This is a feature I’ve kept up everytime something in the news surfaces that just has NO apparent explanation and just totally stops me in my tracks. One was Pat Buchanan’s explanation that blacks should be thankful for slavery because it brought us to the wonderfulness that is the effing country. **rolls eyes**
But this morning, my friend sent me this YouTube clip and it stopped me in my tracks. I want you to watch the whole clip, and then continue reading.
I mean, are you friggin’ serious.
“I’m not a racist. NIGGER!”
Well ya HAD to have learned the word from somewhere!?!?!? And based on mom’s explanation, I guess we’re to believe that the idea of “NIGGER” is what pops in her head when she’s sees a black person because apparently that filter between mind and mouth is non-existent.
So, I guess I do have “words” on this one and I’m ready to go ballistic.
Actually, it’s almost serendipitous because last night at our youth group we some how got onto finger gestures and of course being the stupid black person in the room, I took it to the next level and did my best impression of random black folk thinking they look hard or thuggish or dare I say gangsta. That gave room for white kids in the room to show that they know gang signs and of course, they threw up the infamous “Blood” with their hands. To which one of the kids looked at me, laughed and said “Look, I can be black too!”
Yes, she went there.
So, I said quickly, do I want to go there with her, do I want to sew my quilt or put down my shuttle and go there with her. I merely took a break from sewing and asked her “So, being in a gang is associated with being black?” She looked around, clearly a bit stunned that I called her out on it, and she answered truthfully, “Yes.”
I told her I was going to talk with her later, and you best cool believe that I’m bringing it up again.
[Editor's Note: I did the picture search for this section after I was done writing this whole article, and I noticed that on a Google search of "Blood gang" not ONE single picture showed up with someone of my skin color throwing up the sign, just the white folk--now you tell me who's really obsessed with gang life?]
So, is this what white folk really believe about black folk–about me?
Gangs, I mean should I go down the list and really say that street gang life as we know it is really the copy-cat version. For anyone that watched the Laurence Fishburne movie “Hoodlum” [yes, it's in Italian, which proves my point, but it's the best I can find] the biography of Bumpy Johnson, or even the Denzel Washington movie “American Gangster” these were both real-life biographies of blacks who were trying to do EXACTLY what their Italian counterparts in the Mob had been doing with impunity for quite sometime–which was take care of their own when it seemed the powers that be didn’t give two craps about their existence.
Or one need to pay attention to the movie “Gangs of New York” clearly this was before the black street gangs began to terrorize their own. Or even, the Ku Klux Klan falls into that same category of terrorizing citizens, but the face of gangs in this country is undoubtedly one of color.
So, the question is what was implanted in both of these young girls mind that associates all that is the word “nigger” with black folk or even gang life with blacks. Yes, media has done a very good job for this. Out here in Washington, the Postis doing a friggin 12-part series on Chandra Levy, the intern who was found dead back in 2001, and clearly there is no push to find the people that have been murdered in the Trinidad neighborhood and that’s just since I’ve been here this summer! There is the clear association that this type of killing is normative (although there is an argument for that) in the gang life versus that of a white woman, who’s life is clearly of more value.
In the case of the young girl with Tourette’s Syndrome, clearly, someone who’s had some level of influence in her life has made the connection of “nigger” and black skin, ergo black folks. And even more pointedly in her case, why is it that she only blurts out the inappropriate things? Is the Tourette’s trigger only kick in when a person without this gene would not say something? That is to say, normally, this girl wouldn’t say “nigger” if I walked by her, but only because she thought it, it comes out?
I don’t know.
Whatever the case, the mum needs to do better to teach her kid about black folk, and my other friend asked why did the black lady just stand there and laugh.
I don’t know, do you?
I’d REALLY love to hear your thoughts on this one. Hopefully for those that read my blog about the “quilt sewers” will be happy with my response to this one young girl. Or maybe not. Do you think my response was appropriate? Should I have said more or less?
Keep it uppity and keep it truthfully radical, JLL