Friday, May 20, 2011

What constitutes "Authentic Blackness?"

What makes one ‘authentically Black?’ This is a question we’ve pondered since Bernard Hopkins attacked the perennially under assault Donovan McNabb:  
What makes one 'authentically Black?'
Boxer Bernard Hopkins, a Philadelphia native and longtime Eagles fan, is continuing his bizarre campaign of slamming former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb every chance he gets. And this time Hopkins added an element of race to his usual criticisms.
According to Philly.com, Hopkins described McNabb as not black enough.

“Forget this,” Hopkins said, pointing to his own dark skin. “He’s got a suntan. That’s all.”
Now Councillor West himself, Cornel West has attacked Mein Obama as not being Black enough:
Cornel West, a Princeton University professor and leading black intellectual, is harshly criticizing President Obama, a candidate he once supported but now calls “a black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs and a black puppet of corporate plutocrats.”

West, a former Harvard University professor, said during an interview with the website Truthdig posted yesterday that the president has not been true to his race.

“I think my dear brother Barack Obama has a certain fear of free black men,” West said. “It’s understandable. As a young brother who grows up in a white context, brilliant African father, he’s always had to fear being a white man with black skin. All he has known culturally is white…When he meets an independent black brother, it is frightening.”

The White House did not have an immediate comment. West did not respond to messages left at his office.

Republicans have questioned Obama’s origins — to the point where he felt compelled to release his long-form birth certificate to prove he was born in Hawaii — but West also uses Obama’s past to draw into question the president’s racial bearings.

“Obama, coming out of Kansas influence, white, loving grandparents, coming out of Hawaii and Indonesia, when he meets these independent black folk who have a history of slavery, Jim Crow, Jane Crow and so on, he is very apprehensive,” West said. “He has a certain rootlessness, a deracination. It is understandable.”
Thegrio.com (a site all should read so you can learn that Black people are aghast that Beyonce lightens her skin in photos and album covers to cover-up her unmarketable darkness) published this article on the rancor building between Black people over what constitutes “Black authenticity”:
If you haven't been following cable news, Facebook posts or Twitter feeds over the past few days, then you likely missed the uproar over Princeton University Professor and renowned scholar-activist Dr. Cornel West's interview with Chris Hedges of Truthdig.

In the interview West escalates what has been an ongoing criticism of President Obama from both he and Tavis Smiley. West not only criticizes Obama for lacking progressive backbone, he levies several personal attacks that have produced a much deserved backlash.

West assailed Obama as being the "black mascot" of Wall Street and as disconnected from the urgent needs of black Americans and the poor. He claimed that Obama fears "free black men" (presumably including West) because of Obama's insecurities over being raised in a white household. In doing so West deployed the rhetoric of black authenticity -- the longstanding intra-racial tension over what actions/ideas/associations mark one's commitment to black people and black struggle.

Several years ago I published a book chapter entitled "Leader Authenticity Markers: Findings From a Study of Perceptions of African American Political Leaders" in Authentic Leadership Theory and Practice: Origins, Effects and Development. In the chapter I explored how racial authenticity markers continue to resonate with blacks born in the immediate post-segregation era (black Gen-X'ers), although in very nuanced ways.

On Twitter and Facebook, black Gen-X'ers excoriated West (and his defenders) in ways that would have seemed unimaginable just a few years ago. For those of us who respect and appreciate West's scholar-activist contributions, the past few days have been both revealing and woefully disappointing.

It's hard to feel sympathy for West. Having spent his career in elite, predominately white institutions, I'm certain at times he has had to defend his own connection to black communities. That he could so carelessly invoke tropes of racial authenticity and essentialist notions of culture to deride Obama reflect how embedded racial authenticity politics are in the black public sphere.

Alleging that someone is not "black enough" has long been regarded as a grave insult. Racial authenticity attacks continue to operate in black political discourse, though, and it's understandable given the political realities of black freedom struggles.

There have always been diverse strands of ideology within the black community -- monolithic identity is a myth. But in times where solidarity was essential for fighting racial discrimination, "closing ranks" was necessary for the potency of black political aims. Branding someone inauthentic not only diminished their stature within the community, but also signaled to those outside that the community's leaders could enforce conformance with a unified front.
Not to be outdone, but Theroot.com published an article giving their spin on the story. It’s too boring to actual give any editorial space to, so we’ll supply you the hyperlink.
 
We ask you, readers of SBPDL, what makes someone ‘authentically Black?’ We already what someone who is deemed ‘Acting White’ represents, but what is the flip-side? What is ‘authentically Black?’
 
It’s easy to call someone who goes against Black solidarity an ‘Uncle Tom’ or a ‘House Negro’ (or worse, a ‘House Nigger’), but what exactly is Cornel West digging at when he assaults Mein Obama for not being Black enough?







65 comments:

Anonymous said...

What makes someone authentically black:
1. heavily Negroid features of West African origin
2. deep-seated hatred of Jews, Mr Honkie and Asians
3. great believer of black entitlement, so AA, welfare etc is a right
4. big believer in Afrocentrism
5. luvs dah white womenz
6. luvz Barry Obama

Dat meanz Brother Cornel ain't authentic.

(Did I mention hates honkies?)

White Devil said...

Authentically Black:

Africans who viciously and unapologetically protect, defend and advance their racial agenda.

An aside:

Ed Shults is a Horse's ass. How a White man degrades to such a pile of manure is beyond me.

Brother Anonymous said...

Well, what's the problem? It's obvious.

* Not dispossessing whitey fast enough

* Not declaring oneself "colonel" or "general"

* Not giving speeches in military uniform

* Not kicking it sufficiently Idi Amin/Mugabe style

Anonymous said...

Authentically Black:
Never established a written language
Walks around with pants shwoing his behind..from the black prison / prostitute culture
Fights "tha Man"
Unable to govern himself or establish and govern any form of civilization outside of a village level
Unable to create anything artistic worth of value

~AV~ said...

Barry will never be a successful Uncle Tom or a Nigger...he can thank Stanley the Kansas nigger loving whore...for delivering to him his life of ZELIG.

~AV~ said...

NOW...my list of "requirements" to be an "authentic black"...

are 70% chance of being a bastard
raised by grandparents
become a government leech

Most likely will be on the tax payers dime due to their - defective dna - and will die from (if not killed by another black bastard thru violent crime):
Diabetes
Asthma
Sarcoidosis
Lung cancer
Strokes
High blood pressure
HIV/Aids
Sickle Cell Anemia

Midwestern said...

Read Shelby Steele's "White Guilt" for more information on "bargainers" and "challengers", black victimology, the financial race hustle by blacks, and the power of the black collective. Opened my eyes!

The challengers are authentic blacks because they are 24/7 keepin' it real.

Anonymous said...

Watching Sharpton and West argue is akin to two 3-year-olds arguing over whose dad can piss further.

Absolute agony.

Anonymous said...

This is an easy question and one need only quote from the common sociological lexicon, ahem:
1. Gotsa dance, brotha, freaky dance
2. Gotsa have at least two of them funky African hats
3. Yo bro - wear some stuff from the motherland once in awhile, like dem long robes.
4. Get some animation in yo stimulation, bro - black don't need no words to lay it down. Even that pile of dust, Harry Reed, said he talk like a no Negro
5. Can't live in Hawaii. Ain't no niggas there ceptin the helicopter pilot from Magnum PI
6. No marriage, no how. What the f is that anyway?
7. No known the kids names unless they all have your name. George?
8. Gotsa drive a Cadillac
9. Cripp or Blood?
10. Gotta go out and hang on the stoop all day makin jungle noises.

Anonymous said...

One could easily mistake the exchange between Sharpton and the West for an argument between Fred and Lamont on Sanford and Son. All that is missing is Donna Brazille as Aunt Esther.

Anonymous said...

Bernard Hopkins fought a white boxer named Joe Calzaghe in 2008. Before the fight he got in Joe's face (with his boys in the background of course) and said "I will never lose to a white boy!"

Then Joe went out and kicked his black ass all over the ring.

Anonymous said...

"There have always been diverse strands of ideology within the black community -- monolithic identity is a myth."

Obama got 95% of the black vote.

"Diverse strains of ideology" for blacks is a total myth. Unless you mean there is a diversity ranging from black nationalism to black supremacy to black identity to black victimhood.

Anonymous said...

Dang, I'm glad Schultz broke that up before West or Sharpton pull'd they .32 an' started bus'in' some caps up in there.

--Mencken--

Anonymous said...

An authentic black is someone who embraces and celebrates failure. Failure at school. Failure at work(if they have ever held a job). Failure at family formation and marriage. Failure at citizenship. Failure at paying bills and debts. Failure in concern to grammar and communication.

Oh yes, active destruction of anything that functions around you.

Is there a pleasant brick building near your section 8 'partment. Spray paint it with gibberish.

Is there a presentable lawn in your vicinity? Throw trash on it as soon as possible.

Did someone scuff your shoe? Shoot them 8 times (the jail time will be worth it, respect son).

Obama comes up short.

Stephen said...

Authentically black? I read about those in National Geographic as if they were wild animals, how apropos.

Anonymous said...

To be authentically Black, one must be for pan-Afroism, but actually have a deep dislike for native Africans like Barack Obama Sr.

Discard said...

Memo to silly Negro intalekshuals: The poor slob is President of the United States. The majority of the people here are White, and the other non-Blacks don't think much of you either. What, exactly do you think will happen if he starts talkin and actin like an academic pet Negro with tenure?

Blue Eyed Devil said...

Just finished the article on thegrio.com about Beyonce. The negative feeling toward her "lighter look" is palpable.

Anonymous said...

What makes one black is being a VICTIM. They be places in this country where I cants go. That's when I say and they are places where I can't go because of black. I guess I could if I wanted to get killed and robbed.

Yacapo

Dissident said...

This test should be administered to every black person in America to determine whether they're authentic or not.

Here's a sampling of questions:

1) What does the acronym NAACP stand for?

2) What continent did the African race originate on ? (Hint: the answer lies within the question)

3) Is a Racist, any person that criticizes the motives of blacks or critiques them in any way? Yes or No ?

4) Can a black person be Racist? Yes or NO?

5) Do you believe that white people owe you anything, because of past transgressions?


If you answered the questions in the following way, you are most certainly "Authentic" black.

1.National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
2.Africa.
3.Yes.
4.No.
5.Yes.

Van said...

Cornel's attack is orchestrated to distance Obama from the black nationalist identity. The evidence pile had become just a little too big -Rev. Wright, Farakhan in the WH, Black Panther voter intimidation, Van Jones, his Easter church selection, Common, siding with Skip Gates.

This was bound to turn off a good chunk of white voters. Obama needed someone who could be considered a voice of black special interest to claim he isn't one of them. Now Obama appears to be back in the camp of raceless Americans.

Anonymous said...

Oklahoma City sheriff's deputy shot in the head, on video, yet no description of two suspects. How strange.

They're probably Swedes.

http://www.cnn.com/2011/CRIME/05/21/oklahoma.deputy.shot/?hpt=T2

Anonymous said...

C'mon, "leading black intellectual"? We all know that "black intellectual" is the perfect oxymoron. West is amusing at least, kind of a cross between Don King and Norm Crosby, (with apologies to Norm Crosby).

Anonymous said...

I think Cornell would like MeinObuma if he dressed and acted like Shaka Zula.

I have a question does Obama wear purple lip gloss? Just asking.

Anonymous said...

"...Racial authenticity attacks continue to operate in black political discourse, though, and it's understandable given the political realities of black freedom struggles..."

What freedom struggles?? They'd be better off complaining about how Whitey won't grant them licenses to hunt unicorns.

Joe

Anonymous said...

Don't forget their Leprechaun hunting licenses too. It's funny that whenever one of these black "spokesmen" start ranting, and stumble upon a decent sounding (to them, bonus points for rhyme) "soundbyte phrase" they repeat it loudly over and over as if they've just stumbled upon some gold. Hilarious! Childlike is as childlike does.

Anonymous said...

This pretty much sums up the black male:
1. gibs me dat
2. dats rayciss
3. where da white wimmenz at?

This pretty much sums up the black female:
1. gibs me dat
2. dats rayciss
3. muh chilrens babydaddies

Anonymous said...

There should be a congressional white caucus. Whites should get on TV in a discussion and talk about what Obuma can do for white folks. Just who do black folks think pays for all those programs the US government has for blacks? Where do blacks think all that money comes from that the courts order to be paid to blacks? Where do all those black farmers, that was only about 1200 and wound up being tens of thousands, think that those billions of tax dollars come from that is being paid to them by the US government? Where does that money come from that is being paid to all those blacks who couldn't pass a fireman's test? The black run US government is taking billions of dollars from whites and giving it to blacks. The black run courts are in on this also, take from the white tax payers and give it to the blacks. If black run America don't hurry up and collapse whites are going to collapse from the courts and US government paying off the blacks with white tax payer's money.

Anonymous said...

"Cornel's attack is orchestrated to distance Obama from the black nationalist identity."

It's more likely to increase donations to the Special Olympics.

Desiree said...

Why are you asking whites this question?

Let me get this straight: is it correct that you believe yourself to be the white 'guide' to blacks and/or blackness even though you live in a cloistered whitopia?

Here we have a white man, and a stupid one at that (I mean, I have intellectually sodomized your white anus many times on your own turf, yes, as Professor Snape and as Desiree--allegedly, both Jews and blacks have large penises! Did it hurt?), who has decided to find popularity in this niche of reactive idiocy because it is easy.

I mean, how hard is it to get a redneck to hate someone? WOW! He's doing Nobel Prize stuff here, folks! Get this white boy a medal!

No, you are not intelligent enough to gain a following discussing something else. This suits your low IQ quite fine, does it not?

You know nothing about black people and repeatedly--and this bears a second mention--I have fucked you in the ass, SBPDL. Too bad Hirsch disappeared because I fucked him in the ass, as well.

No doubt you will not publish this because you know it to be true.

I could answer this question simply and none of you will agree because it does not fit into the worldview established by your paranoid psychosis and abject stupidity, mainly the one that says, "Blacks hate dissenters." (What do you even know about black people? Ha!)

There is only one thing blacks have to do and it is simple: don't sell out.

Naturally, being foreigners looking in (and despite your masturbation fantasies, SBPDL, you are an outsider, not a 'member', but a fearmonger, and a ridiculously stupid one at that), you will not understand what it means to not sell out but it is a terribly simple concept and is nothing like you imagine it to be.

We can do whatever we want (jobs, education, etc.), date/marry whoever we want (white, black, etc.), or socialize with whoever we want; just one rule: don't sell out. Quite simple.

But I will not explain it more because there is a calculated effort to destroy blacks' sense of identity. Blacks gobble up white supremacy at rates faster than other groups because we've always been relegated to second class status and, expectedly, the 'pauper' will always try to appeal to the 'king' in whatever way possible. We stone our Pan-Africanist thinkers, we call them crazy. However, they are the ones that should take control of our community. No more minstrels, jesters, and gladiators; no more sophist intellectuals who pontificate about the ghetto and whine about whitey.

We need revolutionaries. Earth to the Head Pillowbiter: THIS IS NOT A BLACK-RUN AMERICA, you ignorant tool. Stop lying to people and stop making predictions that never come true.

But these are complex issues that you will all scoff at due to your ignorance and something your cult leader/tour guide will never accurately convey. The latter is compounded by the fact HE LIVES IN A WHITOPIA.

You all must be coprophiles because you like eating shit. You are all being had, and it is humorous. No one of importance cares about his site or his fetid worldview. He is masturbating to his own delusions of grandeur.

And it is HILARIOUS. Continue the cum-slinging, SBPDL.

Keep asking these white people what it means, though, to be 'authentically black' because it's, well, funny. Really no point in arguing anymore.

PS: Losers, stop mentioning me all over this site when I am not here. Curiosity got me and I dropped in today after weeks and weeks. Stop obsessing over me. I don't have a million sockpuppets. Just one, and he was exposed...

Peace.

Anonymous said...

"...You know nothing about black people and repeatedly--and this bears a second mention--I have fucked you in the ass, SBPDL. Too bad Hirsch disappeared because I fucked him in the ass, as well..."

Charming...

Joe

Anonymous said...

It's unreal.

You have 4 negroes sitting around a table - ridiculously outfitted with an American flag design - crapping in their hands and tossing it around in the guise of logic and intelligence.

Who in their right mind can listen to this and nod in agreement?

Liberalism IS a mental disorder.

Joe

Anonymous said...

Desiree:

tl;dr

Anonymous said...

"Unable to create anything artistic worth of value"--Anon

Let's not go there. Blacks have produced a lot of great dancers and musicians, so you're wrong.

Laz said...

@ Dissident

"If you answered the questions in the following way, you are most certainly "Authentic" black."

You've got it wrong. They would either trash the test, the administrators, and possibly the building the test is in OR they wouldn't even be able to read it. You're giving them too much credit.

Anonymous said...

Wow, you must have really hit one of Dezzies frazzled and white-wimmens hair-neurotic nerves with this post SBPDL. Yes Dezzie, the "cream of the crop" black "intelligensia" are in reality on the mental level of Moe Howard and co (The Three Stooges for you youngsters). Guess it hurts to be a member (high yellow at that) of a failed race. Oh by the way, the majority of blacks in the U.S. of BRA sold out many years ago by adopting their masters faith thereby rejecting their African religion(s). So you'll always be YTs' lapdog. Your "faith" ensures it. LMWAO!

Anonymous said...

@Dissident

Blacks would fail the test then sue for discrimination and the government would award the blacks billions and billions of white tax payer's dollars.

Laz said...

Wow, Desiree really likes to get down and dirty. I thought I had heard it all but, I've never heard a woman use those terms. Hell, I've never heard a man say those things except in a movie. Maybe that's at the basis of her feminism/liberal psychosis- jealousy of men and whites.

@ Desiree aka Frasier:

Typical of you to get your panties in wad and personally attack someone while at the same time skirting the real issue. "Not selling out" isn't an argument, it's a blanket phrase for what you want it to be. Why don't you come up with a real-world, logical argument instead of a fantasy land, emotional argument.

Anonymous said...

"Let's not go there. Blacks have produced a lot of great dancers and musicians, so you're wrong."

I'll give ya the dancers but, name 1 good musician in the last 2 decades- that isn't making rap, hip hop, or fuck songs.

Anonymous said...

LOL Like a crackhead, Diarrhea can't stay away.

Anonymous said...

"I'll give ya the dancers but, name 1 good musician in the last 2 decades- that isn't making rap, hip hop, or fuck songs."

Dude, you are obviously not keeping current: there are many.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8-YMpYbRqY

Brother Anonymous said...

Desiree: "Really no point in arguing anymore."

Too bad that won't stop you....

Anonymous said...

@ anon at 12:02 pm

Moe was a genius at meting out punishment. Please don't diminish him by comparing his intelligence to that of Africans. Thank you

Joe

Dissident said...

You know you can really tell a lot about a persons character by the way they talk.

Let's take Desiree, Snape, et al. She seems to have a weird obsession with sex. Just look at the words she indulges us with. Strange! Everyone knows the African mind is hyper-sexualized, but Desiree really put's the icing on the cake.

Why does someone so seemingly intelligent (just ask her?) use such guttural speech? It's really quite revealing actually, because it gives a glimpse into the ghetto-queen mindset.

Leave all the four syllable words aside for a moment and just look at Desirees strange preoccupation with anal sex and cocrophilia, sex in general, etc.

Truly the rantings and ravings of a sex obsessed lunatic.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Desiree. You have the vocabulary of a stevedore. What is with the constant sexual references, usually violent? You do realize you are the personification of just about every negative black stereotype? Unfortunately, like most blacks, your self-awareness and perception are horridly lacking. If you were white I would state that we are witnessing your complete mental breakdown but, sadly, what seems to us as irrational, illogical and sociopathic is simply TNB.

Northlander

Percy Kittens Reloaded said...

As Disarray stated, "authentically black" means "not selling out". But if you debate this issue with most black people and get them to have a truly honest discussion, they'll inevitably admit that "selling out" means aspiring to, and achieving standards that white people have set. Therefore, to not play that game, they're going to show us white folks as the intolerant fools we are by not going out and getting educated...by having 1 out of every 4 black males in prison, probation, or parole...having more than 7 out of every 10 children born into a single parent home...by destroying their own communities and never pooling their resources as a people in order to advance the greater group (which, you see Jewish and Asian and Southeast Asian immigrants to America do; how many Jewish people you see on food stamps?)

Their "logic" is to play into a self-perpetuating, unending mentality of victimization that forces them to "hustle" (i.e. steal and rob) the "system" (the government, successful whites, other blacks with and without money).

Disarray wrote: because it does not fit into the worldview established by your paranoid psychosis and abject stupidity, mainly the one that says, "Blacks hate dissenters."

Like this comment from a black poster over at The Grio regarding Herman Cain's 2012 presidential bid?: With that said, he's just another in the long line of House Nig-ers that bad mother other Blacks to make themselves beloved in the eyes of their masters. I mean when you look at it, that list is hella long and its getting longer everyday. Armstrong Williams, Angela McGowan, John McWhorter, Allen West, Lloyd Marcus, Thomas Sewell, Larry Elders, J.C. Watts, and Mickey Mike Steele. The only good thing about this is that eventually, they'll smack him back when he deviates from their plan for him.

http://www.thegrio.com/politics/businessman-herman-cain-set-to-join-2012-gop-race.php

Notice that Herman Cain isn't actually a free man, using his own intellectual abilities to manage a successful pizza company (Godfather's Pizza was the best back in the early 80's in the metro Atlanta area), or sit on the board of the Federal Reserve; no, Herman Cain is just a useful "house nigger" who is being manipulated and controlled by "whitey".

Disarray continued: But I will not explain it more because there is a calculated effort to destroy blacks' sense of identity.

Your identity, around the world, is that of abject failures. Not a single other race or culture in the world respects Africans or "African-Americans" or Haitians. Why wouldn't you want to destroy that sense of identity and establish a better, more respected reputation?

The reason why you won't explain it is because you can't. There is no logical explanation for why black Americans reject the very social and cultural institutions and traditions that make most other races successful.

Anonymous said...

You guys actually read Diarrhea's babble???

Why?

Anonymous said...

This may be a bit off-topic, or is it? Bernard Hopkins vs. Joe Calzaghe:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9SfWjk00cs&feature=related

Hopkins got a pass for saying he’d never let a “white boy” beat him. Then he got another pass, when Calzaghe kicked his butt.

Anonymous said...

This may be a bit off-topic, or is it? Bernard Hopkins vs. Joe Calzaghe:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9SfWjk00cs&feature=related

Hopkins got a pass for saying he’d never let a “white boy” beat him. Then he got another pass, when Calzaghe kicked his butt.

Hirsch said...

Bernard Hopkins' ring IQ is far higher than West's raw IQ. Simply put, Hopkins is far better at boxing than West is at bloviating. Regardless of B-Hop's insane comments (and he has amassed a catalogue over the course of his career) he is the most adroit defensive fighter probably in the history of the sport. Earlier tonight he beat Jean Pascal to supplant Foreman as the oldest champion in the history of the game.

ericcs said...

If you remove all the fact-free assertions, ad hominem attacks, obscenities, and invectives from Disarray's post, you are left with:

Nothing but a bad stench.

Keep up the great work, Disarray! I bet your mother is so proud! What a great asset you'll be to society after you complete your university "education"!

Dissident said...

Blacks like to wallow in the filth (just look at Desiree's speech) and they love the victimology angle.

Without the perpetual victim status,they can't hustle and shake down whites for their survival. Blacks want to be victims so that they can blame others for their own ineptitude and failings, it's always good to have a convenient scapegoat, and the white race fills that role nicely for these race hustlers.

Anonymous said...

We can do whatever we want (jobs, education, etc.), date/marry whoever we want (white, black, etc.), or socialize with whoever we want; just one rule: don't sell out. Quite simple.


To quote Tom Verlaine Prove It

Anonymous said...

"We can do whatever we want (jobs, education, etc.), date/marry whoever we want"

And apparently you don't want education, employment, or marriage.

Stuff Black People Don't Like said...

Desiree,
Thanks for that comment. In six months, a new blog I'm starting that has nothing to do with the topics discussed here will be one you have heard of...

I guarantee that.

Percy Kittens Reloaded said...

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/27981737/detail.html

Six people shot, including a child (among one of several who were trampled by fleeing party members; go figure)


Witnesses said several hundred people gathered around Washington Park for a reunion for past residents of what used to be the Capitol Homes complex.
The party was billed as a “Rest in Peace” gathering to honor those who've died.
Just after 8 p.m., shots rang out. Dedra Lee said she saw “two guys arguing and one backed up and pulled out a gun and then gun play after that and people just running. I just saw people running and children being stampeded, oh horrifying.”

We supposed to be celebrating our people, but they want to do what they want to do. That ain't cool,” neighbor Smiley Scott said.



My question is: why are they celebrating? What are they celebrating? Shouldn't you have accomplished something of note and worth before celebrating?

Also, please note that there no white people at the event, so how can a child shot in the foot be blamed on racism or attempting to take away the identity of Disarray's people?. Why can't black people get together amongst themselves and strengthen themselves up through encouragement, education, technology sharing, and financial resources without resorting to some sort of violence?

Fayette White Guy said...

Watching and listening to Cornel West, you'd think it was still 1965.

Anonymous said...

WHAT CONSTITUES AUTHENTIC BLACKNESS?
A FACTUAL ANSWER FOLLOWS. WHEN I WAS A UNDERGRADUATE BACK IN IN THE FIFTIES, SOCIOLOGY, ANTHROPOLOGY, BIOLOGY, AND PHYSIOLOGY COURSES DIFFERENTIATED RACES BY HAIR TYPE. A SINGLE STRAND OF MONGOLOID (ORIENTAL) HAIR IS PERFECTLY ROUND, AND THEREFORE GIVES ASIANS PERFECTLY STRAIGHT HAIR. A STRAND OF CAUCASIAN HAIR IS ELLIPTICAL/OVAL, AND THEREFORE RESULTS IN STRAIGHT/WAVY HAIR. A STRAND OF NEGRO HAIR IS FLAT AND THEREFORE PRODUCES A KINKY HEAD OF HAIR. THEREIN LIE THE PHYSIOLOGICAL RACIAL DIFFERENCES.

NOW, AS TO WHAT CONTITUTES CULTURAL 'BLACKNESS'....WELL, THAT'S THE ON-GOING YET OBVIOUS CONTENT OF THIS BLOG, NO?

Anonymous said...

Moe was a genius at meting out punishment. Please don't diminish him by comparing his intelligence to that of Africans. Thank you

Joe

To me Moe was the weak link in the Stooges. Larry and Curly were brilliant, not Moe. Think how much better the Stooges would have been if instead of Moe as the straight man they had the best who ever lived, Bud Abbott?

Anonymous said...

To me Moe was the weak link in the Stooges. Larry and Curly were brilliant, not Moe. Think how much better the Stooges would have been if instead of Moe as the straight man they had the best who ever lived, Bud Abbott?

Never an Abbott and C-shizzle fan.

Disagree about the Stooges. Moe was tough, yet fair and reasonable. The other two just drove him crazy. Larry was clearly the weak link, although his hair seemed to share the characteristics of a shark's teeth - always more to pull out ; )

Joe

Anonymous said...

@SBPDL: Why are you continuing to post the comments of Desiree? The vulgarity in the 5/21 post alone distracts from the validity and legitimacy of your great blog.
Typical of most blacks...she/he/it resorts to profanity since she/he/it probably is limited by a maximum vocabulary of 80 words.

Anonymous said...

@Anon 5/22 10:21: Yours is a deeply-insightful and incredibly informative response. Yes, I can see how races can definitely be defined by hair type.

Anonymous said...

The 3 most talented Stooges:

1. Curly
2. Shemp
3. Larry

Anonymous said...

Race defined by hair?? Never thought about it, but now it's a no-brainer to me. Makes perfect sense. Perfect sense.

Discard said...

Race defined by hair: Nothing but an attempt to belittle the real differences.