Me: I saw you called me a few times yesterday. Is everything alright?
Dad: I have something very important to tell you.
Me: Okay. What is it?
Dad: Please... take a shower.
Dad: And wash behind your ears. You were smelling funny yesterday.
Me: But Dad... I said "sorry, I was running around Central Park yesterday."
Dad: You forget to take a bath.
Me: Dad, how am I suppose to take a bath yesterday before you pick me up? Do you know what I'm doing now? Taking a shower!
Dad: Did you took a bath before you go to bed?
Me: Yes, I - wait, why are you talking to me like a child?
Dad: Because you stink like hell yesterday.
Me: I TOLD YOU I WAS RUNNING YESTERDAY!
… basically, if you have any problems (this includes making jokes) with…
I’m just going to assume that you hate being Black, you want a White woman and you’re an Uncle Ruckus.
Catchy title? More like a self-realization. Read below before you judge…
I got trial version of Amazon Prime.
Okay, I got it to waive the shipping cost of my headphones and other things for the next few weeks. (I plan on getting some stuff from Amazon. Might as well)
I decided… since I’m on a free trail, why not enjoy a few movie? So, I was looking for the Marvel movies. Of all the Marvel movies I wanted to watch, only two got in… Capt. America and Thor. Okay, fine.
But then I decided I need to watch a good movie. What’s a good movie? Anything that looks good for the price. I mean, it’s Amazon Prime, I wasn’t expecting major blockbusters! But I need a mixture of blockbusters and “Decent B-Movies” so I can have more inspiration.
As I’m going through the catalog, I noticed a pattern. For about every 10 movies featuring a White person, there’s one movie featuring Black people or other PoCs. There’s about 20 movies a page and I went through close to 125 pages.
Then, I ran into this movie, and thought… “Wow. First Black movie I ran into that’s good.”
Then my world stopped! My thoughts were…
“I was looking…
… through a list… and realized that there are Black people in movies!”
And then, I went back and review a few pages… and look through more.
I realized something…
I HATE BLACK PEOPLE!
It didn’t occurred to me until page 130-something that I accepted that a good movie must have a White person in the main role! All the Black movies I ran into until that one was unoriginal, uninspired stories that I heard before.
We don’t have interesting stories where the Plot device isn’t a Cookout, Basketball, or Dancing?
Black sexuality attracted me because it was DIFFERENT!
I’m looking for MORE stories, more original stories that we’re in and then I ran into Ghost Dog and Foxy Brown. Now keep in mind, I was looking for stories outside the normal “African-American Niche”…
… and I’m thinking to myself…
… I don’t have a lot of stories about people like me. No Black geek stories about struggles with freelancing, no Black doctor stories… no Black documentary about discovering things… I am so WHITE washed that I never noticed.
*sighs* Is it just me?
Did the Media Programmed me to hate me? Or am I taking this way out there?
Even if you are down with Black people, just stop trying to be so “hip”. It just make yourself look awkward and I don’t wanna introduce people trying to be “down”. It’s not a good networking move.
Self hatred is so much easier than engaging towards self acceptance.
I am, from time to times, tempted by the easy way out.
I get this way myself at times. Especially when people treats you like the “Black expert”
Note: I posted this within a group on Facebook. Basically, it’s to an article called are the Oscars the kiss of death when it comes to black people. Here’s my response to it.
Thing about acting is… it’s suppose to “convince you” that this could happen. From the “outside looking in” (a white person looking at a black actor), black people are thought of as simple characters by the general masses (white people). However, that’s not the only problem.
Another problem is that, black people are a victim of our own standards. For example, there will never be another Cosby show or “A Different World”. We want to be diverse. When we get a drama series, it’s too “negative” and “doesn’t reflect the real us”, which while true, is also stupid as well. The only time when dramas and real good acting gigs get tested and have a strong series are when they are on premium channels (HBO or Showtime). On the major networks, it’s a kiss of death for the same reason… the general masses can’t relate.
Which brings me to “Red Tails”. It has an all black cast and Lucus tried to promote it as an action movie, not just a “black movie”. But guess what? People think he was trying to guilt us into watching the movie and “What About Our Daughters” launched an all out effort to NOT support the movie because of this, as well as a lack of female actors. So… we finally get an action movie… not a comedy, with a major producer behind it and we are putting it down before it’s even released? We have no sense of unity at all when it comes to these types of things.
Sure, it’s movies and entertainment. But we’re outnumbered. No one wants to see what we’re like other than what they think we’re like… and if it’s not anywhere near what white people THINK we’re like, it will not work. After all, we have to adhere to real life rules and regulations. Hell, we even need to think about how we name our kids.
So, black people are a complex matter, not only when getting cast for Hollywood, but also within the community. We are our own trap at times. And that’s sad.
Reposting because… I didn’t know I wrote this. At all.
The (Original) Black Panthers were a complex group, but overall, they were just a community group, who were required to be educated with ALL laws before they were handed guns. A true Black Panther can recite his rights better than a police officer and most White Americans. They brought a renewed sense of “taking care of community”.
In other words, to be a Black Panther, you have to have a strong pride in yourself AND your neighborhood before they make you a full pledge member. You have to know the Constitution, the local laws, agree with the 10 Point Program and read the books recommended.
They even encourage people who isn’t Black to form their own organizations and they were willing to work with anyone willing to change the system. They wanted to take care of “home first”.
They were representing their “hood” and they didn’t just shout their damn area codes.
There’s documents within the Government that shows that they purposely caused corruption within the Black Panthers because they are afraid that they might become too big to fail. But most of the gun laws were put in place to keep the Black Panthers (and Black people) from owning guns.
I am not saying that they are perfect, but they are an example of how Government can twist things up and make people with good intentions fall.
The dangers of being a minority in the city:
The dangers of being a minority in a “safe neighborhood”:
When it comes to being “safe” and being PoC, those two words never manage to fit in the same sentence.
Black Person: NY Police recently shot 9 innocent by standers. The media fell to mention that they were people of color. That’s the truth.
White Person: Can you not make the police’s mistakes a race issue, PLEASE?!?!?!?!
White Person: I was born in the wrong decade. I think the roaring 50’s would have been a great fit. Where women was always styling, and cooking and men were men!
Black Person: The time I was born in is a good time to be born because I don’t have to put up with fire hoses and being attack by dogs while marching for my rights.
White Person: You suck, you know that?
Black Person: It’s the truth, tho.
I hate reading “oh well, Black people in Africa once enslaved White people” as an excuse for slavery. Like it’s suppose to trump American slavery arguments. Like it’s suppose to excuse White
Instead, it make them sound like they are saying “well, Blacks enslaved Whites in Africa. Where’s your outrage about that?” Yeah… like I don’t think that enslavement of humans in general is bad. They hit at me so hard, like I should feel sorry for them.
And then, they want to top it off with “you should just get over it. Slavery benefits everyone!”
What would I say to them? Simply:
“You and I were born into a time that we never have to face such human injustices as slavery. However, I highly doubt you fear for your life when you hear sirens.”