Monthly Archives: March 2011

Condoleezza, Please? No Thanks!

When I think of Condoleeza Rice, I think of a cold Black woman who has sold her soul to Mainstream Politics.  In fact, she appears to be delusional, as if she learned that being Black was a bad thing, an evil thing, when she was but a child.  However, her aloofness or disassociation from “all things Black” is not unusual; it’s the type of behavior many Blacks who lack character exhibit.  Their conscious and unconscious intentions are to assimilate, to absorb “White People Magazine” — uhhh, I mean, “People Magazine,” “Friends” reruns and whatever else Mainstream America says is “in.”  These Black people try to assimilate to the tenth power and have no use for Blackness.   “Real” Black people, those who love being Black, sniff out where Condi’s coming from a mile and a half away.  We know the type well because we no the symptoms of self-hate so well.

Rice’s shopping in NY while Black people (and others) were dying in the water during Katrina sums up her worthlessness to me.  Why didn’t she get in President Bush’s face and demand he get his people to move quickly?

Because she could care less.  She had shopping to do.  Why should she care about N#*%*#%?

During an interview she said:  “Look, I’d be the first to say I learned something from that. I thought of myself as secretary of state; my responsibility is foreign policy. I didn’t think about my role as a visible African American national figure. I just didn’t think about it.”

What a joke!  She makes my point exactly — she didn’t think about her role as a “visible African American national figure” because she abandoned her Blackness, including associating with Black people, long before she became the secretary of state.

And now we have to put up with Rice, Bush’s mammy, pedaling a book.  Not to mention that she even has the nerve to discuss racism.  During an interview with Greta Van Racist Susteren (wraps herself in Liberal Clothing),  Mammy Condo hit Van Susteren’s softball question about Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s angry sermons about American racism right out of the park, criticizing Wright, a victim of racism, as if he were in fact a racist.  Also offended by Wright’s sermons, which were flashed all over the news during Obama’s presidential run, Van Susteren even had the nerve to say that she fought for Civil Rights, as if this made her an authority racism’s impact on Black people.

How silly is that – a Civil Rights advocate who still can’t understand or accept that Black people have a right to be angry about past and present racism?  Does she fight for the thousands of Black men they continue to lose their lives to police brutality and lethal force?

Van Susteren perspective is nothing more than liberal racism.   The problem with having these types of phony’s involved in Black organizations trying to fight racism is they don’t respect Black people as living, intelligent, emotional, multi-dimensional human beings.  Telling someone they cannot be emotional or angry is dehumanizing.

Note to Mammy Condo – Black folks don’t like you, either.  So keep on steppin’ . . . .

When Will Black People Wake Up?

Fox news reported that Bishop Eddie Long’s New Birth church received $20 million in donations last year, including over $1 million donated specifically for Long’s personal “love offering.”  During a video I watched, droves of people walked up and dropped piles of money on the stage while Long screamed and preached about how much he loved it.

Now if that ain’t hustlin’ like a “playa playa,” I don’t know what is?

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Creflo Dollar’s World Changers church made $60 million in 2006.  And Tyler Media Services say that all Black churches collected $17 billion in 2006.  But the kicker is, according to LiveSteez research, Black churches have collected about $420 billion since 1980.

So I wanna know where in da Hell is all that money?  What did them shiny suit-pimp-shoe- wearin’ hucksters do with the money?  And why is the Black community still struggling with so much poverty?  In fact, there’s practically a church on every corner in some cities so they can’t say they’ve been helping the poor.  What they really did is rob the poor then move to bigger, newer churches in the suburbs.

Based on census information, the US government says that 25.9 percent of Blacks lived in poverty in 2009, compared to 9.4 percent of non-Hispanic Whites.   Last year in Atlanta, 30,000 mostly Black people stood in excessive heat to fill out an application for only 400 units of public housing in East Point.  This is shameful.  So you can just imagine how bad things are for Blacks all across the country?  And why isn’t that chump Obama – who collected 93 percent of the Black vote – saying anything about our condition?  He’s on TV yapping about everything else – Libya, Egypt, gay rights, getting along with Republicans.

But I digress.

Anyhow, when will Black people realize that Holy Roller Pimps like TD Jakes, Eddie Long, and Creflo Dollar (I mean, really, is this his real name?) don’t mean Black people any good?

As human beings, we have an opportunity to build an on-going, growing relationship with our spirituality that can last throughout our lives.  By “getting quiet” and meditating as often as possible, we are able to tune into our spirituality and use it empower us, give us the calm, cool and collectedness that we need to live a happy life.

However, most people have tunnel vision when it comes to understanding spirituality and they rely on their church and/or organized religion to sustain them.  But organized religion all too often defeats its own purpose, to bring people to God, because religious leaders are simply mortal men who use the Dogma Hammer of religion and God (or a Higher Power) to control those who don’t want to think for themselves.   And the use of guilt is a big part of this process.

But not all people are gullible and allow their pastors to take their money or tell them who they should and shouldn’t be with or marry.   In fact, most people – although they still believe in their Higher Power — have stopped going to church on a regular basis because men have corrupted and misused religion so much.

Too often, the weak and troubled – be it because of addiction or other issues – gravitate to religion, somewhat clean of their addictions but not their “behaviors” and they become addicted to religion and use it to judge others to cover up their own inadequacies; thus, the victims become the victimizers.  You notice this with a lot of women who have had “issues/problems” or are not good at thinking for themselves; they demand that anyone who dates or marry them be a bible-toting Christian.  Wrapped in delusion, using religion, and robotically carrying out the orders of a Pastor Daddy, these women cannot maintain good relationships.  In fact, many will even date and marry a bad boy ex-offender (need counseling, away from women) sitting up in the church or a weak man before dating and marrying a “good” Black man who simply may not want to become another follower of her Pastor Daddy.

The bottom line is that your relationship with your Higher Power is personal and not for some mortal man to dictate.  You came into this world alone and you’ll leave alone so you have to take control of your life and live the spiritual life you must live for you.

Black children need parents who act like adults and make their own decisions; they don’t need grown folks who feel they must be told how to live their lives by a man who will never know who they really are and what they really need to be happy and free.

God put you here, on earth, to figure that out . . . so get to work.

Russell Simmons & The Key To Life

I recently watched a video of Russell Simmons responding to a 10-year-old’s question to a panel he was sitting on.  The young lady said she was tired of seeing and hearing negative videos on TV and hearing inappropriate music/lyrics on the radio.  She continued that she wanted to see and hear more positive music and wanted to know how long she had to wait for this to happen?

Surprisingly, Simmons, the Godfather of Hip Hop, apparently not wanting to bash rappers and having been through this drill before, said he was going to pass the question to someone else, but ended up giving a very thoughtful response.

His response:  You have to do it yourself; you have to do the things that you want to see.  The world is what you see . . . violent . . . or positive.   You have to do it . . . giving is all there is.  Everything in this world is a manifestation of what you give this world.  It is what you give the world that you get back [or see] from the world.

There’s a redemptive power that making a choice has, rather than feeling like you’re an effect to all the things that are happening . . . make a choice . . . you just decide what it’s going to be, who you’re going to be, how you’re going to do it . . . from that point, the universe is going to get out your way . . . it’s water, it wants to move and go around stuff . . . you really can make what you want.  I can create whatever I want to create . . . if I can put my head on it right, study it, learn the patterns . . . I feel strongly that we are who we choose to be . . . I will not be outworked.

My interpretation of Simmons’s comments are that to be happy, successful, and supportive of others in life you have to be a “player” – not a fan sitting in the stands of life.  Don’t feel helpless, be helpful.  You have to decide who you want to be, how you want the world to be, and how you want to live your life.  Don’t hope for change, “be” the change by doing something to make things better for everyone, and your experience, your life, will be positive.

Please write down and reread the aforementioned statement – carry it around with you all day if you need to – every time you feel helpless about changing the world or changing your life.

You are truly a creator, not an effect.

Black Men Becoming Extinct, Must Be Saved

Black men have fought in wars, risked their lives for their families, raised their children, and been leaders – even president of the United States, although President Obama has more in common with White male Ivy League liberals than most Black men.

Actually, President Obama doesn’t have much to say on behalf of Black men, unless he’s telling us to be better fathers.  “[African American fathers] have abandoned their responsibilities, acting like boys instead of men,” Obama wrongly stated (unless he meant that most don’t live with the mother and child), contradicting a 2007 study by Boston College social psychologist Rebekah Levine Coley.  Her study, as well as others, found that Black men not living with their children were more likely to visit them than any other race or ethnic group of men.

Which is pretty funny to me – yes, funny.   Why?  Because practically every Black man I know, despite their socio-economic status, takes care of his kids, and goes through hell and high water to see his kids when he’s not the custodial parent.

The “Black absentee father” myth is not much different than the “there are no good single Black men” myth that Essence and Oprah like to celebrate from time to time, when they’re trying to speed up the growing tide of Black women running to date and marry men of other races of men.

Go figure?

If you listen to many Black women or the mainstream media, Black men are nothing but deadbeats, womanizers, and strip club-hopping jail birds.

When about seven percent of a population makes up over 50 percent of the prison population (yes, don’t believe the lies that say less), racism is at work – and putting in overtime.

Well, while perusing the Black website circuit, I came across a marine ad that kept popping up every time I clicked over to another page.  This is when something occurred to me: the ridiculousness of Black people encouraging their sons to go serve in the military (actually, it’s a bad idea for anyone, except the rich — it’s time for their sons to serve).  I suppose if a young Black man has no other options after graduating from high school, the military might be a good option for some.  But, in general, with so many of our sons in prison or dying from gun violence due to their associations with drugs, gangs the accompanying crimes, and their being targeted by the criminal justice system, we cannot afford to put the rest of our young Black men in harms way; they already have to worry about the police killing them.  There is no need for it and we let our politicians, as usual, convince us that we need to go to war on a regular basis, at least once every decade, so we end up destroying other country’s infrastructures, killing thousands (some estimates say over 100,000 of Iraq’s people died by the time the U.S. military was done doing their “job,”  and causing thousands of our own young men to die.

In the case of Black men being targeted by the criminal justice system, being the last hired and first fired, dying younger from health issues, and being racially profiled in every aspect of life, it’s apparent to me that the government should be declaring Black men, period, no matter what age, an endangered species.  Black men should be receiving a full-ride to college, tuition paid in full, homes, and jobs paying at least $60,000 a year.

But that would be too much like “right” for Americans, of all races, to stomach, despite our free slave labor.

But let’s go a step further:

Every Black man should also be able to attend a monthly meeting in which a room full of Black women will take turns walking up to the front of a room  and give a one minute presentation on why he, Brotha Homey, should date her.  After all the women speak, be it for one to two minutes, Brotha Homey will pick 10 women to date during the coming month, and if he finds one woman he wants to marry, he’ll stop dating.  And if he does marry the woman and she mistreats him, he will be able to divorce her within in a month of filing for divorce.

. . . And then I woke up!

But, really, Black women are doing pretty good these days; they’re attending college in greater numbers than Black men, buying houses, enjoying being glorified by the Tyler Perry’s of the world, and even raving about dating and marrying White guys now.

In fact, many Black female writers on television, on blogs and websites ignore Black men in their writings and discussions and feel that they have no use for them.  I mean, some Black women are so insane that they even act afraid of Black men they don’t know.  And you thought White women do the purse clutching, head-turning, and dodging when they see a Black man approaching.  Think I’m playing, watch them – doesn’t matter if you have a suit on or a baseball hat.  Too many of them have bought into the mainstream character assassination of the Black man.

You see it on their faces, most of them are angry and dismissive.  The problem is, however, their anger is nothing more than a result of, mainly, their poor dating choices.

So the world needs to find another pastime, other than bashing Black men.  The bottom line is that there’s a Racism problem going on here and Black men are the target because they are still the most feared human beings (and, yes, we are human beings, despite what many say) on the planet.  Maybe someone needs to remind the cavalcade of Black women running to the White guys of this.

You know, we are still their brothers, uncles, grandfathers, fathers, and sons.

Are Black People Better Off Without Obama?

By Walter L. Hilliard III

For the last two years President Obama has avoided addressing Black America’s problems, including discussing the issue of race.  He has even given the Congressional Black Caucus the cold shoulder and, basically, lectured them that there will be no special treatment for Blacks, sounding like an affirmative action racist.  “A rising tide lifts all boats,” he told them.

So what Obama is really saying is, “You Blackies have a Black president you can brag about, and that’s enough.  Yaw lovesta brag anyway, right . . . ahhh, yaw no I’m right.  Ha, ha.”

Just because he passed a toothless healthcare bill, weak financial reform, and a lot of other d-rated legislation doesn’t mean we should be happy.  People put him in office, especially the White folks who voted for him, to make radical changes, even overlooking his race because they were suffering so bad.

Yes, Bush tore the country up so bad that White folks were even willing to vote for a Black man.  And we cannot ignore the fact that Obama and the Republicans made it easy for Wall Street to rob us over the years and throw us into two wars.

But now Obama, like the coward he is, is moving towards the conservative right, trying to befriend the bullies that kick him in the A- – every chance they get.  In fact, voters showed they were disappointed in Obama for not going far enough and taking his radical change case to the people by not voting for Democrats in the 2010 midterm elections.  They were deeply disappointed.

Everything that Obama does – or any D.C. politician – is special treatment for special interest groups, except when it comes to his own people, Black people, who put him over the top with voting support at a 93 percent clip.

But when it comes time for his reelection, mark my words, Obama will want to be Black again and give us some attention.  He’ll stop by a couple Black churches, wink at a few Black women and we’ll love him again.

And not only has Obama ignored Black unemployment that is double (triple when it comes to Black men) that of Whites, among other plights we face, he has also been silent on the Black-on-Black crime in our inner cities, including the slaughter of Black children in his own town, Chicago, where he cut his political teeth on the backs of Black folks.  This is the most appalling of all his neglectful behavior.  He spoke up and out about the shootings in Arizona, but him and the media say nothing about Black kids dying all across Black America every single day.

However, I must share that I have not been that surprised or disappointed by Obama’s behavior because I expected him to behave this way ever since I saw his lips moving on my television screen.  He struck me as a weak-minded politician who would do or say whatever was politically expedient, particularly in the eyes of his also elite, Black-issue neglecting Democratic Party.

President Obama is so infested with the “Care too much about what White folks think” disease, the worst affliction a Black person can have, that he rarely even mentions race, much less put it on his agenda.  He knows White America does not want to talk about race, and he cannot stand anyone being upset with him – except Black people.  He did speak up for his elitist Black  buddy, Henry Louis Gates, but quickly apologized when mainstream America jumped all over him.  Yes, Obama can relate to a rich, Ivy League Black man, but not to Black folks in general.  He even held a backyard Beer Summit with Gates and the cop he criticized for harassing Gates at his own house.  That’s what Obama’s good at:  The Superficial.  Like professor and social activist Michael Eric Dyson says:  “Obama runs from race like a Black man runs from the cops.”

As so revealed by a recent online poll I came across, 44 percent of Blacks believe Obama shouldn’t be talking about race (he could get fired); while 40 percent say he should use his political clout and talk about race; and 16 percent say they’re not sure.

No wonder America doesn’t talk about race – most Black people, the biggest victims of racism, don’t even think Obama should discuss the issue.  We have to be the most confused, self-loathing people on the planet.  How are we ever going to alleviate discrimination when we won’t even hold the most powerful man or Black man in the world accountable to even talk about race?  You know, there’s two kinds of Black people: the ones who demand Obama talk about race; and those who act like N#*%*#S, the apologist, the ones responsible for Black people never sticking together or getting anywhere when it comes to dealing with racism.  The funny thing is they have no problem arguing with Black folks who demand justice, but they’re too scared to argue with Whit folks about racism.  How ridiculous is that?

Nonetheless, the real question is can we, Black people, ever improve our dreadful condition if we cannot even realize how bamboozled we are, to the point that even the most high-profile Black man, President Obama, can use and abuse us at will?  Are we so lost that nothing can save us?  And why should we be saved when we cannot even come together to be angry and save ourselves?  Why should mainstream or White America and its politicians pay us any attention?

Black people are simply too comfortable with being second class citizens.  It’s like we’re experiencing a perpetual, apathetic Chicken Fried Racism hangover.

Like I’ve touched on, Black folks scary, docile behavior is usually caused by our always being afraid of something — usually White folks or what they think.

But a long time ago, when I was just a little boy, my mamma taught me to do the right thing, to be a man, to be proud to be Black, to stand up for myself, and don’t let anyone mistreat me.

Well, President Obama is using Black people because we’re allowing him to.   How many times have you heard Black people say:  “Ima get mine; you betta get yours.”  All we care about is ourselves as individuals.  So many Black people are materialistic, always chasing the trappings of success; thus, they are blinded by President Obama’s charm or “celebrity” because he “got his” and he is the “Escalade of Black men” (and yaw know how much we like Escalades) in their eyes.  And just like the pimp pulling up in his caddy in the Hood back in the day, or his Escalade today, knowing we’re blinded by the bling, Obama knows Black people can be pimped for a vote or anything else he wants.

Additionally, let it be known that Black women, the heart of the Black family unit, seem to be Obama’s biggest supporters.  And many of these women say they’re looking for an “Obama Man” — or a Black man with Obama’s personal and professional characteristics.  However, Black women and families don’t really need no damn “Obama Man”; they need a real man who will speak up and “speak truth to power.”  The fact that you have so many middle- and upper middle class Black women positively associating with the type of so called marriageable Black man Obama also speaks to the superficial, wannabe classcism that infects most in the Black community.

The materialistic impulses of these Black women identifies with Obama’s power, financial status, and assimilationist passivity; the kind of passivity that many Black women try to teach their sons to keep them out of danger’s way when they should be trying to facilitate a relationship between their son and his father or another strong, available Black male role model.