In the past, I’ve commented on the plight of black teens and men with invisible bullseyes on their bodies; targets crying out for acquisition that seemingly only the police can see. But I don’t know if I can keep doing so.
That’s because there are two worlds existing simultaneously in the black community; the world of the predator and the world of prey. And like all humans, blacks are no different in that they exist in both of those environments, at times performing the functions of one or reconciling the actions of the other. Continue reading
Say the words, the old white man with the chip on his shoulder. It rolls off the tongue like classical literature, something reminiscent of The Old Man and the Sea. And like the Hemingway story, the tale of the Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes and Fox News decades-long partnership could endure in similar fashion except it would evoke dark images of reprisal, corruption, bitterness and jealousy.
That’s because the main thing the newsman has wrought upon us, his biggest contribution to society left in his wake is his counterculture, dismissive and hateful viewpoint, fed to us in the guise of no-spin, no bull shit discussion.
As reported in Media Matters, “Fox News Bill O’Reilly has helped set the bar for the normalization and dissemination of right-wing hatred…” And, it’s that same coziness with the alt-right that now threatens to bring everything crashing to the ground. The problem is Ailes, O’Reilly and others still at Fox forgot something about the hateful demographic they were trying to invigorate and seeking to control; and that is that it will get under your skin and become a part of you. Continue reading
via Daily Prompt: Control
What do you think of when you hear or see the word, control? Is your first thought a benevolent one? If you’re like me, it’s not. My first thought was one concerning subjugation. Maybe it’s because I’m a black man and this particular “c” word has dark connotations for me.
But even if I weren’t, the word control would still evoke images of active direction, influence or pushing and this is on the lighter side of things. When it gets dark, I go to slavery, apartheid, disenfranchisement, immigration, America,Trump. Hmm.
I guess I couldn’t shed my skin as much as I thought I could, after all.
February 26 marked the 5th anniversary of the shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. It left its mark on American society; a chronic irritation still uncured. Some think that perceptions about African-American men deepened on that rainy evening as citizens began to see them as deadly assailants, even unarmed, and worthy of the use of deadly force.
Afterwards, that same cavalier and justified attitude about such use infiltrated communities and police departments across the country. From that point on, it seemed that young men and women of color had targets on them saying, shoot to kill, regardless! I ask you; do you think the killing of young Martin made such shootings easier for some officers and private citizens? And then, did subsequent police shootings empower further civilian armed attacks against young black men? I think they possibly did. Continue reading