Sunday, February 28, 2016

THE SILVER LINING INSIDE OSCARS SO WHITE FOR BLACK WOMEN



In the 1990s a white rock group was filmed while performing live before a white audience using a number of racial epithets to describe black and brown people. The white audience loved it judging by the chuckling heard on the audio.



The leader of this rock band, Puns and Poses, never defended his group or his impromptu lyrics by making the following statement:
"If you're a n*gg*r, you're probably not going to like us," he says. "If you're a coon, you probably don't like us. If you're not a coon or a n*gg*r, don't be jumping to the defense of these despicable black males. Just like I shouldn't be jumping to the defense of no punks or no cowards or no slimy sons of jackasses that are white men. I never understood why an upstanding black man would even think we're talking about him."


But ICE CUBE of N.W.A and STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON fame did make this statement to defend N.W.A. their treatment of black women in their music:

Cube laughs off N.W.A's lyrical treatment of women (which, to be fair, got way worse after he left the group).
"If you're a b*tch, you're probably not going to like us," he says. "If you're a ho, you probably don't like us. If you're not a ho or a b*tch, don't be jumping to the defense of these despicable females. Just like I shouldn't be jumping to the defense of no punks or no cowards or no slimy son of a b*tches that's men. I never understood why an upstanding lady would even think we're talking about her."





Rancid Pose, the leader of my mythical white rock band, and Ice Cube likely have a lot in common. They both probably think that most black men and most black women, respectively, are trash. And both probably think that there are exceptional black people that fall into the categories of “a credit to their race” or “a credit to their gender,” respectively.

Rancid Rose and Ice Cube ought to take the time to realize that they are mirror reflections of one another. In fact, a lot of patriarchy, sexism spewing black men should at just how close to white racists they are in thought pattern.
just counting "b*ches" here, not the "hos"



The black man in the video below says that N.W.A. took “b*tch” and it acceptable to call black women almost all by themselves and that black women took it up too. I don’t know if that’s true that N.W.A. started that mess, but they most certainly made it worse. N.W.A. called black women “b*tches" 208 times by his count.
 

And just like white people, N.W.A. has behavior that corresponds to what comes out of their mouths.


That is, most black and brown people know that where ever a large number of white people who are comfortable yelling the n-word out in public among their peers, you know that you that you have time traveled to a place where you can be beaten or killed for just looking at a white person in the wrong way.

And the same holds true for “b*tch" and "ho” yelling, singing, rapping black men in regards to black women.

At least one of the black men of N.W.A. beat black women regularly. Dre's violence and domestic violence never ended in the death of a black woman. But the black men who listen to this mess have done a number on themselves, as a friend of a friend said. N.W.A projected out into the atmosphere a despising of black women that, at least partially, justified the beating of women



What's Missing From Straight Outta Compton: 
Me And The Other Women Dr Dre Beat Up



Rabid white racists and rabid black sexists/black misogynists are cut from very similar cloth. But the thing that’s very different for white racists as opposed to black misogynists, is that white racists do not have praise and defense coming from their victims. Black misogynists like N.W.A., by comparison, have a huge following among their black female victims. N.W.A's lyrical victims have been brainwashed, based on white racism, into putting racial solidarity above everything, even self-respect and self-preservation. 





In my mind, THE OTHER THING THAT N.W.A. has done is help normalize the notion that anti-black racism 
is all about black men and nobody else. 

How else do you explain that your ordinary black male husbands, black friends, and black male neighbors (and half of their friends, wives, and lovers) can listen to "b*tches" and "hos,"
 the tearing down of black women 
over and over again,
 yet STILL think N.W.A. "uplifts the race?"




When white people don't notice that they are lifting themselves up by standing on black backs in a given situation (such as creating the so-called "black on black crime"statistic out of the thinnest pretense)  we call that racism, and we call it despicable. We understand that the words white people use to lift white people and only white people up have consequences.

So how is it so many in the black community don’t understand that words have consequences when they are used by black men to pound black women into dirt?

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I really need some of us to start understanding that 
the serial killer called "The Grim Sleeper" was only able to kill dozens, if not hundreds, ofblack women because they had been tramp stamped first and mentally dumped by the black community 
as "despicable females." 

White racism had a lot to do with why police didn't really look for "The Grim Sleeper" for decades. But misgynoir had a bigger part in why most of that black community wasn’t even looking for the serial killer in their midst.

 For decades only a few black women reached out to the mothers of the dead and tried to hunt for Lonnie Franklin. This black women's group hunted a black serial killer sans any help because drug addicted women on the street,  Franklin's "b*tches" and "hos" victims, don't matter like black men with police records do (Freddie Gray, Eric Garner)  





I've tried to imagine a black women's musical group that talked about the worthlessness of these n*ggers all the time with half to most of black people being okay with it. But I can't really do it

I've tried to imagine a black woman lead singer saying when interviewed,  "Not all men. You know which ones we mean" just like Ice Cube did in regards to black women. I've tried to imagine a black world where this is possible. I just can't do it.

I've tried to imagine a black world where half the black men would say "Yeah, it's bad that they're calling us n*ggers but look how much good they've done in regards to...." as a lot of black women have done when defending N.W.A. It's impossible for me to even try to visualize it. It is an unreality that will not form in my head.

So right now, I'm trying to imagine a day where people hear N.W.A mentioned and wrinkle up their noses like they stepped in something foul and change the subject. Apparently, I want this bad enough that I can imagine it 


So yes, #OscarsSoWhite the sequel is bad. There's no doubt about this. But at least the movie “Straight Outta Compton” didn’t win an Oscar. That is fantastic news as far as black women are concerned, whether most of us understand that or not. May everybody associated with it disappear into oblivion where they belong.





Opinion video on how N.W.A 
normalized "b*tch" in the black community