Monthly Archives: September 2014

To Beat or Not to Beat, White Paternalism Will Not Work when Disciplining Black Kids

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By Walter L. Hilliard III

 

 

I’m sure many of you are overwhelmed and disgusted with all of these “Biff White Guy” and “Buffy White Girl” talking heads endlessly pontificating on how bad Black NFL players are, day after day on TV.

 
Whether it’s a cop or a judge in the criminal justice system, your White boss at work or a White female teacher considering your Black child for detention, when White folks “gots decisions to make” about Black lives, we know we’re about to be in BiiiiiiiiG, Big Trouble!

 
The reality is that Black people are “behind enemy lines,” at war in America with racism, under a system of White Supremacy, and they are 400-year-old survivors because most do sternly discipline their kids under great duress from the system. If a Black child doesn’t learn discipline and doesn’t have a parent that will “whip dat a#* or fight his or her teenage child on the spot, if necessary, that parent knows that child will be out of control, killed by the police or destroyed in so many other ways by mainstream America.  Black parents know that it’s hard enough surviving just being Black, so when you’re Black and causing trouble, America is definitely going to come after you.

 
Maybe the Minnesota Vikings Adrian Peterson went too far in beating his son, but most Black parents would be in jail for the beatings they’ve dished out over the years, when we know they shouldn’t be. Bonita Jackson, Peterson’s mother told the Houston Chronicle, “I don’t care what anybody says. Most of us disciplined our kids a little more than we meant sometimes . . . . but we were only trying to prepare them for the real world . . . . When you whip those you love, it’s not about abuse, but love.”

 
Black people live in a different culture than Whites – most of us cannot afford to send bad kids to psychotherapist or child psychologist. So it was funny to listen to White Bread Attorney Lisa Bloom telling a southern Black female attorney during Roland Martin’s “NewsOne Now” show that beating Black kids is wrong, quoting research on beating and/or discipline. And I say let Ms. Bloom march down to her local hood or “one pay check away” Black suburb to discipline a Black child by threatening to sit him in a corner or trying to talk to or lecture him or her about bad behavior – and they’ll drag her a#% into the street after they’re done laughing at her and talking back.

 
And this is the problem with the media’s current chastising of Black athletes like Adrian Peterson, Ray Rice and others – they’re rampant White paternalism is moot. They have racial issues with how they perceive Black people, and not only do the statistics show that most Whites are biased, at best, racist, at worst, regarding their relationship with Blacks, but a 400 year history of abusing Blacks reveals they have no credibility to judge our behavior.

 
So to Lisa Bloom and all of the other TV Talking Heads lecturing Black folks about beating their children – shut up and work on your race problem. With yaws record, it will be at least another 400 years before you can tell Black folks anything.

 

 

Word!!!!

Holder Expanding Federal Probe, Blacks Becoming Fed Up with Police Brutality

HolderBy Walter L. Hilliard III

 

So now President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder’s Justice Department is expanding its investigation into the death of the Ferguson, MO, teenager Mike Brown and investigating not only the Ferguson police but all police forces across St. Louis County by doing what is called a “pattern and practice” investigation that doesn’t include an investigation of individual policemen.  Brown was repeatedly shot by Officer Darren Wilson. There are also private lawsuits against other Ferguson policemen, including one in which police officers beat a 12-year-old boy retrieving the mail out of his mailbox on his own property.

 
I believe we are on the verge of a cultural shift that will take a significant, long overdue step in the right direction to seriously address police brutality. Already, largely because of protesting, looting and militaristic police response in Ferguson, MO, Ferguson police are wearing donated body cams. There are also ongoing protests picking up around the country for Eric Garner, the Black New York man killed by a police chokehold, and Victor White of New Iberia, who police are alleging shot and killed himself in the back while handcuffed. However, a coroner later said he actually shot himself in the chest while handcuffed outside of the police station – all of this occurring after police said they patted him down and didn’t find a gun. And even though all police stations in the United States have security cameras, this one just happened to not have a camera so there’s no tape to show what really happened.

 
The awareness of the public, and Blacks in particular, is rising as if Black people are finally getting fed up with police brutality. There is a tense atmosphere of protest, which has also been reflected in a movement of McDonald’s workers across the country walking off the job on September 4th, 2014, to protest low wages. The reports I’ve seen have shown mostly Black McDonald’s workers sitting and yelling in the middle of the street.

 

So we’ll see what happens.

Obama And Holder Can Cry Racism, But Obama Doesn’t Want To Hear Black Folk’s Crying Racism

Obama and HolderBy Walter Hilliard III

 

 

Isn’t it hilarious how self-serving President Barack Obama and his “political homey,” U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, are when it comes to their crying about racism about how difficult it has been to deal with Republican obstructionism as they have tried to carry out their government duties?

 
Holder said he and Obama have been victims of “unprecedented, unwarranted, ugly and divisive adversity from critics . . . . Forget about me — you look at the way the attorney general of the United States was treated yesterday by a House committee. Had nothing to do with me — what attorney general has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment? What president has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?”

 
And not long ago, the president was whining about being sued by the RepubliCons, although he hasn’t directly stated that it’s because he’s Black in this particular situation; however, he did tell New Yorker Magazine in January of 2014: “There’s no doubt that there’s some folks who just really dislike me because they don’t like the idea of a Black president.”

 
Really?

 
In regards to other issues related to race, Obama and Holder haven’ done much of anything beyond paying lip service, but in Obama’s second term they have addressed prison sentencing disparities as they relate to mass incarceration in the criminal justice system. But even as they considered the sentencing of non-violent offenders who could possibly be released early, they then turned around and fought to limit the reduced sentencing changes to only apply to those who are locked up retroactive to 2010 only, meaning thousands upon thousands of Blacks will continue serving racist long-term sentences.  The changes only apply to the federal prison system, which houses 216,000 inmates, and the reduced sentencing will only affect about 6,500 eligible prisoners whose sentences will be reduced by an average of a measly 11 months. The purpose is to reduce the overall federal prison population and the associated costs, cost that take up about 25 percent of the federal prison budget.

 
Eric Holder, who isn’t quite as bad as Obama when it comes to addressing race, once called America “a nation of cowards” regarding their unwillingness to address race.  He also told ABC news that “This president has been treated differently. there’s a racial animus . . . . There’s a certain level of vehemence directed at me, directed at the president . . . talking about they want to take their country back.”

 
However, when Black people finally started complaining about how Obama was ignoring them during his first term, he had the nerve to play the Race Card on his own people at a Congressional Black Caucus event and us to “stop cryin’ . . . take of your bedroom slippers.“

 
Sure, we know that Obama and Holder are being treated in a racist manner by conservatives – even former President Jimmy Carter said the extreme opposition to Obama has to do with racism. However, the real question is what is more racist or anti-Black, Obama and Holder ignoring thousands of young Black men dying in inner cities because of gun violence, or the fact that their being criticized for racist reasons?

 

 

Of course the racist indifference Obama and Holder are showing to their own people dying in inner cities is worse.  Yes, finally we have a Black president and attorney general and they have done little to nothing to stop their own people from being killed.

 

 

Hypocrites!