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Pimp My Brand

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What is it about us African-Americans that we feel comfortable patronizing businesses and product brands that publicly or internally support, supply or sympathize with racism? I am constantly hearing about this or that company that one doesn’t make things for black consumers, two don’t appreciate it’s black consumer or worker and 3 just blatantly discriminates against us at every turn. I for one have decided in my life that it is not alright to give my money to these racist clowns.

A long while back when Gloria Vanderbilt stated that she designed her jeans to specifically fit a “white woman’s shape”, blacks couldn’t get to the store fast enough and squeeze into the racists pants. They became the got to have designer clothes, emblazoned with her name on the back pocket just screaming out to the world what an idiot the black wearer was, another designer who dismissed the dollars of the black community, Tommy Hilfiger who wished that his clothes line was not so closely associated with the hip hop community. Yet you could turn on MTV and see his name boldly displayed all over rap artists for the world to see.

Then there is Wal-Mart, now I know what people are saying right now “well if I can get it for cheap”, yep but what are the costs of this attitude. Wal-Mart could care less for the black community, they under pay us, won’t promote us, and won’t give us healthcare. The family was reared by the racist Sam Walton who had plenty of interesting things to say about blacks and the poor in general. Yet we will run to this horrible place in a heart beat. Six flags Magic Mountain who decides that blacks who work there aren’t supposed to wear their natural hair, since it is offensive. No braids or locks, do they tell whites they can’t have perms or mullets?

Then you have your Abercrombie & Fitch, CompUSA, Office Max, McDonald’s and a whole heap of others that can be added to the list. I just wonder if black people care what kind of message that we are sending these corporations etc. when we let them define us and then we continue to give them our hard earned money. It is almost like saying “I will pay you to treat me badly”. Hell, I understand that the list is so long we might not be doing any shopping. But, we could always start buying our own black made products.

Until we as a community get it together and stop with the non-caring, non-thinking attitude we will continue to be done wrong time and time again. I am not asking anyone to make any changes, adjustments or sacrifices that I wouldn’t be willing to make myself. But, we do need to do something as the situations are just getting worse. Now its things like our hair, tomorrow it what will it be?

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Idaho Isn’t Racist Enough

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I was reading the news for Boise Idaho, since an interracial couple there are receiving death threats and a bunch of hate mail because of the fact that the couple became engaged for the world to see at the fiesta bowl where the young man was a player. I don’t have a comment on the actual story but, the Boise newspaper was doing a story around this namedReaders share their opinions: Is Idaho being unfairly characterized as racist?” The posts that people sent in, now that is what caught my attention, one in particular. A lady named Melinda Evans which is the eighth post down, wrote in that she didn’t think that Idaho was racist enough. She claims that if you look at some cities where “Africans” and “Mexicans” were populating it just so happens that they were bringing with them murder, rape and all sorts of crime. She says just look at Africa and Mexico, the crime they have, is that what you want those people to bring to Idaho.

I happen to know a bit about Idaho having had lived there for a while. So if I were to go by her assumptions that only minorities are doing and importing crime, all white towns in places like Idaho should have zero crime. Boy is that not the case, Idaho is crime ridden and some of the towns where I saw the most crime had NO minorities. Surprise right? This is just another case of a racist individual who would like to push all the problems of society on a select few. One black person does a crime and we’re all criminals. But, yet whites commit all sorts of crimes and you never hear the same about them. This is just another one of my pet peeves, that whites constantly equate black with crime. I understand that black crime is ALWAYS in the news, and yet whites who commit the majority of crime are under-reported.

A lot of the people wrote in that it is extremely racist, but came up with every reason in the book as to why. Such as, it is so conservative, this is all about propaganda and the white mindset as Brotherpeacemaker wrote about. Or they were just raised that way, which feeds more problems because these are some of the people that we have to deal with daily, applying for jobs, getting our healthcare, the cops “supposedly” to protect us and dealing with for all other aspects of life. Also, the people there don’t have much contact with minorities, which is such a crock of crap and is just a cop out. I don’t have to have daily contact with Inuit people, whom I have never met, to understand that they are humans even if different than myself and worthy of respect.

Unfortunately these people are propagating the white mindset which they will continue to pass from generation to generation. A lot of the kids there in Idaho listen to a lot of loud rap music and dress like they just fell out of a 50 cent video, but don’t get them wrong they are just as racist as their parents. The dark prophet wrote about an Idaho school he attended in his article “The forbidden month,” which shows that they have no problem discriminating on all levels. But, so many folks out there would like for us to believe that racism is just about dead and gone. Sure, when you have a whole state of racists, semi racists and racist sympathizers raising more of the same. I don’t see any end in sight for this type of terrorism.

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My son the self confessed Uncle Tom

 

 

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My son confessed that he is a Tom (as in Uncle Tom). In our home we discuss a lot of pertinent issues affecting blacks today, focusing on the afro centric view, so you would think this would be a huge surprise, but alas it was not. We all pretty much knew this was the case and constantly tried to engage him in conversation about his feelings. But, of course nothing could be done until he would admit it and be willing and able to do some serious self analysis.

What finally brought him to terms with the truth was doing an online self test from IAT which measures a person’s preference for blacks vs. whites. After the test came back that he had a moderate preference for whites his first reaction was to deny and demand not one but three re-tests. He claimed that this would erase any doubt that the test was in some way flawed; it was comical to say the least. The next reaction was to come clean which prompted him to start that self analysis and figure out why he feels the way he does.

 

We tried to get him to write papers before about the things that happened to him such as the different treatment from teachers, being called the dreaded N-word, rug head and chocolate bar amongst others. The only thing that happened was the defense for those who had hurt him. It was as if he felt that they were entitled, by just being white made them better. But as he scrutinized these feelings he is finally writing and trying to put them into perspective which brought about the realization that somehow feeling more connected to the white community over his own was the cause of this constant defense.

He produced a paper chronicling his induction into tomdon where he divulged that at his schools where he was one of only a handful of blacks he made friends with white kids as a way of fitting in by aligning himself with the majority. This was seriously bad for his self esteem and worse yet for how he felt about other blacks. He has been making some very good progress in a short amount of time, now writing another paper on the early programming of our black youth, which takes a look at toys, cartoons, movies and schools. He has also decided to start a Blog to target teens that might be, like him, looking for a place to voice their views or maybe just to find more information on how others are dealing with black teen issues in a white dominated society.

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