Monday, June 29, 2009

20 Years Later.... Have we yet to "Do the Right Thing"???

Personally, I enjoy a television show, book, movie, song, etc.. that I have to listen to over and over. Those moments where you say to yourself, "Did he just say what I think he said?" When your mouth just drops and you become Chris Tucker in "Friday" Daaaaaaaaaammmmmmmmmn! Spike Lee has done that for me for years, starting with the first movie of his I saw in the theatres, "Do the Right Thing!" You knew from Public Enemy's Fight the Power, when Chuck D and Flav said, "Elvis.... he never mean shit to me, cause he's straight out racist the sucka was simple and plain, Motherfuck him and John Wayne", that this was one of those moments that would change the way you looked at the world.

So here we are in 2009, Barack Obama is the President of the United States, We've had 2 Black Secretary of State's, Tiger Woods is the most dominant golfer on the planet, Robin Thicke is bangin' out soulful hits and married to Paula Patton (deezam), Eminem spits hotter raps than 95% of the rap world, and mainstream America wants to proclaim this as the dawn of Post racial America. I say, it's the dawn of opportunity for America to confront and atone for it's racist foundations. The first step to beating your demons is to first admit them. So, USA, stand up and say, "Hi, I'm Uncle Sam, and I'm a racist". There are so many little things about Do the Right Thing that could be expanded upon. The characters are diverse, complex, conflicted, and most importantly, straddling the line of right and wrong. This great motion picture asks us all, are we doing the right thing? Racially, America has many miles to go. We don't live together, go to school together, play together, work together, like we should. We still don't strive to look at each other as individuals first. The inequities on the socioeconomic level are probably greater today than the injustices of the racially segregated past.

Say what you want about Spike Lee, but he makes you think and most importantly leaves you asking more questions than he provides answers. The world we live in is not a simple math problem. It isn't even a complex Lego set. 400+ years and 300 million people can't be healed and made better over night, not even over a generation. Like many other cultural and societal ills they are going to take thought, debate, discussion, cooperation, and most importantly a willingness to admit and apologize for wrongs on both sides. We can't blame "The Man" for keeping us down when we do a great job of being crabs in a barrel.

Now let's go listen to some Mister Senor Love Daddy We Love Radio and Chilllllllllll

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Don't get kidnapped if you're not White and cute......

First off, let me state for the record that I think Nancy Grace is a heartless beyotch! Now.....

Why is it that, where I first saw this story this morning, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, no where in the national media has this story been talked about? This poor child has been missing for more than a week. Gary IN isn't exactly in the sticks somewhere. Hell, I watch "The First 48" and the tag line is, "If cops want to solve their crime, the chances drop by over 1/2 if they don't have a lead in the first 48". I think it's extremely ironic that there was also a survey that came out today that says Black people don't feel like race relations have improved since Obama was elected President. DUH, did you think the nations first African American President would make the racists and biggots run and HIDE? I don't think so, Homey don't play that.

But back to my point, when a child goes missing, don't you need to stomp on that immediately? Get out APB's, descriptions, News Flashes, the internet, twitter, etc..... Hell, I'm about 9 hrs away in Nebraska, but that's less than a day's drive. CNN chooses to report this now? Nancy Grace, and her self serving, psudo prosecutorial ass immediately takes the stance that, "Well how well did you know your sitter? Does she drink, does she smoke? You took and passed a lie detector", she spends the whole time trying to make herself feel like she's fighting for the victim. That bitch is trying to make herself look good, period. Now if little Jada Justice was White, and holding a teddy bear, with cute little blonde hair and big blue eyes, I think we'd have a 24/7 manhunt for that little girl.

But we know that's not going to happen for little Jada. I've seen it too many times. Particularly with women of color. They get beat up by a husband, so what? They go missing? probably on the run from creditors. Child get's snatched, those nappy braids and berrets don't "move the meter" enough. Sorry, hope you find her. But Woman is in a trunk in philadelphia, just got carjacked by two negroes, please help! That was on MSNBC within several hours. Never mind that the crazy bitch took her and the child to Disneyworld and was tracked by her cellphone.

This country is a casserole of hypocracy, gender inequity, racial bigotry, and revisionism. We read the pledge, sing songs of freedom and equality, but the truth is most of us know better. When Chicago has over 30 Highschool kids killed in one school year, it's not a story. When it does make the news, oh they were just gang members. Wrong!

When we learn to value ALL our citizens, ALL our children, ALL people, equally. Maybe, just maybe, we can begin to judge other societies with a straight face.

Please, for Jada.