Colin Kaepernick

We all know Colin Kaepernick is right. So, I will not debate any of you who say the NFL has a right to shun him. Of course they do, but that does not make them right. Kaepernick is being punished for exercising a God-given right, a right that defines Americanism at its core, but one that flies in the face of business and selective patriotism and outright hypocrisy.

The silent collusion against him is the same kind that black people face in business each day. Some of us ignore it and it drives others of us crazy because we are never sure just what is behind the rejection and we always suspect the worst.
Colin Kaepernick is a multiracial man who was orphaned and blessedly landed in the bosom of a God-fearing family who loved him and nurtured his athletic gifts.

And then one day, he realized that he could not separate part of himself from the indomitable soul of his people and that famous or not, rich or not, he could be murdered and the same society that gave him the money and fame would allow his death to go unpunished because of the color of his skin. He could not abide this and not only because he’s black, but because he was raised by a Christian family who taught him better, who told him that he was indeed his brother’s keeper.

All these players telling him to let it go are just the kind of damaged meat the NFL loves, weak, pliable men who do not have a tenth of the principle and nobility in the heart of the man they criticize. I know most people will not turn off the NFL this year, but I will. I know it won’t do a damned thing, but it will make me feel better. The NFL season is 16 games long and so each Sunday, I will watch one of these 16 films instead:

I know you’re thinking “It’s easy for a Detroit Lions fan to give up football.” Well, if you think this is about football, then you haven’t been paying attention.

-Gary Hardwick

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Jada Pinkett-Smith On Possibly Boycotting The Oscars Should Be Considered

The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar®

The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar®

OPINION-The Oscar nominations came in last week, and once again all over social media, people are upset that Blacks who contributed to the film industry every year are notably absent from any of the nominations. Despite the fact that I am not surprised the “Oscar Black Snub Part Infinite” has taken place yet again, it is time to think about a few things on what can we do about it.

Jada Pinkett, who posted a response to the absence of people of color in the list of nominees went to social media and voiced her concerns:

At the Oscars…people of color are always welcomed to give out awards…even entertain, but we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments. Should people of color refrain from participating all together? People can only treat us in the way in which we allow.

With much respect in the midst of deep disappointment,


Jada’s question is something that I can support without a doubt with a clear and concise answer. Instead of Black people running to social media every year with the same #OscarsSoWhite hashtag to complain about Black people being snubbed. How about initiating a boycott of the Oscars altogether? We tend to say as fans, that we aren’t going to watch the Oscars, which is fine, but it’s time for Black people in Hollywood to boycott since the Academy continues to ignore them. The Academy has been racially bias for quite some time, and they aren’t about to change. The only time Black people receive any Oscar recognition as a form of nominations, or an awards is when we play stereotypical characters that make whites feel comfortable. You know the characters like the maids, crooked cops, slaves, the overall pernicious Black person, etc.

The Oscars, refuse to recognize any Black characters or movies that are uplifting. That was evident with this year’s nomination. Characters that aren’t negative get ignored every time and we all know why. It’s as if the Academy is saying, “We can’t have these positive characters receive accolades for their imagery that may be uplifting to Blacks.” The Academy ensures the images of Black people are that of a slave and the hired help get the recognition more than any other film depicted in Hollywood. Everything that the Academy does is all by design.

One of the things we have to understand is that we should stop trying to receive white validation. I know in my heart, the movie Selma should have won last year in an array of categories, and I don’t need white people to tell me that. Having whites say that a film deserves an award should never be sought after because one does not need their stamp of approval. The way whites who control Hollywood gives one a strong indication, they don’t care about the hard work many Black people in the film industry has contributed to making a prominent movie. Now it’s time to show whites in Hollywood one does not care about them, as well.

Since the Academy diversity is notably absent, it’s time for Black people to be absent from the Oscars. They love to ensure that the Oscars are white, so make it entirely white, by not showing up. One of the things I don’t want to see is a Black presenter issuing out awards. There is no need to be there since they think Blacks should be invisible in the first place, so we should complete their wish. Also, not one Black person should be in the audience. Once the cameraman (who’s probably white) pans their camera to the audience who are clapping, it shouldn’t be a Black face in that auditorium. Keep the audience milky white, without a hint of chocolate milk.

Lastly, Chris Rock should decline (at the last minute), to host the awards show. Sure, I would love to hear Rock’s monolog, as I know he is going to make fun of the lack of diversity in this year’s Oscars. Unfortunately, the only clear message that would be sent is for Rock to decline to host and the Academy obtains a white host who completes the whiteness all the way down to the janitor.

If Black people in Hollywood boycott the Oscars, and show up for other award shows that are catered to us, the better off we will be. White people in the Academy do not care about Blacks, so show them that you don’t care about them, as well, by staying home.

-Ms Scripter

Just blogging for the masses, ya dig?


From Compton To London, Serena Williams Slays



OPINION – Another grand slam title has been rewarded to Serena Williams and not only was that win in Wimbledon places Williams in discussion for greatest athlete ever, the victory broke the internet.

Williams defeated promising Spaniard Garbine Muguruza 6-4 6-4 in southwest London to complete the “Serena Slam” — winning four straight majors — for the second time and is now well on the way to making more history at the season’s final grand slam.

“I honestly wouldn’t have thought last year after winning the U.S. Open I would win the Serena Slam at all,” Williams, emulating her feat of 2002-2003, told reporters. “It’s super exciting.”

If the American triumphs at the U.S. Open — and the odds might be stacked in her favor given the 33-year-old is the three-time defending champion — she would become the first player since Steffi Graf in 1988 to complete the calendar-year grand slam.

A victory would, too, draw the world No. 1 level with Graf on an Open Era leading 22 majors.

After Williams’ Wimbledon victory, social media exploded with positivity, and some negative and dismissive tweets. One in particular was an interaction I had with a Game of Thrones extra (not really, but he looked like one) after I stated that Williams could probably beat Martina Navratilova during that era. I also went on to say that William’s accomplishments are one of the best I’ve ever seen in tennis in a long time. That same Game of Thrones extra responded that Navratilova’s accomplishments can’t be compared to Williams because she had a rival in Chris Everett. In other words, the attempt to dilute Williams’ accomplishment was in full effect. The reason why Williams didn’t have a rival because she dominated, so if any other rivals were visible they were already annihilated and dismissed a long time ago.

I notice many folks (black and white) are either trying to say Williams is a man, attempting to dilute her accomplishments or dismiss it altogether by saying she didn’t have a rival like that Game of Thrones mouth piece attempted to imply. Also, what the folks with the white tears syndrome contribute is with articles that imply that Williams’ body is why she is winning in tennis. The horrific and downright unethical NY Times piece on Williams also highlights racial undertones.

Williams “has large biceps and a mold-breaking muscular frame, which packs the power and athleticism that have dominated women’s tennis for years. Her rivals could try to emulate her physique, but most of them choose not to,” according to the report.

In other words, they want tennis women players to look like they haven’t eaten in days and resemble Cinderella in a tennis skirt. If they don’t look like that, then they aren’t feminine enough. How about the fact that Williams stays in shape and takes care of her body and still looks absolutely stunning and beautiful? Williams ensures she is placed in a constant position to annihilate her opponents with that deadly powerful first serve. It isn’t Williams fault that the other players refuse to stay in the gym to work on their power (first serve). We didn’t read articles like this when Martina Navratilova who obviously had an outstanding physique, as well. One knows why Navratilova didn’t get an entire article dedicated to the fact that her muscles were evident. We all know why Navratilova didn’t get articles drafted to sham her overall appearance because she is a white woman.

It’s upsetting many people that Williams is beating white women and is dominating a sport, which is notoriously dominated by white athletes. Let’s call a spade a spade. The white tears something out of Denzel Washington’s scene in Glory are rolling down their cheeks and actually reinforcing the fact that being a dominated Black athlete, especially a woman makes what appears to be some white people upset, The negativity that I have read is due to white supremacy. I have a news flash to the ones that are demonstrating white tears. Who gave white people the right to think they should be the face of dominance in every aspect of this world?

Serena Williams and her sister Venus came from humble beginnings alongside her father leading the way with wisdom and guidance. They both grew up in the streets of Compton and worked endlessly to reach success. Williams never forgot, no matter how much she had elevated where she grew up. That’s evident with Williams celebratory “crip walk” dance after winning a gold medal in the Olympics. That also added on to so much criticism that one would think she took an AK-47 from her tennis bag and started shooting it in the air. That dance paid homage to the environment she had grew up in (famous dance in California) and no it wasn’t paying it to gang bangers, but the white media wanted to state otherwise.

This world has nothing but racial overtones and it continues to this day. One can’t get over the fact that a Black woman has dominated a sport in such fashion. It also hurts the naysayers that Williams is now being discussed as one of the greatest overall sports figures of our time. It’s bad enough to some racist haters that a Black athlete dominated, but to let that be a Black woman is making ignorant folks upset, and they are throwing tantrums on social media.

What solidified the events over the weekend in London was the way Williams slayed  at the Champions’ dinner in a cream gown. Williams’ beauty is captivating and some folks are extra mad at that, as well. Williams entire accomplishments has made her a role model for little girls (especially Black girls) who see her coming from the streets of Compton to London and slaying the haters in the process. Tell us why you mad, son? Now off to the U.S. Open, to make more history.

-Ms Scripter

Just blogging for the masses, ya dig?




Commentary on “If We Must Die” by Claude McKay



If We Must Die

by Claude McKay

If we must die—let it not be like hogs

Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot,

While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs,

Making their mock at our accursed lot.

If we must die—oh, let us nobly die,

So that our precious blood may not be shed

In vain; then even the monsters we defy

Shall be constrained to honor us though dead!

Oh, Kinsmen!  We must meet the common foe;

Though far outnumbered, let us show us brave,

And for their thousand blows deal one deathblow!

What though before us lies the open grave?

Like men we’ll face the murderous, cowardly pack,

Pressed to the wall, dying, but fighting back!

Commentary on the Poem

This poem was penned in 1919 by Claude McKay.  At the time it was published, serious race riots primarily involving White assaults on Black neighborhoods in a dozen American cities were occurring.  McKay wrote this poem in response to these race riots that resulting in the deaths of numerous Black people.  It was his desire for Black people to not simply accept these assaults and murders but to fight back against these efforts to annihilate them.  The poet asserts that “If we must die” we should die “fighting back”—not accepting our demise in a docile way.  In a fight against racism, discrimination and oppression, it’s vital to understand that there are going to be battles you lose, but fighting back gives one an opportunity to win the war, which is more important.

The speaker of the poem highlights that to die to fighting against racism and discrimination is to “die nobly.”  In our contemporary period, we don’t have enough people willing to combat the “monsters” who oppress us.  One of the fundamental reasons why we’re currently struggling to win against racial oppression is envy within our ranks.  McKay’s poem calls for solidarity and not division among Black people.  The poet wants us to recognize that we’re facing a “common foe”: racists.

Too often we allow envy to cause us to lose sight of the common foe.  While we’re attempting to undermine one another, the common foe is gaining a larger advantage in the effort to destroy us.  McKay is keenly aware of how a lack of commitment to solidarity weakens Black people in the fight against their oppressors.  The racists are united in their mission to decimate Black people.  For McKay, Blacks must match their solidarity.  True solidarity is necessary to defeating the robust manacles of racism.

Although our contemporary conditions are not exactly like those McKay writes about in 1919, Black people still face racism, racial prejudice, and discrimination.  We must learn to stand united against our current oppressors.  When we begin to cognize that we should stop fighting one another and start fighting our oppressors, we will witness the authentic change we long to see.

Antonio Maurice Daniels

University of Wisconsin-Madison



The Biggest Deflection of them All: “We Should Focus On Black on Black Crime”


Catwa Fitz Black on Black

OPINON-Once again, an unarmed Black man is killed by the police. This time a 18 year old named Michael Brown was gunned down in St. Louis. The details concerning this case is sketchy (at the time of this writing), but we know for a fact he wasn’t armed. The police will come up with some reasoning as to why this young man’s life was taken, but not enough reason in the world will convince me to believe them. The police has zero credibility with me, as far as I’m concerned.

Then you have the killing of 22 year old John Crawford in a Walmart store in Beavercreek, Ohio while holding an air gun. A  couple allegedly observed Crawford, who just purchased the gun from Walmart walking though the aisle with it, and decided to call the police. What happen to getting a sales person, or security officer to investigate the matter? You mean to tell me that he wouldn’t have been stopped walking in with that gun and that no one would have said a word, but that couple? Instead, they called 911 and frantically described Crawford as a person who was pointing a weapon at little kids and customers. Isn’t it kind of funny that no one else called the police except this concerned couple? I can’t wait to hear the actual 911 audio tapes that came from them.

When the police arrived at the scene, they assessed the situation in seconds and considered Crawford a threat and shot and killed him. It’s just funny that the videotape of the incident has not been released and have already been confiscated by the police department. Word of advice to Walmart, to minimized the damages in the upcoming lawsuits a copy of the incident should be released to the public.

When these two devastating cases of police killing Black men have made its rounds on social media, the deflection parade led by no other than Black people themselves took place. A few individuals on social media cite that the deaths of Crawford, Brown and many other unarmed Black men and women are devastating, but so is Black on Black crime. They would go on and say that since we don’t respect ourselves why should the police respect us?

[Pause] When has these disturbing trends, with the police showing depraved indifference for human Black gives them a pass with this mundane deflection? Give it a rest people, let’s stop acting like Black people are the only race who commit violent crime against each other. That is not the case at all and not by a long shot. The media continues to put stories up concerning shootings and murders when the victims and the assailants are Black every single day when we turn on the 1o o’ clock news. The brainwashing that some Black folks demonstrate is nauseating and at this present time is downright alarming. Malcolm X said it best:

The media is the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.”- Malcolm X

94% percent of Blacks commit violent crime against each other, but whites also commit 86% of crimes against each other as well. The common theme is that most of the victims and the offenders have some prior relationship that they have shared with each other. Therefore, we are not the only race that commit crimes against each other. I am not saying Black on Black crime shouldn’t be discussed, but when Black men and woman are killed by the police unjustly, the subject should’t be shifted to the topic of we should be worrying about Black on Black crime, because that is doing a disservice to the events that took place. Deflecting the issue of police abuse is not something that anyone should be participating in, especially when the targets are continuously of your own race.

What if someone in one’s Black family is killed or abuse by the police and one has to read comments like, “that’s sad, but we really should be focusing on Black on Black crime”, how would you feel? The next time I read a comment on this issue that has nothing to do with the original point of discussion, I will dismiss you like you never existed. The last thing I want to do is engaged with someone who obviously allows the media to manipulate their way of thinking and some of you call yourself conscious – obviously not, more like unconscious. Do us all a favor, pick a struggle and stay in your lane, because it’s obvious that the main thing one worries about is Black on Black crime and can’t seem to focus on anything else, but that issue. Here is a little graphic from Colorlines that will dispel a lot of the brainwash myths:






-Ms Scripter

Just blogging for the masses, ya dig?


The Clippers Story has Showcased Racism Is Alive & Well


racismOPINION – The smoke has cleared concerning Clippers owner (soon to be ex-owner) Donald Sterling, after he was caught spitting out racist rhetoric that would probably make any white supremacist proud of him if he weren’t Jewish. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned him for life and fined him over 2 million dollars. Of course, on social media folks got a little ticked off because others criticized (including me) the way the players so called protested during this embarrassing ordeal. I grew up never to turned the other cheek when faced with something as demeaning as racism, so if I criticized the players that’s because I wasn’t raised to be a passive person when disrespected in the first place, and especially when it comes to racism.

There was a split among Black people concerning this sensationalized incident. On one side, their was some Black folks who thought we were back seat drivers by stating the Clippers players didn’t do enough, and if that was our job we wouldn’t have done nothing neither. My answer to that is we all have a choice. One doesn’t know what the average working poor I might add would do in the same situation. I know plenty of people who lost their jobs because they lost their cool, because a white boss they were dealing with was getting real slick with their racist mouth. I know others who looked for another job immediately after being faced with the same thing. There also the ones who stated they were just going to work 10 more years and get their pension, leave when they are ready even if their boss was a racist pig.

There is a huge difference between Chris Paul and the working poor. I target Chris Paul because he is the face of this franchise and is Black. Chris Paul could have taken a stand and be the only one that didn’t play in this game by coming down with what we call the “Blue Flu” and guess what? If they fined him, or get him with breach of contract, he would still have a job with another team, because he is that good. Paul is argumentatively the top 5 point guard in the league; he can get away with that sort of protest. Average Black Americans would find it 20 times more difficult to find another job. I’m sure we are well aware that we are ranked #1 when it comes to the unemployment rate, so walking off the job and having to feed one’s family would weigh heavy on folks minds. For those who say one wouldn’t have done anything is misguided and lost. Now we hear that if the commissioner didn’t do anything before game 5 all the players around the league would not have played their respective games. A little too late for that rhetoric, they had their chance and all they did was make a wardrobe adjustment. It all boils down to no one is around to show these young athletes what it means to be socially conscious when faced with something as demeaning as racism. Mohammed Ali and Jim Brown are probably the last of these type of athletes who knew what it meant to protest, stand up for what’s right, and the word sacrifice.

In all of this, today’s Black athletes never really faced what they believe is obvious racism. Today’s racism is more covert and subtle. Black players are receiving millions of dollars from white owners, and are treated well in their minds, so they don’t believe anything like racism is taking place. One can only analyze the nasty reaction from Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, when Lebron bolted to Miami as a free agent a few years ago as an example. Gilbert’s words were not exactly warm and caring, but more like a tantrum that included subliminal messages from an owner who was mad that a Black man left the plantation, so to speak. Here is part of Gilbert’s letter to Cavs fans, in case one forgot:

As you now know, our former hero, who grew up in the very region that he deserted this evening, is no longer a Cleveland Cavalier.

This was announced with a several day, narcissistic, self-promotional build-up culminating with a national TV special of his “decision” unlike anything ever “witnessed” in the history of sports and probably the history of entertainment.

This shocking act of disloyalty from our home grown “chosen one” sends the exact opposite lesson of what we would want our children to learn. And “who” we would want them to grow-up to become.

But the good news is that this heartless and callous action can only serve as the antidote to the so-called “curse” on Cleveland, Ohio.

The self-declared former “King” will be taking the “curse” with him down south. And until he does “right” by Cleveland and Ohio, James (and the town where he plays) will unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma.

Lastly, we have what we call the House Negros and these so called leaders. I was never a fan of the NAACP, I thought they were a waste of space and was just a front to collect as many donations as possible for their own leader’s pockets. Before Sterling’s racist views were exposed he was scheduled to receive a lifetime achievement award from the NAACP (he was issued an award previously).  The NAACP has known Sterling has been sued and settled for racial discrimination, but the NAACP still gives him love. LA President of the NAACP chapter Leon Jenkins stated he forgives Sterling and used his Christian faith to justify his house Negro views:

“God teaches us to forgive, and the way I look at it, after a sustained period of proof to the African American community that those words don’t reflect his heart, I think there’s room for forgiveness. I wouldn’t be a Christian if I said there wasn’t,” Jenkins said.

Jenkins more than likely forgives Sterling because he has donated millions of dollars to that chapter. Cash rules everything it appears in this new era. Some Blacks used to stand up for something and had integrity, most of them only will stand up when there is money involved just to keep everyone calm.  Money is donated to a lot of these Black organizations to ensure that the leaders keep the rest of the Black folks in line. These organizations don’t care about Black people and just like Politian’s they are only around when an agenda is about to be formulated, like around election year. I’m waiting for Hillary Clinton to tap dance at a local Black church near you and of course one will be mesmerized, and vote for her not knowing one will still stay unemployed, and stagnant in terms of financial gains

If a Black person has it all, the perception is that they are living in a post-racial America and all one needs to do is work hard to become successful. If one is poor we see it clear as day not a damn thing has changed. Blacks still can’t get loans to start up their own businesses like Laundromats, grocery stores, etc. unlike folks who come to this country and are able to get a loan immediately. Blacks are also omitted from political power, the suckers that are in power now have manipulated their constiutes like they are doing something for them, but all they are doing is holding on to their seats for over 20 years for personal power (hi Charles Rangel), while their own constitutes have been gentrified right out of their own neighborhood, still unemployed, and still struggling. In terms of the criminal justice system, that has been unkind to so many people of color compared to their white counterparts. We aren’t even in a position of power to make the criminal justice fair for all races, because judges, prosecutors, and the police are disproportionately run by whites. I don’t even want to touch on educational system that has been loopsided even after the decision in Brown vs. Education. Lastly, being constantly overlooked for a position when one is more qualified than their white co-worker, among other examples are systematic racism and white supremercy. We have a long way to go, the Clippers story just highlighted what some of us knew all along – that nothing has changed except for the weather, and that racism can affect everyone – even rich multi Black millionaires.

-Ms Scripter
Just blogging for the masses, ya dig?

Episode 18: Donald Sterling, The Clippers Protest & Racism


ClippersThis is our first episode of the month and what better way to kick it off by having a show dedicated to L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s racist comments. We also touch on the players response during game 4 after the comments were leaked to the press. Lastly, we have a brief discussion concerning the passing of D.J. EZ-Rock. Until next time…

Songs used in this episode:

  • Wu-Tang Clan – “C.R.E.A.M”

-Ms Scripter

Just blogging for the masses, ya dig?


I Wonder if Tiger Woods Thinks He’s Black Now?


OPINION –Racism smacked Tiger Woods in the face, and it went viral. It all started between fellow golfer Sergio Garcia who made a comment that set off a fire storm.

Garcia, who later issued an apology, took issue with Woods for what he viewed as a breach of golf course etiquette during the third round of The Players Championship two weeks ago, was asked in jest at a European Tour function if he would be inviting Woods to dinner during next month’s U.S. Open.

“We’ll have him round every night,” Garcia said, according to multiple media reports. “We will serve fried chicken.”

When it comes down to racism, I rather someone tell me to my face that they are racist. Garcia was better off saying “We will serve the nigger fried chicken”. At least we would get the full impact and not the slickness that came out of Garcia’s mouth.

It appears Garcia can not let things go, but it seems more than ever not only is he a sore loser, but he is also a racist. Yes, Latinos can be racist, please do not get the fact that he is not white misconstrued – see George Zimmerman. The golf establishment boasted Garcia up to be Tiger’s rival, but how can Garcia be a rival when he can’t even beat the #1 golfer in the world. The real interesting thing is how Tiger Woods himself, felt about the comment.

Tiger tweeted this: “The comment that was made wasn’t silly. It was wrong, hurtful and clearly inappropriate.

“I’m confident that there is real regret that the remark was made.

“The Players ended nearly two weeks ago and it’s long past time to move on and talk about golf.”

I would love to ask Tiger, does he finally feel like a Black man? Tiger should have felt like a Black man when he was caught cheating, and the media had a field day at his expense. They could not wait to pounce on him and snickered at the fact that his game suffered thereafter. Tiger had to pay his ex-wife, who is white, a whole heap of his money. I never seen the mainstream media so focused on adultery in sports when so many athletes have cheated on their wives with little fan fare, but we all know why this athlete was given such air time.

This incident was a teachable moment, but of course Tiger would never partake in anything that will bring out a discussion on race, and specifically his blackness. All Tiger did was say how hurtful the comment was and hid like he always does when it comes to the color of his skin. Woods has made it known to Oprah in an interview in the late 90’s that he is not Black, but that he is ‘cablinasian’. I do not think Woods received the memo yet, after all these years in playing professional golf with his white peers. Woods is looked upon as a Black man, no matter how much Asian, and Caucasian he feels is in his DNA make-up. If he did not think he was a Black man then, he better realize it now because Garcia made sure to remind Tiger of his place –  fried chicken style.

-Ms Scripter

Just blogging for the masses, ya dig?


To Be “Unchained”


Do you agree with my friend Clay Cane?

“In this review, I will not argue the trite debate whether the film is or isn’t that hot-button word: racist. Racism is the Central Park Five, the execution of Troy Davis and wannabe cops who ‘stand their ground’ to unarmed Black boys — not a Hollywood film, which is meant for entertainment and includes some of the most respected and intelligent Black actors of today.”

I do not.

Respectfully, I think it’s a mistake to imagine racism can only operate as overt action and not as covert psychological assault in the form of filmic propaganda (BIRTH OF A NATION was also a Hollywood film meant for entertainment). The idea that entertainment can’t also be a vehicle for the transportation of bigotry is, to me, mind-boggling (think of vaudevillian blackface). By the logic my friend is espousing above, films that promote racist stereotypes or The White Gaze Revenge Fantasy Idea of Blackness can’t be racist if they employ respected and intelligent black people (that absolves GONE WITH THE WIND of any racism). The assumption, I suppose, being that Kerry Washington (and Jamie Foxx?) would not have agreed to act in DJANGO UNCHAINED if she thought it was racist because she’s a conscious sister and we can trust her judgment and, therefore, we can trust Quentin Tarantino. I don’t think that point of view accounts for the idea that Hollywood is a strange beast. Oftentimes, personal politics plays second fiddle to opportunity—ESPECIALLY for black actors.

I think I understand the desire to defend the things we enjoy, but how can we ignore the set-up of this film? The enslaved black man isn’t his own agent of freedom. He’s saved from slavery by a white drifter who then goes on to teach him how to be a “real man” (which is simply film-code for “civilizing the savage”) so that he can go on ahead and save his “wife” from the brutality of other white men. There are many white supremacist implications JUST in that narrative. Simply because characters have depth and a story is compelling doesn’t absolve it of white supremacist propaganda—even in a story where a few black folks win. The White Savior is a product of racism. There’s no way to escape that.

And how can we look at this film in a vacuum? How can we not look at it in the context of the fact that Hollywood told Danny Glover flat out that he couldn’t make a film about a REAL black historical hero, but Quentin Tarantino got the, not green light, but AQUAMARINE light, to create a film about a fictitious black figure in a fictitious story that Clay says is “surprisingly historically correct”?

Clay notes that the film uses the word “nigger” about 108 times, but that he felt that it was properly contextual for the film. I would like to step OUTSIDE the film for a moment and think about the filmmaker. Given his pattern of behavior and his own philosophy, I wouldn’t be surprised if he wrote this film simply as an excuse to use the word 108 times and not be called on it because he can hide behind the notion that it’s “historical.” bell hooks can speak to the problematics of Tarantino much more intelligently and eloquently than I (read REEL TO REAL), but that there are problematics is, to me, hard to question.

I don’t think going to see DJANGO UNCHAINED makes people racist. I DO, however, believe that we become complicit in perpetuating racism and complacent in our critical evaluation of what we are seeing—if we just let the film wash over us with its seductive beauty and the sense of satisfaction it gives us. I read the script for DJANGO UNCHAINED. That some people think that this is a film for black audiences is shocking. That some can read it as an empowering film for blacks and not see what I believe are massive white supremacist gazes (not to mention ignore philosopher Walter Benjamin’s notes on the danger of revenge film—ESPECIALLY when told by the Outsider) is very difficult for me to understand.

Or to put is as my grandmama used to: Just because it FEELS good doesn’t mean it’s good FOR you.

To characterize any critical debate about this film as “trite” is shade. It’s an attempt to end the conversation before it starts. Also the idea that the film “just states the way things were” strikes me as a simplistic reading that doesn’t allow for interrogative questions like: Why isn’t a black person permitted to tell the story? Why did a white man obsessed with the word “nigger” get to tell it? Why isn’t Django allowed to obtain his own autonomy without the help of the white savior? Why does Samuel L. Jackson, an already dark-skinned black man, have to appear in blackface to play his role of House Negro?

But I suppose we all come to art/entertainment with our own experiences—shared and separate.

So let’s open this up to a larger discussion. What say you, fam?

All opinions are welcome as long as they remain respectful and bigotry-free.

-The Son of Baldwin



We Are All Black: But You as a Light Skin Person Are Benefiting From Light Skin Privilege


Colorism:”is a practice of discrimination by which those with lighter skin are treated more favorably than those with darker skin. In the African-American community, this traditionally played out via the paper bag test. Those lighter than the standard paper lunch bag were allowed entry into fraternities, sororities and other realms of black upper class life, while dark-skinned blacks were excluded. The Spike Lee film “School Daze” is an exploration of colorism.”  ~ About.com

I just read a post by a light skin Black author who summed up her article by saying after all we are all Black. Yes, we are all Black. Its pretty convenient to say when you want a kumbaya moment.

I first want to acknowledge, that you as a Black person probably have dealt with racism. However, light skin Blacks and dark skin Blacks  experiences with racism are quite different. Light skin privilege is real and I have studies to prove it.

I am going to post on the very tricky issue of Black light skin privilege. Yep, its going to have folks in a tizzy and their panties in knots but I do not care. Unlike those who won’t admit that black people of a lighter hue benefit from light skin privilege, I will. Light skin Blacks who do not acknowledge it are doing what racists White people do when they claim that we are all treated the same, that racism no longer exist or that they don’t see color. You are pretty much disregarding your darker brother and sisters experience.  Here is a wake up call. No, we are not treated all the same. Dark skin blacks not only have to deal with racism but intraracism too.

There are structures within the Black community itself that have historically worked to benefit people of a lighter hue. Spike Lee’s “School Daze” movie touched on it. Some of America’s oldest historic Black organizations participated in colorism. Historically Black sororities and fraternities had paper bag tests. Yes, THEY DID!  If you were too dark skin, your application to join could have been denied simply because of your hue. The NAACP was a very colorist organization. The NAACP wanted only light skin receptionists. But please remember, the NAACP was not the only one.

Study after study and article after article shows that light skin privilege is real:

Pittsburg Post Gazette – Documentary, studies renew debate about skin color’s impact

In a December 2006, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article it points to a University of Georgia study that found, “that a light-skinned black male can have only a bachelor’s degree and typical work experience and still be preferred over a dark-skinned black male with an MBA and past managerial positions,” says Matthew S. Harrison, a University of Georgia doctoral student in applied industrial organizational psychology, who presented his research in August to the Academy of Management in Atlanta.” For female applicants, “If the credentials were different, in the case of women, the more qualified or experienced darker-skinned woman got it, but if the qualifications were identical, the lighter-skinned woman was preferred,” Mr. Harrison said.”The article went on to point out that, “Dr. Frisby asked 79 female college students — 45 white women and 34 black women ages 18 to 28 — to evaluate the photographs, which they thought were for an upcoming ad campaign. And 78 of the 79 women chose the light brown skin tone as more attractive.” For more information, click here.

The Impact of Light Skin on Prison Time for Black Female Offenders, by Jill Viglione, Lance Hannon, and Robert DeFina of Villanova University:  “With regard to prison sentences, their results indicated that women deemed to have light skin are sentenced to approximately 12% less time behind bars than their darker skinned counterparts. The results also show that having light skin reduces the actual time served by approximately 11%.” For more information, click here.

  • Shades of Difference: Why Skin Color Matters by Evelyn Glenn http://bit.ly/xBfIrd
  • Brits believe mixed-race people are the ‘most attractive and successful’ Daily Mail
  • Americans rank mixed race people ahead of blacks socially  The Grio
  • All the Dark-Skinned Stars in ‘Precious’ Are Bad. All the Light…  The Root
  • The Legacy of the Brown Paper Bag The Hilltop
  • The Paper Bag Test  The Hilltop
  • Who is Black? One Nations Definition PBS
  • Blue Vein Society    InDie GoGo
  • Colorism: Black on Black Racism The Washington Post
  • Shades of Black Personal Stories of Colorism and Privilege Columbia University
  • Skin-Deep Discrimination  ABC News
  • Do light-skinned Black people have an advantage? Yes. They are likely to get hired first and may earn more money  Ebony

Study: Light-Skin Blacks Preferred Over Dark-Skin Ones The Grio

The study, which sampled over 12,000 black women imprisoned in North Carolina between 1995 and 2009, showed that light-skinned women were sentenced to 12 percent less time behind barsthan their darker-skinned counterparts. The results also showed that having light skin reduces the actual time served by 11 percent.

Even employers seem to prefer the lighter-skin blacks among us:

A 2006 University of Georgia study showed that employers prefer light-skinned black men to dark-skinned men, regardless of their qualifications. We found that a light-skinned black male can have only a Bachelor’s degree and typical work experience and still be preferred over a dark-skinned black male with an MBA and past managerial positions,” said Matthew S. Harrison in 2006, then a doctoral student in applied industrial organizational psychology at Georgia.

But when it is not mainstream society (code words for white folks), it is people within our own community making light of our historical pain:

In Oct. 2007, a Detroit party promoter caused an uproar when he promoted a party giving free admission to light-skinned women only. Ulysses Barnes — or “DJ Lish” — promoted a party for “Light Skinned Women & All Libras” but promptly cancelled it after women and activist groups protested the party’s premise.”

Yes, you may have been told you are not Black enough by Blacks and you have every right to complain. But you will not be taken seriously until you have acknowledged the benefits of light skin privilege. Once you do it is your duty to call it out when it happens. When we discuss White Privilege many African Americans are quick to say that the only time White privilege will end is when White people address it. Well I am asking light skin Blacks to do the same.

Here is a list of light skin privileges using the studies I cited above (feel free to disagree):

  1. Having the ability to deny or not acknowledge that colorism exists.
  2. Be recognized as a symbol of post racism.
  3. It is assumed that you are race neutral when issues of race are raised.
  4. Being standard of beauty in the Black and Latino community.
  5. Being called Black based on the antebellum era one drop rule.
  6. Being racially ambiguous.
  7. People automatically assuming you are mixed and it is seen as a positive attribute.
  8. It is automatically assumed that you are more intelligent than the darker members of your racial group.
  9. Not being seen as angry unlike the darker members of your racial group.
  10. Being considered less threatening by the Eurocentric mainstream based on the color of your skin.
  11. People not making the assumption that you grew up poor unlike your dark skin counterparts.
  12. Being allowed to recognize the variety of your racial/ethnic heritage without ridicule.
  13. Within African American culture being called a “redbone” is regarded as a compliment while being called “darkskin” is considered derogatory.
  14. Having someone tell you that your light skin is better than dark skin.
  15. Can color, dye, relax, or weave your hair without it being seen as an act of self-hate.
  16. The assumption that your relaxed hair and chemically processed curls are your natural texture.
  17. Not being told that, “You are pretty for a dark skin girl.”
  18. Your skin color being valued by some who purposely wants to erase their ethnicity and hates their own skin color.
  19. Taking advantage of skin color privilege depending upon the situation. For example, applying for scholarships for African Americans and Latinos and later passing for other than a minority.
  20. You have a better chance of landing a job than a darker person with the same credentials.
  21. You have better opportunities for education and jobs prospects.
  22. Because of your light skin your relatives may of have had access to Black sororities, fraternities, and other organizations that promoted intraracism.
  23. Your images are reflected in all forms of the Black and Latino owned media.
  24. People who look like you rarely portray the stereotypical maid, downtrodden, Sapphire, and dysfunctional Black women roles on television.
  25. You always play the Black and Latino wife on television.
  26. Being able to be biracial, multiracial, or light skin and still play a Black, Asian, Latino and White person on television when people of a darker hue cannot.
  27. Not having people in entertainment making songs or comments disrespecting your skin color.
  28. If you are light skin Latino you don’t have to prove it.
  29. If you are a light skin Latino it is automatically assumed that you speak Spanish.
  30. You or your family have much more likely have immigrated to America leaving your darker skin counterparts behind.

More articles

CNN’s Don Lemon: “Anchors of Color on Television Are Light-Skinned”

AfricaSpeaks.com – Dialogue on Colorism –

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