NOTE TO READERS: This post originally contained a racist cartoon image at the top right. Some found it offensive and we agreed. We removed the image and apologize for any hurt. The new picture is of HELL – which is where I am going if I don’t change my ways.
I have a facebook friend, black, and a generation younger than me. He posted the following commentary on his facebook page yesterday. Eloquently written in the familiar cultural language of Rap – the larger issue of violent death of young black men in America is presented as much more relevant than a single white on black death.
O.K. . . . .
Let me start by saying that I both empathize and sympathize with the Martin family for this tragic loss.
Having said that. . . . I’m about to speak frankly. (sorry,mom) –
Y’all kill me with this BULLSHIT.
Why is THIS such a nationally recognized incident?
I’ll tell you why. . . . Because the young man died at the hands of a person outside of his race.
No, really ?!?!
Again, I am in no way trivializing Trayvons’ death – however, black folks die by the THOUSANDS every year.
What’s wrong with you motha fuckas?
Niggas can die as long as it’s niggas killin ’em?
But, soon as somebody else steps in and does the job for us, it’s a prollem. . ?
Why don’t we get this fired up at the young black people that die every day involved in this gang bang shit?
Why do we not get this fired up by these nuttin ass musicians that kill the innocence of our children with EVERY SONG we play on the radio?
What of the tobacco companies that put “guns” in the hands of our youngsters every day, encouraging them to play the proverbial game of russian roulette?
You ignorant motha fuckas got your priorities ALL fucked up.
Every day, our daughters learn that they are naught else but bitches and ho’s and that their worth is determined SOLELY by how fat their ass is and how hard they “shake it” in the club. . . .Our young men are pussies because they don’t carry AP 10’s and all manner of assault weapons; their manhood determined by the number of bullet holes they sport, how well they fight, the number of years they’ve spent incarcerated or how easily they can take the life of a nigga “eyeballin” ’em.
The part that’s really disturbing to me is that these stupid motha fuckas don’t realize that we did this to OURSELVES.
Nobody glorifies murder, promotes death or personifies mayhem better than we do.
N O B O D Y ! ! ! !
Matter of fact, the nigga that rap about killin the most niggas and fuckin the most bitches is our spokesperson.
I’ll bet you this: I’ll bet none of you black people watch your back at a white club like you do while you at a black club.
I know. . . I been there with you and/or heard you say it.
Why is that?
I know in St Joe and Kansas City everybody always sayin that aint no place for black folks to go – because black folks don’t know how t act.
I ain’t makin that shit up – that’s a direct quote out of the mouths of a GANG of y’all still in the Mo.
Again, your ignorance astonishes me, black people.
Miss me with that “justice for Trayvon” shit till you silly bitches recognize, promote and perpetuate justice for ALL black people. And remember this, stupid; it aint the white (mexican) man we should fear;
They’re not the ones killin us off at an astonishing rate every day.
Following are the comments posted, Respondent One:
I feel that shit fam! My only beef with that situation is that regardless of color that was a child. No reason any grown ass man should need a gun for a child and if you that Damn soft you shouldn’t be neighborhood watch. My beef is the system failing our kids. I almost lost my daughter. Had I went to work I would be putting here in the grave this week and social services says there is.nothin they can do. Now as a dad, a father a real father, not no weekend warrior, sum.other Kat raising my kids as nothing chump, but as a man that takes care and CLAIMS every single one of my kids I understand. Now grown ass mean wanting to be in.the game and all that, your retarded ass gets no love from me. But these kids, they have NOTHING! Most do have a dad, some.got worthless.moms, many have both and the system isn’t but a mouth piece. That’s real talk. I could say more but that’s for another time. Only race issue I see is black people its time we get our shit together.4 hours ago ·
Thank you both for the like and the comment. Just read the post and it’s a little more harsh than I intended.
The reality is, though, that I’m sick of my people blaming the white man (or whatever nationality) for OUR problems. We all sit quietly by and let shit happen, go to the funerals and mourn the passing of our “homies” or children or other loved with the appropriate amount of tears an “why’s” and “they were such a good person’s” and so on.
But not ONE black person is promoting healthy living to prevent our younger generations from suffering heart disease or high blood pressure. We encourage our young daughters (at 1 -3 years of age) to dance to the nonsense that passes formusic these days. The young men are taught to fight and not be “punks” instead of encouraged to study. It’s a vicious cycle. And until we realize and UNDERSTAND that we did it to ourselves and that ONLY we can change it, ain’t shit gon change for us.
Maybe put on some Al Green instead of that non singin ass Drake. Groove on some Jill Scott to get our womens’ worth back on kilter. (No, she ain’t the thinnest of women, but she IS a sexy ass woman.
See what happens when we promote positive instead of always glorifying the negative.
Oh, and here’s a hint, black people – education starts at HOME!
Ah yeah Fam, we on the same page. I’m.just so fired up about this shit with my daughter. System isn’t good for shit for real. I’m sorry to all the family service workers out there but its the truth and you know it
Right on, cuzn. Again, I am not at all minimalizing the fate of the young man. I’m not the father who was there every day of my childrens’ lives. But I can promise you all that, had this happened to one of my children, I WOULD be seeking retribution. My only point in this whole matter is that what this man did to the young brotha is the same shit we do to one another EVERY DAY and ain’t none of us hollerin’ about that. I sincerely hope that the harshest of judgements is meted out to the coward that shot Trayvon. Sincerely.
I only also hope that we will soon scream as loud when one of us kills our own.
Amen. That whole stand your ground law…. As i think one this whoever voted for that shit has got to be the….. Can’t even think of a word good enough…. Ya know
herb you know me brother the thought of death dont bother me one way or the other but when its a child it gets my fuckin blood boilen and what ever they can come up with for that sonofabitch isnt good enough for me
Right on Herb. Funny thing is, I have busted my ass to break these generational curses with my own children. All three of them. Had to do it as a single mother, but they were raised with all of the values above. Now my two grown ass kids are on their own and for the most part I can say I am proud of them. All children need to find their own way, but I can only pray all the harsh ways I brought them up will prevail in the end. As far as comparing the Treyvon case to black on black crime, my personal feelings are as such: It is and always will be a tragedy for any senseless act of violence by any race. I think the reason there is more of a reaction is in our society we all know, BLACK AND WHITE FOLKS, that if this was a black neighborhood watch man who shot a WHITE teenager (let add extras for comparisons sake drunk, loud, confronting, trouble maker, etc) that BLACK MAN WOULD BE BEHIND BARS THAT NIGHT even if he fled because AMERICA would be looking for him to bring to justice. Another point of view I feel is to blame for our uprising is when it is outside of our own race we all feel the HOW DARE YOU INTERNAL PRIVILEGE WE ALL HAVE BEEN PROGRAMMED SUBCONSCIENCELY TO FEEL. When I was growing up I was told, If one of y’all come home crying, you ALL better come home crying. You are family and you stick up for one another. You kids are probably going to be one of the only few blacks in your classes, so if you see any shit with any of the other black children, Y’ALL STICK TOGETHER because whatever they (white kids/folks) will say and do to one, they will do to you ALL.” It is a sense that when there is an infraction outside of our race, we are all to ban together, however as you so eloquently stated, we were never taught how to react or what was acceptable within our own “FAMILY”….49 minutes ago