Comment of the Day – Explaining the soul of African-Americans via The Wu-Tang Clan

Carl, the fundamental issue here is that you just ignored the issues stated by Marie, and replaced them with your own propaganda. Let me restate them for you “Why are so many thick racist whites posting here now. If Romney and the GOP care about blacks how come they always refer to us as on welfare, not working and lazy…..the GOP are using racist voter suppression to block black voters.” These are simple questions. You used the common “Wasp” tactic of diversion and replacement.

But I will have to strongly disagree with you assertion that blacks being part of a group diminishes their individuality or that their free will might go ignored. You can’t judge blacks by your own racist cultural ideologies.

Take for example the Wu-Tang Clan. This is a highly recognized and successful group of black men. Yet, each one of them raps in a different style. Each one of them delivered their own solo projects. Each one of them acting autonomously signed their own solo deals, and formed their own side groups. Their group affiliation served to strengthen and empower their own personal goals and activities; and supported the growth of great individuals. Method Man, Ol’Dirty, RZA, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God; these men are not Wu-tang Clone robots without individual thought process or recognition. No each one of these men are unique in Rap Style, delivery, and made autonomous carrier choice that made them all stars in their own light.

Black People are family people. When we group up, we become like family. The family serves as a support network to help you experience your individuality, not deter it. Another case in point: many people are on this site because they recognize that they belong to the “black” demographics of people. Yet we have contrasting views on politics, religion, and morality. That is individual thought. Sometimes we strongly disagree with each other, and express that. We may even show pride in our view points. Yet still at the end of the day we still are black, and being black has not made us all into a mindless zombies. Each personality on this site projects and defends their own vision, and goals. If this was not the case, then we wouldn’t have such rich discussion and sometimes heated debates.

Your subconscious soul does not want to accept what it sees in the mirror. That is why you ignored the fundamental issues that Marie stated and tried to replace it with this garbage. I will not allow you to transfer your guilt onto me.

Annoying Hollywood Things – Sexism (K-Stew) and Racism (Lena Dunham) Happenings

Okay so if you’re like me and sometimes really bored at work, as in so bored you wander onto Gawker or Jezebel, you read celebrity gossip.

As you know, Kristen Stewart cheated on Robert Patterson and blah blah who cares, it’s their business. Except everyone goes in on Kristen Stewart, so much so she issued a public (public, smdh) apology for her behavior. Meanwhile, dirtbag director Rupert Sanders has gotten away pretty much unscathed.

Every article is about examining Stewart for terrible miniscule details. Is she smiling?! What is she wearing?! What’s her expression?! Why did she do this?! How could she?

Hey, you forgot that Rupert Shitbag cheated on his wife and they have kids together.

Anyway, i’m writing this because i’m annoyed that Kristen Stewart isn’t going to be in the sequel for terriblemovie Snow White and The Huntsman. It’s not so much that I care about the movie, except that why is she the only one being punished for this. In fact, why is she being punished at all? This isn’t our business. Rupert Sanders still gets to direct, however.

The patriarchy is smacking us in the face. Why aren’t we making more noise about the fact that this is happening to Stewart?

What the hell?

—-

The other issue that really annoyed me today is this:

 

That’s Lena Dunham, writer of HBO’s sHIT show (a pun! ahah!) Girls. Girls was in the news a lot because it featured no minorities, and really didn’t care to. In fact here was a “cool” ironic racist tweet by one of the writers:

(She also favorited a swastika tweet, because haha Hitler! AmIRight???)

According to Racialious (A great site everyone should read by the way)

In case you were wondering, nope, it doesn’t seem like Lena Dunham’s listened to the critiques from earlier this year.

As Jessica Wakeman at The Frisky reports, Dunham’s non-apology for this picture didn’t help any:

A rare genuine one–been in production and completely not reading the news. Didn’t realize what a bad time it was to make a joke like that. Not a good excuse you guys, but an excuse nonetheless. I’m glad you keep me informed and I’m deleting those tweets. Will spend tonight reading my pile of old NY Times, contemplating the boundaries of humor. I try and learn something new every day. xxLena

By “bad time,” she referred to the assault on the gurudwara in Oak Creek last week. So it only took people getting shot and killed by an apparent white supremacist–and using a pretext similar to Ashton Kutcher’s defense for those pro-Penn State tweets, if you’ll recall–for her to issue a non-apology. It wasn’t that the joke itself was lazy; it’s that she didn’t pick the right day to foist it upon us.

But that’s okay! NotRacist, because as Racialicious points out, Donald Glover will be on the cast of Girls next season! Everything is normal and cool! Phew.

Pennsylvania is Shit: Ongoing Series – Voter ID upheld

Pennsylvania is shit. Lets get this straight. And I don’t mean it’s like “oh this is so bad burn this place to the ground”, I mean it like “If God exists, She left here a long time ago because this place is forsaken”.

Philadelphia is the epicenter of this. It’s Golgotha. Working close to the government lets me in a bit on the behind the scenes action.

It’s shit.

For the first installment of “Pennsylvania is Shit”, i’d like to inform you that Judge Robert Simpson, an ambassador of Shit, upheld the voter ID law, stating that “there is no constitutional reason to stop the law from taking effect, despite writing in his decision that he had SYMPATHY for the witnesses.

“At the end of the day, however, I do not have the luxury of deciding this issue based on my sympathy for the witnesses or my esteem for the counsel. Rather, I must analyze the law, and apply it to the evidence of facial unconstitutionality brought forth in the courtroom, tested by our adversarial system,” Simpson wrote.

Here are some facts about the whole voter fraud thing:

4 = number of persons convicted of voter fraud in Pennsylvania since the year 2004, including the time when Gov. Corbett was Attorney General. All 4 cases involved people registering when not eligible.

0 = number of persons convicted of a voter pretending to be someone he or she was not, in other words, the very thing the voter ID law is supposed to prevent, since the year 2004 including the time when Gov. Corbett was Attorney General.

20,000,000 = number of votes cast in Pennsylvania since 2004. That’s 4/20,000,000 votes cast which is 1 in 5,000,000 or 0.00002% of the votes cast. For those readers who are of a betting sort, the odds of winning a state lottery are a much higher 1 in 4,000,000 or 0.00000025.

Once again, minorities are pushed aside and there is nothing we can do about it. The New Jim Crow goes beyond imprisonment, it still exists institutionally within our government.

I leave you with this, which, should have been blasted constantly but the media doesn’t care about minorities or women:

This is my most favorite post on the internet – Obamavoter.txt

So, Obamarama Megathread, I come to you with a story you might like.

I was at a Halloween party Friday night that fluctuated from 25-40 people during the night. This is in a VERY conservative part of Florida, and basically everyone at this party except myself and my girlfriend is at the very low end of the socioeconomic scale, Wal-mart workers, Waffle House waitresses, etc. We are all sitting out in the backyard of my sister’s place with a roaring fire and all the food and alcohol you could hope for and then some motherfucker has to bring up politics.

Can you imagine who these people are voting for? I think you can. So for the next two hours or so, I took on all comers, and won, constantly, every single time. With my trusty laptop computer I proceeded to prove every single bullshit claim about the Senator’s policies wrong.

“He’s going to take what I have and give it to others!” fucking OWNED.
“He’s going to destroy small businesses!” fucking OWNED.
“He’ll surrender in Iraq and lose all we’ve gained!” fucking OWNED.
<just about any other policy question you can think of> fucking OWNED.

And so, once they had exhausted all possible policy arguments against Senator Obama, it was time to pull out the racism and lies. But your humble correspondent was more than ready, and again it was time for people to get fucking OWNED.

“He’s a ‘secret’ Muslim!” fucking OWNED.
“He’s a communist!” fucking OWNED.
“He’s friends with terrorists!” fucking OWNED.
“He changed his last name from Osama to Obama!” fucking OWNED.

At long last, there was only one fellow still standing against me, a late 20s/early 30s Navy guy who had not dared to face me directly all night but who I had seen whispering shit to other people, who I then proceeded to fucking destroy.

Now, I don’t want to make too much of this, but I want you all to understand just how bad-rear end this scenario really is. For 2 hours, 2 solid hours, I’ve been standing in front of this flickering fire taking down all comers with calmness, dignity, and aplomb. I’ve convinced 10+ of these people to vote for their own and their country’s fucking self-interest this election instead of voting based on fear being sold by assholes. And now, at long last, their chief himself steps up.

I am not making this up. Every single person at this party is now looking at the two of us, and from the remaining McCain people there is a palpable air of “Oh, shit, our Navy guy is about to rip his shit up!” It’s like the end of a Dragonball Z episode or something. This is what happens, nearly verbatim.

Navy Guy: “You’re going to vote for a man who isn’t even a fucking AMERICAN!”
JS: “What do you mean?”
NG: “He wasn’t even born in America! He had to renounce his American citizenship to go to his Muslim school in Indonesia! He’s not even a citizen!”
JS: “First of all, you’re wrong, and second of all, he was like 4 years old. You can’t renounce your citizenship when you’re 4 any more than you can sign a legally binding contract. But that doesn’t matter, because Senator Barack Obama is an American who was born in Hawaii.”
NG: “Aw, bullshit. Go ahead and vote for someone who’s not even an American.”
JS: “So, you are certain about this? That a serving United States Senator whose background has been investigated probably more thoroughly than any other man in the history of the entire world has somehow managed to hide the fact that he is not even an American citizen? Is that what you are saying?”
NG: “drat right.”
JS: “And you are sure about this?”
NG: “One. Hundred. Percent.”

I have you now.

JS: “Then let’s put our money where our mouths are.”
NG: >bright-eyed “confrontation grin” begins to crack< “What do you mean?”
JS: “Well, you’ve made a pretty vicious slander against Senator Obama, and you’ve claimed you are certain it is true. I can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that it is not. So how about this. If you aren’t completely full of shit and just flat-out knowingly lying, let’s make a bet on it. If you win, I will donate what we bet to Senator McCain’s campaign. And if I win, you will donate what we bet to Senator Barack Obama.”
NG: >grin is gone, I can smell panic< “Fine. How much?”
JS: “Two thousand two hundred and fifty dollars.”
NG: >silence, looks around at the audience<
JS: >extends hand<
NG: “Well, now-”
JS: “Do you want to bet, or don’t you? Because if you don’t, I think it might be indicative that you are lying.”
NG: >silence, sense of mounting panic<
JS: “I have my credit card with me and my computer, and I’m ready to put my money where my mouth is. How about it?”
NG: “Well, you know, you can get whatever you want to come up on that computer.”
JS: “Does that mean you don’t want to bet?”
NG: “I just know you’ll cheat.”
JS: “I’ll let you look it up.”
NG: “Bah, fuck that, like I’d trust someone who’d vote for Obama.”
JS: “Does that mean you don’t want to bet?”
NG: >silence<
JS: “But you were so confident.”
NG: >glares, looks down, looks around at people, LEAVES PARTY WITHOUT ANOTHER WORD<

The best part of this story is what happens next. There was a group of 6 20-25ish kids there who work with my sister. As we silently watch Navy Guy take his walk of shame to his car, the “leader” of this little group indicates me and says, “Man, if that guy is voting for Obama, I am too,” which is roundly huzzahed by his followers. I pretty much felt like Neo in the Matrix.

So, +17 for Obama Friday night in Florida. But even better, 2 solid hours of stomping bullshit into the ground culminating in seeing Emperor Bullshit exposed as having no clothes, after all.

I hope that dude drove home crying and punching his leg.

Stop and Frisk Policies Affect Women Too

From the New York Times

Shari Archibald’s black handbag sat at her feet on the sidewalk in front of her Bronx home on a recent summer night. The two male officers crouched over her leather bag and rooted around inside, elbow-deep. One officer fished out a tampon and then a sanitary napkin, crinkling the waxy orange wrapper between his fingers in search of drugs. Next he pulled out a tray of foil-covered pills, Ms. Archibald recalled.

“What’s this?” the officer said, examining the pill packaging stamped “drospirenone/ethinylestradiol.”

“Birth control,” Ms. Archibald remembered saying.

Stop and Frisk is an issue not only in New York City, but in Philadelphia, where I currently reside. Most importantly, despite crime consistently going up in Philadelphia, the police here think the tactic is working.

Philadelphia’s willingness to put police procedures under the microscope has won praise even from the civil rights lawyers who in 2010 filed a class-action lawsuit, accusing police officers of disproportionately stopping African-American and Hispanic men without sufficient cause.

“The city agreed almost immediately after we filed suit to come to the table and discuss an amicable resolution,” said Paul Messing, one of the lawyers, adding that he thought Mayor Michael A. Nutter and other officials “understood that this presented serious constitutional concerns.”

Yet finding the right balance has not been easy. City officials have watched in frustration as homicides have continued to climb. As of late Tuesday, 189 people had been killed in the city this year, compared with 169 at the same time in 2011.

In most cases, Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said, both victims and perpetrators have been black or Hispanic men. “I think we have to face some realities,” said Mr. Ramsey, who is black. “We certainly do not want to be stopping people without the reasonable suspicion that we need to conduct a stop. But just because someone is complaining, and they want to play the race card, doesn’t mean it’s an inappropriate stop.”

But this isn’t about Philadelphia, it’s about the bolded passage (by the way, having met Commissioner Ramsey, i’m not surprised he said something so terrible). This is about how we’ve made the fact that women of color get frisked invisible, and we need to spread the word that not only is it invasive, but perverse.

Ashanti Galloway, 24, a security guard and day care worker, said she recoiled when an officer recently fumbled through her bag and pulled out a pair of pink Victoria’s Secret underwear and her bra.

“He had my clothes in his hand; it was my panties and my bra,” Ms. Galloway said. “I was upset. I felt violated. Powerless.”

Ms. Galloway, who provided her full name and address but asked The Times to use Ashanti, her middle name, for this article, said she was not frisked on that occasion, though once, last summer, a male officer patted her down.

“A male officer should not have a right to touch me in any sort of manner, even if it’s on the outside of my clothing,” Ms. Galloway said. “We’re girls. They are men. And they are cops. It feels like a way for them to exert power over you.”

or:

Crystal Pope, 22, said she and two female friends were frisked by male officers last year in Harlem Heights. The officers said they were looking for a rapist. It was an early spring evening at about 6:30 p.m. The three women sat talking on a bench near Ms. Pope’s home on 143rd Street when the officers pulled up and asked for identification, she said.

“They tapped around the waistline of my jeans,” Ms. Pope said. “They tapped the back pockets of my jeans, around my buttock. It was kind of disrespectful and degrading. It was uncalled-for. It made no sense. How are you going to stop three females when you are supposedly looking for a male rapist?”

Despite barely finding any guns the  low rate being 0.13% chance of finding one:

The training does not draw a distinction between male and female suspects, Police Inspector Kim Y. Royster said.

“Yes, it’s intrusive, but wherever a weapon can be concealed is where the officer is going to search,” Inspector Royster said. That search is not random; it is based on information provided to an officer, like a detailed description of an armed suspect, or actions that raise an officer’s reasonable suspicion that the woman may be armed, she added.

And although the police stops of women yielded very few guns, they did produce 3,993 arrests last year.

“Safety has no gender,” Inspector Royster said. “When you are talking about the safety of an officer, the first thing he or she is going to do is mitigate that threat.”

Many people, like myself thought a male police officer had to summon a female officer to conduct a frisk, however

That belief, though incorrect, is shared by many women, said Andrea Ritchie, a civil rights lawyer and co-coordinator of Streetwise and Safe, a nonprofit organization that focuses on police practices that affect young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who are also members of ethnic minorities.

It is only after a woman is arrested and brought to a police precinct that a female officer is summoned to conduct a “thorough search,” according to the Patrol Guide.

There doesn’t seem to be any end in sight for these horror stories, but maybe by spreading the word, we can start mobilizing some sort of movement to end this practice.

Stop Dehumanizing Our Prisoners: Budget Cuts to Axe Prison Visitations

In efforts to continue being the worst country for human rights, the DC Department of Corrections has

“…moved forward with implementation of a pioneering model for inmate visitation via video conferencing. This technology connects inmates housed at the DC Jail with their visitors via the department’s state-of-the-art Video Visitation Center, located within the DC General Hospital complex.”

You may have read, during Father’s or Mother’s Day, articles about prison visiting programs, such as Get on the Bus, that transport the children of prisoners to facilities so that they may visit their parents.

There is, of course an emotional appeal to this. Watch me do it:

(Photos courtesy of http://www.reuters.com/news/pictures/slideshow?articleId=USRTR31WQP#a=3)

If you have human emotions like the rest of us, you felt some empathy, maybe even cooed a little “aww”. Many people do this, follow it up with a “gosh we should do something about that.” and move on with their lives. By giving the issue 5 seconds of your time, you’ve done “something”, you feel.

Human interest stories are shit, first of all. They don’t accomplish anything. I’ve worked in politics long enough to know that our government officials don’t care. This is what they care about:

See what I highlighted? Costs. I can cut money? Ding, I won. I’m going to be seen as tough on criminals? Cherry on top.

So the DC DOC is doing this, despite the fact that research has shown “prison visitation not only helps improve safety within prisons, but also helps incarcerated people– and their children— have better outcomes when they return home.

Once again, our government takes the short-term “solution” of saving nickels, only to cost them dollars in the future, you know, the dollars that will be spent to quell prison violence, recidivism, and prevent future broken homes.

I can argue on the emotional front. Any normal person would care about this. I CARE about this on the emotional level. I don’t care how much these things will cost. But the language of politicians is the language of money.

This is a Post About Black Males

Usually after I spam these figures and graphs, I give a little summary of what I’ve posted. It’s hard for me to do this right now because these numbers make me sick to my stomach. The fact that the second leading cause of death for black males ages 1 – 4 is HOMICIDE makes me ill. Homicide.

Black men live with two things every day, either being one of these statistics, or, if by a miracle you’ve escaped it, you are pounded daily by the weight of these figures. Black men are dying. People like me are dying every day. It’s a miracle that I survived. I grew up in the South Bronx, one of the poorest neighborhoods in America and by the grace of God i’m less than3 months from turning 30 years old. But sometimes I worry. What if I get gunned down or arrested? And my situation is the equivalent of ice cream cake compared to other black men who fall under these figures.

The Trayvon Martin cause has scared black men, because it’s a fact that we are seen as criminals first and people like… I guess 5th?

Imagine being thought of as a murderer or criminal every day. Please take a minute to close your eyes and imagine that. This is what people like me live with every day. The clenching of purses in elevators. People crossing the street when they see you coming. Hostility from police. Again this is nothing compared to black men that comprise these statistics.

22% of all children in America live in poverty, African Americans comprise 38% of that number. African Americans make up only 13.6% of the population in America. I can’t even find the exact number of African American males in the US because when I google any variation of: “number of black males in america” there are only 2 hits that give any sort of related figures, and the rest are about crime or black male blame.

Let’s talk about google for a second, because perception is everything. I call this to Google Test.

Google Image search white male working, I’ll wait here…

Now google black male working. Peep the results.

Now try white teen working, then black teen working. Again, look at the results.

I can’t think of a conclusion to this and I have no answers. This is the reality being a black male in America. Look at the figures and quotes below to understand the constant feeling of helplessness and the fight that black males have to put up with every day we wake up.

With that said, lets begin:

Posted Image

[quote]Extrapolating black-on-black crime data reveals that, by comparison, approximately 100,000 African Americans have been killed on our own streets at the hands of other African Americans in roughly the same stretches of time. It is difficult to find anyone who would white-wash these mind-numbing statistics.

Equally as startling, the same study reveals African Americans were victims of an estimated 805,000 nonfatal violent crimes in just one year alone.

What’s more, blacks comprise roughly 12.5 percent of the U.S. population.[/quote]

[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBAJQP15H6s[/media]

[quote]Current statistics provided by the Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count Report in 2011 reveals that over 24 million children live apart from their biological fathers: one out of every three children in America. This situation is dramatically worse for African American children, 66% who live in father-absent homes. If we compare the above figures to 1960 figures where only 11% of children lived in father-absent homes and drew a conclusion, it would be safe to say that America is experiencing a father-absent crisis.

The impact of this change is most evident in its connection to the rising number of children in the child welfare and/or the juvenile justice systems. The National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI), 2009 U.S. Census Bureau data indicates that children who live absent their biological fathers are, on average, at least two to three times more likely to be poor; to use drugs; to experience educational, health, emotional and behavioral problems; to be victims of child abuse; and, to be more frequently engage in criminal behavior than their peers who live with their married, biological (or adoptive) parents.[/quote]

[quote]The most recent figures show African American joblessness at 16.2 percent. For black males, it’s at 17.5 percent; And for black teens, it’s nearly 41 percent.[/quote] 2011

[quote]Ted Corbin paints a stark picture of this group’s plight:  of the 1.5 million victims treated each year in hospitals nationwide for nonfatal gunshot, stabbing and other physical assault injuries, approximately 30%  are males of color. There were 2,916 homicides of black males in 2007. If we connect these dots to those of children from age 10-24 who were murdered in this same year, there were 5,764 – more than the number of people lynched in the century spanning from 1882 to 1982. [/quote]

Number of violent victimizations, personal thefts/larcenies, rate/sexual assaults, robberies, aggravated assaults, and simple assaults by race and sex, 1993 – 2010

 Leading Causes of Death by Age Group, Black Males- United States, 2004*

 

Posted Image

Posted Image

Posted Image

Posted Image

Only Four Percent of College Students Are Black Males

http://www.good.is/p…re-black-males/

 

Gabby Douglas’ Hair – Enough Already

It’s embarrassing when we decide to hate on a black female role model whom our children (of both genders) should aspire to be like.

After Gabby won her gold medal, us, African-Americans, took to twitter to talk shit about her hair.

Really? If you look at the other gymnasts, they have the same hair-do. In a ponytail and slicked back.

But who cares. Why must we talk down about a positive black role model? She is the first AFRICAN AMERICAN to win a gold medal in gymnastics and we’re talking about her looks. It’s sexist, it’s trifling and it makes others continue to believe that the problem with the black community is ourselves, and not something that’s very complex.

Guess what? We do cause a lot of our problems in our community, and the reaction to Gabby is an example.

If you hated on a 16-year old girl after achieving something you’ll never do, shame on you. Re-evaluate your life.

Fashionista caught up with Gabby’s mom, Natalie Hawkins, in the Olympic Village, and askedher how Gabby felt about it:

She said,”Really?! I won two gold medals and made history and my hair is trending?” So we laughed about it. We made a huge joke out of it and I was quick to try to diffuse that situation. Because I thought, “How ignorant is it of people to comment on her hair and she still has more competitions to go. Are you TRYING to ruin her self confidence? She has to go out there and feel good about herself, and if she feels good about herself on that floor, who are YOU to criticize her? What have YOU done to help contribute to her dream, that you felt it necessary to put it out there so that she could see it.”

But it’s clear that Hawkins, with whom Gabby does not live much of the time, is incredibly (and rightfully) frustrated that her daughter’s hair has sparked discussion:

She gets relaxer but we try not to relax it too much. It’s really been African American women that have come out and attacked her. They don’t know about gymnastics. She has to keep her hair in a ponytail 28-30 hours a week. In gymnastics you’re tumbling around on your hair. You’re falling backwards on it. You’re doing “timers” and your hair is constantly snagging on the mat, and for our hair that’s very detrimental. You’re going into foam pits–and any hair stylist will tell you that foam on African American hair is destructive. It breaks the hair horribly. We had to come up with creative ways to keep [Gabby's] hair looking good. We’ve tried the short hair style, we’ve tried long. We grew her hair out because she preferred long hair. I’m not going to make her cut her hair just to please someone else.

http://jezebel.com/5932579/gabby-douglass-mom-is-fucking-pissed-about-the-hair-critics-are-you-trying-to-ruin-her-self+confidence