On September 7, 1996, two African-American men attended the Mike Tyson vs. Bruce Seldon fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. After Tyson’s first-round knockout over Seldon. Which quickly ended the war; the two fans left the MGM arena and made their way to a nightclub called 662. They were riding in a high-end BMW. And as the car made its way to a red traffic light at 11:15 p.m., another vehicle pulled up alongside them. Black male rolled down his window in the other vehicle. They fired four shots from a Glock pistol, hitting the passenger twice in the chest. One in the arm and once in the thigh.
On March 9, 1997, in Los Angles, California, a car containing two African-American males stopped at a red light. A scene is very similar to the one the previous September. An African-American driver in another vehicle pulled alongside the first. He produced a gun, pulled the trigger, fired four bullets into the car, and hit the passenger four times, killing him on the spot.
These tragic scenes were the deaths of Tupac Shakur and The Notorious BIG, Biggie Smalls. The two had a longstanding “beef,” but there was speculation that associates from each side. Had played a role in the other rapper’s death, nothing has ever proven in an article from 2015 published by the National Criminal Justice Reference Service entitled. The Police and Public Discourse on “Black-on-Black” Violence, Anthony A. Braga and Rod K. Brunson expose. “Research has long documented that most violence occurs. Within racial groups and that black Americans [are] often victimized by black offenders.”
The article then defends police departments from some of the broad accusations that have leveled against them. Live in the immediate aftermath of George Floyd’s incredible experience at a police officer’s hands in Minneapolis. It is not the place for a full exploration of my thoughts regarding the police. However, I do want to discuss Floyd’s death through the historical perspective of the ways my fellow black Americans participate in the suppression of members of our community.
We have held each other down, much the same way the police officer, whose name I refuse to use here, did to Floyd. In other words, if we treat each other like garbage, why should we expect white America in general, much less the police specifically, to care?
The flaw in the thinking behind the Black Lives Matter gains movement is that. It is not trying to teach black Americans to understand the impact we have on each other.
The reality is that the more we talk about race and the historic impact it has had on the actions of white Americans. The greater the number of white Americans. Who is going to become desensitized to the struggles our people have faced. What’s more, I worry that the white Americans are genuinely sympathetic.
And are attempting to understand blacks’ trauma might become disengaged and disheartened. They are then more susceptible to the trap of not caring or even starting to agree with the racial prejudices held by other white Americans. After all, would you regularly want to hear about how terrible you are? And what impact does it have on white kids to always hear that their race is horrible?
The bottom line is: there are very decent, well-intended white people. I argue that if so many of us have issues with white America. The first step on the Black Lives Matter plan needs to be helping. Our people understand that it is not white Americans’ job to fix the destruction taking place within our community.
There are those of us, such as Lord Jamar, who are not supporting Black Lives Matter, but we cannot let that divide us. I am not here to debate the effectiveness and ideology behind this movement. We need to accept our voices, issues, and identities connected to Black Lives Matter for now. The trend is here, a response to a long history of disenfranchisement in the black community. And it is time for the movement to focus on the issues within our community and not let. The ways white America is “keeping us down” consume us.
America is “keeping us down,” consume us. Black Lives Matter needs to enlighten us about how our community is fraught. With prejudice, violence, psychological shaming, and preaching about illogical issues while trying to rationalize destructive ones.
There is prejudice within our community, further adding to the confusion and threatening us with mind control. The very thing that we fear white Americans doing to us. For example, Dr. Umar Johnson is a child therapist who can make solid points about the black experience. But when he’s on a roll, he says something stupid and exposes his irrational thinking. One of his absurd views is that.
If a black man marries a white woman, that black man is no longer considered authentic. He also speaks poorly of gay blacks, citing his clinical observations. That homo blacks are made that way due to being sexually assaulted. In a recent interview with VAD TV, Johnson, who is seeking funds to build a school, said he would not hire a gay teacher. If he discovered that a teacher was gay, he would figure out a way to terminate them.
These problems are not new. In the late 1990s, Khalid Muhammad, who passed away in 2001. He made outrageous racial comments in a speech, attacking black leaders he felt were not genuinely representing their community.
In a 1994 article by Juan Williams entitled The Farrakhan Paralysis, Williams quotes Muhammad’s hateful language against these black politicians. “When white folks can’t defeat you. They’ll always find some Negro, some boot-licking, butt-licking, bamboozled, half-baked, half-fried, sissified, purified, pasteurized, homogenized nigger that they can trot out in front of you.”
Praised Colin Ferguson
He praised Colin Ferguson, a man long bothered by what he saw as a culture of racism, who in 1993 boarded a Long Island commuter train and began shooting at the passengers with a pistol. The incident, known as the Long Island Railroad Massacre, resulted in 6 people killed and 19 injured. If a white community leader had come on a national TV show and praised a white man for killing mostly blacks on that train, a riot of mass destruction would have started. But there was no such national response to Muhammad’s words.
Some did speak out, however. In the article, Williams quoted a black congressman. “He’s a stone bigot…with little education,” the congressman said of Muhammad. “Yet he is setting the tone for black college students.” Muhammad even appeared on the Phil Donahue show in 1994, a shameful example of inciting racial tensions both in the studio and in the viewing audience, and like nothing I have ever seen Black Lives Matter Gains.
In the same year, Mohammed Naseehu-Ali, a Ghana-born writer and singer, appeared on the Phil Donahue show in Black Against Black Prejudice. Naseehu-Ali said that he had attacked psychologically and verbally when he wrote an article suggesting that black people could be prejudiced against each other. And during the show, a letter that he received shown on the screen. In the letter, the black writer called Naseehu-Ali an “exotic pet for white people,” referring to Naseehu-Ail’s raised in a white home.
Community is widespread
Contradictions within our community are widespread, and the Black Lives Matter movement would do well to address them. When George Floyd killed, black celebrities came out in full force. And when, in 2005, a 41-year-old black man lost his life, killed by another black man after a fight the two had on a city bus, black celebrities showed their support. Wait! Let me reread that. When the man killed in 2005, not a single black star spoke out on social media or flew to Minnesota to attend the funeral.
In an article by the Star Tribune, journalist Matt McKinney talked about the 41-year-old victim. He painted a grim picture as he described 11-year-old Emmanuel and two twins named Tommie and Thomas, both eight years old, holding a sign that said: “Stop the Killing.”
In the story, McKinney said, “Seventeen people have killed in Minneapolis through July 21. That’s a slightly lower homicide rate than recorded over the past ten years, with an average of 43.” He went on: “A second shooting about 20 minutes later left one person wounded, but the injuries were not life-threatening Black Lives Matter Gains.”
2pac For Inspiration
It’s ironic how many people within our community cite the lyrics of 2pac for inspiration, mainly when he targets white Americans. Yet they don’t seem to remember that in Only God Can Judge Me, he says, “I’ve been trapped since birth, cautious, ’cause I’m cursed. And fantasies of my family in a hearse. And they say it’s the white man I should fear. But it’s my kind making all the killing here.”
And rappers and their public images contribute to the contradictions and hatred within our communities. 90% of black rappers notoriously compartmentalize their depictions of black Americans, teaching black people to hate each other covertly. Biggies’ 10 Crack Commandments play into harmful stereotypes without questioning them. In 2pac’s How Do You Want It uncut video, an individual shown urinating in a black woman’s mouth.
True to the Game
In another example, Ice Cube, a member of the group N.W.A. (Niggas with Attitudes), has a song called Be True to the Game. He takes a hostile stance against blacks who are not “authentic.” His pieces littered with attacks on white America. He glorifies black-on-black violence while preaching that white Americans demonstrate their prejudices by making blacks look like clowns.
Yet this same person made an appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel show and participated in a questionable game where the host read different situations. Then Ice Cube made his trademark menacing expression to demonstrate fake anger. In general, the concept would have been humorous, but it is troubling given how he calls many blacks sell-outs for letting the “white man” use them Black Lives Matter Gains.
The point is, some blacks try to play the psychological game of, “You’re not black if…” But if those same people turn around and do the opposite, especially when the result is millions of dollars, what are they permitting white America to do to us?
I was surfing YouTube looking for an event when I happened to come upon a video with a panel of black leaders talking about the black community crisis. The panel included rapper T.I. and the controversial activist Candance Owens. At one point, the two got into a heated exchange when the topic turned to make America better. T.I. wanted Owens to elaborate on her argument that America was getting better–although he yelled over her and cut her off whenever she tried. As Owens tried to make her point, T.I. (who, by the way, raps about disrespecting women, using drugs, and committing crimes against other black people) turned to her and roared, “You are speaking bullshit,” as the crowd cheered him on.
To be clear, I would question any man’s sanity and educational level if they argued that white America has not discriminated against black people. One of my favorite songs is by a local singer named Andre Cymone called Black Man in America, which includes the line, “One people, world, two sides of life. One in hell, one paradise.”
But the reality is that white Americans have every right to invest in their communities. And look out for their own needs, just as our responsibility is to put money into our communities. For example, 95 percent of my clothes made by an African man; a black human-made this website and the boxing profiles. I write they are typically about black men and their successes.
We Have Mistreated
My issue is not with the idea that we have mistreated. Our poor treatment of each other followed by anger when the white man mistreats us. With our codependency in remaining attached to the victimization mentality. That says white America keeps us duty-bound, depressed, and oppressed, and we have no power to change it ourselves.
We are not living as slaves. We can attack if we feel our rights have violated. We have newsletters and papers dedicated to our issues; I have yet to see a white newspaper devoted to their problems. We openly condemn the white individual at our place of employment. Suppose they make a racial remark. We have white America on the apology tour, and we demand that our employers mandate diversity classes Black Lives Matter Gains.
Gains Momentum Black Lives Matter
Having said all of that, white America plays no role in the destruction taking place inside our communities. A person’s sense of self is always under construction, and we edit and adopt a new sense of self when needed. As long my people remain physically present but inwardly dissociated, our denial, minimization, and intellectual stagnation will continue. Our community will become like an autoimmune illness: attacking.
Our bodies, experiencing suffering caused by the very thing that is supposed to protect us. Our trauma toward each other is unrecognized and unaddressed as we recreate. The dysfunctional behaviors, thoughts, and patterns thrust upon us long ago.
We need to ask ourselves whether our actions are improving our community’s chances for success. Or whether white America has such a powerful influence over how we treat each other as black people that we have given up on our power.