The God vs The Donkey aka Charlemagne vs Jason Lee Whitlock (Another look into the Uncle Tom mentality)

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I just came across this diatribe between Jason Whitlock and Charlemagne and I immediately wanted to give the God a high-five. The thing is the issue Charlemagne addressed is complicated for non-Blacks to understand. Yeah Charlemagne could have presented his argument in a different manner and the Emit Till reference could be said to be too “strong” but the truth of the matter is that it was not too “wrong”. We Black men know all too well how it is to deal with a White female(or White person period) who is scared of you for no other reason but the fact you’re a Black man. I’ll admit I felt Lavar Ball could have responded to Kristine’s pestering questions with more savvy and tact but his irritation is well understood when you take in consideration Kristine’s prior comments about Ball. As he said he felt she was “a hater” and had no desire to dialogue with her.  I also agree she played the shocked and incredulous victim after goading Ball into a response.

Below is the whole interview between Leahy and Ball.

I don’t want to harp on the dynamic of White fear of Black masculinity (that’s a research paper, novel, multi episode editorial, etc with in its self. I want to address the issue of the uncle Tom dynamic that causes these super Toms to come forward and champion the “massa’s” cause. It seems I’m running into these Jesse Lee Peterson types more and more today.  Malcolm X described the mentality of the Uncle Tom perfectly in his “House Negro/Field Negro” analogy

“There was the house Negro and the field Negro. The house Negroes – they lived in the house with master, they dressed pretty good, they ate good ’cause they ate his food — what he left. They lived in the attic or the basement, but still they lived near the master; and they loved their master more than the master loved himself. They would give their life to save the master’s house quicker than the master would. The house Negro, if the master said, ‘We got a good house here’, the house Negro would say, ‘Yeah, we got a good house here.’ Whenever the master said ‘we’, he said ‘we’. That’s how you can tell a house Negro.

“If the master’s house caught on fire, the house Negro would fight harder to put the blaze out than the master would. If the master got sick, the house Negro would say, ‘What’s the matter, boss, we sick?’ We sick! He identified himself with his master more than his master identified with himself. And if you came to the house Negro and said, ‘Let’s run away, let’s escape, let’s separate’, the house Negro would look at you and say, ‘Man, you crazy. What you mean, separate? Where is there a better house than this? Where can I wear better clothes than this? Where can I eat better food than this?'”

-Malcolm X

Jason Whitlock is saying to Kristine Leahy “we sick boss”? “Did that mean negro hurt your feelings?”

As Malcolm X describes, Blacks like Jason Lee Whitlock identify with the master more so than the master identifies with his own self. So much so you hear and see Jason Lee Whitlock taking it upon himself to come to Kristine Leahy’s defense. As with most media “Toms” Whitlock has priors of attacking Black celebrities and athletes.  From Serena Williams to Lebron James to Colin Kaepernick,  Whitlock has attacked African Americans athletes with the most derisive language attacking those who have stood up for social issues in particular . I ask myself what makes these Toms tick? The human mind intrigues me and I seriously wonder what part of the psyche and soul has died in order for this Uncle Tom survival mechanism to manifest.  Yes Uncle Tom’ism is a survival trait. The Uncle Tom mentality is a mental illness diagnosed with in the DSM-V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5th Edition)  I love pointing this fact out to sell outs, bed wenches and toms. It’s like “hey yo you crazy…no.. no you really crazy”. I’d never heard of this fat fucker Jason Whitlock until I’d seen Charlemagne blast him on the Breakfast Club. He’s obviously one of those Black faces that Whites use to justify their own racism and appease any guilt they may feel behind said racism. When you here someone White say “see a Black guy said it” they’re usually talking about a Jason Whitlock type.

The thing is just like racism the Uncle Tom Mentality is a spectrum. You’ll be hard pressed to find a Tom that’s a total sell out. Most Tom’s I find actually think they are doing things to improve the Black community. The problem is that Tom’s can’t see or refuse to see the impact of systemic racism (ie: White supremacy) thus fail to see trying to simply amalgamate into a system that systemically oppresses you and your people is…well insane. The brother @ABtheHero breaks down Jason Whitlock’s response to Charlemagne giving him the Donkey of the Day.

In this clip he’s basically saying he’s not a Tom and that he hasn’t been cooning then proceeds to run off a list of deeds and actions he has done to champion Black issues and causes…he does this right after he names four old White men that can verify he hasn’t made his career off attacking Black athletes. He then ask Charlemagne to engage in debate with him without hurling insults but he seems to forget the ugly comments he’s made about Serena and other Black athletes he’s written about….again crazy talk. He also states Serana, Lebron and other athletes are ‘strong” enough to take “his” criticism but I’d ask Whitlock “well isn’t Kristine Leahy strong enough to handle Charlemagne and Lavar Balls critique?

As I said earlier I wonder what part of the Tom’s soul/psyche has been killed in order to allow the Uncle Tom mental state to rise to prominence. I always doubt it’s been totally done away with because as we see in Jason Whitlock’s response to receiving the Donkey of the Day the need to justify his actions by denying his Tom’ism is strong enough for him to record a response to Charlemagne.

One of the primary things we must do in our Black Cultural Revolution is to constantly and consistently call these Toms out for their coonery.

For those who’ve yet to see Charlemagne’s full bitch slapping of Jason Whitlock you can watch below

Election 2016: An observation of my morning the Day After “or” The Calm Before the Storm?

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As I rode to work the day after the election I noticed the normally crowded 7th street route I took to work  was  eerily devoid of traffic. I passed a square looking brother probably on his way to UCSF or the arts college and he locked eyes with me and nodded his head towards me in what felt like a sign of  solidarity. I remember how I felt when Obama 1st won and the prideful looks Black Americans would exchange with each other as we passed each other on the street. Today those looks of pride and elation were replaced with expressions filled with trepidation.

I then role by a White guy who was  walking  towards me and it seemed like he put a smirk on his face. I would notice later through my day quite a few white males in particular all had these “smirks”  on their faces (seriously I bull shyt you not).  Needing a bit of caffeine and sugar I go to Starbucks and I’m standing in line with two PG&E workers. Both White males. Both had “Trump supporter” written all over them. Feeling this vibe I mentally prepare myself to deal with any potential uncomfortable interaction.  I’m hyper sensitive to human emotions. It has aided and hindered me in life but for the most part it has made me a great communicator. I have the ability to converse with most anyone in spite our cultural differences or opposing point of views and leave the conversation on amicable terms.  As we are standing in line I notice the silence is a bit awkward so to ease a bit of tension I blurt out “hey I have to pay my PG&E bill today (which is was so very true). The older guy laughs and says “yeah you better pay, I have to beat my wife to pay ours” I think to myself   “ok this guy diffidently did not vote for Hillary”.  I ask him did he get a discount on his PG&E  bill since he was an employee.  After he states he indeed does get a discount the younger guy blurts out  “maybe the bills will go down now Trump is president.” Mentally my eyes roll all the way back into my brain stem. Now as I stated I’d already sized these guys up as Trump supporters so I’d made mental notes not to bring up anything in our conversation resembling politics. You hear white people talking about how Blacks bring up “the race card” when talking about certain subjects but the truth is most of the time we try to avoid talking about race. Its only when some white guy or gal broaches a subject do we rightfully so speak our truth. So now here I am in a situation I’ve been in countless times where some White guy brings up a subject that’s not only race related but we obviously share opposing opinions on.  As I stated though  I’m a pretty good communicator and for me that means being able to parry verbal jabs and respond to insult or bluster appropriately, not overtly insulting the person but also  without compromising my beliefs or integrity (ie: not just taking their shyt).  So after this guys statement about Trump bringing long gone jobs back I state “ I don’t see how he’s gonna do that the stock market is plummeting already (as of now its bounced backed) They  both mention Trumps gonna bring jobs back from China and overseas. I mention that the steel jobs are now automated so none of those jobs are returning and the jobs in China are extremely low paying jobs that no American wants.  After the usual “he’s not a career politician like Hillary and Obama” remarks  the younger guys last words was “let’s give him a chance” ( I’d be hearing that phrase a lot over the next few weeks and its become a mantra now) I simply said “the next 100 days will tell it all”. He wished me a good day as we departed and I thought “those previously angry White males are cheerful as a muthafucker right now”. I don’t know how long this cheerful mode will last nor do I know if that will affect  so called race relations or not affect them at all.  I don’t know what will happen in the next four years but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was fearful.

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We are in the age of the wolf. There will be no running or hiding form this wolf. It won’t matter if you see this wolf coming because he will devour you regardless of the amount of vigilance you possess. A fox can only trick those who do not realize they are dealing with a tricky fox. Are we ready to deal with the wolf?  Well we have no choice now. We either get down or lay down

PRINCE- a short reflection on my 1st introduction to his music

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Its the Purple Ones birthday today & rightfully so the internet is a buzz. Since Alexander Nevermind’s death ive intended to write a blog on my eclectic idol. Im a socially conscious person so my 1st inclination is to write about Prince’s social stance & how he has influenced America’s cultural zietgiest. Instead of delving into such heady water i’ll write about how after seeing my friend Thembisa’s Face Book post on Prince’s choreography I was brought back to memories of my 1st hearing Prince’s music. Ive never been a great dancer but was particularly horrible when I was a nerdy bespectacled tween. I remember my step sister Jamilah threw a party & me being uberly shy tried to melt into the couch rather than asking one of her friends to dance with. I remember her friends coming over to me and   asking was I having fun and why wasn’t I dancing? I gave a stereotypical nerdy reply and remembered thinking Jamila must have bribed them to ask me. After that day I decided I’d teach my self to dance. When I didn’t think anyone was around I’d go into my step mothers parlor room close the doors & practice dancing to Prince and the other artist my older step sister Bridgette had in her record collection or on the radio. One day I remember my oldest step sister Bridgette came in while Uptown was on the radio & was like “Thats Prince!  I have that lp!!” She ran to her room & brought back Prince’s DirtyMind lp

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I was like “wtf? …naaawww man that aint the same guy singing”
Me and step sis’s bonding moment turned into the typical male/female sibling argument in which she ended by saying “you just was dancing your butt off to his music so stop trippin”(the word hater didnt exist at that time but if it did she’d a called me one) I laugh my ass off now but at that time I wasn’t  say “tolerant” enough to accept the fact the singer of one of my favorite songs liked rocking velvet panties on his album covers (well maybe they just were sexy dun da duns….but uhhh…anyway) My step sis did encouraged me to keep practicing my moves but I didnt really start having decent dance rhythm until I started DJ’n….but thats another story
#Prince #ChildhoodMemories of his #music

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The Rape of Horus or “a brief look at sexual abuse in the Black community”

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I dedicate this blog to several ex girlfriends and a homie of mine that recently shared a very painful memory of his sexual abuse .

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Ive long intended to write this blog but today after hearing about the recent sexual abuse allegations  hurled against Hip Hop pioneer and founder of the Zulu Nation Afrika Bambata I felt I needed to finish this thing. I remember growing up hearing about the notorious “booty buster” and how you’d better not get caught by him. Far to young to really understand sexuality I did know this was a bad thing a kid never wanted to happen to him. I remember the old man who gave out candy at his project apartment to me and my friend and how one day he wouldn’t let me in for candy anymore but he’d let my friend in. I remember the dude with the turntables and Atari that would let kids in to play but wouldn’t answer the door for me most the time refusing to let me in. Ive always asked myself why these predators avoided me and I truly believe the fact my having a strong mother and father in my life and an older brother known for beating fools down kept most predators away from me.  I say most because when I was 15 or 16 a man named Eric Dannenberg (yep I said his name) positioned himself as mentor in my life. Dannenberg would always be around. He taught me how to drive a stick shift(no pun or double meaning…. seriously). He took pictures of me and my girlfriend on our way to our Jr. prom. He gave sage advice. Dannenberg was an intellectual. He was able to read my Al Yusef translation of the Koran in Arabic and was well versed in Afro Centric ideology. He was all of the things a young Black teenager just getting into his “Blackness” would idolize in an older Black male. In spite of all his good nature and charm I always felt something was off. I think its the “creepy” alarm that goes off in all our heads but many of us muffle. Its the alarm that many with out father figures or with bad father figures ignore simply happy to have an adult show them attention. Its the alarm many parents and members of the community deny not wanting to admit that nice man,that loved family member or say that sensational singer did those horrid things to a child.

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I think the fact the 1st man I ever idolized was my own father and that man was  a positive and consistent influence in my life gave me the …i don’t know “ability” to listen to that alarm bell enough to look into Dannenbergs past. This is one way how I know the music industry is complacent and complicit with wide-spread sexual abuse of minors. How do I know?  I didn’t realize he was trying to as they would say “groom me” until I’d dug around asking questions and discovered Dannenberg was a convicted molester. We had taken a picture together at a studio I recorded at and I went there took the picture into the parking lot and burned it. (I’m also the Bay Area Hip-Hop pioneer Hugh-EMC) The engineer asked me why was I taking the picture and burning it? I told my engineer that I’d discovered Eric Dannenberg was a convicted child molester. My engineer hunched his shoulders and said “I thought you knew” I was like wow. I latter thought to my self why would the studio engineer think I knew about this dudes past and why wouldn’t he warn me? His silence was condolence. I thank the most high no predator attempted to physically rape me but if it wasn’t for the sixth sense my parents instilled in me I’d have more psychological trauma than I do now. Never the less the fact I was preyed upon like this messed with me…. messes with me. Sexual abuse is hard to talk about for all of us but it takes on an extra dimension of feelings of emasculation for boys and men. This makes it that much tougher for us to speak about sexual abuse. Female abusers exist also but we men tend to internalize female abuse of boys or young men as a sexual conquest.

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Marie Black has been convicted of abusing children for the last 10 years

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/11899484/Female-paedophiles-Why-women-sexually-abuse-children.html http://www.ipt-forensics.com/library/female.htm I woke up today and read the allegations of sexual abuse against Afrika Bambaataa in my #Twitter thread. My 1st reaction was “noooooo”.  As a honanry memeber of the ZuIu Nation  Im even more hurt by these aligations. Bambaataaa is an Icon and  I can hear many of my friends saying things like “the media are trying to take another Black icon down” and Im like stop the bullshyt. We have to be better critical thinkers. Yes this is a fucked up society that treats African Americans unfairly and targets us more so than most but believe me no man would lie about being sexually molested by another man. This is one reason I get angered when I hear people accuse people especially men who come forward about sexual abuse of lying. I watched Ronald Savage’s interview with the New York Daily News and in it he states he wanted to ask Bambaataa “why me”

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Ronald Savage tears up while retelling the events of his molestation at the hands of Afrika Bambaataa

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/afrika-bambaataa-sex-abuse-accuser-ronald-savage-speaks-article-1.2594599 I hope this article I’ve written helps explains the reasons to Ronald other than Bambaataa’s assumed sickness. I also hope he and others who’ve been through this trauma see this article as a form of support. I hope those reading this that have been all to quick to villify the victim and defend the abuser because of their fame or some feeling of allegenace or loyalty rethink the way the react in the future because we will hear these aligations again. Either in the media or on the neighborhood gossip line. The destruction crack cocain has wrecked upon the Black community has allowed predators to proliferate. The denial must stop in order for the healing to begin.

at least two other victims have come forward accussing Afrika Bambaataa of molesting them

 

Now we come to this blogs title.

HorusMany reading this would wonder why I named this blog “The Rape of Horus” Well it happens that the ancient Egyptian god Horus was molested by his uncle and eternal adversary the evil god Set. Not all translations include this aspect of Horus and Set’s conflict but it is within the pyramid text. Wishing to write and publish this article today I don’t have the time to dig through translations of the pyramid text to locate the verses or as the ancient writers would say “utterances” that relate to Seth’s rape of Horus so I will give a brief paraphrased retelling of this episode in the drama between Horus and Seth. 747b6ccdcbf6233b6158c3b42207424e Set having attempted to drive away or kill Horus numerous times and failing plotted to shame Horus before the gods. Set invited Horus to a party and plied the teen age Horus with much more wine and drink than Horus could handle. When Horus was drunk Set lured Horus to sleep in the same bed with him. When Horus is sleep Set attacks and molest him but it is said Horus tricked Set. It is said Horus wasn’t as drunk as Seth thought and clinched his thighs and cupped his hand catching Set’s semen. Horus hides Set’s semen and runs to his mother Isis telling her what his wicked uncle did. Isis is enraged and in disbelief (but she believes her baby unlike far to many mothers who remain in denial) but later decides to plots revenge on Set. She cuts off the hand Horus caught the semen in and takes the semen and uses it as a dressing on Set’s favorite food of Egyptian lettuce which Set eats.  Not knowing what he’d eaten Set went to the hall of the gods to shame Horus by telling them how he had his way with Horus. Upon hearing this the divine judges yell and curse at Horus (seems ancient cultures blamed the victim as well) but Thoth the scribe of the god’s called forth the semen from Horus to see if what Set said was true and instead of coming from Horus it spews forth from Set. Set is shocked and embarressed and flee’s the court of the gods in shame. (In other renditions Horus tosses Set’s semen into the river & Horus ejaculates on the Egyptian lettuce before Isis gives it to Set. When Thoth calls forth the semen from Horus it comes from the river. Thoth then calls forth Horus’s semen from Set. When Horus’s semen spews from Set he is then shamed before the gods)

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  This is the famous rape of Horus Later Horus would do battle with Set and rip one of his nuts off (not that im trying to encourage violence of any sort against ones abuser but not a bad bit of pay back) As we see even a god can be sexually abused and just as Horus we all can overcome and defeat the Sets in our lives.
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The portrayal of Blacks and minorities in Science Fiction or “Are Klingons Black?”


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Commander Worf – played by actor Michael Dorn          -Star Trek TNG

If you’ve ever watched an episode of Star Trek featuring the Klingons I’m sure at some point you’ve asked your self the question-

“are these guys supposed to be Black space people? ” -or something to that measure ran across your mind 

 

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The great Captain James T Kirk and his Klingon rival Dahar Master Kor during a pensive moment

 

  By doing a Google search on “Black Klingons” its obvious a lot of other people see a similarity  between Klingons and Black people also…I mean your gonna tell me viewers (especially 1960’s viewers) looked at this guy below and didn’t think

“that space alien looks like a Black guy”

(or some other more “colorful” but not so nice thoughts )

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Klingon from the original 1960’s Star Trek series

Im just saying -yo

It came to my attention other ethnic groups possibly connected Klingons & Black people on some level while attending community college. I was speaking with a young Asian lady about peoples attitudes & demeanors on campus one day and I was like “some people are Betazoids and some people are Klingons” and she blurted out a huge guffaw then suddenly covered her mouth looking at me furtively as if she laughed way to hard at that “Klingon” remark. I knew exactly what she had thought about when I said “Klingons” because the same thought had crossed my mind before. I’ve been at a club or on the block when a fight or argument has broken out & was like “these n@#%s is so Klingon” (immmm just saying brothers in the hood be beefing like somebody broke a blood oath.)
Even though my ” Betazoid/Klingon” comment was simply alluding to people in general with passive more peaceful demeanors & others with more boisterous aggressive demeanors I knew her raucous laughter was because when I mentioned Klingon she more than likely thought about some of the more “ghetto” Black students on campus.

So the question arises- “Are the Klingons intended to symbolize Black people“?

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Klingon designs JJ Abrams rejected

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Klingon Designs JJ Abrams rejected

Now if your telling me you look at these pic’s and  “don’t” think of Mr. T  your bullshyting yourself …im just saying

 Now the politically correct response to that question is “no the Klingons represent the Soviet era Russians” or something to that affect.  Now this is technically true. At the time the series was created the cold war was at its height but I feel some people deny the similarities just to avoid seeming racist.  As if just because you recognize the similarity of the stereotype being depicted makes you racist (but hey I totally understand we live in a simultaneously racially apathetic and racially sensitive world today) Others don’t want to offend so they deny the similarity and its possible some truly don’t see it. I feel another reason is because the Klingons are just awesome and to label them Black is just unthinkable for those contaminated with racist notions (coff coff #boycottstarwarsVII mentality). Yes Klingons are awesome and I for one am not offended by the idea that yeah these could be some bad ass Black dudes from outer space.

I mean lets look at all the characteristics Klingons have in common with Black stereotypes :

  • They have big muscular athletic builds (Worf would be a killer full back)

  • They are tough, war like and will go to blows about being disrespected (ie” those Thugs)

  • They are for the most part dark skinned (ok thats not a stereotype but you know where I’m going with this)

  • They have a tribal like culture that is bound by a strict sense of honor (street code or that “Thug Life”)

  • Their sexual prowess has been alluded to on several episodes (Worf and counselor Troy, Worf and Jadzia Dax, Worf and Commander Ri..no no I kid)

I mean come on

I don’t think the writers and designers of the original Star Trek series intentionally intended for Klingons to be a subliminal representation of Black people  but even the original series basically had actors playing Klingons in black face.

 

When I watched the original Star Trek reruns as a kid the Klingons made me think of what the Moors may have looked like. In school the teachers were always vague about what the ancient Moors looked like and Klingons being dark skinned humanoids with straight hair seemed like a likely fit in my 8th grade mind. I’m pretty sure when they made the 1979 movie and later the Next generation reboot for TV they wanted to avoid simply putting actors in black face so I’m assuming the idea of adding brow ridges and other prosthetics was a way of being sure not to offend anyone.  I mean there was no other real reason to so dramatically alter the Klingon features. Most of the other aliens from the original series like the Vulcans and Romulans kept their original features. Changing the Klingon look also necessitated the need to create that terrible mutated virus, augmentation ,”we don’t talk about it with outsiders ” story as an excuse for the brow ridges.

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“Bitch were my gold pressed latinum?”

 

Worf looking like an outer space alien street pimp. (I mean the similarities don’t end)

 

Once the character of Warf became popular  we soon saw more African American actors playing Klingons which fueled the whole “are Klingons Black” debate. I figure the show’s casters felt it simply easier (and a little less racist) to hire  Black actors to play Klingons instead of giving White actors the Sci Fi Al Jolson treatment.  White actors have always played Klingons and now with African American actors playing Klingon roles this gives the Klingon race a nice authentic range of what we anthropology nerds like to call phenotypes

We see the variance in skin tone with Worf and General Martok and Dr. Antaak

Also one realizes that when the original series was made special effects make up weren’t the greatest so when the post Star Wars/Lucas Film Industrial Lights and magic era Star Treks were made the creators probably felt it necessary to compete visually with the aliens from other franchises (like Star Wars)

Speaking of Star Wars we see a similar trend with the subliminal depictions of Blacks and minorities in this iconic space opera. When I first saw the Gungduns I thought they most definitely are modeled after a tribal people. They had a seemingly simpler less technologically advanced society and also felt the human Naboo peoples looked down on them and acted intellectually superior.  I’ve seen  people on social media say the Gunguns have a Caribbean sounding accent. I can’t say I felt the same but they did remind me of Polynesian cultures.  Island peoples around the world share similarities like tribal based societies so I definitely see how the Gunguns could be viewed as a characterization of several different tribal cultures.

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Boss Nass reminded me of a big Samoan dude that laughed a lot but would whoop some ass if you got out of line

Now for myself the Neimoidians  I felt were obviously based on Chinese/Asian people. Even the Neimoidian costumes were reminiscent of medieval Chinese clothing.  The Neimoidians even spoke like  immigrant Asian shop keepers.

I read a blog by an Asian guy who went to lengths to argue that neither the Neimoidians or Gunguns resembled real life ethnic groups. I’m like “why deny that when its so uberly obvious?”    In this age of racial tension, conservatism and so called political correctness you even have some minorities trying their best not to allude to race or if they do they don’t want to seem whiney about it. I’m like hey if I can’t call a duck a duck in todays world that ridiculous and all the more reason to push for more positive cultural exchange and sensitivity education. Yeah I said it! We all should be sensitive to each others culture & issues instead of being tools about it (and that goes for “every body” coff coff Black people)  We see the recent rise of insanity of culturally ingrained racism with this #BoycottStarWarsVII movement. Hell  if these guys had a problem with Black actors playing lead roles in science fiction they could have boycotted Star Trek Deep Space 9 long ago.(maybe a few nutters did but gladly it went unnoticed)

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Captain Benjamin J Siskco brilliant portrayed by actor Avery Brooks

Obama becomes president and “pow” now it seems Black people having lead roles in fiction is a problem-sheesh (I’m not saying Obama’s presidency is a causation but it sure is a correlation with a lot of this anit-Blackism)

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Uberly awesome poster of Finn-Im like 1st a Storm Trooper now he’s a Jedi too? -FUCK YEAH!! that rocks lol

I mean the similarities in Sci Fi aren’t just with visible minorities. When I saw the guy from the Banking Clan I thought “ snooty European aristocrat”.

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The Munn  of the Intergalactic Banking Clan reminds one of a conniving old world European banker

I’m also sure when people 1st saw the Ferengi they thought “greedy Jews in space” (keep it real)

 

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The greedy and unscrupulous Ferengi fit the typical “Shylock” Jewish stereotype

And the greedy Toydarian slave owner/merchant in Star Wars Phantom menace could be Arab or Jew (or both) He had an middle eastern accent with the hook nose to boot. Every time I see that character I think of several Arab liquor store owners I know (again keeping it real)

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“Mind tricks don’t work on me, only money”  – Watto the Toydarian merchant who owned Anakin Skywalker and his mother

Science Fiction writers pull their material from the world around them and the good ones brilliantly convey futuristic concepts through archetypes that already exist.  They use familiar history to convey a message with in the fictional world they’ve created. The Jedi are like medieval knights and Shaolin priest combined. The Star Trek Federation is like the United Nations and the USS Enterprise’s Trek is like the age of European discovery (minus the colonialism, enslavement and conquering of other peoples stuff). The  symbolism of Star Wars’ evil Empire is very Nazi like down to Darth Vader’s German army Stahhelm style helmet and the usage of storm troopers. We have to keep it real and recognize and  admit racism and cultural bias exist and we all have these stereotypes  ingrained into our world view. Its not surprising you see these stereotypes being played out in fiction of all genres.     (I mean don’t get me started on Planet of the Apes or Lord of the Rings)  

I’m working on my own science fiction piece and just as the authors I admire have done I’m using the world I know as the lens I’m designing my characters through. I don’t mind my culture being represented in any form of media as long as its tasteful and respectful. Saying that we all should be able to take a little humor associated with our respective cultures also. I’ve always like the idea of Klingons representing Blacks or say an African peoples in the Star Trek universe. The fact they had warp drive capability meant despite their roguish ways and war like culture they also were intelligent and you what? I kinda dig that… Hell Im brushing up on my Klingonese

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Ben Carson and his personal Black “Klingon” Jesus

 Ben Carson and Black Klingon Jesus

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Captain Kirk and Dahar Kor laughing at Ben Carson and       Black Klingon Jesus while Spock stares amazed at Carson’s “Illogic”

Captain Kirk and Dahar Kor laughing at Ben Carson and Black Klingon Jesus while Spock stares amazed at Carson’s ” Illogic” 

Black Relationships Pt.2 (Frustrated Women,Angry Men-The Swirl Phenom)

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Ok Ok…just to prove I’m not anti interracial dating My favorite interracial couple – Iron Fist & Misty Knight lol (or i could just post a pic of my kid but…anyway)

To See Part 1 click here -> http://wp.me/p3Mamg-4O

Black life in America is complicated thus Black relationships are complicated. No matter the level of consciousness I believe most Black people have a “the White man is against us” mentality so when we see one of us dating a White man or woman we feel that person is “sleeping with the enemy” and it strikes a special sore spot. In a nation that actually has racism woven through out its system and culture  it can be said this country is set against us.  In writing this 1st I have to state that I have been in and have many friends in bi-racial relationships and most of my White homies who grew up in the hood with me have Black wives or girlfriends.  I love them all and do not hate on any person finding love where they can or “need to”.  Yes “need to” because many Afro-American men and women feel that they cannot find a partner they can be happy with in their own race/culture thus “need” to look elsewhere. As a conscious Black man I recognize this as unhealthy and would seek to solve the issues behind this but as a human I toatally understand “needing” to be happy. I more hope to educate those who are on the fence or up & coming generations so they start dating they are aware of this issue & have tools to address it. Breaking up couples in commited interacial relationships is not my goal. I would hope to see any Black person choosing to date out side his or her race purely out of attraction but if you have issues with how the opposite sex of your own race treats you or thinks about you this is a problem. For example you see videos and blogs with titles like

“Swirl: Fed Up With Black Men? The Highs and Lows of Dating White Men”

http://blackcitygirl.com/2013/04/29/relationships-fed-up-with-black-men-the-highs-and-lows-of-dating-white-men/

Im a Black man and yeah blogs with this tone bother me. Its not about finding the other racial group attractive more so its about being “fed” up with the opposite sex of your own group. To be fair Black men play this game too and its bullshite.

I am taking a small step towards solving that problem by dialoging about it. Although I’ve dated interracial I’ve never done so because I found Black women unattractive or hated Black women. I feel we all should be able to say this but the truth of the matter far to many Afro Americans are filled with a self loathing.  This is a video of a famous study originally done in the 50’s on how even as children the message “black is bad and white is good” has already been ingrained in children. When Afro American children grow up these feelings of inferiority have become heavily ingrained & no doubt affect our opinions of the opposite sex.

I stay in a very cosmopolitan city in an area that is still diverse but is rapidly losing its multi ethnic flavor. Nonetheless my city has a wide variety of ethnic groups still and in spite of prejudice and racism certain members of these groups will date and even intermarry. Over the past few years I began to noticed the increase in the number of Black female/White male couples. I thought “is this just me tripping or is this actually a trend on the upswing?” At 1st I did little as in researching this because for one I personal feel I know the reasons Blacks both male and female date/marry outside their race. The causation: Self hate induced by systemic racism, male misogynistic attitudes and the educational gap between Black women are primary reasons some Black men and women chose to date outside their race.

Of course you simply have people who have fallen in love with someone of a different ethnic group but if this was the primary reason the diatribes your hear from Black men about “Black women’s angry attitudes” and Black women complaining about “Black men putting them down, calling them unattractive ,cheating and lying to them” When you ask a White person why they date interracial they will say “i like brown skin,full lips or big——‘s” or something positive  like that but when you ask most Black people why you get these negative  diatribes about how the opposite sex treats them….to me that with in its self is pathological & needs fixing….immediately.  There are a myriad videos on youtube by Black women defending their choice to date White men.

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The funny thing is that I was directed to one video in particular by a White conservative I debate with a lot on the net. Im pretty sure he was trying to irk me but am actually glad he brought the vid to my attention.
It began my research deeper into the dysfunctional relationships between Black men & Black women. Actually I didn’t watch whole vid. Why? well because I knew where it was going once the 1st Black male Black female clips popped up. The way they contrasted the luvey dove Black Female/White Male couples and the angry combative Black male/female couples saddened me…thats the best word for the emotion I felt.images

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This Is YouTube Blogger Christelyn Karazin take on a video that went viral depicting healthy happy Black Female/White Male relationships and toxic Black relationships.

I also chose to write this blog because I disagree with t​his vids premise as to “why” Black women are more submissive ie: nicer to White men and as to the video question “Are Black Women more submissive to White Men?” I feel Black women who date interracially are nicer to White men and this goes beyond the “feel good” reasons given by Christelyn and other Black women who date or are in interracial relationships. The video Christelyn chose to address intention was to show how differently Black females act when they are with White partners as opposed to Black partners.  The videos maker clearly was attempting to show how “frakked up” this is to Black men. Christelyn was more upset about peoples reactions to the video than the video itself. The video does show two extreme behaviors but I can honestly say its premise is true. Ive personally have had Black women off top speak to me with an attitude and turn around and speak to a White person in softer tones. If you understand the history and psychology of Black America there is a logical reason for this. Professional speaker author and blogger Nomalanga Moses (http://www.healthyblackwoman.com/category/nomalanga/ ) and Dr. Boyce Watkins ( http://boycewatkins.com ) gave an interesting breakdown of this phenomena.

The dynamics of interracial dating are complicated in regards to Blacks & Whites. Blacks live in a systemically racist system and the oppression with in the economic,judicial,educational,housing and employment arenas all negatively affects the Black psyche and to paraphrase Dr.Boyce Watkins:

“people are different in relationships based on their home environment,how they were raised if they had two parents in the house and everything was financially secure usually make better mates than someone who grew up surrounded by a lot of  drama, statistically Whites don’t have the same problems Black have in their environment”

Another thing few fail to consider is the fact that most Black women who date White men on the average are more educated & or come from a different sub culture or background than much of Black america. This could simply be their home environment or that they’ve been raised in a primarily White neighborhood or town.

Black Women Students Far Outnumber Black Men at the Nation’s Highest-Ranked Universities

“The wide gender gap that prevails at all stages of African-American higher education extends to the student bodies at our nation’s highest-ranked universities.”

http://www.jbhe.com/news_views/51_gendergap_universities.html

Educated Black women may feel they find more in common with their equally educated White counterparts more so than the smaller pool of educated Black men. Ive dated Black women who have had master degree’s but ex boyfriends were in jail. This points to the mass incarceration of Black males in America

“The Black Male Incarceration Problem Is Real and It’s Catastrophic”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/antonio-moore/black-mass-incarceration-statistics_b_6682564.html

Ive belonged to gangs but im also college educated & where I live & in America as a whole there are more Black ex cons than college graduates. Going to most colleges Black women will be surrounded by mostly White  people thus a larger pool of White males to date from. The fact so few Black males make it to college further increases the disparity of educated Black women & the smaller pool of educated Black males. You also notice there are far more White male/Black female relationships than the stereotype of the Black man chasing White women. You also will see the regular White joe dating the prettiest Black women. The White guy doesn’t have to be a sports star just a White guy with a decent income & he can date a Black Barbie.

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Dr. Umar Johnson also touches on the educational and employment gap as factors influencing Black women to disregard dating Black men

To jump to were Dr. Umar speaks on Black Relationships (at 4:50) click here: https://youtu.be/t1KCsgESSMU?t=4m54s

I feel this is a reflection of several facts beyond the obvious effects of negative social programming and effects of White supremacy -1st is that the White male is the dominant male overall in this society so thus 2nd The White male represents a higher social status to the Black woman even more so than what the White female represents to the Black male. Why? because White males have more power than White females or Black males in this society. Another factor is the long adversarial relationship between Black men & women fostered by slavery & centuries of racist oppression. I 1st write about it here in

Black Relationships (Frustrated Men,Angry Women)

http://wp.me/p3Mamg-4O

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To Quote myself:

“What I do know is that there is a sad & viscous dynamic between Black men & Black women. Both have been pitted against the other since slavery. During slavery Blacks were bred & a “buck” would impregnate as many women as he could. A male slaves wife could be raped by the master or other White at any time. Centuries of this have damaged Black relationships to this day. Black women have had to become stronger & more independent due to their mates inability to provide & protect them & their off spring. Black men learned to objectify Black women & run from responsibility in the face of situations & circumstances he could not control. The way many Black men have kids with several different women & many seem not to care about the offspring is a byproduct of the Buck mentality when the slave master would force the buck to breed with a female slave & eventually sell off the children. Male slaves had to learn to become detached”  so today- “Black males have taken their frustration out on Black women in various ways (physical abuse, emotional abuse etc) Black women have developed a defense mechanism towards Black men & this is that attitude many project when dealing with Black men. Successful Black men wish to be treated like the brother in the documentary says “the man he knows he is” Black women perhaps even subconsciously are still in defense mode & still displaying the strength & independence she has needed to survive over the centuries without a man’s full support.”

Heated argument

Heated argument

I read a comment on youtube from a Black female stating she dates White men because they are nicer. You will hear some Black men say the same as in regards to the Black women’s attitude & the easier going demeanor of White or other women. The fact many Blacks are filled with a self hate that manifest on large & minute scales. This is a centuries old issue that sadly still plagues us. Many Blacks both men & women who choose to date or marry outside of their race/culture have at least some seed of this self hate that has been brutally ingrained in us for centuries. So I ask “why are we so mean to each other & how can we change this” I ask this because love is universal but one shouldn’t flee to another “tribe” because they hate their own tribe and or hate themselves.

As I’ve stated Im an educated conscious Afro American and I’m well versed in the dynamics of White Supremacy and the effects of systemic racism on the mind,body and soul of its targets. African Americans have long had a war waged against us and the family unit is our most crucial power base. If black men and women’s relationships continue to deteriorate  this “family unit will be rendered powerless. Black America is in the worst state it has ever been post emancipation and its no doubt connected to the fact he Black family also is in the worst state it has ever been.

The Black Family Is Worse Off Today Than In the 1960’s, Report Shows

http://yourblackworld.net/2013/03/02/the-black-family-is-worse-off-today-than-in-the-1960s-report-shows/

After hearing Dr. Francis Cress Welsing speak on a Black couple she counseled and how that Black couple thanked her for giving them tools to deal with the onslaught of racism and White supremacy and how this new perception of their relation ship helped save their marriage. The couple was simply saying by realizing there was a struggle and that they were in this struggle “together” they began to work “together” far better.

There is so much more I can say on this topic ,especially the dynamics behind it but ill do separate blogs on these later so…

In ending I will just  quote Dr. Francis Cress Welsing

“By preventing black people from coming together harmoniously to produce self-respecting black children, you drive a wedge. You don’t talk about racism and white supremacy as a dynamic, you don’t talk about how those things cause black men’s unemployment and how a man cannot function as a husband and a father if he doesn’t have a job. He has to be employed, so by keeping the black man unemployed, you are really driving a wedge in the functionality of the Black family and weakening the next generation of black men.”

“BLACK LOVE IS A REVOLUTIONARY ACT”

-Dr. Francis Cress Welsing

As a Black man I can only advocate to my brothers to treat or sisters better and for our sisters to be a little more patient and understanding as we Black men make these changes -Shalom

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The Game of Chess as a Metaphor for the Afro American Experience

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An acutely accurate picture symbolic of the systemic racist, faced by Black people in America

An acutely accurate picture symbolic of the systemic racism, faced by Black people in America

I’m a Chess aficionado but must admit I’m a horribly average player. Nevertheless the game has long fascinated me. It is easy to see why so many people both wise and simple associate its play with life. Everything from relationships to war can be analogized with Chess. Even as a child I quickly saw the games parallels with race,racism and the Black experience in America. I felt the racial implications with Chess so much so that for a time I and my friends would play allowing Black to move 1st. I later abandoned this unorthodox style of play and settled in to master as much of the game as I could allowing the orthodox move of white 1st. In allowing (or recognizing) this I took the philosophical view that allowing white to move 1st was analogous to the fact that in history “Whites”,Europeans and most Caucasians have been the aggressors in every conflict dealing with a darker skinned indigenous aboriginal people. In other words whites 1st move in Chess symbolizes this historical aggression. Dr. Frances Cress Welsing speaks on this phenomena in Chess and other European games in her famous book “The Isis Papers” https://archive.org/stream/TheIsisPapersTheKeysToTheColorsdr.FrancesCressWelsing/the%20isis%20papers%20the%20keys%20to%20the%20colors%20%5Bdr.%20frances%20cress%20welsing%5D.txt

In the video below Dr. Welsing discuses her “Color Confrontation Theory” using Chess as a metaphor. (I’ve linked the 2nd part because the 1st part had poor audio)

Another analogy I arrived at is the fact that in proper Chess etiquette an overly superior player allows the weaker opponent to play with white. This is the equivalent of a basket ball player spotting a 10pt handicap to a less skilled opponent. The better player allows the weaker opponent to move 1st thus play with white. This is just another way of viewing this games dynamic and falls in line with  Dr. Frances Cress Welsing  theories on White genetic survival.

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When I first began playing Chess I attempted to use the same openings for black that I used for white. Again black always moves second thus starts on defense. I later began to use different openings for black but still would play hoping to eventually use strategies and tactics I use when playing with white. One day I was hit with the epiphany that I simply had to play a fundamentally different game when playing with black.  This may seem like a simple bit of logic to arrive at but it was like a bomb went off in my head (especially since I’m primarily self taught). Yes the basics of the game applied to both sides ie: knights can only move in “L” patterned right angles, the bishops must move in diagonals and stay on their original color and pieces can only move one time per turn-but the way the game is approached must be strategically different if you wish to win when playing with black. The fact black always moves 2nd means that black is at an intrinsic disadvantage from the start of the game and this must be recognized and taken into account when making ones moves.  So technically the game of Chess is intrinsically biased towards the black pieces and the black side of the board. This is analogous to the old and new Jim Crow systems in place today that inhibit the upward mobility of African Americans.

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This chess truth can be applied to the Afro American experience. Few African Americans realize just how diametrically opposed this system is to them.

To quote a former American president:

you have to face the fact that the whole problem is really the blacks. The key is to devise a system that recognizes this while not appearing to.”

-Richard M. Nixon-Rep.

This is right after the so called civil rights movement victories. Here you see the American government at the highest levels wishing to put into place a system to counter the productive gains of the civil rights movement. It seems Nixon and his cronies were succesful when you hear so many Anglo Americans saying that racsim no longer exist. Today you still see factions of the government taking away and restricting the freedoms of African Americans and other minorities.

http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/In-The-States/Republicans-Aiming-to-Take-Away-Voting-Rights-in-36-States

Afro Americans are also economically denied access to the “American Dream”.

http://sdvoice.info/are-blacks-being-denied-by-the-u-s-government/

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Just as the educational system and much of mainstream literature is biased or contains racist/anti Black elements so does the educational systems of Chess. Most Chess puzzles deal with moves for white. Even when talking about defense the lessons are primarily taught from the perspective of playing with white.

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Many of us (Afro Americans) do not realize we must take and make extra effort to succeed in this society. At the age of 11 my father told me that I would have to work twice as hard as a White man in this world. At the time it was “thee” most unfair thing I’d ever heard. Like most things your parents tell you, the full understanding of this did not sink in until I was an adult. You have Blacks that subscribe to the same “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” philosophy touted by White conservatives but they fail to realize you will always have a percentage of people that will succeed in oppressive environments. Just as 1% of a bacteria targeted by an anti-bacterial solution will survive so will a certain % of a targeted group successfully resist or avoid the forms of discrimination used against them. This and the fact that this system grants members of the targeted group that collaborates with it perks and gratuities. They parade these “example” models of the targeted minority group as proof that if only the other members of the group “assimilate” they would be successful too. The fact is that Afro Americans have tried to assimilate into American society for centuries but have been denied full access to the “American Dream” I could easily hold the position that since I’ve been relatively successful other Blacks should be able to replicate my success but I understand its not just that simple. I understand that yes other Blacks could replicate my success but they would also need to possess the knowledge of self and this system I posses. See I fully understand that Black peoples of this world must play life’s “game” according to the tactics and strategies conducive to  Black success and those tactics will be different from White America’s tactics for quite some time to come

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