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    Folks,

    I'm hoping that I can present this column written by Mr. Pitts in a way, that will show the white community the overall conflict that resides within members of the black race.

    I firmly agree with what Mr. Pitss is trying to convey here.

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    Black on black: Reflections on a reflexive response
    By Leonard Pitts
    04/03/2004


    I have trouble seeing Robert Kelly as a victim.

    The singer, professionally known as R. Kelly, stands accused by Chicago authorities of child pornography, the chief evidence of which is videotape that allegedly shows him having sex with an underage girl. Similar charges in Florida were tossed out last month on a technicality.

    Kelly is certainly entitled to a presumption of innocence, but he hardly seems like a fellow who should be greeted with trophies and applause, both of which he received during the recently "Soul Train Music Awards." Yet Kelly's legal troubles over the past two years have barely slowed his career. In January, he was nominated for, of all things, an NAACP Image Award.

    This is emblematic of something that makes me sad and, paradoxically, proud. I refer to the way the black community circles the wagons when one of our own is in trouble.

    History has taught us to be suspicious of "justice" and to expect unfairness. It has made each of us a mirror for the difficulties of the other; one of us in trouble becomes all of us in trouble.

    I have been a beneficiary of that impulse. Years back, I wrote a column that made a valid point but used an obnoxious and racially incendiary tone in doing so. The piece raised an almighty ruckus. Folks demanded my head on a pike. And that was just my friends.
    In the midst of that, I got a call from a black woman who she said she'd heard a rumor I was going to be fired and that her group, the name of which I've forgotten, was prepared to hold a protest rally in front of the newspaper.

    It was one of those moments when you wouldn't trade black for anything. I told the lady her offer was unnecessary but greatly appreciated. I've always been warmed by the thought that people - my people - were ready to go to war on my behalf.

    Unfortunately, we are often ready to expend that energy and political capital regardless of who is in trouble or why. Regardless of anything, except that he or she is black.

    And here, I'm thinking of Tawana Brawley, whom some of us supported even after her claim of abuse at the hands of white men had been discredited. I'm thinking of O.J. Simpson, whose case became a black "cause" even though he had cut his ties to the black community years earlier. I'm thinking of Jermaine Jackson crying "racism" on behalf of his brother Michael. Never mind that bre'r Mike has undertaken to scrape every last trace of black - and man - from his face.

    And yes, I'm thinking of Kelly, who stood on the Soul Train stage mouthing platitudes about God while the audience showered him with applause.

    I understand supporting a favorite performer in trouble. I also understand being so bound by misguided notions of racial loyalty that one supports past the point where conscience and common sense suggest otherwise.

    But we - blacks - ought to be more thoughtful about whom we choose to rally around and less automatic in leaping to the defense. Yes, we are a forgiving people in a forgiving nation. But we need to grow beyond the notion that someone deserves our support because he is black and in trouble.

    We've spent 400 years trying to get white people to understand that black is not a flaw. Sometimes, though, we ourselves forget: It's not a character reference, either.

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    Make America Great For Once.

  • #2
    Pretty good article Kev.

    Will the author take heat from the radical side?

    Also, I believe Al sharpton should carry a sign stating that Tawana Brawley lied and he supported her.

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    • #3
      R. Kelly bothers me -

      Marion Berry absolutely kills me -

      A singer having sex with some underaged girls that he has presumably made rich for their silence is horrible.

      Voting for a crack addict in the nation's capital was absolutely deplorable - and I ain't talking about GW either.

      The Black spectrum is full of a rich variety of individuals - however Lincoln should have added a line.

      You can fool some of the people all of the time.
      You can fool all of the people some of the time.
      And while you can't fool all of the people all of the time, some of the people will gladly fool themselves even when they see the truth.
      Turning the other cheek is better than burying the other body.

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      • #4
        Good article...

        What about the black community's response to Mike Tyson...

        I agree that discretion is required..regardless of race..

        R. Kelly...if he is guilty..deserves the same punishment as anyone else..

        The question is though...will the sentence be tougher because he is black..or lighter..because he is a celebrity (and has lots of $$ for good lawyers)??

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        • #5
          History has taught us to be suspicious of "justice" and to expect unfairness. It has made each of us a mirror for the difficulties of the other; one of us in trouble becomes all of us in trouble.

          I am not naive, nor stupid. I do know of the inequalities of recent history.

          But I wonder what this quote really means. Out of context, this could be a quote about any race, ethnicity or heritage.

          Should this be the way to move forward?

          Maybe it is. Or maybe it is the reason we seem to be running in place.
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          • #6
            As long as we continue with group identity politics, no real progress will be made.
            And, frankly, it has never occured to me that "winning" a debate is important, or that I should be hurt when someone like Airshark or kah, among others (for whom winning a pseudo debate or declaring intellectual superiority over invisible others is obviously very important) ridicule me.

            -The Artist formerly known as King in KC

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            • #7
              Lord take me now....

              I agree w/ JD.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Damtoft@Apr 3 2004, 11:36 AM
                As long as we continue with group identity politics, no real progress will be made.
                Progress; however, is being made..but so much more is needed.

                Familiarity is sometimes a warm blanket..eaiest basic element you revert to when faced with conflict...

                Personally...there are so many other reasons to dislike a person besides their ethnicity...

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Damtoft@Apr 3 2004, 11:36 AM
                  As long as we continue with group identity politics, no real progress will be made.
                  I agree 100%.

                  I lay the blame at the feet of the mainstream media. How many moderate to conservative black people do you see get camera time, when a sensitive issue is taking place?

                  When the OJ verdict was announced, the mass media would have led you to believe that EVERY black person in America was rejoicing. Truth be told, many of us were shaking our heads in disbelief. My disbeilief came at how inept the LAPD handled a open and shut case.
                  Make America Great For Once.

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                  • #10
                    Group identity politics is a pretty wide net.

                    The basic tenets go something like this:

                    1) What's good for one in the group is good for all

                    2) It's more about political power than it is about results

                    3) As long as 90% of blacks vote for one party in every election, nothing will change
                    And, frankly, it has never occured to me that "winning" a debate is important, or that I should be hurt when someone like Airshark or kah, among others (for whom winning a pseudo debate or declaring intellectual superiority over invisible others is obviously very important) ridicule me.

                    -The Artist formerly known as King in KC

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Damtoft@Apr 3 2004, 11:36 AM
                      As long as we continue with group identity politics, no real progress will be made.
                      When Whites drop their "group identity politics" against Blacks, Blacks will be able to drop their "group identity politics" they need to protect themselves.

                      JD - next time you drive by a construction site, go up to some of the workers and ask them why there aren't any Blacks working there. After you regain consciousness, you'll have a better understanding of the situtation.
                      2005 Mandatory Loyalty Oath: I love America, our troops, baseball, Moms, and certain pies. I want no harm to come to any of those institutions, nor do I take any glee in their demise.

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                      • #12
                        Tell your union buddies to be more inclusive
                        And, frankly, it has never occured to me that "winning" a debate is important, or that I should be hurt when someone like Airshark or kah, among others (for whom winning a pseudo debate or declaring intellectual superiority over invisible others is obviously very important) ridicule me.

                        -The Artist formerly known as King in KC

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Trigfunctions+Apr 3 2004, 11:47 AM-->
                          QUOTE (Trigfunctions @ Apr 3 2004, 11:47 AM)

                        • #14
                          Originally posted by Damtoft@Apr 3 2004, 11:44 AM
                          3) As long as 90% of blacks vote for one party in every election, nothing will change
                          John,

                          I firmly believe the time is ripe for either the Republicans, or another party to make inroads on the black vote. But, what they need to do is talk to the people. Don't ignore them. That's why, IMO, the vast majority side with the Democrats. The Dems will at least give them lip service. The GOP has just ignored that block of voters.

                          I'd like to see the GOP and other partys set up shop in the inner cities. Attend public forums, pass out literature, and take an interest in those communities.

                          You'd be surprised just how many people realize that the Democratic Party is really using the black votes as pawns, and really are only getting "lip service" when it comes to basic life situations. But, until the other parties show a true interest, "lip service" is better than no service.
                          Make America Great For Once.

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                          • #15
                            Originally posted by Damtoft@Apr 3 2004, 11:48 AM
                            Tell your union buddies to be more inclusive
                            In my experience most of the unions are much more inclusive than the non-union contractors and the generals, but yes, there is still a great deal of racism all the way around.
                            2005 Mandatory Loyalty Oath: I love America, our troops, baseball, Moms, and certain pies. I want no harm to come to any of those institutions, nor do I take any glee in their demise.

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