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The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.
el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz (Malcom X)
January 7, 2015. Two gunmen forced their way into the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France, and killed 12 people. Charlie Hebdo has attracted worldwide attention for its regular depictions of Muhammad, the founder of Islam.
January 9, 2015. In anticipation of presidential elections Boko Haram massacred up to 2,000 (reports now are estimated at ~200) innocent women, children and men in the northeastern Nigerian city of Boga.
Two tragedies in the span of two days and yet only one was reported around the clock by the media. Only one was actually called a terrorist attack. I wondered the same thing last week when an explosive device was detonated outside the NAACP headquarters in Colorado Springs, CO. Why did it take CNN more than 16 hours to even mention anything about it on its website? And even longer to mention it on air? That bombing wasn’t labeled a terrorist attack. Is it because no one was harmed in the bombing?
The bombing of churches, meeting places and homes of prominent Black people and/or organizations as a means of intimidation and retaliation is a decades old practice in this country. It’s rooted in hate, bigotry and terrorism. Yet what happened in Colorado Springs wasn’t labeled a terrorist attack. It wasn’t even reported.
I’m tired of the media having carte blanche to label what they want terrorism. Twelve people were killed at a newspaper and it’s a terrorist attack because the perpetrators of this crime were Brown, Muslim people. I don’t remember James Holmes being labeled a terrorist in 2012; he also murdered twelve people and injured 58 people. Also, in 2012 when 26 people (including 20 children) were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School questions were asked about the mental well-being of the killer instead of calling it a terrorist attack of great cowardice.
I can’t help but notice that the criminals in those two mass murders were White males. When mass murderers are Anglo-Saxon they are always described as lone wolves who are disturbed and needed the help that we failed to provide them. Even when the authorities do label a crime as “domestic terrorism” it’s often under reported and placed on the “back page”. When a Black man loses his job and cuts the head off of someone at his job no one questioned his mental-well being but instead it was reported that he recently converted to Islam.
What does this have to do with genocide that happened last week in Boga, Nigeria? The media narrates a story to a demographic to get ratings in order to generate advertising revenue. The general public is enamored with what happened at Charlie Hebdo because it looked like something out of a movie and people tuned in. Not too many people in this country care about what happens in “third world” countries until it actually effects what happens here (read: ebola). Its willful ignorance that allows media to tell us what is important and what is not.
This is why I’m more prone to seek out independent or international media to find out what’s going on in the world. More than likely mainstream media is slow on reporting stories that the Black community actually cares about. I found about Michael Brown’s murder through twitter and Eric Garner’s murder through tumblr. Once these mainstream media outlets check their social media accounts they’ll be late to the party in reporting what they should have been on top of in the first place. This same thing happened when Boko Haram kidnapped 276 girls in Chibok. The media was slow to report and once the celebrities stopped speaking about it, the media followed suit.
I’m weary of main stream media and its bias. I usually expect such shenanigans from Fox News but CNN is just as biased as well as incompetent. Even MSNBC is problematic in its own right. I don’t see this trend changing anytime soon so I will continue to get my news from independent media.
While I was home I attended an ugly Christmas sweater party at the home of a college friend. While I chatted it up with other college friends, one of them pulled out a sheet of paper that quickly became the topic of conversation for about 30 minutes. My friend is a high school teacher and she confiscated the paper from one of her students and made a copy for her enjoyment.
The paper was a list of the top 87 things that the student hated. My friend was listed at number 4. We wondered how she could possibly be listed so high. What did she do to this boy? As a point of reference George Zimmerman was listed at number 87. Other notable listings included Ebola, ISIS and Justin Beiber, which she also outranked.
This got me thinking that instead of doing a typical year-end post of things I want to change going into the new year or reflections of things about the past year I’d follow suit and talk about things that I hate. So without further adieu here is my list of things that I hate (in order)
- Corrupt, abusive police officers
- Racist people
- Pretentious people
- J. Edgar Hoover
- Don Lemon
- George Zimmerman
- Los Angeles Lakers
- Fox News
- Rush Limbaugh
- Kobe Bryant
- John Boehner
- Apple chargers
- The number 3
- Dallas Cowboys
- Ingrown Hairs
- Bill O’Reily
- Sitting next to obese people on airplanes
- High waist jeans
- Carlos Rodgers (of Fairmont Heights HS)
- Michael Jordan
- Wet socks
- Ratchet TV
- New York Yankees
- Skinny jeans on men
- Spirit airlines
- Go-Go (Judge your mother)
- Darren Wilson
- Bill Cosby
- Planes flying near Malaysia
- New England Patriots
- Neck and hand tattoos
- When I say I hate something and someone says, “Hate is a strong word”. I now how words work and what they mean. I know I hate you.
Welcome to the Haters Ball. Let me know what you hate.
“But I join Michael’s parents in asking anyone who protests this decision to do so peacefully.” –Barack Obama
“We trust that those unhappy with today’s grand jury decision will make their views known in the same peaceful, constructive way.” – Bill de Blasio
“As we continue to await word on the U.S. Justice Department’s ongoing investigation, I urge all those voicing their opinions regarding the grand jury’s decision to do so peacefully…” – Jay Nixon
Since this summer when protesters responded to the militarized response in Ferguson I’ve heard a recurring theme from elected officials as well as those interviewed on television; even from people on social media. If you’re going to protest and voice your opinion, do so peacefully. There is nothing wrong with seeking peace in an otherwise potential volatile situation but I can’t help but wonder why the pleas of peaceful responses seem to be placed upon the backs of people who are already tired from bearing the burden of morality.
Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. Psalm 34:14 (KJV)
Not that anyone would need my blessing but I don’t condone violence and destruction but I do understand the motivation behind it. Compassion and being peaceful has gotten people of color nowhere besides more of our dead bodies, faux apologies and/or explanations and police officers who get to live their lives. Are police officers that murder black people being peaceful? Where is the peace when a man can lay on the ground screaming “I can’t breathe” while the life is being choked out of him? Is it peaceful to pump bullet after bullet into a young man while there is no clear and imminent danger to you?
The onus of keeping the peace should be with those who are paid to and have been sworn to do so. Instead the community is asked to rise above the prejudice and look past the bias that they face daily. It’s frustrating to see that the value of our lives means so little so yes I understand the frustration and the anger that leads to burning down a building or flipping over a car whether its in your own neighborhood or not.
When no one hears our peaceful protests, when no one pays attention to our cries maybe they’ll recognize what they respect. They’ve already shown us what they respect. This is a country that was built on violence and protest. America wasn’t founded on nonviolence; that’s something some of us (black and white) progressed towards while trying to achieve basic civil rights.
“Don’t give them a reason to think we’re animals.”
“They’ll have reason to think that what happened was justified.”
If a person thinks that the residuum to these grand jury decisions is a reflection on our people then at best they didn’t think highly of us to begin with. Those types of people will never understand who we are, what we go through and any reaction that we might have to us being legally murdered on our streets day in and day out. There is no point in trying to convince those people of our humanity or for our place at the table.
The night that the news broke that there would be no indictment of Darren Wilson in the murder of Mike Brown, The Raphael House of Portland, a domestic violence prevention and intervention agency, posted an excerpt of MLK’s Letter From A Birmingham Jail that I thought was pertinent to what I was seeing on my television and the criticism of it.
You deplore the demonstrations taking place in Birmingham. But your statement, I am sorry to say, fails to express a similar concern for the conditions that brought about the demonstrations. I am sure that none of you would want to rest content with the superficial kind of social analysis that deals merely with effects and does not grapple with underlying causes. It is unfortunate that demonstrations are taking place in Birmingham, but it is even more unfortunate that the city’s white power structure left the Negro community with no alternative.
As I read that excerpt I pondered why people were wondering why buildings were burning in Ferguson instead of wondering why people feel they have no choice but to burn shit down?
“Baby, city sleeping there’s nothing moving except you and me.
Silence, long caresses I’m tortured deep inside to the edge of ecstasy.
Slow tongue working your way down
Slow tongue working your way down
Frantic, racing heartbeats not a love fold left unexplored
Juicy, lubricating you bring me to the rim I can’t take it anymore
Slow tongue working your way down
Slow tongue working your way down
And finally, you excite me you decide to let go
Together we explode
Slow tongue working your way down
Slow tongue working your way down”
This is a part of the lyrics to Millie Jackson’s 1983 hit song Slow Tongue. Millie will always hold a place in my musical heart because she kept it so real on wax. While most people know her for If Loving You Is Wrong, I love her for songs like The Rap and Ugly Men. Whether it’s explaining why ugly men fuck her better or not being able to fuck that married man on demand Millie just doesn’t give a shit. What makes this more impressive is that she was born in 1944 and released twenty-seven albums between 1972-2001 with the majority in the 70s and 80s. This was hardly a time when sexual freedom by women was applauded or even tolerated.
Women rappers in my generation, who freely express sexuality in their lyrics, like Lil Kim, Trina and Nicki Minaj, aren’t pioneers. Singers like Millie and Minnie Ripperton did it first and quite frankly did it better. This post isn’t meant to be a history lesson in female sex positive music but a breakdown to the lyrics above. So let’s get into it…
This song is plainly and simply about eating pussy.
It’s as American as baseball and apple pie. Women love to have it done and we love doing it. If you get a chance listen to the end of the track and how she has an orgasm in the studio. You won’t be disappointed.
…city sleeping there’s nothing moving except you and me…
Stealing moments in time when I can imagine there’s no one else that matters except her and the mission at hand.
Not a word needs to be said. The look in my eyes says it all.
… Slow tongue working your way down…
Never going to dive right in and eat the main course. I have to prepare for my meal. Good things come to those who wait. Pre dinner cocktails, an appetizer, salad. By the time the main course is served she’s going to be bursting with anticipation.
…not a love fold left unexplored…
Labia minora and majora, clitoris, perineum and anus* meet the tip and broad of my tongue. I plan on being Magellan and letting my tongue circumnavigate your everything.
… Together we explode…
Was I so turned from turning you on that we both….
*Judge your mother.