I heard this song from Quadir Lateef while driving and listening to the radio.
Quadir Lateef made a rap-commentary about the viral Internet video showing the attack by "Sharkeisha" against her unsuspecting friend who took a suckerpunch to the face over some beef regarding Sharkeisha's boyfriend.
In my first past through the song I agreed with Quadir Lateef as it sounded like he was calling for greater dignity and consciousness in the behavior in our community.
The "ghetto name" of "Sharkeisha" is cool.
Two Black girls fighting on camera - not cool.
After I found the song on "YouTube" and listened carefully to the words - I was forced to reject Quadir Lateef's arguments.
I notice that Quadir Lateef is the "conscious rapper" from the documentary on "Flint Michigan" called "The Flint Town Kids"
Quadir Lateef's Argument For More Conscious Public Behavior" For Black People Is Centered Upon What WHITE FOLKS Think About Black People Rather Than What BLACK PEOPLE NEED TO DO TO ENGINEER DESIRED OUTCOMES - And Thus The Argument Must Be Rejected
- QL points to how "White people" like to promote Black people fighting - Sharkeisha was not thinking about WHITE FOLKS when she socked her friend int the face.
- We must look at the CULTURAL ASSOCIATIONS that were injected into Sharkeisha's mind - in which her "conflict resolution" skills fell far short
- QL points to how "White people" like to mock "Ghetto Names" - knowing that no White girl would ever be named "Sharkeisha"
- This is an IRRELEVANT POINT. When naming your child EITHER to choose the name you want - the response made by various forces in society 'Be Damned' OR you THINK FORWARD about how this permanent label worn by your child - who will one day be an adult and a parent will impact her.
- FAR FROM demanding that all Black people name their children nondescript names like "Megan", "Brad", "Madison" or "Jason" - it IS important to think of a name as a permanent fixture - just like a tattoo on your face that the "wearer" might one day reget
The real problem is that - in the battle between the LARGER SOCIETAL CULTURE that is falling further "off of the rails" and the BLACK COMMUNITY'S need to foment and field a "Black Community Governance Culture" that protects people who have "limited options" - like Sharkeisha" from acting out, thinking, saying or committing actions which require a "punitive response" - thus taking away even more of their flexibility in reversing course without their past mistakes serving as a tether.