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.

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:

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[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]


[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*


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Only Four Percent of College Students Are Black Males…re-black-males/