Tuesday, May 11, 2010

bling bling but no books

I am no better than anyone else, but I do know that the majority of our society has lost their way, are selfish, materialistic and socially irresponsible. This is not a criticism but an objective reality. I can see this through simple observations whether it is the massive drop out rates of African American young folk, the high incarceration rates of African American men in prison, or the exorbitant rates of HIV and sexually transmitted diseases in our community.

Truth is that while America spits its anger and venom over the fact that a man of African descent is President of the united States, we are aiding this attitude via our ignorance and none concern to the point that we don’t see it. This troubles me for we can make time and take the time to see that Lil Wayne is in prison or what a bevy of unmarried women who call themselves basketball wives are up too, Brandy and her brother and a washed up gold digging actress by the name of Lisa Raye, but nothing else really of substance.

We know more about the lives of women like super head and Kat stacks and their sordid bedroom activities, women who we dare raise our daughters not to be like or venerate but can’t name what is in any proposal outlined by our current President or proffered via the legislative branch of government unless we hear about it on television. We couldn’t even tell you one amendment of thee constitution which our very freedom and liberty is buttressed upon.

Unfortunately, we think we are free and seem to be more concerned with clubbing and who is the VIPs and what we wear than our intellectual development and education and worse, how we dedicate ourselves to our families. The women and men who raised us, at least many of them, after living and seeing the struggle would never support or practice such behaviors. Unlike days of past, ours is a sexual degenerate culture. In one word we despise drug dealing, gangsters and thugs and folk calling us nigger and bitch, but the reality is we buy the music of those that do such and shack our little butts off in our cars each day singing every word. Music that treats life as being worthless and regards women as merely pieces of meat.

Ours is a problematic state of being, for we lack knowledge of self which is what causes us to participate in our own self destruction. We enslaves ourselves for their was a period when the Likes of Carter G. Woodson, Fred Hampton, Shirley Chisom and Martin King and their words were more wide spread and popular than any musician and this was during the time of the last poets and Marvin Gaye. Even folks Like Marvin Gaye sang about the conditions of our folk and displayed some social responsibility, but such is lacking or no existence today for we don’t value knowledge or understand that information is power. Martin Luther King Jr. once said that “nothing in this world is more dangerous than a sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” Maybe that is why we sing and have the bling-bling and no books.

I have no problem speaking my mind and I know that some will take this as an affront to modern culture, but it is not . I just never have nor will concede my human dignity for popularity but I do know that they of the minstrel variety will complain and even defend vile, lewd and self destructive behavior as pronounced so vividly in our culture. It was not I but Carter G. Woodson Who said:

“If you can control a man’s thinking, you don’t have to worry about his actions. If you can determine what a man thinks you do not have worry about what he will do. If you can make a man believe that he is inferior, you don’t have to compel him to seek an inferior status, he will do so without being told and if you can make a man believe that he is justly an outcast, you don’t have to order him to the back door, he will go to the back door on his own and if there is no back door, the very nature of the man will demand that you build one.”


No wonder we are as we are, today I wouldn't be suprised if an unknown rapper was more reconizable and know about than somebody really worthy of attention, for it is a shame that folk recognize Lil Jeezy more than Neil Degrasse Tyson. Now I know how and what Harriet Tubman meant when she wrote “I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves."

24 comments:

Jamale (*PoeticMind*) said...

When I say you was on point, I mean you were on point!!! You seriously took every thought I had in my mind and wrote it down on paper. I know I have got caught up in the reality TV shows, gossip and foolishness but it's a slap in the face when I see thats all some of our people know. They don't understand the words, the struggle nor the depth of the meaning of those people who were before us. You have really opened up a can and I must say the ish has hit the fan. I really enjoyed this post!! Keep up the good work Professor!!!

Glen Antoine Palmer said...

Well said. I quoted the MLK passage in a blog post of mine referencing toward the ignorance in today's popular music. And I got into a back & forth with a guy over our willingness to embrace foolishness and stupidity as a culture. We didn't see eye to eye. I feel it is destructive. He thinks folks should be able to tell the difference between fantasy and reality. True, but today's statistics don't lie. The youth just seems lost.

Blessed Brilliant said...

We can go on and on, back and forth with this topic until "rapture" or the true "black" revolution occurs, which ever comes first... nevertheless, in the meantime we are at odds. In truth, I see and would opine the same point on every notion and fact you mention. However, we differ on the methods and tactics utilized to combat the ignorance.

I applaud your stance and will continue to do the same. I will however choose to combat ignorance with a different arsenal. I can only hope that either of us will see a measure of success. We seek the same ends even though we differ on the means.

King and X were the same in their difference of methodology but sought very similar results.

In the end, I hope that when we look back and marvel at witnessing the revolution we can argue on who was right as our people take their rightful place.

Peace & Blessings.

Monroe Anderson said...

America's been this way for generations, T. Back in the '60s they called it "conspicuous consumption."

SLC said...

As a father of four, aged 5 through 13, I feel as if I am at war, and I am, against the lure of ghetto fabulousness. One child in particular is a highly gifted sponge soaking up all the crap middle schoolers can spill. My wife and I have the responsiblity to squeeze that mess out of him and teach him the reality of yesterday's struggle for freedom, today's deception of freedom, and tomorrow's trap of societal conspicuous consumption slavery.

My goal in life; start with me and let it spiral outward.

BTW, 381 days of walking for a cause. I'll try 48 hours of no household internet; just talking to the kids. They may freak out at first, but they'll be so much better off in the long run.

Back to lurking I go.

SLC

Regina said...

I have not been through in a while but I see that you are still doing what you do... giving it to us raw!
Great post, timely and on point. As a mother of 5 and grand mother of 2 I continue to urge my children to go above and beyond, learn all they can and be more than the average. We have more than enough status quo Negros running around killing their minds with "reality" TV!
Keep doing what you do! Peace & Love to you and your family.

Everwanting said...

Ah,T. it's the age old argument/gripe isn't it? Bottom line: parents(including myself)tune in to your kids,tune out and turn off the the crap. I agree with SLC when he said"...start with me and let it spiral outward."
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."-Dwight Eisenhower
PS-Great post.

SjP said...

Been a bit since I dropped in...you still doing it! Great post!

You know, Harriet also told those on the freedom trial "You'll be free or die!"

Kit (Keep It Trill) said...

Preach it, Torrance!

Just before Christmas years ago when my children were young, we went to the mall, one with nearly all minority customers. It was packed.

Every store - except the small but nice bookstore. I was appalled. That store didn't last long, and few do in the black DC-MD area malls that do. It's embarrassing as shit. I'm just glad one of my kids resisted the dumbed down side of what this country has become, and it's not just a black thang. We may have more of these problems but it's more pervasive than we grew up.

The Brown Blogger said...

Once again...

On point as usual, Brother.

webwings said...

Do u like to earn money in millions and thousands, Its very simple now u can earn money from u r home ,office and any were else .if u like please visit our website.
http://www.onlineuniversalwork.com

T.C. said...

ON POINT!!!

Catharine said...

Hey ! Genuinely it’s really possible to earn money online; I really felt that this website is quite impressive and a great idea to earn hundred’s of Dollars daily.

VISIT : http://www.earnglobalmoney.info

fairlane said...

shit, you just described 'merica.

all of it.

they've pretty much put the zap on everyone's head.

being awake is a mother fucker.

cell phone said...

I am very happy to read your articles, more useful for me especially
I have the same thing with you. I am so very petrified of this in my lectures.

CordieB said...

Powerful message Dawg. So very, very true. I do wish you'd write a book on this very subject; you do have the gift of telling it like it is and getting folks attention. We are definitely contributing at accelerating speeds our own demise.

Peace, Light and Love,
CordieB.

Anonymous said...

[url=http://cplex60pills.com/]cplex 60[/url] Thanks keep this blog updated, I am coming uphold as more.

Health Online said...

Now its very easy to contact with doctor .

buying viagra said...

Thanks for sharing such an interesting post with us. You have made some valuable points which are very useful for all readers

Buy domain in India said...

This is my first time i visit here. I found so many interesting stuff in your blog especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here! keep up the good work.

oakleyses said...

coach outlet, michael kors outlet online sale, nike air max, tiffany jewelry, michael kors outlet store, michael kors handbags, christian louboutin shoes, tory burch outlet online, prada handbags, kate spade outlet online, michael kors outlet, oakley sunglasses, louis vuitton outlet, christian louboutin outlet, christian louboutin, nike air max, gucci handbags, louis vuitton handbags, michael kors outlet online, prada outlet, jordan shoes, burberry outlet online, coach outlet, ray ban sunglasses, true religion outlet, michael kors outlet online, chanel handbags, louis vuitton outlet online, red bottom shoes, louis vuitton, oakley vault, ray ban outlet, kate spade outlet, cheap oakley sunglasses, nike outlet, longchamp outlet online, tiffany and co jewelry, burberry outlet online, nike free, polo ralph lauren, longchamp handbags, longchamp outlet, polo ralph lauren outlet, true religion, louis vuitton outlet, coach purses, coach outlet store online

oakleyses said...

timberland, true religion outlet, burberry pas cher, vans pas cher, air jordan, barbour, nike air max, michael kors canada, louis vuitton, louis vuitton uk, nike blazer pas cher, sac vanessa bruno, louis vuitton pas cher, air max, sac michael kors, lacoste pas cher, nike roshe run, guess pas cher, abercrombie and fitch, nike air max, north face pas cher, tn pas cher, nike air force, nike free, longchamp pas cher, true religion jeans, north face, hollister, nike free pas cher, sac louis vuitton, lululemon outlet online, air max pas cher, new balance pas cher, hollister, oakley pas cher, nike roshe, ralph lauren pas cher, scarpe hogan, ray ban uk, chaussure louboutin, michael kors uk, ray ban pas cher, mulberry uk, longchamp, ralph lauren, hermes pas cher, converse pas cher

oakleyses said...

chi flat iron, ugg, ugg outlet, uggs on sale, asics shoes, p90x workout, vans outlet, herve leger, celine handbags, valentino shoes, replica watches, lululemon outlet, giuseppe zanotti, ugg boots, nike trainers, ferragamo shoes, jimmy choo shoes, soccer jerseys, wedding dresses, mont blanc pens, soccer shoes, mcm handbags, beats headphones, north face jackets, ugg boots clearance, reebok shoes, canada goose, abercrombie and fitch, north face jackets, instyler ionic styler, mac cosmetics, ugg soldes, nfl jerseys, ugg outlet, insanity workout, babyliss, canada goose outlet, canada goose outlet, birkin bag, bottega veneta, new balance outlet, canada goose outlet, longchamp, nike huarache, ghd, hollister, uggs outlet, marc jacobs outlet, nike roshe

oakleyses said...

swarovski uk, thomas sabo uk, gucci, vans, baseball bats, air max, moncler, pandora uk, pandora charms, louboutin, swarovski jewelry, replica watches, converse, juicy couture outlet, converse shoes, moncler outlet, karen millen, ugg, canada goose pas cher, canada goose, montre femme, louis vuitton canada, wedding dress, lancel, ralph lauren, parajumpers outlet, iphone 6 case, uggs canada, juicy couture outlet, hollister clothing, oakley, supra shoes, canada goose, moncler outlet, moncler, pandora jewelry, coach outlet, timberland shoes, nike air max, moncler, moncler, hollister canada, moncler, hollister, canada goose, toms outlet, ray ban, links of london uk