Okay... I could deal with Oprah...
But then came Mo'Nique (Yeah.. my 'favorite'), Star Jones and Sherry Sheppard (The View), Sheryl Underwood (The Talk), and Yamaneika Saunders (Meredith Vieira) and so on.
The national morning news shows have fit attractive Black women but these mid-morning-mammies are just too much?
Are these women on air to make the non-Black hosts look better and seem smarter?
Elections from the national level down to those at my local level are a hot mess - so this year I'm pretty much just sitting this ish out.
When it comes to running from the inevitable, a noted blogger once stated that the goal is not to exceed the speed of light - the trick is to just sidestep it.
Sure, I'll keep up with the news, disinformation and misinformation but as far as most of the hyperbole, conjecture and opinion spouted by MSM - I have no opinion.
On my local level, I'm constantly reminding Black politicians that 'Race' is not a platform.
I'm constantly having to console jaundiced politically active twenty-somethings when they find out that those Black pastors, business owners and politicians they supported are really being controlled by groups of the same rich white lawyers I drink with.
(I was told by an establishment member that I need to get in the game and make some REAL money. All he got from me was the side-eye. Being able to tell someone, 'Bitch, you don't own ME.' as I laugh at all the 'Stephens' in the room is it's own reward.)
I'm constantly reminding people that their lives suck because they are not qualified for a better one and that no one owes them a damn thing.
I know, I know... Institutional Racism, Redlining, Discrimination, Pollution, Poverty, Poor Education, ad infinitum... are all conditions under which many are forced to perform,
but conditions do not dictate outcomes.
Rosewood and Tulsa were a hundred years ago - there is no reason new Black-nationalists couldn't recreate similar enclaves.
I'm sick of Ta-Nussy Coates' bitch-assed talks, books and articles being held up as being representative of non-pussy Black men.
When did we (the nation in general and Black people in particular) become such sissies?
I'm sick of everyone crying; 'racism', 'bully', or whatever and then complaining about 'micro-aggressions' (WTF is a micro-aggression anyway? I guess we can thank those with doctorates in Gender Studies, African-American Studies and/or any other non-STEM or useless degree with popularizing such nonsense.)
Maybe I'm from a different era. Maybe I'm a dinosaur but I'm just sick of the whole trophy-for-nothing, overly-coddled, overly-entitled, $15 an hour for working at Mc Donald's, he/she hurt my feelings, Black Lives NOT Mattering bitches this current culture seems to be producing.
Maybe it's just time for me to turn on, tune in and then just drop out.
Our clubs are killing right now. We are a Black-owned, Black-run and Black-supported business.
The thing is, we are getting people from demographics we are not targeting.
Black, white, Hispanic, Asian, whatever... we are getting the best looking women from all ethnic or racial groups.
Some Black women got mad when I pointed out a particular Hispanic woman as being the sexiest woman in the club.
'First of all... eff y'all big-belly, weave wearing, broke hoes. THAT woman is bad.', I said to a group of Section-8-divas.
I like Salma and I like Penelope.
Penelope is pretty but Salma is sexy.
Ratchet hood-rats will never understand the difference.
The clubs are doing well - maybe even too well.
For the past several months I've been asked to; sit on boards (I said 'yes' only to our local Habitat fundraising committee only because I already volunteer at building homes.), receive civic awards (I don't believe in awards - why draw attention to what one supposed to be doing anyway?), and I've been offered a buyout from a well-funded group to create Black clubs in white-owned developments. Politicians have asked me to take photographs with them or to sit on stage with them at their events.
'No, but Thank You.' seems to be the only words I speak these days.
I woke up to see (on the national news) that a candidate's election office was shot at by a kid born in our infamous neighboring sundown-town.
I guess some people still aren't ready for a Black sheriff in the (almost) Post-Obama age.
Honestly, I voted for the candidate but as far as campaigning for anyone in this contest, I sat this one out as each had contacted my clique for support.
If things work out the way I hope, my almost-antebellum town will have both it's first Black and female sheriff.
Concerning to whom the fault of oppression belongs; "We are not all equally guilty but we are all equally responsible" - Rabbi Abraham Hescel
Concerning blaming others for the problem; "...And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?... - Matthew: 7 1-5
Concerning how to fix the problems concerning oppression; "Someone once said that the word 'motivation' should never be used in the singular. Some combination of motives always exist and it's impossible for anyone to qualify the proportion of each that is involved in any given act" - Warren Buffet (in an interview in the USA Today)
Please take into account that the views expressed on my blog are prefaced with; in my opinion, in my experience or even (sometimes) random observations and/or thoughts. Please make your statements without the endless litany of cross referenced materials. Source information is fine but I'll just assume that you've done due diligence and that your statements are correct or an accepted editorial. Thank you, UBJ
Other People's Blogs About Politics, Race, Social Change
Although I'm pretty tired of the "Race is King" mantra usually put forward by past and current polemics, race-relations (and the improvement of such) is always a good topic of civilized conversation. I've been called "Uncle-Tom" more times than I've been called "N-----". When I volunteer at the local Habitat for Humanity, I'm often the only black working who's not trying to get a house. When I volunteer at the local shelter, I'm usually the only black on the giving end. Something is wrong or deficient with Black-culture (as it is practiced today). Don't say that I don't know the ghetto, I'm originally from the ghetto. My ghetto-pass wasn't pulled, like my middle school I.D., it expired. I graduated. Now, I say middle school because too many blacks haven't graduated from high school. (Detroit, anybody ?) Please feel free to bring up any topic but please refrain from misusing epithets and downgrading others. Thank you, UBJ