Thursday, April 12, 2007

Impose STANDARDS For Offensive Talk Against Black Women And Enforce Them Across The Board

Reference Point:

Snoop Dogg on why when HE calls Black women "ho's" its different than when Don Imus, a White man, calls them "nappy headed ho's"

"It's a completely different scenario," said Snoop, barking over the phone from a hotel room in L.A. "[Rappers] are not talking about no collegiate basketball girls who have made it to the next level in education and sports. We're talking about ho's that's in the 'hood that ain't doing sh--, that's trying to get a n---a for his money. These are two separate things. First of all, we ain't no old-ass white men that sit up on MSNBC going hard on black girls. We are rappers that have these songs coming from our minds and our souls that are relevant to what we feel. I will not let them mutha----as say we in the same league as him."

There you have it folks!

When Snoop Dogg calls Black women "ho's" they have earned the title. His words are reserved for the shady Black women who are trying to beat a brother for his bank and who ain't about nothing with their lives.

I thought that conscious people were about helping the least among us?

The fact is that Snoop Dogg and others are like "foxes guarding the hen house". They are not bound to any particular set of standards. In fact their popularity stems from their ability to push the limits, covering new turf in the gutter that have not been explored before as a means of keeping their material fresh.

I could care less about Don Imus. The few times that I have watched a small segment of his show I have found it to be boring and non-intellectually stimulating. If the broadcasters want to pull the plug on him due to pressure from the sponsors - go for it. Just put a better show in his place.

Turn our attention to the organized forced within the Black community who have come to life over these words said by this White man. This one incident has motivated what a call the "Black Quasi Socialist Progressive Fundamentalist Racism Chasers" into action. Various local factions around the nation have held press conferences telling of their outrage. They are organizing a national response, going after the commercial firms that pay the bills for the Don Imus show to cut him off.

Again I have no problem with this.

To give you a bit of history - I have been debating on line for more than 10 years. Frequently I search out lyrics from various Hip Hop artists and post them to show the vulgarity, ignorance and disrespect for Black woman and the threats of violence against other Black males that is frequently present in this content. The typical response to this is for the debate opponent to showcase a White rock and roll band who has said similar offensive remarks about women. For some reason I as supposed to be appeased by the fact that a White person has made a similar offense. I am not. This does not change the material facts as to what the Minstrel Black artist has done. When this does not work the next tactic is to make a personal attack against me. I am said to be "attacking one of our own" and the attempt is made to shun me. They take the millionaire artist under their wing because there is hope for him to be "changed" into a positive oracle while they work to strip me of my Blackness. Is there any doubt why we as a people are unable to move ourselves forward from the inside out? The key problem resides with the "Keepers of Blackness".

I therefore propose an across the board standard for all COMMERCIAL communications that might involve attacks upon Black folks - women in particular. The standard is that WE WILL FIRST LOOK AT THE CONTENT and make an objective opinion of its appropriateness. Our response will be based primarily on this review. Next we will look at the offending person. There will be diminished value placed on this person's race or the "context" that it is used in. This for too long has been a "loophole" that has long been exploited. Those who are exploiting this exception know what they are doing and are profiting handsomely from it.

Finally the greater task is to turn to the consumer of this ignorance and to question them as to why they choose to consume this garbage as we make them consider what they could have been taking into their minds, body and soul instead. At minimum stop paying money to hear someone call you out of your name.

For so long the Black Activist has called for "equal justice". Now is their opportunity to show a bit of it themselves.

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