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Tomfoolery: Let’s Talk About Yeezus

nyk008_rtridsp_3_usa-trump-kanyewest1481660641I may have created a new word or at least a polite way of describing some of these people that have appeared lately! I used this term because I had an uncle whose name was Tom and we use to call him Uncle Tom. I wanted to come up with a word to describe this new breed of black folk we see today and I predict we will see a lot more of them. My uncle was the usual type of Negro, one who smiled, grinned, and buck danced for white folk, which as kids we called it “tomfoolery”!  With that said, of course, we all know this type of person.

Some we knew were sellouts, and others we thought were suspected or undercover sellouts. I know the mindset of people is to naturally want to get close to power, but since the new president has been named we see many black folks reaching out to him as if they just wanting to touch the hem of his garment! This is a bit disturbing to me because that was a trick during slavery. I would say this is a seminal moment in our history because history has shown us that this man, like his forefathers, has no intention to improve the world for black people in or their lives.

Now, the point of this is for those people like the rapper-turned-designer, who calls himself “Yeezus”, the likes of Amorsa and all those chicken pickin so-called preachers, which Trump tries to use to brainwash us. But it is some of these popular athletes open up another question. Yeezus said they talk about life – whose life? I am very thoughtful of the infirmed but just days after the wacky hip-hop artist checked himself out of the loony bin this meeting occurred.

Can this year be any crazier! Of course, we don’t know what they really talked about, but there is a very good chance that doing something positive for black people was not the topic of the discussion! Knowing that this guy has no history of doing anything for black people and with the cast of characters he has appointed and that surrounds him – this was little more than a photo op!

Getting back to Yeezus; this is a guy whose psychological state had deteriorated so badly that he had to cancel his successful “Saint Pablo” concert tour. Moreover, Yeezus once said of George W. Bush said at a televised award show that Bush didn’t care about black people after Hurricane Katrina, but he wants us to think Trump does? President Obama once called West “a jackass” for some of his behavior, such as grabbing the microphone from Taylor Swift at the 2009 VMA awards, saying she didn’t deserve the honor. Yet, we are to believe he had something to say in support of black people?

Yeezus in no way represents any semblance of black people but we know the racist because of white supremacy have always picked our leaders, and usually they use money as the tool to get them to convince the rest to follow them. If what we are seeing is a Trump honeymoon is any indication of things to come – God helps us all!!! Buckle up because it has only begun and I will use his word “a disaster”!

We know they have always used the weak and less knowledgeable to distract black people, particularly the young but it is a sin before God to use this character and for him to be used in such away.  I am vexed at how both reached this level of influence to put forth such a shameless display. And that’s my thought provoking perspective…

Here You Have It: The Face Of The New Black

007_1000Common was a rapper that I thought was one of the more sensible and socially conscience guys in the game. Different from the rest but we now know from his recent comments during an appearance on the Daily Show that this may not be the case. Frankly, his remarks left me and most of the black community “flabbergasted”. He had the bravado to say, with a smile, that African Americans need to “extend a hand of love” toward white folks in order to end racism.

This is the most asinine statement I think I have ever heard, and there have been a lot of these “chicken pickin’” so-called leaders and public figures to have said some dumb-$h!#! Let me begin by saying off the top, I don’t normally waste my time commenting on issues or things said by today’s entertainers because I know they are bought and paid for by the industry.

It is very clear the Oscar Award’s are for white people and regardless of how much we support movies; they turn their backs on black actors and actresses. It is clear that Hollywood is clearly a racially biased industry. The problem with the statement Common made, as I see it, even if he himself has been brainwashed to the point of believing this – has he seen the news lately. Maybe I’ll be more direct; is he even living on this planet?

Frankly, this is why his statement was ridiculous. Black folk have and do love white people more than they love themselves. They worship a white Jesus and gave their lives in every war. With that said, they have had the hand of love out to white people since being brought to America’s shores, and that’s been about four-hundred years – see how that worked out right!

Let me be clear, I applaud anyone who accomplishes something, and I am glad Common received one of the gold tokens. I also think it’s odd that almost immediately after receiving it, they sent him out on a mission. There was a time when any highly regarded actor could say anything, and black folk followed, you know stepped-n- fetched with them. This new creation for today’s sell-outs they call the “new black” is a shameful because at the end of the day – they are still black. All that term means is when given some measure of success is granted and if they want to keep what Massa gave them; they have to do as they are told – when they are told to do it. Just like almost every male black comedian has to wear a dress to remain relevant.

On the other hand, last summer a string of high-profile cases involving police killing innocent black citizens. The hit song “Happy” filled the airwaves; I suppose to promote a “new” mindset for black people to adopt an attitude of good ol’ positive thinking. This is what Pharrell said, “The New Black dreams and realizes that it’s not pigmentation: it’s a mentality, and it’s either going to work for you or its going to work against you.”

Stereo Williams said it best, Common’s “words were laughably empty and insulting to the current climate, the history of black ambition in the face of tremendous cultural oppression, and the reality of institutional racism; but they also represented a vocal cadre of black celebritydom that is calling for the black community to basically “get over it.” With the racial conversation in the national spotlight, stars like Williams, Kanye West, and others aren’t addressing racism in as much as they are deflecting the conversation.”

“We all know there’s been some bad history in our country. We know that racism exists,” the star conceded, before adding, “I’m…extending a hand. And I think a lot of generations and different cultures are saying ‘Hey, we want to get past this. We’ve been bullied, and we’ve been beat-down, but we don’t want it anymore. We’re not extending a fist and saying, ‘Hey, you did us wrong.’ It’s more like ‘Hey, I’m extending my hand in love. Let’s forget about the past as much as we can, and let’s move from where we are now… Me as a black man, I’m not sitting there like, ‘White people—y’all did us wrong,’” Common continued. “I mean we know that that existed. I don’t even have to keep bringing that up.” He went on to say “Let’s get past this”! Common

Hold up – wait a minute, Common was not the only one this week, actress Raven-Symone found herself in the midst of another controversy after she defended the racist remarks Univision host Rodner Figueroa made about Michelle Obama. “I don’t want to be labeled gay, I want to be labeled a human who loves humans,” Symone told Oprah last fall. “I’m tired of being labeled. I’m an American. I’m not an African American. I’m an American.

“It centers the comfort of white people, absolving white supremacy and indicting black rage as “the problem.” Celebrities like West, Common and Raven-Symone are but ambassadors of the growing New Black culture that Pharrell became the unwitting poster child for in his now-infamous Oprah interview. “Upward mobility,” sayeth the New Black, “that is the promise of America and because I have achieved – you can, too.” They conveniently romanticize their climb to wherever they are in their lives and careers, telling themselves that they got there via personal drive and ambition that is unique to them.” Stereo Williams.

I would like to offer some sage advice from that which I have witnessed. The New Black you proclaim is nothing more than that old black pathology. Black folk have always achieved greatness in a country that doesn’t see value in blackness beyond a commodity. I can list many greats who rose to the top of their game maintained dignity in a land that has consistently dehumanized and stigmatized them and not one survived unscathed. Jessie Owens, Joe Lewis, Sammy Davis, and even the good Dr. King himself.

Maybe because of his part in Selma Common thought he was channeling Dr. King. I can’t say, but we know from history the kind of love he got in the end by holding hands and singing “We shall overcome”. When you think about it, there isn’t much “new” about New Black thing at all. White supremacy often insists that black people prove themselves exceptional just to share a table with white mediocrity. It is not for black people to extend a hand; it is for the privileged and the powerful to remove their boot from the community’s collective neck. And that’s my thought provoking perspective…

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