Forty-three percent of the country believes discrimination against whites is as large a problem as discrimination against blacks. This is likely the same crowd incapable of discerning “white privilege.” White privilege is the freedom to f#*k up and still be seen as human. It is manifested when a sitting president can devise public policy to “criminalize” and “disrupt those communities” of blacks, have your aide admit to it years later
This week President Obama made a historic visit to Cuba – the first by a US President in nearly 90 years. While this trip explores the potential relationship between the U.S. and Cuba, many Americans feel the only thing President Obama should talk to Cuban leadership about is granting its people Democracy and freedom. However, are we (America) in a position to give lectures on Democracy and freedom? Especially when unarmed black people are routinely shot by police, we incarceratemore citizens than any nation, and in many ways, Cuba has been more supportive of black people than America. This also begs the question of whether Fidel Castro is as evil as we’ve been taught.
The movie “Lean on Me” has a powerful, yet underrated scene in which Principal Joe Clark is reprimanded by his superior to which he responds, “We are being crucified by a process that is turning black into a permanent underclass!” That’s heavy stuff. Joe Clark’s sobering prediction is not well remembered in the film and not considered seriously enough, especially when we discuss political priorities. That’s precisely what I thought about when someone complained to me that President Obama hadn’t nominated a black person for the Supreme Court.
Tamir Rice and LaQuan McDonald were both unarmed and killed by police. The top prosecutors in Cleveland and Chicago were both voted out of office, largely due to the way they handled those two cases. Many are calling this a victory for the Black Lives Matter movement but in reality, I’m not sure the movement can ultimately win. The system is just way too complicated, by design.
Paula White is a thin, white, barbie-like preacher who became popular by learning to preach like and appeal to black churchgoers. She’s been married three times (full disclosure: I’m divorced myself). She divorced her first husband soon after becoming a Christian. Along with her second husband, she started what grew to be a megachurch, largely attended by black folks. Paula’s lifestyle grew to include million dollar condos, private jets and so much swag that even Congress felt the need to investigate her. Paula now pastors another majority black megachurch and still makes her living from black dollars. She also became the latest high profile endorser of Donald Trump. So why are those negroes in her church still?
I binge on House of Cards every time Netflix drops a season: don’t judge me, you don’t know my life. Frank Underwood is a shrewd, evil genius that happens to be in politics. Frank rose from Congressman (Majority Whip) all the way to President in about five minutes, employing betrayal, manipulation, deceit and even murder: by any means necessary. Oddly enough, his rise to the presidency was literally prompted by nothing more than a chip on his shoulder, after not receiving a nod for Secretary of State. It was not a grand vision for the country or passion to help the oppressed that motivated Frank, simply the desire to be great and be acknowledged. Men that desire power, void of vision, are dangerous and unprincipled. Frank has proven that and I suspect Trump will also.
Jay Z purchased Tidal early in 2015. Since that time, he’s worked tirelessly to promote the company. Jay Z has also gone out of his way to point out the backlash to black ownership he’s experienced in the process. At his 2015 B-Sides Concert, he went so far as to call out his competitors and the inherent white privilege they receive, in contrast to himself.