It cannot be denied that America is in some sort of moral decay or shall we say “evolution”. With that being said the black community seems to be taking the brunt of the social decay. In my post “Reversing a Culture of Ignorance: Forgetting Past Representations” I talked about how world star hip hop and other images champions ignorance at the expense of the culture especially considering where the images portrayed of us came from. I was originally going to drop another post in my “War in the Beauty” series but I had to publish this guest post from Greg Thomas(@theblackmurse) of Greg is Dumb. Not only is he my cousin(ehhh! nepotisim what can I say) but he is probably one of the most abstract thinking brothers I know. He may come of a bit strong in this guest post but deeply think about the words he is saying and the message…
This past weekend, black people on Twitter got together and managed to elevate a hashtag to #2 worldwide. Know what it was about? A girl getting jumped at Clark-Atlanta University and the police subsequently being called and the party being shut down. So what did black people do? They created a hashtag called #eboneefromCAU and proceeded to blame her for being assaulted by multiple people, commented on the video that some Omega took of the incident, with both black men and women making statements about beating her up when they see her and how she isn’t shit for calling the police. Now usually I could care less what southern college students do in their slave quarter hoedowns, but this one irked me. There were very few voices of reason speaking on this hashtag, which most promoting this incident as how things are and should continue to be. At a college. A black university. Fighting people. Men threatening physical violence against women. People cheering on acts of violence. At a UNIVERSITY. We promoted this shit, for the WHOLE WORLD to see. Then the next day black people went back to complaining about how white people are racist for thinking we act like animals.
Of course the first argument is “white people do stuff like this all the time”. Yeah, they do. Thing is, they don’t air their dirty laundry and PROMOTE further acts of it for the world to see. That comes with our cultural Celebration of Failure. Answer me this: Which video do you think has more hits? Kanye West accepting his first Grammy, or him interrupting Taylor Swift? Which one do you think people who are prejudice are likely to gravitate to? Exactly. Human beings have this thing called confirmation bias, where people who already have a set opinion look for outlets and media to justify said opinion. Hence why Fox News is so popular with conservatives, because they twist facts in order to adhere to their audiences bias and seek to confirm it. Black culture has a history of subjugation and instilled self-hatred into our subconscious from centuries of oppression, and we seek that self-destructive behavior. Hence the birth of the phrases “Don’t hate, congratulate.”
Those of us who grew up with more intelligence than our counterparts in majority black neighborhoods know the experience of being bashed for getting good grades and having parents that give a shit. No other culture looks down on education the way Black culture does. Remember Urkel? On Family Matters this man invented time travel and a teleportation device, and you know what it took for Laura to acknowledge this nigga? Steroids and contact lenses. Because clearly inventing a form of transportation that is world-changing isn’t enough for black people, he needed to go to the gym and get some contacts, that’s how you get some ass.
When a tragedy happens in white culture, the first thing they do, is 1)Distance themselves 2)Brainstorm solutions. They did it for Columbine, OKC Bombing, and numerous other incidents. What do black people do? Promote it. We don’t combat it, it always follows these 2 steps: 1)The intelligent black people either stay unaware of the ratchetness or ignore it and 2)the ignorant niggas promote the shit out of it so all the world. Black people are not a monolith, but the world sees us that way. That’s a fact of life. Denying it does not change it, it just means you will be an inevitable victim of it.
Twitter is the best prime example of it. We are overrepresented on Twitter, as black people only make up about 12% of the population, but make up about 25% of the people on Twitter. The Twittersphere has resorted to calling our hashtags as “blacktags” because they have nothing to do with current events, politics, economics, or anything actually relevant. Instead we talk about #ghettobabynames #whyileftmybabydaddy and random negative things like that. We perpetuate our own stereotypes. No one has to do it for s. Enough money we can get Beyonce to dress up in blackface or Flavor Flav to play the uneducated negro and we flock to it in DROVES. Yet when Tavis Smiley‘s show was the first one axed in 2001 when Viacom bought BET, there wasn’t a whisper, but black folks demanded The Game be brought back, which portrays nothing but black people being at their worst, full of unnecessary drama and conflict. No one is asking for a new Cosby Show or A Different World, because who wants to see black people do well? White culture doesn’t and apparently neither do black folks. 87% of rap music is bought by white suburban teenagers. What do you think they want to see? Stereotypes. What do we in turn support? Stereotypes. Then what do we complain about? Stereotypes.
I had this video sent to me 3 times by black folks on Twitter and Facebook:
When’s the last time you have seen someone forward you a video of black folks graduating from college on YouTube?
Don’t worry, I’ll wait.
Check out more of Greg Thomas HERE.
- Debunking The Stereotype That Blacks Don’t Swim (racialicious.com)
- Fight Ignorance…With Ignorance? (verysmartbrothas.com)
- Black America’s Secret Shame (verysmartbrothas.com)
- VH1 Doesn’t Hate Black People – They Are Just Glad We Hate Each Other (thisisyourconscience.com)
- Is It Ever “Ok” For Whites To Criticize Blacks? (verysmartbrothas.com)
- Stuff Black People Like, Part 2 (writerzblockblog.wordpress.com)
- One Million Hoodies, Racial Justice, & Why “We” Black People Can’t Get It Together (rippdemup.com)