I am so embarrassed by some Black people. I’ve heard of this phoenomenon before: you see or hear Black folks on television or on the news doing or saying something straight ignorant and harmful and you’re embarrassed and frustrated. This is why I mostly refuse to watch television and attempt to keep my ears closed to pop culture.
It took Miss Robinson (MissRobinson26 on YouTube) being personally insulted for her to realize that maybe rap and Lil’ Wayne ain’t what’s happening. Watch her video below or go to YouTube to check out her commentary or channel–the video in review is entitled ‘Lil’ Wayne Disrespects Woman for Being Dark Skin’. See Black folks–I don’t want to be the one, but I told you so. You give these celebrities all your money and this is how they repay you for making them into millionaires.
They turn your daughters into hoochies and whores, your sons into “thugs”, and your babies into dark, ugly creatures that you should be ashamed of. What is it going to take for Black folks at least to stop buying into this stuff?!
I was listening to Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely”, a song celebrating the birth and inherent beauty of a baby Black girl, not degrading and tearing her down before she’s even learned to walk and be on her own. The title of the song may sound like a question, but Stevie Wonder isn’t asking you, really, if his daughter’s existence is a thing to behold, he’s telling you. Thinking of that, I feel sorry for the baby girl Lil’ Wayne played his part in bringing into the world. I hope she’s stronger for this, I hope she never has to understand what this man who calls himself her father has said to the whole world about her and her mother and all women of darker brown skin tones. It makes me so mad and so sad at the same time.
I could go into a whole sociological/psychological analysis of what I think Lil’ Wayne’s issue is, but I don’t want to waste that much time on him. I’m already pissed off enough about what he’s said about browner Black women and about f*cking all the girls in the world (but apparently not the “dark skinneded” ones, especially if he might get them pregnant and produce a less than light-skinned child). I, for one, refuse to acknowledge or condone his racist preferences, or that of any other man’s.
Don’t believe the glitter, don’t trust the hype!
Never let these rappers and celebrities, these racist psychologist and sociologists and other academics, the haters, the ignorant, and the misguided make you feel ashamed of being Black. And that’s for real.
We, as a people, are in enough physical, emotional, spiritual, and psychological cages as it is.
for all us precious Black women and children,
In the years before the Obamas in the White House, no one on television was overly interested in Black folks(except for Jerry Springer and even back in those days, he had more white folks on his show, I think). The biggest deal that people ever made out of Black people then was our eating habits, diabetes, and STDs. Now all of a sudden, they wanna put Black folks all up in the media and they want to show the world the worst aspects imaginable more so now than ever. Ignorance, colorism, prostituion and other sex work, sexism, male domination, STDs, heterosexism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, poverity, pregnancy rates, the Black male rapist myth, domestic violence–all this stuff has been keyed up for somebody’s viewing pleasure. Its a circus.