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17 Deplorable Examples Of White Privilege

Posted: 2013/11/05 by Punkonomics (@dearbalak) in Links/Articles/Video
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17 Deplorable Examples Of White Privilege.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57433184/fla-mom-gets-20-years-for-firing-warning-shots/

At the end of our last show, we made a few comments on the importance of context (historical, social, economic, legal, etc) in understanding the rapidly deteriorating state of our society in general and “race-relations”  in particular.

In Show#40 I also mentioned a great book that attacks the issue from an opposite side in an inimitable way and I highly recommend it especially for whites.

I owe Jay Gordon for introducing me to the writing of Ishmael Reed with his novel: JUICE (2011)

From Charles Davis

More rappers, less business leaders

Addressing graduates at Bowie State University, a historically black college in Florida, First Lady Michelle Obama on Friday said the reason more African-American children don’t go to college is because they’re lazy:

“Instead of walking miles every day to school, they’re sitting on couches for hours playing video games, watching TV. Instead of dreaming of being a teacher or a lawyer or a business leader, they’re fantasizing about being a baller or a rapper.”

Now, I ain’t black. I am, in fact, painfully white. That said, I do have access to some facts, courtesy the October 2012 study, “Invisible Men: Mass Incarceration and the Myth of Black Progress,” as reported by The New York Times:

¶ Among male high school dropouts born between 1975 and 1979, 68 percent of blacks (compared with 28 percent of whites) had been imprisoned at some point by 2009, and 37 percent of blacks (compared with 12 percent of whites) were incarcerated that year.

¶ By the time they turn 18, one in four black children will have experienced the imprisonment of a parent.

¶ More young black dropouts are in prison or jail than have paying jobs. Black men are more likely to go to prison than to graduate with a four-year college degree or complete military service.

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? I am not at all confident this metaphor works but I’d say it’s the mass-incarceration chicken. If kids aren’t going to college, I’m going to go out on a limb and say it has less to do with Nas and the Playstation 3 than it does with one or more of their parents being imprisoned, the lack of good job opportunities in America’s urban centers, and the absolute shit secondary schools that the urban poor often have no choice to attend.

Curiously, though, it appears the president’s wife would rather blame black culture than the institutionalized racism that manifests itself in mass incarceration and an official unemployment rate nearly twice that faced by whites. The notion that black children are too busy basketballin’ and hip-hoppin’ and shit must poll better.

Ta-Nehisi Coates and the Danger of the Black Cultural Tour Guide by Pascal Robert

In mainstream media, both print and televised, there are certain Black folk who serve a role that is historical – going back to Booker T. Washington – and consistent, but still profoundly damaging to the sensibilities of the Black masses, particularly the Black poor. That person is the black cultural tour guide. The name “Black cultural tour guide” is often too benign a description for this ilk. In reality they sometimes act like the zoo keeper taking the nice sub-urban White family into the exhibit of all the REAL DANGEROUS animals. The lions, tigers, bears, and gorillas. They interpret the signs and signals of these species for the White onlookers, let them know when certain movements mean danger, and also inform them when it’s safe to toss a banana or piece of fruit at the big ape with the scowl. This often is how their depictions can be translated in the worst and most racist extremes in their attempts to convey “authentic blackness.”

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Links:

(1) AlJazeeraEnglish–The Stream: The “N” word

(2) Dr. Cornel West in a speech commemorating 40 years since the NY Attica prison massacre: “Niggerization of America”

(3) George Galloway interviews Ishmael Reed on Huckleberry Finn censorship

(4) Richard Pryor talks about his impressions from visiting Africa…

(5) Paul Mooney’s trenchant analytic comedy :D