About 18 years ago, Charles Isbell came up with a theory about why people who can't deal with black individuals ask about *your* opinion about the same list of black people. I wrote about it here:
But over the past ten years or so, this stupidity has been replicated by a rear guard of black race men, and aped in the general population. What's different is that this time it's about criminals, reprobates, ne'er do wells and knuckleheads. The formula is the same. I give you a name, and you tell me if you respect or disrespect said person, and then I make a judgment about your blackness based upon your answer.
Here are, as best I can think up at the moment the new bad boys. And I might as well go back in time a bit, because some of those still creep up.
Trayvon Martin is the new king of the NTFs because he 'represents' young 'at-risk' black males. Notice how 'males' has been used, like zoo specimens. Anyway, the politically correct answer is that you should believe that what happened to him could happen to anybody, because his situation is just like anybody's (appropriately young and black and male)
You know what? It gives me a headache just repeating the awful logic of these identity politics. I'll just settle for the names. You know who they are. And of course I know who they are because I probably had to write about this crap before.
- Shaquanda Cotton
- Michael Vick
- Sylvester Johnson
- Sean Bell
- Stanley Tookie Williams
- Mumia Abu Jamal
- The Jena Six
- Devin Brown
- Stanley Miller
So I carefully picked out these stories and all of them have their nuance, and in the past 90 minutes of doing that, I've calmed down a bit. There isn't much to say these days as I'm much more disengaged from the thrash of political news. But there remains that simple connection - some people have decided that it is there business to stay put, even when they know they're in a bad place. OK... this is another old argument, let me give it to you this way.
If you live in a state that was a slave state, a state that lost the Civil War and you complain about racism, then you are really embracing the culture of race and racism. The same thing goes for economics and the ghetto. Of course there are no jobs in the ghetto, that's why they call it the ghetto. Any man's first responsibility is to his family, and a man who knowingly lives in a poison environment who cannot remove his children from that environment is a failure as a man. It America, the threshold is fairly low for getting out of Dodge. So get out.