Jesse Jackson famously stated that when he walks down a darkened alley at night, upon hearing foot steps behind him, he takes solace in the knowledge that those sounds are made by white feet and not by Black feet.
Why would a man who has dedicated his life to perpetuating the already victorious struggle for Black equality be fearful of Black people walking behind him in a dark alley? For one reason: Black people know that petty Black criminality is a plague that terrorizes their communities as the Black Plague did in Europe so many centuries ago.
Each year, Black-on-Black crime seemingly gets worse, destroying communities and creating a constant state of upheaval that erodes trust and impoverishes an already disadvantaged class of people.
Jesse, in his now iconic statement, was talking about life in the hood, the type of place Disingenuous White Liberals can only fantasize about in movies and would immediately lock their car doors and drive away from quickly if encountered in real life.
Black people can be found living in socio-economic conditions that would leave the most hardened stomach deprived of its lunch. Black people affectionately call non-gentrified areas of major cities they occupy “the hood” and every city that has a Black population –regardless of the size of that population - automatically qualifies for membership in “the hood” club.
Some mistake the term “hoodlum” to be synonymous with Black people and believe the term as having etymological roots in being a pejorative used to describe hood-dwelling Black people. This couldn’t be further from the truth:
1871, Amer.Eng. (first in ref. to San Francisco) "young street rowdy, loafer," later (1877) "young criminal, gangster," of unknown origin, though newspapers have printed myriad stories concocted to account for it. A guess perhaps better than average is that it is from Ger. dial. (Bavarian) Huddellump "ragamuffin."
Over time, the word has evolved into a moniker for Black people in geographically diverse locations as Los Angeles to Miami. Hoodlum has become an adopted noun (replacing Black people) and one that is universally accepted as being a descriptive word for Black behavior and in turn, is virtually recognized as describing exclusively Black characteristics and encompassing Black nuisances.
The pervasive use of this word has entered the sacred realm of words (or combinations of words) deemed insulting and offensive to Black people and thus, an attempt at discrediting the jingoistic elements the word currently entails are underway.
Like the term niggardly or the mystery surrounding the scientific term “black hole”, hoodlum is now decreed a forbidden utterance, part of the lexicon that only people with nefarious intentions will utilize in a descriptive tone:
Pinellas School Board chairwoman Janet Clark is coming under fire for using the term "hoodlums" to describe a small group of chronically disruptive students in county schools.
Board members Mary Brown and Linda Lerner criticized Clark at Tuesday night's board meeting. And now Ray Tampa, president of the St. Petersburg branch of the NAACP, said Clark's refusal to apologize has made things worse.
"I was disgusted with her response," Tampa said Wednesday.
The International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement — better known as the Uhurus — called for Clark to resign for the statement, which it viewed as racist. Clark is white. Tampa said he thought the comment was inappropriate, but not racist.
Tampa said he was considering filing a complaint against Clark, who has a teaching certificate, with the Florida Department of Education's Office of Professional Practices, which handles complaints against teachers.
"The (teacher) code of ethics says you can't embarrass kids or make disparaging remarks about kids," he said.
Clark made the comment at a board workshop last week in a wide-ranging discussion about chronically disruptive students at John Hopkins Middle School and other Pinellas schools.
"So much time is taken up with addressing hoodlums, with kids who don't want to be in school," she said. She also said, "We are talking about a small number of children."
Brown and Lerner weighed in Tuesday night.
"They might be disruptive. They might be in gangs. They might be many things, but they are not hoodlums," Brown said. "I feel that that statement showed insensitivity to our children, and it certainly did not offer good guidance to our staff."
"There are people upset out there about the comment, different kinds of people, including employees," Lerner said. "We have to be careful as board members when we speak."
Before the meeting, Clark said the statement had nothing to do with race. "I made no mention of race," she said. "There are hoodlums of all races and colors and ethnic backgrounds."
No, hoodlum is a term of derision that applies exclusively to Black people now, despite its early origins as a term descriptive of mere adolescent transgressions. To act Black is to act as a hoodlum would and to depart from this behavior is the fatalistic decision to Act White, the ultimate form of betrayal to Black people.
In 1995, the war on the term Hoodlum began in earnest, with The New York Times printing a story attacking the fundamental of the word:
It all happened on Halloween of 1993. I was visiting my aunt. I was picking up my clothes from the laundromat when three white boys came up to me and told me to get off their block. Then they said, "This is a white block." They tried to take my money. Lucky for me my two older brothers came. The three kids ran. Reginald Thomas One day I was on the bus. The bus driver called me a black hoodlum. My mother was on the bus too. My mother said to me, "What did he call you?" I said, "He called me a black hoodlum." The bus driver said to my mother, "Yes, I called your child a hoodlum.
" I felt very sad. I said to the bus driver, "I am not a hoodlum." I am a Black (African) American." So the bus driver looked at me and said "I am sorry for calling you a hoodlum." I said "I forgive you."
Calling someone a “Black Hoodlum” seems like an oxymoron, does it not?
You are advised to remove the term hoodlum from your vernacular, for if you dare renege on this mandate from Black Run America (BRA) governing conversational etiquette, you will ostracized for your verbal faux pas and the punishment won’t be niggardly applied.
Stuff Black People Don’t Like includes the term hoodlum, for daring to utilize this unanimously agreed upon term to describe Black people and their behavior is an egregious display of cultural insensitivity no amount of shock therapy can remedy.
Those who believe “you can remove the brother from hood, but you can’t remove the hood from the brother,” are practicing a sickening and shocking insensitivity that threatens the fabric of our society.