Monday, July 30, 2007

I Miss Y'all.


Thank you to all who Donated.

Platinum Donor- Jason Pollard

Gold Donors-The Minority Reporter, M.Z., NexGrl

Silver Donor- She Hate me.

Life Got Trill.

And I am moving to back to the Bay.
Hard out here for a

And. On top of that, your boy, Sweet Jesus HAS DECIDED,
in the midst of all this, to make me "his work".

"Ah blood, Is that chyour work?"

Who knew?

Open post.

Roll Call.

I miss y'all.


What do you do when life gets trill?


Friday, July 20, 2007

Someone stole Dee Dee.


Dee Dee is My phone.

She so new that
she ain't paid for.

I was playing softball at
Prospect Park and hit the jawn to second base.

I guess that is
when someone got me.

I let my guard down, cuz I was juiced to be competing.
Im Athletic. AND. I like to win.

So blog fam.

I request your assistance with helping me replace my
beloved Dee Dee.

[[Pay Pal Instructions: Under Item Type Cash. Under Unit Type Dollar Donation Amount.]]

The thing is, because she is so NEW, I gotta pay for her AND her replacement.

I ain't the same w/o my Dee Dee.

On Mommas.

I don't know how people recover from having folks break
into their homes, because just dealing with a NEW, STOLEN
phone is bad enough.

I don't think I would be able to stay in my house after someone robbed me.
At least not without a few gats.


1. Goes outside to payphone.
2. Calls Verizon. Cancels phone and cries.
3. Buys 20 oz corona.
4. Breaks out Newport from the emergency pack from 2005.
5. Keeps waiting for phone to ring. Then remembers that she gone.


What has someone stolen from you?

How did you handle it?

Have you recovered?


Amerie is the Truth.


Last night I got off the phone w/ Sweet Jesus.

It was late.

I had insomnia.
Taking naps from 7pm-10, not a good look.

So I started going through my bookmarks and came up
on this video over at Hardly Art.


Did I need to hear this song.


Her Steez reminds me of why my dresses be so
f*cking scandalous.

Amerie, and Aaliyah are the two "pop" women
that work IT.

They illustrate, that while our bodies
may not conventionally "perfect", that there are few things
more sexy than a woman who knows how to work
what she has.


How do you feel about women who "work"
what they have?


Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Jay-Z is the GOAT.


Images procured from our dear friend Vik.


Not quite.

But he is exactly what I needed this summer.

And I ain't talking about no Umbrella.

This is not another writer waxing poetic about who belongs in the
hip hops holy trinity.

Its about my Jay Z Summer. But before I get into that, let me
breakdown my description of the emcees and the attributes
the make them candidates for hip hop's holy trinity .

Jay= The Hustler's Hustler
Nas= Thug Politician
BIG= Nihilistic Storyteller with a Keen Eye for All Things Beautiful and Street
Pac= Panther Spirit with Thug Sensibilities.

I rock w/ all these Jawns. But J.
He is DOING something special for me this summer.

You see. School had me overwhelmed.
And Im just now recovering.

Sh*t had me not remembering my hustlers spirit.
I got the hottest chick in the game, wearing my chain.

Treat my first like my last, and my last like my first
And my thirst is the same as - when I came
~My 1st song
I have always stayed having, school, 2 jobs and a side hustle.
Planning six months in advance. That type of thing. But.
Not as of late.
And that IRKS me.

However, I remind myself that, when you take on new challenges in life,
you are forced to recalibrate.

For me, this summer, J is helping me to see
that I need to fuse them
clerkship dreams, with that East Oakland- OUT THE TRUNK mentality.

No matter where you go you are what you are you are player.
~Public Service Announcement
I'm ten years removed, still the vibe is in my veins 
Public Service Announcement
He feels relevant to my life right now because, we both like cake,
we both have an entrepreneurial spirit, he is ambivalent and a
analytical about his
acceptance into the White establishment
and finally he is obsessed with class mobility.
If you grew up with holes in ya zapatos You'd be celebrating
the minute you was havin' dough
~99 Problems

Rap mags try and use my black ass So advertisers can give 'em more cash for ads, fuckers
~99 Problems
I have never had his catalog.

In fact, I think I have only owned Reasonable Doubt, and
The Blueprint for Big Pimpin.

You see.

Im a Nas Head. But hearing Public Service Announcement in a Rover
this past May,
doing 80 from brunch on a MONDAY morning
got me kinda open for your boy J.

It was at that moment that I concluded that I
my life.

Without sayin a word, the ghetto's got a mental telepathy Man my brother hustled so, naturally Up next is me, but what perplexes me Shit I know how this movie ends, still I play the starrin role in "Hovito's Way"
Man. Who talks about the streets cycle in a way that is analytical
of both our families, our positions within our families
and the future
that we see for ourselves.

The folks over at "Black People For More Black MALE

Lawyers" need to holler at Jay to get a dialog cracking on
how to reach out to and retain the young bucks at 9 and 10 years old.

Plus, he gets right to the gristle of how succesful Black men, and
aspiring Black men feel.
I heard "Son do you know why I'm stoppin' you for?" Cause I'm young and I'm black and my hats real low? Do I look like a mind reader sir, I don't know Am I under arrest or should I guess some mo'? "Well you was doin fifty-five in a fifty-fo' "
I BEEN feeling like I have been doing a 55 in a 54
for the last two years blood!

Real talk.

Then came 99 Problems.
I always felt this song. But really listening to 99 problems,
Dear Summer Public Service Announcement, My 1st Song
and Allure ON REPEAT, when you are
in the trenches of struggle
is life altering.

Half a Mil for Bail cuz Im African.
~ 99 Problems

And then there is the crush on Bleek, and there you have it.

So. I guess the more appropriate title is
Jay-Z, Greatest of All Summers.


Whats your favorite J joint?


Welcome to the Internet, Where BET, BOYCOTTS AND BLOG'S CONVERGE.


BET plans on airing a show based on the website
HOT GHETTO However that sh*t might be
deaded by the end of the week
if the sista at What About
Our Daughters has anything to do
with it.

Yall know me. I enjoy some misogyny drenched pop
culture as much as the jawn. You noticed that I said pop culture
not Hip Hop.

It makes being a feminist very interesting.

However, any person that wants to hold a corporation
accountable, or hold a public figure accountable is
all right with me.

Look at her get gully with the class analysis:

Reginald Hudlin clearly thinks that working class Black people are trash or pawns for whatever bizarre social experiment BET wants to conduct on us (THIS TIME). Jamilla Donaldson has a law school education and is using her training and experience to torment poor people, children, and victims of internet bullying. These are two Black people who have been given every privilege society has to offer and they are using that to exploit working class Black people who don't have the defenses to protect themselves. Hudlin and Donaldson can use their privilege to buffer themselves from their decisions.
I recommend that she and a few family members
and support folks buy some
Viacom shares, which
are trading at $41 today, so that
she can have a voice at the annual shareholder meeting.

This summer, I am being trained to write proxy resolutions and I
offer my services to her,
for a fee of course.

I have never been to the HGM site before, until today.
I found something very intersting there.
The publisher of the site appears to really care about Black people.
Look what she writes:

So again, I ask what are we doing to help each other because as Farrakhan said recently, “the days of the benevolent white man are over.” Power concedes nothing. All we got is us people. We can’t afford to live like we’re living. From school, to clothing to music, to our children—where have our standards gone? And if our own can’t come out and rally for change, who can? Why do we so often condemn the people who point out what’s wrong instead of condemning the behavior?

And I will say again, to all of you who are angry at me for airing our dirty laundry—good I’m glad you’re angry, now maybe collectively, including me, we’ll be forced to finally go wash it. This site is the beginning, the ending is up to us.

Jam Donaldson

The site is a weird mixture of Black Scandalousness on a
public platform, meets tough love and accountability.

In reading these words I wondered if it was a thinly
veiled attempt to rebuff the heat served by Ms. What
About our Daughters?

I don't know.

However, this brings me back to Mr. Hudlin.

I have only one question for him


Do you think Ms. What About our daughters
has an ax to grind?

What do you think it will take to get
her fight some traction?

Should Reginald listen to her?

Why or why not?


Monday, July 16, 2007

Hip Hop Nerds for America Annual Conference is August 5th and Im Going.


There is no such thing as Hip Hop Nerds for America,
but if there were
Matthew Birkhold, would be its president.

Peep his article titled, Patriarchy a Primer for Men,
which is in response to, "
"Hip Hop Dogmatism
and Potential Problems for Political Organizing"
and I thought I was nerdy. LOL.

Peep his theory:

In response to "Hip Hop Dogmatism and Potential Problems for Political Organizing" I have received two consistent criticisms, "You haven't defined patriarchy, and, "You haven't given us any solutions." I respond to these very important criticisms below.

What is Patriarchy?

According to cultural critic bell hooks, "Patriarchy is political-social system that insists that males are inherently dominating, superior to everything and everyone deemed weak, especially females, and endowed with the right to dominate and rule over the weak and to maintain that dominance through various forms of psychological terrorism and violence."

In other words, patriarchy is a social and political system that gives men privileges, which result from a socialization process that teaches people heterosexual men are superior to women and all non-heterosexual men. Sexism is a consequence and symptom of a society that practices patriarchy.

Hip Hop Nerds for America. *******Bubble cloud
appears over head.
I smell a T-Shirt.

W/ Obama Gore '08 on the back.

Somebody call Marc Ecko and tell young
to make that sh*t pop off.


Would you go to such a conference, Why or Why NOT?


Dear John Edwards, Poor People Don't Elect Presidents.


Your boy's tactics are suspect.

The poor doesn't vote.
N*ggas too busy BEING POOR.

NEW ORLEANS -- Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards kicked off his "Road to One America" anti-poverty tour here today with a "Good Morning America" Town Hall event. During the two-hour interview with Diane Sawyer and about 100 New Orleans residents, Edwards faced questions on everything from improving conditions for the working poor to the $400 haircuts he became famous for.

"Some lessons you learned the hard way. I've learned my lesson. I got a very cheap haircut a few days ago and I'm going to keep getting cheap hair cuts," Edwards said to the laughing crowd.

But Edwards defended himself as a sincere advocate for the poor, pointing to his work in urban ministries in North Carolina before ever entering politics, and his help organizing unions and leading campaigns to raise the minimum wage over the years.

"I came from very little to having a lot. There's no question about that," he said. "I'm proud of the fact that I lived the American dream. Nobody gave it to me. I worked for it. But I want that chance to be there for everybody."

Am I wrong ya'll.

He has no chance on winning w/ this poverty sh*t.

The masses don't care.

You gotta come at people on sh*t that they they are in invested
in. There has to be an incentive for being involved.

He is a smooth talker.

But I ain't feeling the poverty campaign.

How about...........running on shit we can measure:
a. CHEAPER GAS! for folks. b. CHILD CARE for 100K families. c. Creating 10K more Nurses to replace the retiring boomers.
d. 10K Back in KatrinaVille in 5 years.



Am I being harsh yall?


M.Dot Does Dallas.


5 Things That are HELLA FRESH
about Dallas,
or North Dallas to be exact.

1. Southern Hospitality.
You walk into a spot, and
employees greet you as if they are happy to see you
and seem just generally glad to have your business.

2. Black folks got being simultaneously aggressive
and assertive ON LOCK.
I need to learn how to be more proficient at
that as a legal writer.
I first noticed it in Sweet Jesus's demeanor a coupla
weeks ago on the phone.
But they got that sh*t by the truck loads.
Its damn near a survival technique

3. I dreamed I was at the mall, getting some Carols daughter,
[which I haven't used in years] and I started choppin
it up with Erykah about 7 and how he gettin' all big now.

4. The quality of life is bananas. $100K houses. $300K condos.
Real talk.

5. It looks like Oakland. Flat. Lots of Negros and Mexicanos.


What should I see in Dallas before I peace-c-ya-lata?


Blogging on Vacation.


So. Im in Dallas.

Hence the lapse in posting, but I missed y'all like cooked food.

Between July 12th and July 13th, I had SEVERAL experiences with
the customer service reps at the US Air:

a. A customer service rep Hated on me, and
wouldn't waive a fee. Old boy was like, bend over,
sans Vaseline. Threw my whole actionplan off. BUT.
Thats what you get trynna do standby, NOT ON JET
BLUE. The N*gga had the nerve to be old enough to
be my daddy AND was HATIN'.

A customer service rep had my ticket changed
w/o paying extra.

c. I chatted it up with a Marine/National guard on the
benifits and specs of the M16 that he was carrying.

d. And finally a supervisor bumped me up to first class,
so I slurpped
chardonnay in seat 1C.
^^^^^That sh*t will have you spoiled for real.

e. My favorite scene was me, in TYYYYYUGHT jeans,
sparkle-y shoes, and quasi sheer yellow blouse telling
the 3rd customer service rep "I did not authorize
the 1800 number to find out WHEN THE NEXT,
Since when does calling a customer service agent
constitute and authorization
and permission to change my [MUTHAF_CKIN] schedule".

White folks at the desk next to mine, was like what
kinda uppity negro is this?


Why do you think traveling is so f*cking emotional ock?


Monday, July 09, 2007

Change Seeker Told Me I Need to Gristle Up.


Talk about getting into the gristle.

I have been tagged by the Change Seeker.

The Rules

1. We have to post these rules before we give you the facts.

2. Players start with eight random facts/habits about themselves.

3. People who are tagged need to write their own blog
about their eight things and post these rules.

4. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight
people to get tagged and list their names.

5. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them
they’re tagged,
and to read your blog.


8 Things You Didn't Know About Yours Truly.

1. My biggest regret regarding not living in the bay is not
being able to watch my nieces and nephews grow up.

2. I have one friend, D-shot, who I haven't been cool with for
three years. When our friendship ended, I cried. In fact I think
it was worse than my break up w/ BL. She e-mailed me recently
and I responded. Still haven't heard from her though.

3. I can eat a pint of ice cream AND drink a pint of beer, to THA

4. When the cash was low in June and I had to choose
between ice coffee and Sunday times, I bought the coffee and
borrowed my neighbors paper.

5. I haven't had straight hair in hella years and sometimes I
want a shiny, swingy bob.

6. Last November, while watching sitting in a sports bar with
BL watching THE fight, I realized that [many] men resent the fact that
they, themselves as well as others, are willing INVEST RESOURCES
in a lady for the purpose of kicking it with her.

7. I think Rosario Dawson is ummm delish beautiful.

8. My mother recently told me the story of
the last man she was with before my dad, and how
she made her decision to move on and get
married. Talk about grown folks conversation.
Lets just say it involved property and why her
name wasn't on the deed even though
they had been rockin' for close to 4 years.


8. Folks THAT I Tag.
1. Minority Reporter. 2. Beauty in Baltimore 3.
Aunt Jackie
4. Mac Jay 5. Slushy Gutter Jeff
Neo 7. Trent 8. Tasha

======== That was personal.

Tell me something about yall THAT I DON'T know.


Sunday, July 08, 2007

If We Don't Reclaim Hip Hop, We Will Be Like The Black Baby Boomers.


In his new book, Know What I Mean Michael Eric Dyson
points out somethingthat that I have always thought
about the Black Baby Boomer
Generations dismissal of hip hop.

That they dissed us when hip hop first popped off, then
wondered why Post Snoop, Post Pac, Post Imus, why
we were unwilling to engage with them.

Bill Cosby anyone?
[ For the record Bill has room to talk
because a.) he puts his money were his mouth
is b.) Black people DO party and bull sh*t too
much]. c.) Black parenting habits CAN use some

We are at a dangerous crossroads.


DEAD, don't use our voices to let the labels, corporations,
radio stations know what we feel about the current state
of hip hop, we will be rendered even more voiceless
than we already are.

First and foremost, record labels are business institutions
not, cultural institutions. So the impetus is on us to speak

their language, cake and the bottom line.

For instance, Dyson points out how the Baby Boomer
generation largely ignored hip hop and white record exec's
slowly yet steadily were willing to cash in on a delish
urban cash cow.

In he book Dyson discussed a conversation where he
encouraged Earl Graves to reach out to the young buck,
hip hop entrepreneurs.

He reports that Earl Graves responded,

"Nobody with tattos and low slung pants and low
slung pants can't tell me anything."

When he said this I immediately thought of Active Jewish elders
and wondered if he could stand to take a page out of their
book and be willing to sit down with the tattooed, saggy
pants jawns to impart some game, INSTEAD of just writing US OFF.

He points out that the mothers of three of our favorite
rappers have Ph.D's.
Kanye. Common. Kweli. Dr. Mommas make intelligent emcees. HOT!


So. How does the "People for Better Music Sound"?

If you had the ear of a C-level label exec what would you say?

What are three changes you want in Hip Hop in the next 12 months?


Saturday, July 07, 2007 said You Gotta Have D's or Paper's.



Earlier this year, right after Yeye's throw some D's
remix came out,
me and my girl were having
a conversation about women
who are "taken care of"
because of how they look.
I asked her how
she felt about Yeye rapping about D's.
Her response was,

You gotta have D's or you gotta have papers.
My response was,
I want D's AND papers.
She responded, "Then you on some white ceo/cfo shit".

Putting the racial, implication of her comment aside,
I realized that she was onto something. is
my financial consciousness. She stays on me w/ the
1. When you gonna make your first mil?
2. When you gonna pay off your school debt?
3. What do you project your earnings to be in 5 years?

In short.

She stays all up in mine. ****places hand 10th
of an inch from face.

Perhaps growing up in the Bronx in the 80's
made her thorough like that.


I was reminded of this conversation when I read a
book in Barnes and Noble on Thursday
titled, "Get to Work" by Linda Hirshman. << like a feminist
on crack, ya heard?

Her premises are that women need to do the following:



Do work that is rewarded in this culture.
[I know. My artists readers are gonna be up in arms.]

BIG AND, if you choose to do otherwise, UNDERSTAND
that you may have to support yourself and your family WITH

your income.

Make an income that you would think twice about giving up.

Take it seriously. Be mindful of switching jobs three times in one year.
That sh*t is not a good look on the resume.

She wants women to come to the marital table
with information regarding what our culture and
what your future husband
expects you to do after
the baby is born.

She also wants women to understand the following about marriage:
Women make 70 cent on every dollar that men make.

In the event that you divorce, your ex is in the more
powerful position because, all things being equal, he
most likely makes more than you.

Consequently, he can easily replace the "work" services
that you more than likely provided, as the default
"nanny, maid or personal assistant".

This is IS NOT the issue if you had a pre existing,
nanny, maid or personal assistant, or that contributed
to the house hold in such a manner that you did not
need extra help.


At first I thought that sh*t was harsh right.
But she isn't anti kid, just pro planning.

Think about it.

The first time women start talking about leaving
"society recognized" work,
to "work" full time as
mommas, its after the first baby turns 2 or 3
, or after the second
But then peep. If you plan the babies, strategically if you
are going to try and maintain your current lifestyle.
Cake is clearly on my mind.


For my job I am researching:

1. How many Black Board Members are on Fortune 5's?

2. How many Fortune 5's have government,
war associated contracts?

3. How many women are on Fortune 5 Boards?

And man lissen, looking at THESE NUMBERS, s
ide by side with negro spending power,
puts a WHOLE LOT OF SH*T in perspective

Which finally brings me to the above video.

Where do I begin?

I felt like was reading a FEDS magazine story via a
DOCUMENTARY style video.

Top TEN THINGS I noticed about it:

1. How down the women are for the dudes.
2. How the women EAT with the hustlas.
3. The highly visible relationship between being
assaulted as a teen, and being a lady of the night as an adult.
4. How there was a clear sense that THEY, NOT ANYONE
ELSE, would take care of their babies.
5. How the Lack of a safety net is SO apparent in the hood.


Is it realistic to anticipate planning, strategically, the babies?

How do you feel about women w/ D's and Pape's?

What do you think of women who want cake as much Jay Z wants it?


Friday, July 06, 2007

Ya'll Peep How Def Jam F*cked up Chrisette Michelle's Album


I knew that sh*t was gonna happen.

No matter what industry you are in, performance art, emceeing, investment banking, quarter backing, you have to take control of your career and not expect an institution to manage it for you IN YOUR BEST INTEREST.

If I were her manager I would have done the following:

1. Created a MAJOR INTERACTIVE myspace/you tube web presence for her.

2. Would have had her opening for all relevant artists on tour, ie those who are brown/black friendly.

3. Created a mix tape, right after that Nas/ Jay sh*t popped off to capitalize on their respective Fall 2006 hype. Specifically a mixtape w/ John Legend, Yeye, Ledisi, Nas, Jay, Common, Kweli, Pharoe and Ghost and other folks relevent to her lane.

4. Woulda pitched her hard on some Jennifer Hudson type love, ie, she AIN'T what YALL ARE TAUGHT TO THINK IS BEAUTIFUL, but she BAD as SH*T.

5. Would have went HARD at the BLOGS and the ALTERNATIVE WEEKLY JAWN's, pluggin her as much as possible.

6. Would have had her vocals shining on soundtracks this spring and summer.

Full disclosure.

The only thing I love more than Corporate Governance and Mergers and Acquisitions is Managing Artist

Def Jam. There is still time to do this right.

You know where to find me. [ Wherever you need me]


Yall think they f*cked up her promotion?

Why or why not?


Thursday, July 05, 2007

Why We Both Black and our Kid is Biracial?


Speaking of being biracial.

My resident blog little brother from another momma has renounced his whiteness.

First I laughed.
Then I realized your boy was serious. There MUST BE SOMETHING in that Michigan Water.

They Prolly Serve Malcom X smoothies at the movie theaters and sh*t.
Harriet Tubman Burgers.

Martin Luther King Onion Rings. <<<----I know. Scandless. Actually, that wouldn't be a bad idea. Junk Food Chain serving up negro heros. <<<<---No more listening to doom for me. Walt is on a mission yall:

Alright white folks, it's like this. You done did it. I'm through with you. Nah nah, don't try to say you're sorry and that you can change, fuck that. It's over. You never really loved me, and now I can see that, so I'm gone. I'm serious.
I ain't saying I won't kick it with you, go to your parties, listen to your lame ass watered down versions of black music every once in a while, or that I'll start breaking into your cars and stealing your stereos or whatever, it ain't even like that. And I'm not going to stop hanging out with you if we're friends and you happen to be white (unless you show up in the comments and scream on me.) What I'm saying is, I'm not one of you anymore. I am officially, as far as I'm concerned, no longer a White Guy. Genetically I'm descended from people who got all pale and shit from hanging out in caves and somehow ended up with pigment in their eyes and hair, yeah. But that's it. That's the extent of my White-ness.
Then he goes for the juggular.
Don't try to tell me that you're a liberal either, you motherfuckers are racist as shit too. Get a couple drinks in you and you start complaining about how the black girls at the gym always walk the wrong direction around the track. Better yet, wait until Joe Progressive loses his job. Homeboy go from Do The Right Thing to Do The White Thing real fuckin' quick if you tell him his days of making 70K a year for shuffling papers around are over. Hits up a box of wine and starts bitching about "Affirmative action hires", "Reverse racism", "Illegal immigrants", and pretty much Asians in general. Start fucking with whitey's paper and he's back to his old tricks with the quickness.

And finally. BUT AT LEAST IM WHITE. De.LISH.ious.
I swear, working class white people are like that one kid out the crew who everybody hates but still gets to hang out so that the cool kids can fuck with him. You know who I'm talking about, don't front. Y'all Toby Keith ass motherfuckers be like "Well I went to a shitty high school, have no job opprotunities, my family is all on drugs and in prison, my little brother got beat the fuck up by county sherriffs last night, my little sister is pregnant, I might get drafted, my roof is leaking, and I think I might have VD. But shit! At least I'm white!"
Read more here.


This post certainly puts "Independence Day" in a new light. Yall think he crazy. Or just a young white cat thats fed up?


Monday, July 02, 2007

The White Privilage Package


In that post supreme court decision conversation with the libertarian,
I neglected to mention to you all that his homie was there.

In fact, he is our mutual colleague.

During our conversation I mentioned my Why are N*ggas so Homophobic post? I explained how at the end of the day, Black Male sexuality and swag are tied to their notions of masculinity, so to have that taken/threatened by the idea of or via actual homosexual sex is a horrific violation of their masculinity.

Then the issue of Black Male Invisibility came up.

My colleague then asked , "Why do Black men feel invisible?"

I thought about it and was like, man, do I really wanna go INTO THIS SH*T. But I was like M, be responsive and responsible and answer the man's question.

I responded explaining how, by and large in this culture, Black Male representation in News, Television, movies and news papers typically turns on one or two stereotypes involving sex and violence. These would leave anyone feeling invisible because it fails to address the nuances of being a f*cking human being.

In turn.

I tripped off how good it must feel for him to THINK ABOUT ABSTRACTLY, what it must feel like to be Black.

And I immediately thought of white privilage and how the fact that this is some sh*t
that is abstract in his head is indicative of said privilege.

Then I found this online.

Peggy McIntosh breaks down the White Privilege Package:
I think whites are carefully taught not to recognize white privilege, as males are taught not to recognize male privilege. So I have begun in an untutored way to ask what it is like to have white privilege. I have come to see white privilege as an invisible package of unearned assets that I can count on cashing in each day, but about which I was "meant" to remain oblivious. White privilege is like an invisible weightless knapsack of special provisions, maps, passports, codebooks, visas, clothes, tools, and blank checks.

Some examples of said white privilege she lists are:

5. I can go shopping alone most of the time, pretty well assured that I will not be followed or harassed.

6. I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my race widely represented.

8. I can be sure that my children will be given curricular materials that testify to the existence of their race.

10. I can be pretty sure of having my voice heard in a group in which I am the only member of my race.

15. I do not have to educate my children to be aware of systemic racism for their own daily physical protection.

21. I am never asked to speak for all the people of my racial group.

25. If a traffic cop pulls me over or if the IRS audits my tax return, I can be sure I haven't been singled out because of my race.

35. I can take a job with an affirmative action employer without having my co-workers on the job suspect that I got it because of my race.


20. I can do well in a challenging situation without being called a credit to my race.



This post had me thinking?

Are there Black privileges?

Should I start corporate gender and race training workshops. Tie gender/racial understanding to the bottom line:)


Sunday, July 01, 2007

Intergration Killed Black Education.


Last summer, my boss David -a truly phenomenal human being- said to me one of the best things a progressive minded person can do is start a school. The Supreme Courts decision on desegregation's makes this statement ever more relevant.


Concluding its current Term with a historic ruling on race in public policy, the Supreme Court divided 5-4 on Thursday in striking down voluntary integration plans in the public schools of Seattle and Louisville. Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., wrote the majority opinion in the combined cases. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy did not join all of the majority opinion, but joined in the result. Kennedy suggested in a separate opinion that the Chief Justice's opinion, in part, "is at least open to the interpretation that the Constitution requires school districts to ignore the problem of de facto resegregation in schooling. I cannot endorse that conclusion."
Recent History
By the early ’90s, support in the federal courts for the central work of Brown — racial integration of public schools — began to rapidly expire. In a series of cases in Atlanta, Oklahoma City and Kansas City, Mo., frustrated parents, black and white, appealed to federal judges to stop shifting children from school to school like pieces on a game board. The parents wanted better neighborhood schools and a better education for their children, no matter the racial make-up of the school. In their rulings ending court mandates for school integration, the judges, too, spoke of the futility of using schoolchildren to address social ills caused by adults holding fast to patterns of residential segregation by both class and race.
Now The Libertarian is my L-school best friend. And I wanted to Karate chop his @ss on Friday while we were talking about this topic.

Him: Do you think that the all black journalism program discriminates against whites?
Me: The question is how do you define discrimination? So, In this instance No.

Him: How so?
Me: Because white people are not underrepresented in Law, Medicine, Business
or anything else.
Him: What about a basketball camp for chinese players only?
Me: Basketball isn't nearly as fundamental to life as education. And Black people have a legacy in this country that the Chinese, and for that matter anyone else. We are this countries oldest residents and most recent citizens.
Him: Do you think that should be the role of the government?

Me: If not them, then who the f*ck else is gonna do it?

Just by nature of his gp analysis, the governement shouldn't be involved in the citizens day to day affairs as little as possible.
I feel him on that in many instances, JUST NOT in this one.

But peep this.

If integration is an institutional problem, doesn't it require and institutional solution?
Institutional racism occurs where an institution adopts a policy, practice, or procedure that appears neutral on its face but has a disproportionately negative impact on a racial or ethnic minority group.
Sweet Jesus lit a fire underneath my @ss earlier this week when he

Peep how Juan Williams neo con @ss in the New York Times reflects on Thurgood Marshall's analysis re Brown v. Board:
If black children had the right to be in schools with white children, Justice Marshall reasoned, then school board officials would have no choice but to equalize spending to protect the interests of their white children.
What ended happening is that the Black kids ended up in schools w/ the poor white kids.

The education was STILL halfed @ss and damn near criminal.
Black people underestimated that white people would sacrifice THEIR poor by having them attend school with Negros.

Here is the rub yall. Again. I am going to have to fight to stay in school.
So this issue has IMMEASURABLE significance for me.

I have taken eery opportunity that has been handed to me since

So if IM HAVING PROBLEMS what the hell is the fate of the average Black/Brown kid?

Whenever I am in a disagreement with a school administrator about my progress,
standing or capability, I always ask myself,

"Would they be saying this to me if I was their child?"

"What advice would they be giving their daughter?"

I call it the daughter test. As in "would you like a particular young man if your daughter brought him home?"

Speaking of schools making decision as if their OWN children were students, there is a charter school in Manhattan that is removing the parent-boardmembers
and replacing them with boardmembers with public relations experience and fundraising experience.
My question is what happens to the level of parental engagement once they are removed from the board? How is their voice going to be heard?

How can people, who are NOT the parents of a children, care about said children?
The last forty years of public education have said that that is damn near impossible.

What bums me out abut the decision and the conversation with The Libertarian is that
he will be in a position of power one day.

And I wonder if he will take my point of view regarding Black people
and their lack of access to power into consideration when making decisions. In researching this post I came across a solution to Black Here is an idea.

For one reason, minorities are seriously underrepresented in the legal profession. For instance, only 4% of the nation’s lawyers are Black even though Blacks represent 13% of the population of the United States . This lack of representation has far ranging effects including limited access to power. Ever notice how many of the power brokers in the United States are lawyers?. Perhaps a more significant effect is ever growing distrust of the legal system by racial minorities, in significant part, because of the lack of lawyers and judges that look like them.
Affirmative action and test scores have been turned on their head at Lowell high school in 'Frisco. Lowell has had to figure out a way to reduce the number of chinese kids admitted. They were scoring too high on the admissions exam. Lowell is like the Stuyvesant of San Francisco. 'Erry body wanna go but only the selected few get in.
Proponents also point out that the majority of volunteer work and fundraising is done by the parents of Caucasian students, and the school would suffer were these parents' children to leave Lowell.
White mommas make a big @ssed difference at a school.
Our friend Jeff "Egg recepient #2" Chang, breaks down the Lowell situation here.

The bug out is that Asian students out score Blacks, White, Latinos on standardized tests across the boards so white people get heated, but have no room to talk because they STARTED THE standardized testing in the first place.
Led by Berkeley professor Ling-chi Wang, Asian American progressives pressured these universities to review their policies. Audits at Brown, Stanford, Harvard, and U.C. Berkeley later confirmed that campus officials made secretive decisions that negatively impacted Asians’ chances of being admitted. Asian admits were required to have higher test and grade scores than whites, giving whites a distinct advantage in a supposedly open competition for admission. (Not surprisingly, after the audits were made public, Asian admissions usually leaped.)

What is the racial make up of your high school?

What is the racial make up of your kids school?

Why do you think the civil rights leaders were so SHORT SIGHTED with regard to integration and public education?


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