Thursday, September 17, 2009

No Progress? Where Is The Struggle?

Most of our parents told us growing up not to settle for nothing. These words have fallen upon deaf ears in our generation. Even though they teach us about Negros getting lynched, hosed down, forming boycotts, being the catalysts for CHANGE but now it is hard to motivate a nigga to go to the store for a dutch or backwood. Many barriers have been broken but Racism is alive and well my friends. Yes Obama is president but what kind of progression have we made as a people within the last decade? Slim to none why because WE are the problem!

Sean Bell, Don Imus, Fox News are just a few household names which spark the racist light bulb when discussed. But what has been the result in most modern day cases of racism? When was the last time we heard of true justice or major change for one of our counterparts? I’ll wait…Why? Because I am just as guilty in many cases just like you reading, "I don’t give a fuck" to the injustices it didn’t happen to me so it’s not my issue. Some reading are so blind by society that you literally don’t give a fuck you think everything is cool happy because its only a 50/50 chance a NYPD will shoot you by mistake and get a slap on the wrist. Then there are plenty like me who know there is a problem but it feels like we are soldiers equipped with only a machine gun and an empty clip. The main issue is the lack of unIty. "I" capitalized because that is all we are concerned with as a people.

"And Nigga say Nigga to a Nigga, Nigga say Nigga in a lyric, expect a white boy to omit" - Wale "The Kramer"

I believe we have feel so far behind in the struggle we need to take baby steps to get back on point. The influence for this piece came on Sept. 11th 2009 while watching the Fuse network do Superbowl numbers because of the Jay-Z concert. The concert which I worked harder than 3 dayworkers to get tickets for but saw a majority of "non-colored” folks on my television. Is Hov shouting out Bensonhurst and Bay Ridge when he asked "Where Brooklyn At" but this is besides the point I am trying to make. Vibing to the concert with some henny and Papa Johns and Hov begins to perform "Jigga my nigga". As Hov builds the energy of the crowd having them recite the chorus by pointing the mic toward them I see the cluster of Tom's Dick's and Susie's on my TV singing Hov lyrics word for word. Chris Rock during his last skit made a joke about non colored folks and Do's and Don'ts of the word NIGGA but we clearly as a people disregard the history of this word. We have a man like Jay-z who has made history more than once in the music industry with "non-colored" folks paying to see him at MSG streamed lived on national TV saying the word NIGGA in unison. Rosa Parks might as well be doing the stanky leg in her grave. In almost any other situation if a "non colored" person uses the word NIGGA every black person goes from Dr. Bruce Banner to the Incredible Hulk. But when we singing Nigga What, Nigga Who/Live Nigga Rap/Hood Nigga etc. white folks get a bye? I know we hear it all the time from those who do use the word NIGGA that our ancestors fought so we could be called by our name instead of NIGGA or BOY but we still to this day use it like toothpaste. I, myself am guilty for usage of the word NIGGA and I am taking the first step of trying to eliminate it from my vocabulary. But I can not do it alone I need EVERY ONES help. I NEED YOU to stop using it altogether also! The Pause movement has swept over our culture like wildfire with usage at an all time high with twitter pages such as the Pause Police but let’s act our age and not out shoe size people. Its easy to spread negativity as the saying goes one bad apple will spoil it for the bunch so let's all join together and spread some positive energy for a change. Tell your counterparts to stop the usage also, make it into a game charge a quarter for every time it is used. Money is a good bargaining chip to influence change.

Plenty more points on the topic at hand but let’s take baby steps because we have a lot of ground to make up people. We have been lacking a strong black leader for a while now so fuck it lets be the leader ourselves. Your voice may not hit millions of ears but maybe you can make a difference on your block, your building, your classroom etc. If we all make that small change we will become a major force like a snowball rolling down Mt. Everest.

PS - Sorry about that last post the article is false got it via a BBM message didnt do the research just thought it was kind of funny and wanted to share :X

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