The people and the internet. Video cameras and all kinds of software. Youtube. Views. Comments. Besides looking at the actual videos on youtube…comments are also good for viewing pleasure. The comment section often times outshines the actual video itself. One video can elicit such emotion, opinion and even spark debates. I’m pretty sure the person who uploaded the video would not even know how popular it would be, or how people would react to it. I swear, the internet is amazing. People share ideas and opposing views.Then again… there are comments of narrow one sided spiels, derogatory language, racial slurs, and opinions that are trying to be passed off as fact, enforcing stereotypes and etc. So called intellectual persons, who are suppose to be all knowing, when in fact, they don’t know what’s outside of their own neighborhood.
The most recent youtube celeb is Antoine Dodson, after doing a news interview about the attempted rape of his sister, some white folks thought it would be cool to make a song out of it. This makes me feel some type of way. Using the infamous autotune. Look I HATE WHY the interview was done in the first place but I cannot lie, that song is catchy just like pretty boy swag and waffle house song. YET NO one seems to say anything about these white musicians making light of a serious situation. pPeople his sister could have gotten raped… I kind of feel like these people kind of exploited the situation…ANYWAYS that’s another story.
Hide ya race? This leads me to my next point. The Blue and Gold Marching Machine at my wonderful alma mater North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (AGGIE PRIDE) preformed the piece and someone uploaded it to youtube. I browsed the comments and many of them song praises of how awesome the band was but sprinkled in there was “where are the white people” “why are there only black people there”…among more negative things said. They made it seem as if white’s were not allowed in the band room…ironic statement to me. White people are not HIDING, they are not banned, barred or denied entry into this band program/school like blacks were once… I guess if I was white I wouldn’t know what an HBCU was. I even saw a few comments from people outside of the US and they still think we have segregation issues based off of this one video (not far from the the truth though). But what upset me the MOST is that people put so much emphasis on the classroom full of black students. No one knows WHY HBCUs like A&T even exist, wait let me rephrase, I don’t think they care why they exist. In addition, I even saw one comment from a black woman who said that A&T playing this song was one of the few reasons why she would not send her children to an HBCU. Seriously? Let me digress before I dissect that mentality…
Why can’t we all just enjoy the band play this ridiculous song? I felt like everyone should at least have had some general idea of what an HBCU is. Clearly I was mistaken. It upset me that people had no idea WHY this institution was created in the first place. IT REALLY pissed me off when people played that reverse racism role. Simply put: HBCUs are responsible for producing some of the most important and influential minorities in a time when whites did not want non whites to receive higher education. Racism itself created these institutions…I guess you could say HBCUs are like roses that grow from concrete. And the simple fact that these people say that the band/school is racist…should really take a closer look at US History. So enjoy the youtube vids and open up your mind. Black history is American history
Yeah I went from hide ya wife hide ya kids to racism…eh. It’s my blog.
Sitting in the back seat of Delilah (for yall who don’t know that’s my car) I randomly thought about how good it felt NOT to drive. I’m so use to my boyfriends driving me. I drove so little that one of my friends didn’t even know I had a license. Now I drive TOO much. Not to mention I have a lot of NON driving friends. Sigh… I miss having a boyfriend sometimes. Why can’t I just find a decent person to date….and EPIPHANY * cue chrisette michele epiphany instrumental* : I JUST realized I’m picky. That’s a good thing right? Maybe? I was in denial. A former crush kept insisting that I just wanted a boyfriend. And I only liked him at the time because I just wanted to be wifed up. As if I didn’t have standards and I was some desperate spinster. Not true I actually liked this person..then I thought about it. I could’ve had a boyfriend but something was always wrong. Something was ALWAYS wrong. I have had about 3 real potential boos fitting most of the categories I look for BUT they epically failed at the two that mean a lot to me. Good conversation and actually DATING! Haha. Some men don’t know how to date ME. I’m not sure how to tell a nigga he fuckin up. I don’t think I should have to. Things I hate: I HATE him NOT taking me out, or you STAND ME UP. We don’t go to parks, movies, dinner, museums etc. AND If we do go out YOU DONT PAY FOR MY FOOD OR MOVIE TICKET for at least the first 2 or 3 dates, that’s automatic disqualification. Hard to rebound from that. Also talking about sex TOO SOON will have you cut off. Lack of conversation and humor will lead to slow responses to texts,bbms or no reply at all. I have yet to meet a man who took me out, paid for it, great convo, good sense of humor and who would like to exclusively date ME… And I’m sure all women have this thought “well maybe my standards are too high” Women we need to stop with this mentality. Who we date is kind of a reflection of us…I wish some of yall would have thought twice before you got in a relationship with that sorry ass nigga. He won’t shit, you think you can change him and now you aint shit right along with him. Its a real cycle that should end. Some of us are desperate as hell and just wanna have a man…and suffer with him. I’d rather be bitter by myself than bitter, angry, stressed, crazy and dealing with another person’s baggage of manure. Anyways WHY NOT BE PICKY in every aspect of our lives. No one should ever settle, or get too comfortable with anything…If you can impress me the first few times I’d be a fool to stick around… So yeah I’m picky. I deserve to be. I admitted it. Next topic: my mom wants grandchirren
I didn’t know him but I wrote this after the sad news. I was angry.
Rip Dennis Hayle
Yesterday another person was shot. When will it end. *somethings may be misspelled but i had to wrtie*
I went to support A&T at the Honda Battle of the Bands and had a blast. After the showcase was over my friends and I got onto the MARTA. When we got onto the train an older black man was talking about the younger generation of black people. He called us stupid and ignorant. One thing he said that stuck out was how we kill each other. Finally one man decided to speak up for everyone else on the train and explain to him that not all black people are that way. Most of the people on that train were probably students of the HBCU’s that were showcased. Ironically the next day I would wake up to the news that one of our own Aggies had been shot and was pronounced dead. We do kill ourselves. The man on the subway may have been drunk but he had some sense…unfortuantely we have to look at ourselves deeply and try not to get mad when people say things to us that may be true.
Back in the day people died for us to have rights and be treated equally. Our people died for a real coause. Our ancestors were locked up because they wanted thier children to be treated with respect and dignity, but most importantly they wanted to be treated like human beings.
Several days after the so called DREAM and niggas still killing. The people in the street are happy we have a black president but their self esteem and their attitude tellls them that they could never be what Barack Obama is. So they keep shooting. Obama becoming president is a huge step but its not big enough to enlighten or motivate some of the thugs. NOW NIGGAS do the kililng because they get embarrased, or because they get in an arguement. PUSSY NIGGAS have power when they have a gun. The shit is so impersonal and so distant. Niggas kill because they got thier feelings hurt. How can this stop? What is with people being followed to their house and getting shot? Dare I say PUSSY NIGGAS. Why cant people just have altercations and leave it alone with out resorting to KILLING someone. Its wise not even to fight anymore, because NIGGAS are sore losers. There are no one on one fights, people get jumped, and people get shot.
Also too many people in our communites are dying because we are scared to die ourselves, but is a sacrafice that needs to be done. If you dont tell then this will happen all over again, and this time YOU could be the victim gunned down by the same person. This shit has infected us and its just going to be past down to the next generation. Im mad and irritated. I wish i could write down all of my feelings but I cant do it. The behavior of our black males facinates me. I wish i could interview most of these people and ask them how the feel, what compelled them to do this, would they do it again, are they remorseful etc. I really want to know are we a product of a dream? Are the black people really motivated by the new commander and chief? How can it change? Only one half of the dream has came true but one man cannot save us unless he is Jesus Christ and God himself. I know we as a people are better than this. We have made it so far, but I honestly feel that this violence in our communities is getting out of hand. Can anyone believe there was a time when black people were united? (we did see a lot of unity on 1-20-2009 but it should NOT stop there). Jealousy, Anger leads to Murder…(random thought) What will it take for us to help each other and not hurt each other…. Until the black men stop commiting senseless acts of violence against each other i’d say the dream is deferred…