I’m not a taste maker, just some cornball with a blog, but even from this lowly perch I feel that if anyone has solutions, even if they’re only possibles, he or she should speak up and at least try to help.
Now, after having watched the murder of 18 year-old Demajhay Bell – a crime so ridiculous that even calling it “senseless” would be giving it too much intellectual heft – I’m gonna add my two cents which will either be dismissed because it’s too far fetched, or dismissed because it’s far too possible.
If you’re about to get into some shit, if you know of somebody about to get into some shit or if you see some shit between Black people about to pop off, just ask or ask yourself, “Is this about money?”
Then, if it’s not – which it probably isn’t – ask, “Then what the fuck are we doing???”
And trust me, this is probably the only time that Black Americans taking up the bottom of the socioeconomic totem pole will weigh in our favor.
Trust again that money is the only thing I feel is genuinely worth fighting over.
(Badly) paraphrasing Biggie, Whatchu think all the wars is for?
I mean, you don’t honestly believe in terrorism, Islamic or otherwise, do you?
It’s all about money.
I rock with Sam Jackson’s character from Menace II Society. Homie talking shit deserved to die. Don’t acknowledge that you owe me then speak on how you’ll pay me when you’re ready.
Black people are not only allowed but actually encouraged to behave like performance-art animals, putting on obscene displays of cartoon violence that don’t benefit us at all and often cost lives and add to prison populations.
And for what?
Nah, couldn’t be that.
If you had any respect for yourself, then you certainly wouldn’t turn up in packs to stage gang fights – that you actually film – and over God knows what.
And this is where it actually benefits me to be a chauvinist and not some pussy-ass male feminist because I can actually write this shit without giving a fuck who I’m about to offend: fighting in the street or being ready to fight in the street over some bullshit is some female shit.
Men should both know and do better.
And, again, maybe I’ve been listening to too many David Carroll videos, but of all the wild, crazy and lunatic shit he’s said, the one argument he advanced that would be literally tragic if it does indeed have traction is that Black men have no respect for other Black men because we’re raised by single Black women that have no respect for Black men.
So maybe it should be up to we men to shut all this bullshit down.
And it should also be our Top Priority.
We look a little undisciplined chanting #BlackLivesMatter to police who are only responsible for a fraction of Black American deaths then go silent on the ones that we’re responsible for ourselves.
And do indeed dig that no other group wants to see a reduction of Black-on-Black violence.
Most others love to have us to point to as they scream out “Savages!”
And like I wrote, mine is just one idea; feel free to ridicule and reduce it to all your heart’s content, but if you do, please at least replace it with one that’s better and I’ll be quick to consign.
But be wise and leave it at that.
Run up on me on the street and you already know what I’ma do.
Or rather, what I’ma ask.