Wednesday, July 25, 2007
I have never told a lie to hurt someone else, or I have never lied to intentionally get out of something. Lying is wrong no matter what, so I know that I will have to answer for all my little "white lies" some day.
Politicians on the other hand lie just to be lying. They lie to the people that donate to their campaigns. They lie to the people that they represent. They lie to the media. If you are reading this blog, you have been lied to by a politician. That is why I have a very hard time voting. I do not believe anything a politician says. So whose lies am I going to listen to when it's time to vote for Jr.'s replacement? I have no clue.
I know for certain it will not be for a "rethuglican" (Shouts out to my man the field). I am so sick of these war crazy, big business courting, "religious" zealots, I don't know what to do. I am tired of the rich people getting the tax breaks that I am supposed to be getting. I am tired of thinking about my Grandmother not being able to afford the medication that she needs to live. I am sick of paying 85 dollars a week to fill up my truck just so I can make it to work. I can go on and on. So me going "rethuglican" is completely out of the question.
On the other side of the coin, the democrats are not doing too much to woo me to their side either. I think our borders need to be secured at all costs. I think that the welfare system needs to be completely overhauled. I think that religion and politics need to be completely separated. I think our public schools need to be torn down and rebuilt from the inside out. I think that this illegal war needs to be stopped now. And I think we need some people with big enough balls to stand up to who ever sits in the big seat behind the big desk in the big white house.
So that does not leave me with too many choices huh? I know that I will not vote for Obama just because he is black.Let me make myself clear... His being black is not enough of a reason for me to vote for him. He has not shown me anything yet. I am not too excited about his smooth pimp talk. (I am from the streets, so I have seen and heard his kind of rap before). There is something about that brother that doesn't sit right with me. I am on the fence about Hillary. I am kind of skeptical about putting another Clinton in the big seat. John Edwards has my attention, but we will have to see what he does in the coming months. As for the others, who the hell are they?
So I am like most Americans, undecided. But I will be voting. It is the least I can do to uphold my forefathers legacy. It just depends on whose lies I choose to listen to. Maybe I should throw my hat in the ring someday. I know from talking to some of my co-workers and friends, that some are my views are their views. Besides, I cannot do a worse job than the people that have lived in the big white house on 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. since it's construction in the 1880's. (If you did not catch that, that is past and present occupants) So who knows? I quess we will have to see, huh?
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
I think a definition of the word is called for before I get to the meat of this post. According to Webster's Dictionary the word niggar means, " nig·ger . Offensive Slang.
Used as a disparaging term for a Black person: Used as a disparaging term for a member of any dark-skinned people. Used as a disparaging term for a member of any socially, economically, or politically deprived group of people". It also means, "A lazy person with no self respect, no regard for family, ignorant, stupid, slow moving, does not speak proper English and has childlike qualities". Now I must say that I agree with both of these definitions. The first one, straight from the man with the meaning off all English words, is the one I am most familiar with. I have been called a nigga by American white people, American Black people, Mexicans, Germans, Jews and even Africans, and in every case the term was not used in a " I love you" sort of way.It was used to hurt me, to demean my worth as a man, and to let me now how I was viewed by the person saying it at that time. I have used the second definition that is quoted above myself to describe other Black Americans. I know that I am not the only black person in America that has used the word nigga in this fashion. How many times have you heard, "Man that nigga ain't shit", or "That nigga has 3 kids and don't take care of any of them", or, "I am going to kill that nigga". In each of these scenarios, the word was not used in a very loving way to describe another human being.
So who has the right to use it? Is it OK for me to say it when I am referring to another black person? If this is the case, why do we (black people) get upset when someone who is not black says it? I try not to use it all anymore, but I still slip every now and again. But what kills me is when I hear black people, famous people, saying that the more you say the word, the less sting the word has. To me that is bullshit. Example... I have used the word "shit" in this post. If I continually write or say the word "shit" a million times, the word will not loose it's meaning. It will still mean shit! People will still know and understand that it is not a good clean word. Parents will still discipline their children if they overhear the word coming out of their child's mouth. "Shit" is not a nice word. We all know that, so we teach our kids the meaning of the word and teach them that the word is not to be used. So what is the difference between that word and nigga? To me the difference is nothing! It is not a nice word and it should not be used by anyone. To me the word is demeaning and degrading , just like "spic" is to Mexicans, "Faggot" is to gay people, or "Kike" is to Jews.
So maybe the "burial" was a good thing. In my opinion the word should have been hung from the city courthouse, and then shot execution style. The "N" word has a very hateful history, with an even more hateful present. It is used to describe not only black people, but damn near every negative thing that can be thought of. I cannot understand the love affair that Black America has with this word. I used to be one of the millions of confused and uneducated black youth that threw the word around like a football, but I have grown up and educated myself to the real meaning of the word. It is degrading, demeaning, and does not describe any of the black people I associate with. I do not hang around niggas anymore. And if you want to go by the second quoted definition above, I know more white "niggas" and Mexican "niggas" than I do black "niggas". But there are still some good old fashioned black "niggas" out there. In the words of Chris Rock, " I love my black people, but I hate niggas!" So I am going to end this with a wish that the NAACP not only bury the word, but educate our youth to the real meaning of the word. Because the roots of this word run deep in my community, and it will take more than a symbolic burial, and a couple of sound bites by politicians to kill the word "nigga", and make it stay dead.
Friday, July 6, 2007
First I am going to start with a brother named Crispus Attucks. Crispus Attacks was born into slavery in 1723. He grew up on a farm with his parents and older sister. Although he was treated "well" by his master, he began to feel the need to be free. As we can suspect, this became a problem for "massa", so low and behold, young Crispus was sold. He stayed with his new master until he was 27. Sometime during his 27th year as slave, he went on a business trip with his master to Boston. While there he secretly applied for a job as a whaler on a ship, for it was his desire to become a sailor. He knew that the ship would not return to Boston for a long time, so he was not worried about "massa" or the lynching party that run away slaves was greeted with on their return to the plantation. He returned to Boston some 20 odd years later to find that the King of England was trying to impose his "taxation without representation" upon the colonies. Of course this upset Mr. Attucks as well as everyone else, so Mr. Attucks decided to do something about it. He stood on a platform in the middle of the town square and called for a plan of action against the British. His short, but very stirring speech prompted the colonists to fight for their freedom. About a month later the town heard loud bells in the street, and they rushed out to see Mr. Attucks leading a small group of men. He was yelling out that now was the time for the men to be men and stand up against the British. He demanded for the town people to come out and fight for their respect and their freedom. He led his small group of men right up to the British Troops and challenged them to a fight. Of course the British was not trying to fight one on one, so shots rang out, which killed Mr Attucks and four of his followers. This "little incident", became known as the Boston Tea Party. Mr. Attucks was not only the first black man to die in the Revolutionary war, he was the first American to die. This is a little known fact that HIStory books leave out.Next, comes the story the of the Buffalo Soldiers. These brave, young Americans fought Indians, bandits, cattle thieves, murderers, gunmen, bootleggers, trespassers and Mexican revolutionaries during the years that followed the Civil War. They were called Buffalo Soldiers because the Indians they were fighting against noticed the similarity between their hair and that of buffalo fur. These men protected the settlers that came out west after the war. Some of these same settlers were left-overs from the Confederate Army, so you can imagine the reception that these soldiers received. They not only received undue hostility from the people they were assigned to protect, but also from the government that sent them there. They were supplied with inferior horses, equipment, rations and living quarters. But besides all this, the 9th and 10th regiment racked up 16 medal of honer recipients.
The 15th regiment from Harlem, New York was deployed to France during WWI. On September 29, 1918 during the French campaign Meuse-Argonne, the brave men from Harlem, took control of the French city of Sechault. They took the city after it was bombarded by German artillery. After this battle, the young men from Harlem was nicknamed the " Hell Fighters" because of their ferocity during combat. The "Hell Fighters" never had a man captured during their campaign against the Germans. Why were Americans fighting with the French, you may ask? Well, these "Americans", were not considered good enough to die for their country, so they were shipped off to die for someone Else's.
The Tuskegee Airman fought segregation and racism to become one of the most decorated regiments of all time. These all black military aviators, fought aerial battles over Italy, North Africa, and Europe during WWII. They flew over1578 missions as bomber escorts. This was a very dangerous mission because the bombers were always under very heavy attack, and it was these fighter pilots mission to make sure that the bombers completed their bombing assignments. The Tuskegee Airmen completed their duties with distinction, considering at the time that black men were not considered smart enough to do anything but serve as cooks.
I could continue this post with stories about the Red Ball Express, which protected supply routes during WWII. Or about the 555th parachute battalion that served as smoke jumpers during WWII. Or about the 54th Massachusetts Infantry that was a group of volunteer ex-slaves that fought for the north during the Civil War. The 54th was the first organized black regiment in the northern states. The movie Glory was based on these courageous Americans. I cannot leave out the courageous Black American women that did thier part in securing this countries freedom. The Women's Army Corps 6888th Battalion was a World War II unit that was comprised of 855 black women.Besides the all white nursing corp, this Battalion was the only all female Battalion to serve overseas during the war. Their main responsibility was to ensure that all the soldiers (BLACK and WHITE) serving overseas recieved their mail,which was a very big responsibility.
I can go on and on about the contributions that American Blacks have made to Americas' so called " Freedom", all in the face of racism and segregation. We have endured and maintained under centuries of injustice and hatred. And why did we not just rise up and fight for our freedom like the colonists did against Britain? Well I really can't answer that. All I can think of is we considered this our home. We were proud of our country even if our country was not proud of us. All we wanted was to be accepted and respected in the land that our forefathers had a hand in building. And so some of us died proving that we are just as equal as our fellow white Americans. This is why I have to put my feelings aside for at least one day and remember the African blood that stains this great land. For if it were not for that blood, America would not be the America that all of us have come to love and call home.
Sunday, July 1, 2007
The biggest problem that I see in the black community, is we depend to much on elected officials and our so called community "leaders" to solve all the problems in our community, and to me that is a giant mistake. First, the only things that a politician cares about is the next election. So if he or she knows that they have to talk about health care to get elected, then health care will be they're main talking point. Politicians are like chameleons. They change colors to suit their environment. So why do black people put so much trust in the Democratic party? (I am not saying I am a Republican, so do not boycott my site) What exactly has the Democratic Party ever did for black people? I wonder how many of my people know that the Democratic party was the party of all of the slave holders during the Civil War. The same party that wanted to keep us enslaved, is now the party that all of the former slaves flock too. Kind of ironic, huh?
And from what I see their mentality has not changed over the 1 or 2 centuries that blacks have been free. Look at the welfare system for instance. The welfare system is designed to keep you dependent on your government. ( the massa)If you try to get a little job to help supplement your government check, they penalize you and stop the handout all together. Now don't get me wrong, there are a lot of people, black and white, that really need help. But there are also a lot of people, black and white, that abuse the system. Why would you work for a living, when you know that all you have to do is sit at home and wait on free money? Under the welfare system there is no incentive to try to improve your situation. And that is what the Democrats are known for, social programs that take money from average taxpayers, and gives a small portion of that money to otherwise healthy people who sit at home and wait for the 1st and 15th. It always surprises me to see how many of my people are content with their government handouts. We all know the number one excuse on why this is...."They owe me for what my people have been through". True enough. We are owed something for all the pain and suffering that our forefathers went through, and from what we go through on a daily basis, but a handout is not the solution. Better schools and equality in the work place is what we are owed. Respect as fellow human beings and fair treatment from the so called law of the land is what we are owed, not money. People who have never had money, do not know how to deal with money, if they are not taught how to deal with money, so they end up losing the money to the same people that gave them the money. Besides, there is not enough money in the world to make up for 400 years of enslavement and abuse.
That is why I feel we need to fend for ourselves. We as black people in America know what we need to survive in America. Uncle Sam has proven time and time again that our best interests are not too high on his agenda, so why do we keep falling for these slick talking politicians?
The only time that we see any politician in any of our neighborhoods is when they are about to lose their jobs. That includes black and white politicians. And in my opinion black politicians are worse than the white ones, because in being black they know what it is like being black in "the land of the free", and yet they still lie, cheat and steal just like Mr. Charlie! The slaves have turned into the overseers of the massas land.
We know what we need. We know that we need better schools. We know that we need better representation in government circles. We know that we need after school programs to keep the attraction of gang life from our youth. We know that we need education on sexually transmitted diseases, and all diseases in general to help curb the epidemic of our people dying way too early. We know that we need education on premarital sex and the hardships that young mothers face in raising babies alone. And last but definitely not least, we know that WE, as black men are the answer to all the above mentioned needs. WE as black men need to stand up and retake our communities. WE as black men need to be men and stop leaving our women with the responsibility of raising our children. WE as black men need to stop killing other black men over a street corner no black man owns, or a color that no black man has ever made. WE as black men need to regain the status that out forefathers had in our communities. In other words we need to stand up and be MEN, and in doing so, we will solve all the problems in our communities ourselves, instead of looking to someone that has proven time and time again that our welfare is not their main priority.