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I’m a people person, for the most part. It all depends on the 5 W’s (& 1 H) of course, but nonetheless. I enjoy watching them, though, more so than their physical presence (current company notwithstanding). & there’s no particular reason for that, either. I’d say it’s along the same line of logic of how I’ll [text/tweet/email/bbmsg/update] with you all day, but literally, if you decide to call to ask me something–right at that same moment–to avoid finger strain, I won’t answer my phone. To which, you’d most certainly text me to ask me about, & we’d be back to square 1. I win. Anyway, people are amazing creatures. From a distance.
I’m always looking for something to look at, if you smell my cologne. Rightfully so, I’m interested in the inevitable point of convergence between legalizing gay marriage & the reoccuring trend of homicide by hate crime among young homosexual males. Surely the tragic news stories on TV will eventually make an issue out of it, because the collective media outlet’s respective jobs are to manufacture & facilitate anxiety & fear (that’s the only way to get people to buy into bullshit). A few suicide-murders in betwixt a handful of gay marriage protests is enough ammo for the Media to rattle an entire community for months, & only a fool would think that 5 deaths in less than a month is anything less than über unsettling to some 17 year old boy who just wants to be honest about who he
thinks he is.
Now, I’d never attempt to ever equate anything on Earth to the awesome horror of Black on Black violence, however there’s definitely a general, underlying theme between the aforementioned 2 parties, of unfounded, self-inflicted genocide. For illustrative purposes, it’s tantamount to how a main line of defense is to essentially murder itself, in the process of trying to stay alive. & again, in no way is this a comparison between the plight or struggle of young, closeted homosexual males & the Black community per se, but rather a question of if either group really wants to be taken seriously in the world in general. Because killing yourselves, & each othe,r is never a good way to prove a point. Unless it’s the point of those who want to see you nonexistent in the first place.
If I’ve learned 1 thing, being born when I was, it’s that resilience defines your movement. Whatever the endeavor. If you can keep pushing, overcoming the supposed obstacles & set-backs & pitfalls that wait, then at some point, people will take you seriously. Even if what you stand for makes no sense whatsoever. Also, in no way is this advocation, or even acceptance of alternative lifestyles, but that has nothing to do with right & wrong. There’s a right way & a wrong way to prove a point is all I’m saying.
Anybody with eyes, ears, & the common sense God gave a grasshopper knew how intense Hurricane Katrina was, without being on it’s homefront or listening to Kanye West rant about shit we already knew. I couldn’t begin to imagine the horror & despair those people experienced. It was indeed some biblical shit, I’m just not sure how. Nonetheless, try & put yourself in the shoes of those caught in the middle of the chaos, while water, debris, & essentially, death surrounds you.
Now, imagine that, while trying to survive Mother Nature’s fury, one of God’s supposedly non-existent accidents decides that “anything coming up this street darker than a brown paper bag is getting shot,” & fires shotgun rounds at you & a couple of your buddies. Well, that’s exactly what Roland did. Fortunately for the “good” guys, no one died, & Roland’s facing trial now for what would’ve been a heinous crime without a hurricane destroying the city around them. In fact, the natural disaster aspect just made it that much more apparent that Mr. Bourgeois really dislikes Black people, & he probably has lots & lots of friends, who aren’t on trial, that feel exactly that same way he obviously does.
The way I see it, Roland Bourgeois wouldn’t have fired a shotgun at 3, otherwise innocent strangers unless Roland Bourgeois wanted to be somewhat famous, so I hope this helps. It’s good to know that bigotry is still alive & strong in America…
…because that’s the kind of motivation that sets precedents. (Ha.)
[Tony’s Note: The homie Jamal 7Mile sent me this early morning email. It was one of those “chain letter” type deals to spread the word to the public. It’s an article written by Andrew M. Manis, a history professor at Macon State College in Georgia. Instead of spamming the hell out of my little boxed in universe, I decided to print it here. Enjoy.]
‘When are WE going to get over it?’
For much of the last forty years, ever since America “fixed” its race problem in the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts, we white people have been impatient with African Americans who continued to blame race for their difficulties. Often we have heard whites ask, “When are African Americans finally going to get over it?” Now I want to ask: When are we White Americans going to get over our ridiculous obsession with skin color?
Recent reports that “Election Spurs Hundreds of Race Threats, Crimes” should frighten and infuriate every one of us. Having grown up in “Bombingham,” Alabama in the 1960s, I remember overhearing an avalanche of comments about what many white classmates and their parents wanted to do to John and Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King. Eventually, as you may recall, in all three cases, someone decided to do more than “talk the talk.”
Since our recent presidential election, to our eternal shame we are once again hearing the same reprehensible talk I remember from my boyhood. We white people have controlled political life in the disunited colonies and United States for some 400 years on this continent. Conservative whites have been in power 28 of the last 40 years. Even during the eight Clinton years, conservatives in Congress blocked most of his agenda and pulled him to the right. Yet never in that period did I read any headlines suggesting that anyone was calling for the assassinations of presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan, or either of the Bushes. Criticize them, yes. Call for their impeachment, perhaps. But there were no bounties on their heads. And even when someone did try to kill Ronald Reagan, the perpetrator was non-political mental case who wanted merely to impress Jody Foster. But elect a liberal who happens to be Black and we’re back in the sixties again.
At this point in our history, we should be proud that we’ve proven what conservatives are always saying — that in America anything is possible, EVEN electing a black man as president. But instead we now hear that school children from Maine to California are talking about wanting to “assassinate Obama.” Fighting the urge to throw up, I can only ask, “How long?”
How long before we white people realize we can’t make our nation, much less the whole world, look like us? How long until we white people can – once and for all – get over this hell-conceived preoccupation with skin color? How long until we white people get over the demonic conviction that white skin makes us superior? How long before we white people get over our bitter resentments about being demoted to the status of equality with non-whites? How long before we get over our expectations that we should be at the head of the line merely because of our white skin? How long until we white people end our silence and call out our peers when they share the latest racist jokes in the privacy of our white-only conversations?
I believe in free speech, but how long until we white people start making racist loudmouths as socially uncomfortable as we do flag burners? How long until we white people will stop insisting that blacks exercise personal responsibility, build strong families, educate themselves enough to edit the Harvard Law Review, and work hard enough to become President of the United States, only to threaten to assassinate them when they do?
How long before we start “living out the true meaning” of our creeds, both civil and religious, that all men and women are created equal and that “red and yellow, black and white” all are precious in God’s sight? Until this past November 4, I didn’t believe this country would ever elect an African American to the presidency. I still don’t believe I’ll live long enough to see us white people get over our racism problem. But here’s my three-point plan:
First, everyday that Barack Obama lives in the White House that Black Slaves Built, I’m going to pray that God (and the Secret Service) will protect him and his family from us white people.
Second, I’m going to report to the FBI any white person I overhear saying, in seriousness or in jest, anything of a threatening nature about President Obama.
Third, I’m going to pray to live long enough to see America surprise the world once again, when white people can “in spirit and in truth” sing of our damnable color prejudice, “We HAVE overcome.”
-Andrew M. Manis via The Macon Telegraph