I had such problems with Skip Gates piece in The Times about
Black people, poverty and achievement. My rationale is that if
you are talking about us as a people, and you have limited or
non existent economic analysis AND limited or non existent
analysis of White Soft Bigotry then you need to go back to the lab.
When I read sh*t like that, I ask myself, "Who are you writing this for?"
I read the following passage and thought, man if I didn't know any
better I would think Negros were shiftless, low down, good for
nothings who just couldn't get it right.
But see. I know better.
WE KNOW BETTER.
The historical basis for the gap between the black middle class and underclass shows that ending discrimination, by itself, would not eradicate black poverty and dysfunction. We also need intervention to promulgate a middle-class ethic of success among the poor, while expanding opportunities for economic betterment. Riiiiiiiiiiiiiight. Because Negros in the country NEVER had they sh*t together.
Never prospered prior to integration.
I know that not ONE but TWO OF OUR BLACK WALL STREETS
HAVE been burned to the ground.
The problem with THIS article and for that matter, Cosby's pieces
is that there is NO CRITICISM OF POWER STRUCTURE that
we all exist within.
Saggy Pants are being outlawed and rendered illegal.
Popo is using Black men with brushes, q-tips, cell phones
for target practice.
AND, the sentencing commission has finally decided
that there was a problem with the sentencing discrepancy
between crack and coke,
Since 1988, possession of five grams of crack cocaine – an amount equal to five packets of sugar substitute – landed a person in jail for five years. But people caught with cocaine powder would have to possess 100 times that amount, or 500 grams, to get the same five-year stint behind bars.My favorite part of the article is when he waxes poetic about Al Sharpton
handing out books in the hood. Books for, about and BY White Folks.
Imagine Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson distributing free copies of Virginia Hamilton’s collection of folktales “The People Could Fly” or Dr. Seuss, and demanding that black parents sign pledges to read to their children. What would it take to make inner-city schools havens of learning?Here is what I think. How about using your post at Harvard to teach
low income parents how to be advocate for themselves and their families.
Instead of outsourcing that shit to Sharpton, and complaining in The Times.
These cats will have you believing that the same issues that affect low
income Whites DON'T affect low income Blacks. Trill talk. Until we
have that discussion, this bullsh*t is moot.
In addition, today The Times was
speculating about Jay-Z's worth and the fact that he displays Euros in his
I could practically hear Mike Nizza foaming at the mouth
saying, "That Jay-Z is one smart negro, just the way he used
his drug money to build an empire. Downright genius."
Man. Listen. If we were allowed to keep just ONE of our TWO Black Wall Streets instead of having them torched to a f*cking crisp Rosewood
style we would have, or at least it would be MORE likely that we would have,
4, Jay Z's
2, Baby Bill Gates
5, Madam CJ's
3, Maya Angelou's
1, FEMALE Spike Lee
You get my drift?
And while we are on poverty and Black Achievement
I was browsing Jawanza Junjufu's book Think about it.
If poverty were the reason for "low Black achievement"
then why do children in affluent suburbs do SO F*CKING
POORLY at school.
COULD it be because they are the Model Minority in
class and that shit HURTS?
Being in a school system where all your Black friends
are in the regular classes and you are one of two in the
ap/ib/ bullsh*t advanced track.
Kunjufu's rationale is that African centered educational
philosophy would rendered "reading is white" moot, because
students who know that the first Doctor was Egyptian would
naturally infer that BLACK has meant and
continues to mean being educated.
Could it be that they are not taught about their history, who they are in
respect to the majority. And that is why I am a problem.
Versatile in Insider Trading 14-e-3 deliciousness AND ebonic's, when I
learned about Dubois's theory of double consciousness,
I knew that I had found the explanation for my affinity for
Norman Mailer & Ice Cube, Rita Dove & MC Lyte and Fridah & Marvin.
Is Dr. Kunjunfu onto something?
What would it take to create more Black Male Teachers?
What were Black people thinking when they decided that to stop teaching
en mass AFTER integration?
Do you get irritated when you read mainstream sh*t about J
and they treat him like some capitalistic D-Boy Magic Negro
(yes sj, I stole ya sh*t)
How do you deal with the double consciousness?