Prelude: It’s been almost a full calendar year since I’ve made an appearance. Career goals have made the ability to impart some objective opinion a bit of a task. But fear not, I have stored plenty of material for leave for you wonderful people. Today, we are going to tackle what is possibly a sensitive subject to some. I am well aware many will not agree. I may even offend some. But that’s what I do. Say what needs to be said. Just like the Quiet Kid in the corner. *The following was inspired by Cyhi Da Prynce’s Weak People record*
Which brings me to the topic of the day: Social media civil rights activists. You full blooded “government is bad, white man holding us back, they hate us” people. I find the hypocrisy that so many of you spew hilarious. Now this is not me saying you can’t speak your mind or speak out for a cause. Just the opposite. When does talk turn into action? When do you put some weight behind those words? When do you follow the actions of those same people you say were heroes? Malcolm X didn’t tweet. Martin Luther King didn’t post a facebook status. Huey Newton didn’t Instagram. These men lead with action. In the interest of full disclosure, I, myself, don’t harbor a racist bone in my body. Racism is a mental illness. Something that is programmed. So this isn’t a bashing session on the defamation of the Black culture. But more so when does the talking stop?
What do you consider a person who is all talk and no action? We use words like “bluff” or “flake”(depending on where you are from) or “stunt” (depending on where you are from and the context in which you use the word). But in all, people never trust talk. That expression “actions speak louder than words” is not forgotten. We say government is bad and they hold the “black people back”, but yet you accepttheir food stamps, embrace section 8 and find ways to manipulate the social services system. We used words like “Uncle tom” to apply to anyone of color who is decently intelligent, as if the people before us werent. We say black people should stand together, but it’s racism if any other race stands together. What other group of people need “leaders”? Who’s the leader of Caucasians? Who’s the civil right activists for Asian Americans? No one knows. The mainstream media doesn’t ever mention those. We scream injustice when cases like Travon Martin and Mike Brown go the opposite of what we expect, without actually reviewing the facts, but say stop snitching when black on black crime occurs in our own neighborhoods. Look at the prominent black figures in Popular culture. I didn’t see Beyonce and Jay-Z at these scenes. I don’t recall Oprah in Ferguson. People crushed the President for “not doing enough” as if somehow, because a large amount black people voted for him, they somehow “own” him and he is “our president”. I didn’t see people out there voting for John Kerry or Al Gore or Bill Clinton. Nobody is jumping behind Ben Carson as he’s running for president. We “organize” these “marches” and “protests” that last throughout a news cycle and then everyone is back to twerking, World Star and whatever other social media trend goes against the complete opposite of what you just wasted tweets and Facebook posts on.
Speaking of World Star, the fact that the website is the 9th most visited site daily is disturbing in itself. It’s essentially the TMZ of the Black culture. Very rarely is anything of positivity promoted on the website, and yet nobody is calling for the shutdown of World Star. There is no social media wave to shut them down. And even worse, the site is owned and operated by a black man. Another site, Baller Alert, which basically allows anyone looking for a come up to follow an athlete or celebrity to where they are, is operated by a black woman. No one is screaming to have them shut down. Things like this are what I mean by hypocrisy. We expect respect when we continue to disrespect ourselves. People often talk of the era where kings and queens were black and how “white and European” culture changed the perception, but support music and movies that destroy that same perception. We often speak without thinking and when the slightest bit of fact is interjected, it is dismissed as insanity because you were programmed to think differently.
People criticize Eminem for “stealing” black culture but never criticize Jimi Hendrix for doing the same. People say “the white man ruined our religion”, but identify as “Christians”, which historically began in Eastern Europe (a predominantly white region) during the Dark Ages as a form of population control. People say never believe what you see on the Internet, but then believe everything they see on the Internet. People say that politicians don’t care about the hoods, when the people in the hoods don’t care about the hoods. My point is the mirror is a powerful thing. It can be a hard thing to look at. Instead of blaming this and holding on to the grudges of the generation before us, why not write a new chapter? Why not recreate the history that was said to be altered? When does action meet that talk? Why have a voice, if all that will be done with the voice is talk to yourself? There’s an expression “Be the change you want to see.”. I hope to see the day the rest of the world applies that to itself.
Until next time…… Signing off…..