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Who Wants a Revolution? 
11th-May-2009 01:36 pm

Black people today have such an apathy and complacent nature, we've become so accepting of degrading images of us, even DEFENDING and celebrating them, that it's impossible to start a revolution.  Black people are too busy rationalizing their dysfunction to have a revolution.  Revolution for what?  No one wants anything to change!  There's no doubt in my mind that we've de-evolved as a people since the days of the civil rights movement.  There is no more thirst for knowledge; there is no commitment to integrity. 



People don't even think for themselves any more.  I can't tell you how many times that I hear people say, "Oh nooooo, violent movies and video games aren't bad for you, I watch them all the time and nothing's wrong with me," when every study that's been done on the effect of viewing violent images has proven that it desensitizes people to violence.  That's just one tiny example of how people are steeped in their ignorance and not willing to see past their dysfunction.  There are too many to count and there isn't anyone who is willing to challenge the status quo and speak out about the things that are detrimental to us because too many people love their dysfunction.  Nobody except me, that is.


Want to know what's revolutionary thinking?


Black women straightening their hair is physically and psychologically damaging. 


Black men are raised to be emotionally immature.


The psychological effects of slavery are so long lasting and pervasive they haven't even begun to be examined.


Homosexuality is natural and normal and homophobia is pathological


Christianity is in no way related to the study and pursuit of the Creator and it is damaging for people of African descent to hold on to those paralyzing beliefs. 


I can back up all of my assertions with facts but the majority of people don't want to hear anything about , truth, facts, or revolution.  They want to have a march and say, "Stop discrimination now," for a few days after a white person says something racist.  We don't even have a clear picture of what discrimination and racism is, and how it affects us.  The exact same people that want a revolution aren't even willing to put the blame on white people for our conditions.  You can't have a revolution if you are afraid to place accountability on the culprits of generations of abuse without falling all over yourself to apologize for speaking up for yourself.  You can't have a revolution if the only thing you know about Dr. King is "I have a dream." 


You want a revolution?  I got a revolution for you but no one is going to join the revolution because it goes against the current dementia that is accepted as norm.  The days of sit ins and marches is over.  Now is the time for real revolution. 

11th-May-2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
If the only thing you can say about black women is that straightening our hair is damaging physically and psychologically, then no, you are not ready for a revolution.
11th-May-2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
Until we as Black women can love ourselves enough to say that our nappy, natural selves are beautiful, we will FOREVER be enslaved to the fallacy of white supremacy. It's that simple. God created us with nappy hair. God didn't make a mistake. We are supposed to have nappy hair. To change it, alter it, or cover it with hair of the people who enslaved us is a self-deprecating, unhealthy behavior. To change your hair to appear European is to say to your subconscious mind, “I’m not perfect the way I am.” There are only a tiny portion of Black women who can look in the mirror and truly say that they love their nappy hair. I happen to be one of them. That's freedom, to no longer be tied to a belief that hair like white women is going to make us beautiful
11th-May-2009 10:00 pm (UTC)
12th-May-2009 05:20 am (UTC)
There are only a tiny portion of Black women who can look in the mirror and truly say that they love their nappy hair. I happen to be one of them.

Oh, God.
11th-May-2009 06:29 pm (UTC)
You're right, there are many other issues surrounding black women - but I have to agree, straightening hair is pretty much the same as bleaching skin. It's a chemical being used to alter and assimilate. It's a pretty big issue that's completely ignored and accepted.
11th-May-2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
I don't think the vast majority of African American women bleach their skin. On the continent of Africa, I would dare say that the vast majority of women do. Here in America however, the issue of straightening hair is just one of many reasons we are in peril as a people. ( I could address the many other issues but what would be the point?)

The need to alter our hair came from slavery. When Europeans arrived in Africa, black women didn't cover their hair in shame and say, "Oh, I wish my hair could blow in the wind, flow down my back, or shine in the sun." When African women arrived on these shores, they didn't think that their own natural, nappy hair was flawed or in any way wrong. It was the constant repetition of abuse and torture and rape and degradation of slavery that made black women feel inferior. It was the white man's standard that said that they were superior people that made Black women want to alter their natural hair texture. African women who were enslaved loved their hair, the many versatile ways they could wear it, and it's natural nappy texture. The process of white people ingraining in our psyches that our hair was ugly was what made Black women want to start straightening it, not some need for versatility like Black women today want to claim.
12th-May-2009 12:08 am (UTC)
Christianity actually exists largely because of Ethiopia, so it does have African roots :-\
13th-May-2009 08:53 am (UTC)

I don't think I'm aware of that. What do you mean? Could you explain?

To my knowledge, Christianity was out of the Middle East, and formed from Egyptian, Zoroastrian, Babylonian beliefs that were previously existing...
12th-May-2009 12:53 am (UTC)
This rant is straight out of 1989. We have other issues to deal with now.
12th-May-2009 10:25 am (UTC)
This! And rather than embracing the fact that being black comes in an infinite of ranges, types, etc., some of us are committing the same fail that Spike Lee discussed in School Daze.

13th-May-2009 09:03 am (UTC)
I agree but I'm curious...

... like what?

The spirit of the OP is inspiring, even if the message falls a little flat. I think there are other issues to focus on, too.
12th-May-2009 05:25 am (UTC)
Your perspective, while admirable, is very cliche and comes off as smug and condescending. This is not revolutionary talk. This has been a conversation that started since the days of slavery in the United States.

12th-May-2009 09:01 am (UTC)
I understand the desire to sometimes rant, however:

A) "Black people today..."
As easy as it is to generalize when you're upset, it does very little to support your argument. Black people are not a monolith. If you want your argument to hold weight, then fixing your opening sentence would help.

B) You go on to cite "I can back up all of my assertions with facts..." Which is great, if you would have done that. If the thesis of this post is that 1. Black people need to have a revolution and 2. They are hindered from having this revolution for reason x,y,z, then, it supporting said thesis with articles to support your points is necessary.

C) When you assert "Black people are too busy rationalizing their dysfunction to have a revolution." you neglect to elaborate on specific dysfunctions as they exist in the black diaspora, how these dysfunctions are rationalized, how this is specific to only the Black diaspora as opposed to American culture.

D) You haven't fully elaborated on why there is a need for a revolution right now.

This is Black Intellects. If you want to discuss social issues, I think that the community as a whole is game, but you have got to step your game up. Instead of intellectual discourse, we're just responding to a rant.

Also, I do find it problematic how you conflate ignorance with inability to resolve psychological dysfunction.
13th-May-2009 09:10 am (UTC)

(I am smiling because of the way you laid out your post. DO you always write like this?)
13th-May-2009 01:19 pm (UTC)
I don't write like this all the time, however, I finished grading some late papers a week ago and just got into the mode. There was something about the writing style that just said to me, "this person needs an itemized list." I think when I seriously respond to people who have inconsistent arguments, this way of reading through and responding just comes up.
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