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

Colin Kaepernick: The National Anthem,Afro American Athletes and Activism

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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.

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Saying the “Pledge of Allegiance” is seen as almost a religious obligation by much of main stream America

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.

Three Olympic national anthems, no hands over hearts — but only Gabby Douglas draws outrage

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Gabby Douglas was harassed and even threatened on social media after she was perceived as being unpatriotic for not placing her hand over her heart during the nation Anthem

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.

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Athletes that are brave enough to take a solid stance on serious issues can find themselves ostracized

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.

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You had so called “non oppressed Blacks” like Allen B. West taking it upon themselves to chastise Colin Kaepernick for expressing his right to free speech

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.

 

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Tommy Smith and John Carlos’s Black Power salute during the 1968 Olympics was one of the most iconic moments in sports history

 

Bill Russell, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, Lew Alcindor, Carl Stokes, Walter Beach, Bobby Mitchell, Sid Williams, Curtis McClinton, Willie Davis, Jim Shorter, and John Wooten

Former Cleveland Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown presides over a meeting of top African-American athletes who supported boxer Muhammad Ali’s refusal to fight in Vietnam on June 4, 1967. Pictured: (front row) Bill Russell, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, Lew Alcindor; (back row) Carl Stokes, Walter Beach, Bobby Mitchell, Sid Williams, Curtis McClinton, Willie Davis, Jim Shorter, and John Wooten. (AP Photo/Tony Tomsic)

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The Los Angeles Lakers made a “team” protest by wearing “I Cant Breathe” t-shirts after the murder of Eric Garner by NYPD

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

Beyonce the Super Bowl and “Black Power”

 

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Millions if not Billions world wide watched the Super Bowl yesterday. The Super Bowl Half Time show has turned into a cultural tradition thoroughly intertwined with the game it self. Who’s going to perform is as anticipated as who’s going to play(for some more so) This year the fierce and fantastic Queen Bee Beyonce took the stage and wowed us in what many felt was too short a time. This was the 50th Anniversary Super Bowl and coincedently this year is the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party for Self Defence. Beyonce took to stage and during the 50th Super Bowl Half Time Show gave an artistic salute to the Black Panther Party on its 50th anniversary. Today I took to Face Book and saw Bay Area Hip Hop Artist and Activist Equipto (famous for recently blasting Mayor Ed Lee of San Francisco for the gentrification of SF & land grabs from the poor) had posted this awesome pic of Beyonce’s dancers giving the Black Power salute.

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I was like “wow” thats dope!!. I later saw a slew of critical comments from mostly conscious women who did not feel the “sexy remix” taken on the Black Panther uniforms.  They felt the way the dancers were dressed misrepresented what the Black Panthers stood for

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Beyonce with her dancers at Super Bowl 50

 

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Female Black Panthers at a Rally

Reading these Face book post inspired me to give a responce breaking down why I felt Beyonce’s boldness was a positive and why it would be affective in at least sparking conversation on social issues.

My comments were as follows…..

Once upon a time African medallions , clothing with African colorful style & Afro centric accessories were all in style. So was having some sence of consciousness. This was because Hip-Hop music artist pushed these images & messages via audio & visual media. It was music that helped spark my consciousness. Beyonce’s dancers & her imagery in her latest video are seeds …not the greatest seeds but seeds that if followed up with more socially conscious material will grow. The way you communicate to intelligent conscious  people is different than the way you communicate with the majority of the masses. This is one reason why NWA soon out sold Public Enemy.  I hear people talk about the conspiracy to destroy conscious hip hop by forcing lables & radio to push gangsta rap. Im like ok thats possible but I know that gangsta shyt just slapped & my peers even chided me for “always talking that African stuff” thus i developed my “Gangsta Knowledge” philosophy  https://youtu.be/_lLW6cmhaG0

So I know gangsta rap simply just resonated with the common man/woman from the streets more so than a conscious mc dropping big words over beats that might spark thinking but dont move your body. We are talking about educating the masses the proletariat & we have to speak their language. One reason I dig what Beyonce dancers represented is that their imagery wraps soicial consciousness & revolutionary ideals in sexy & cool the same way I wrapped those same things in lyrics laced with the glamour of gangstarism. Now can Beyonce’s dancers sexy representation of “the revolution” potentially weaken & co-op the original message?  Yes but only if its not followed up by further conscious content. I read Leslie Dale’s post of Davey D Cook’s response to a comment about Coachella co-opting the Panther look & as Dave said “its up to us to go beyond the clothing” we who are conscious must push the envelope & yes we must push artist to do & to do more for social equality & justice.

I dropped this ideal in the 1st part of #TheHipHopManifesto www.hughemc.com Reaching the minds of our people through the muck mainstream media pollutes the airwaves with is difficult & we have to use proven tacticts to succeed. The tactics advirtisment companies and promoters use are proven and I think we all should follow them.

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I had a brief twitter convo with Talib Kweli about my HipHop manifesto idea & he felt instead of asking “all” rappers such as gangsta & trap music style rappers to drop conscious content in their songs we should ask the people to support more conscious music. Now I agreed this should be done also but I said to Talib these young people do not buy conscious music like the way we would hope so how are we going to get the message to them? People will buy what they like to groove to so just asking them to buy music they dont like is not going to work. Talib said asking street rappers (I really dont know what to call this new crop of thuggie druggie mc’s because these are not gangsta rappers ala Ice Cube) to drop conscious content wouldn’t be sincere about what they were saying & he felt that would be ineffective since it wasn’t in their heart (im paraphrasing here and it appears our twitter convo on it is to old for me to retrieve) I explained Rick Ross was a prison gaurd but the people buying his music dont give a crap about how sincere he is when he raps about selling yayo. Millions buy his music & millions absord the messages with in his music. Im saying all this to point out how some times the conscious community ties their own hands when trying to reach our people because they are unaware of or not willing to use certain tactics the enemy does. This is why we’ve been unsuccessful,especially in regards of our methodology concerning mass media as a tool to really spread our message. A man named Edward Bernays laid out the road map for modern day media advertising.

These are two good introductions to Edward Bernays:

Read- Edward Bernays-History is a Weapon

and Watch-

The enemy uses these techniques every day & many of us in media use his techniques without even knowing it but we need to step our game up. Beyonce was “selling” the revolution to the world. Now its up to the conscious community to ensure she doesn’t sell it out. 

After writing this I saw that Fox,TMZ ,The Bay Gaurdian and several other media outlets recognized the Black Panther imagery and spoke on how Beyonce brought light to the recent murder of Mario Woods by the SFPD

-Now thats effective use of your platform as an artist to bring light to the social ills plaguing our country

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