the post. But my issue ties into some of what you mentioned though. We are a world of short attention spans, and the African-American community is no different. But that needs to change! We need to pick a topic, any topic, and stick with it. I don’t want us to care about all things, I want us to care about a few things for more than their alloted 15 mins of fame. I agree that you don’t have to ride for Troy Davis just because he is black. But I do want you to pick a cause and ride for it. If that is woman’s issues and the abuse of children, great – stick with it and become a champion for it.

      I simply feel that the energy put into the post was wasted. Partly because of the tone of the discussion and partly because it didn’t piss people off enough to invoke a change (for most). I feel a lot of it was provincial proselytizing.

      I would personally like to see that same passion and effort, sustained and put into a more fruitful exercise.

      • sorry for the delay to your reply.

        i understand your wish for the world, but how do we go about changing it? twitter is a reflection of what our world is like these days. fast, first and instant. breaking news isn’t broken fast enough for some.

        i dont think the energy was wasted for all. did it sway some people to look at the topic differently? absolutely. a post that spurs regular readers to discontinue, is serious enough to stop and take notice. all the subsequent rebuttal posts written (including my own to be posted this week), went 1 step further than people were able to do on the post itself, knowing the message would be lost.

        i used to work in fundraising for different non-profit organizations, and one of the key things to being a successful fundraiser is identifying people who have a personal tie to your cause. it means they are more likely to give.

        there are plenty of worthy causes out there, but some are closer to one’s heart and life than others, so that’s where their time and money go.

        it’s a small step, but it’s a step nonetheless.
        don’t give up entirely on the world. 🙂

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