There literally is an epidemic of White folk calling the police on Black folk for mundane non-threatening behavior. I just saw a news segment about a 11 year old who had the police called on him for selling news papers 😣
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?'”
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
“a pragmatic approach to politics”
“a pragmatic approach to politics”
|synonyms:||practical, matter-of-fact, sensible, down-to-earth, commonsensical, businesslike, having both/one’s feet on the ground, hardheaded, no-nonsense;
“she remains pragmatic in the most emotional circumstances”
I always tell people I’m a pragmatic voter and I’ve been moved to write this blog after seeing and hearing so many varied political views and opinions on the 2016 election. I perhaps may have written this to late, it being the eve of one of the biggest elections in the U.S. history but nevertheless I’m writing this to briefly explain my political philosophy. I tell people if you’ve ever voted for any political candidate in any election you’ve voted for a lesser of two evils. This is even more so a fact if you are African-American. For us it has always been a choice between the “Wolf or the Fox.” This terminology was 1st brought into popular usage by Black activist Malcolm X. African-Americans coined the term “the wolf and the fox” in allusion to the nature of northern Whites towards Blacks in comparison to southern Whites. Northern Whites were regarded as “foxes” because they are thought to be more subtle about the racism or implicit bias they may posses whereas southern Whites in general have more open and aggressive racist attitudes. Saying this it’s obvious there are both wolves and foxes in the north and south but this is the general view taken by conscious Blacks. Malcolm X was alluding to liberal Whites as foxes and today the term “wolf and fox” is applied to conservatives and liberals respectively.
Malcolm X –https://youtu.be/FU5ogqvDl9Y
Malcolm argued the liberal is the fox and unlike the wolf you can’t see the fox coming. This can be true but I will argue that the wolf is ravenous and will utterly devour you whereas long as you are aware you are dealing with a fox and treat he or she accordingly you have enough time to strategize a plan for victory when dealing with the fox. This is where education and consciousness is key. We must be educated and socially conscious to function successfully in this American system because every day we deal with wolves and foxes on varying levels. (I will build on this more in-depth in the future).
1st we will deal with the “Wolf”. The indomitable Donald Trump is a car wreck that has taken place already but is threatening to cause a major severe 50 state car pileup. The very fact such a blatantly racist demagogue could possibly become our chief of state should scare all decent Americans (and I’m writing this a day before the election so orange Hitler might be our head honcho by the time your reading this) I won’t go through all of his questionable deeds done and the asinine words spoken but it been well documented herr Drumpf is clearly unfit to be commander-in-chief.
Also what Trump represents is the empowerment of the most ugly aspects of American culture. His candidacy has shed light on all the ugly unsaid sentiments of far to many members of this society. If he were to win it would validate all the bigotry this country has attempted to rid itself of for the past 50 yrs. Trump has so many parallels to Hitler its frightening that this phenomenon is occurring in the so-called land of the free. All of the systemic racist policies pushed by the Clinton’s will pale in comparison to what this egomaniacal blow hard will implement. Trump is supported and endorsed by the alternative right/White Supremacist for a reason. He is preaching their gospel. We cannot allow this into the oval office. Remember this is a man who took out a full-page ad in the New York times calling for the execution of 5 innocent Black youth wrongly accused of rape. Trump has yet to apologise for the part he played in their wrongful conviction. Imagine this man with the power to implement policy? Clinton’s crime bill will look like voters rights act in comparison.
Now as for the “Fox” Hillary Clinton I wont attempt to defend the racist inferences she’s made nor the deadly policies her husband put into place that set so many of my brothers and sisters in prison.
This infers he doesn’t see the epidemic murders of Afro-Americans by police through out this country as a problem. In fact it infers he would like to see more of the same. he would like to see the hands of the beast squeeze upon our necks until we shut up and stop crying for justice. He is advocating for more Gestapo police tactics such as “stop and frisk”. How is this supposed to “heal” race relations between Blacks and the occupational force in our neighborhoods we call the police? This is the ravenous wolf and there is no bargaining no parlaying with such a creature.
As for the two other candidates I call the “Rabbit and the Dodo” Jill Stein and Gary Johnson respectively they stand no mathematical chance to win this election and in fact any Black vote going to them benefits Trump and again the wolf cannot be allowed into the White House. Pragmatic voters do not waste their vote on a fruitless protest.
In fact I can’t even find Jill Stein on any major polls.
Also Gary is not the brightest bulb on the tree.
The fact is that we must not only vote but we must hold our elected officials accountable and we must begin to lobby in Washington DC to flex our full political might. Other groups vote and finance politicians whereas at this point we only vote. Nevertheless this is our chief political power and by all means we must use it.
So by all means vote but I hope you do so “pragmatically”.
Book Of Nahum
Chp 3 v 9 to 11
|Ethiopia and Egypt were her strength, and it was infinite; Put and Lubim were thy helpers.|
|Yet was she carried away, she went into captivity: her young children also were dashed in pieces at the top of all the streets: and they cast lots for her honourable men, and all her great men were bound in chains.|
|Thou also shalt be drunken: thou shalt be hid, thou also shalt seek strength because of the enemy.|
The 1st time I read this scripture I immediately was reminded of the enslavement of Africa’s peoples & how her great kingdoms where laid low. There are some Blacks who beleive we literaly are the true Hebrew peoples. I do not necessarily subscribe to this belief in the literal sence but I do beleive African Americans are the true children of Isreal on a spiritual and symbolic level. Perhaps both of these might be true because there are genetic links between many Jews and Black Africans.
As recent DNA studies point out…..
“A diverse array of Jewish populations can date their Sub-Saharan African ancestry back roughly 72 generations,”
“The older-mixture dates among African and Jewish populations are consistent with events in biblical times, such as the Jewish diaspora that occurred in 8th to 6th century BC.”
“But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and just as the LORD had predicted to Moses, Pharaoh refused to listen.”
-Exodus Chp9 v12
I see the exposing of & current increase of police murder & White racist anger as God hardning this nation “Pharoahs” heart against Afro Americans & forcing Black people into an extreme action mode.
African Americans are in action mode and look to go into overdrive in the fight against oppression.
Afro-Americans have suffered opression beyond Biblical levels. I say beyond because the Hebrews were enslaved but Egypt & Babylon never stripped the Hebrew people of their language & history nor whipped them saying “your name is Amon Ptah not Yossef”
Besides this our stories parallel on such a level it amazes me at times. When my mother 1st read the bible to me she also would read to me about Black heroes like Harriet Tubman & I easily felt that the bible was speaking about my peoples plight. Harriet following the north star to freedom was like the three wise men following the eastern star to Christ. I interpret the bible this way often & Ive been thinking about Exodus quite a bit lately. When your in a country that has systemically oppressed you & continues to kill your people with impunity you tend to have taughts like
“I wonder how cold winters are in Canada?”
” how hot does it really get in Africa?”
Many of our modern day prophets have advocated our leaving out of America & repatriating to Africa.
OK I’m gonna weigh in on Kap’s passive aggressive protest against the systemic oppression this country has at best ignored & at its worst consistently perpetrated.
I remember back in the 90’s being at my cousins basketball game in rural Kentucky & the pledge of allegiance started up. I’d recently came into knowledge of self & my Black consciousness so I found my self having a crisis of conscience. Do I hold fast to my principles & beliefs & refuse to stand or sing the anthem of a country responsible for flooding my community with narcotics & guns? Or do I give in to the peer pressure I feel from a family full of vets & an uberly patriotic conservative community?
Well I didn’t stand & I’m thinking I’m about to get stink eye from the whole gymnasium. (Or worse from all them country White folk) Well no body paid attention to my small passive aggressive protest. I now laugh about how caught up I was in “not giving in to the man“ & caring about what those people thought about me.
It just wasn’t that serious …at least that’s the way it seemed back then. The fact #Gabby‘s perceived slight & #Colin‘s purposeful protest have been responded to by some so violently points to the increased racial tensions in America. In fact White athletes doing the same or similar actions seem to go unnoticed by the same angry patriots that attacked Gabby.
This is one reason I respect #Kaepernick all the more. Its not easy doing or not doing something millions of people will literally hate you for. He’s using his status to bring more attention to an issue that should be tackled by our government. America’s inaction is complicity.
Like so many other issues in Black America your finding some of our own people jumping up to condemn Kap. This just points to how confused some of us are on the issue of systemic police violence & our governments role in it. Many of us dont understand the connection (and or are in full blown uncle Tom mode) so you hear certain rappers saying #alllivesmatter & others saying we should ignore police murdering Blacks because of inner city gang violence. This is like saying we should ignore the fact Sugar corporations caused the diabetes epidemic simply because Americans have a problem with eating to much.
Also Black folk have just wanted to belong in this country for so long I think in an attempt to “fit in“ with mainstream America some of us attack those of us who speak truth to power. Colin has risked finances & his career by making this statement. Not an easy thing to do & far from cowardly. More of today’s sports stars need to take a stand against racism in all its forms.
Yeah Colin pissed a lot of people off but instead of being mad at his protest be mad at the reason the protest was necessary -#Cipher
Once again its the 4th of July and millions of Americans, Black, White and everything else in between will be firing up grills roasting chicken, cow and pig meat. I have fond memories of celebrating past 4th of the July’s. I even fondly remember the times when I had to walk through the hood in my Cub Scout uniform and cats would throw fire crackers towards me as I made my way through the Virgos set and Fulton street areas to my Den meeting. (Yeah that’s life living in the ghetto. In order to get to a positive character building activity I had to walk through three blocks of gangsters and drug dealers-but that’s another story.)
I am proud to be an American. Even prouder to be an “AFRICAN” – American (*coff *coff #RayvenSimone) So like many conscious Afro-Americans I am conflicted about celebrating a holiday of a country that has actively enslaved then socio-economically oppressed my people for the past 250 plus yrs of its existence. Yes I’m fully aware of the righteous Whites who have attempted to help right the wrongs and correct the mistakes made during this countries history and this tempers my anger. I sincerely appreciate the fact that we have Anglo-Americans who at the very least try to practice tolerance and understand the sorrow and anger felt by Black America. Despite this we still have systemic racism in this country and it continues to hamstring Black people to the point we self perpetuate our own destruction.
Over the years I’ve used the fact my grand father fought Nazis in World War II, my father served in the U.S Navy, my brother in the U.S Army and my cousin fought in the 1st Iraqi war as reasons to celebrate the 4th of July but now more and more these feel like excuses to me. In these days and times I find my self even more conflicted by the 4th of July because the current state of popular American bigotry throws the past disrespects back in our face. Every time a court rules in favor of a cop that blatantly murdered an unarmed human it grows harder for me to pledge and salute that flag. When I see rabidly angry White people yelling ” Go back to Africa!! ” as if they’ve forgotten not only did they bring us here unwillingly but seem oblivious to the fact they themselves are immigrants, it grows harder to enjoy this holiday called the 4th of July. When I see a blatantly proactive racist so popular he could possibly become our next president it grows harder for me to think of this country as a place I can feel secure in and call home. I mean who would so eagerly take pride in a country that does these things to its people?
The consistent oppression and mistreatment of Blacks at the hands of White America has fueled this hatred and resentment.
This pic brings back a memory of one of my performances when the Rap group Project X and I.J.P (International Jah Posses) burned an American flag on stage -ahh my younger more radical days)
I don’t suffer from any form of #Stockholm’s syndrome so I cant implement the “#Uncle Tom” mentality as a defense mechanism (*coff *coff #BenCarson, *coff #Whoopi *gag #StaceyDash ) so I soberly deal with the painful reality of this countries racist culture and system. It is as if I’m in a dysfunctional toxic relation ship were I’m forced to live and stay with a partner that periodically insults and beats me. Like most victims of domestic abuse I find myself in a love hate relationship with this partner. I’m of course using domestic abuse as a metaphor and like most people trapped in an abusive relationship simply leaving or “Going back to Africa” is not a financial or physical possibility and in our case apparently there is no police man to call for help. So until our “#Moses” comes we must soldier on and do our best to make America a better place for all people to live in(because as we know other ethnic and culture groups have greatly benefited from the rights Blacks have fought & fight for). Today I’m forced to look at the 4th of July the same way I do Christmas. Even though I’m not a traditional Christian thus know Jesus was not born on December 25th I celebrate the winters solstice as a holiday for family and friends to get together and enjoy each others company. Its some what the same for the 4th of July at this point for me. So today I’m going out to hunt down some barbeque like millions of other Americans and sit and reflect on the state of American culture and politics this 4th of July.