Posts Tagged ‘Boyce Watkins’

Ugh.

It’s so hard to stay away from controversy when controversy refuses to stay away. Hey everyone, the dragon is back and I’m fired up. Let me make a disclaimer; I am not a fan of Dr. Boyce Watkins however, he wrote an interesting piece on the Donald Sterling situation and for once I agree with a lot of what he says well, at least 81% (to avoid full compliance with him).

Anyway, this controversy over in Clipper Land has really agitated me and I just can’t keep calm and keep my mouth shut, I have to write, Bloggers, blog. So, that being said, my engraved fume into this digital soil will focus on the NAACP and its coon leadership over in Los Angeles. How disturbingly fitting, a male by the name of Leon Jenkins, a name that couldn’t speak to the volumes of coon-ism any louder than Stepin Fetchit, is conducting the coon train into an embarrassing media minstrel show.

This so-called president of the Los Angeles branch of the NAACP allegedly is calling for Donald Sterling’s forgiveness for a “fee”, while hiding behind God, religion and apparent greed.

“This week, the Los Angeles Times has reported that Leon Jenkins, president of the Los Angeles branch of the NAACP, is willing to forgive Sterling for his latest set of racial sins, all for a modest fee. Using God, Christianity and the bible as cover, Jenkins goes back to the foundations of why black people were fed religious beliefs that teach us to bend in fear in the midst of battle, even if others have declared war on us.  “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. “We are negotiating with him about giving more moneys to African American students at UCLA, and so we are in preliminary discussions,” he also said. – Boyce Watkins

The NBA has shown its strength while the NAACP has shown its weakness.

The NBA has shown its strength while the NAACP has shown its weakness.

I fully agree with Boyce that, “The NAACP’s national office should step up and admonish the Los Angeles chapter for exhibiting behavior that is in direct contradiction to the sentiments and desires of millions of people who are offended by Sterling’s record of racist behavior.”

I call for his resignation.

This Jenkins character is indisputably a villain and an enemy of the people. We are not and should not support the NAACP nationally until they demand his resignation. Our community can’t continue to foot the bill when it comes to building up these organizations and empowering these puppets that claim to be for us but, only end up hurting us and making us look like a tribe of fools. Now the world knows that the NAACP will take money from racist whites looking to be forgiven for transgressions against Black people. It’s like going into a confession booth and silently sliding the pastor an envelope of cash and all sins are magically forgiven.

We pretend that because of the size of the NAACP that we can’t and shouldn’t hold them accountable for their actions and the way they practice business. We never come out and say this but, our actions speak louder than words. Everything they do is at our expense; the little people, the poor, the inopportune and the weak, how can any right-thinking person accept this without questioning the intents and purposes of the organization and sleep comfortably at night?

How many more Donald Sterling’s are we going to have to forgive? How many more degrading remarks about our people are we going to sweep under the rug? How much more can a people take; being torn down day after day, by law enforcement, millionaires, billionaires, white supremacists, racists, institutionalized racism and the media. When will the string that is holding us complacent out of fear of death, break and unleash upon the world the collective anger of Black people?

When are we going to stop following the lamb to the slaughterhouse?

The LA NAACP’s failure to act appropriately, is another notch in the whipping belt of white supremacy; proving that the almighty white dollar can buy black sentiment from institutions that are supposed to work for us, not against us. Working on behalf to end discrimination and hatred towards Black people well, colored people, whatever that means but, you get my point. African-Americans, Blacks, Coloreds, Negroes will never be taken seriously if we don’t get serious about how we take care of each other.

In my openly-personal opinion, this is clearly making the NAACP look like the laughing stock of the non-profit world. Yes, other organizations may take dirty money but, it’s not in the open and they don’t have the archetypal stereotype posturing around on television trying to justify the handout!

Leon Jenkins is a coon, a minstrel, a sell-out, selling-into the white supremacy machine and using our foolishness, our money and our misguided loyalty to grease the engine.

 

The end result of all of this is unbalanced, like Elephants and Ants on see-saws. The NBA has shown its strength while the NAACP has shown its weakness.  Showing lenience and compassion to Donald Sterling, while the NBA does the right thing and rids themselves of him for life.

KEEPCALMEND

CT

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You’s A Stupid H*e

So…B.E.T….Black…Entertainment…….Television, has decided to ban a Nicki Minaj video?  I can honestly say that I’m surprised and equally ecstatic.  When I learned the name of the song and read the lyrics to, “Stupid Hoe” I could already see why they did.  I’m sure the executives aren’t trying to make any moral changes to the mind-numbing machine that is BET, it’s just that the song is really, really un-editable.  She’s talking about ‘pissin’ on bitches and other lewd unmentionables so it’s really no question as to why they banned it.

On top of the disgust I have for Minaj, my overall opinion of BET is somewhat common amongst most intelligent Black folks that are fed up with what record labels and video channels dub as music.  From Hip Hop to R&B, BET and its non-Black executives have ruined what was once good with music in the African-American community and in its psyche.  Of course BET isn’t the only station doing this but, the difference between BET and MTV or VH1 – BET promotes this as our culture as who we as a people are and that is wrong and ethically incorrect.

Since 2003 when BET was “souled out”, the qualities of the programming and music videos have taken a terrible and tragic turn for the people.  Those of us that are the target market, are the ones that get the brunt of the bad and none of the good because, there really isn’t any.  BET is a dumbing-down machine, a virtual piece of equipment designed to extract reality and inject fantasy.  Black Entertainment Television, used to teach, used to reach, used to preach; along with Johnson Publishing, it was once a crown jewel of African-American success and aspiration.

Quality shows were replaced with Trash TV, semi-reality shows displaying the twisted lives of confused Blacks acting like hordes of immoral, foolish, drug using, alcohol consuming, sex-crazed, booty shaking weave-wearing jigaboos!  Admittedly, these representations are on “other “channels but, aren’t celebrated as being part of our culture, the way it is on BET.

Culture is defined as:

The quality in a person or society that arises from a concern for what is regarded as excellent in arts, letters, manners, scholarly pursuits, etc…

I’ve constantly debated with Black people that cry, “It’s our culture, our culture, that’s just who we are…………….” There is nothing quality about guns and drugs, or hair pulling cat fights, loud mouths and jail time.  Nothing excellent about shit programming.  What is artistic, mannerly or scholarly on BET?  Can someone answer that? 

Let me get back to the reason why I’m blogging…Stupid Hoe and Dr. Watkins.

The article I read by Dr. Watkins, seemed to be complaining that this “mild” video should not have been banned from BET.  If you can show other types of fuckery why shouldn’t BET show just a little more?  Dr. Boyce Watkins, who is a professor at Syracuse Univ. and a regular on CNN, wrote a noteworthy article criticizing BET for its decision to ban Stupid Hoe but rebuked them for not banning Lil Wayne and Wiz Khalifah and other videos that promote rampant misogynism, weed and alcohol reverence and violence.  I agree these musical-messes and others should be banned from BET as well; I’d go as far as saying that they shouldn’t be allowed to publicly make music ever that includes Nicki Minaj.

Dr. Watkins also stated that sexism was the driving force behind the video ban.  I don’t see this decision as a sexist one; I see it as obliquely positive.  In an indirect way it gives Black people an opportunity to not see the video by means of their favorite medium – BET.  Of course it can be watched on YouTube like I did (Journal purposes only, yuck) and see the licentiousness …yeah I said it….and still be exposed to it but, for BET to ban it will keep US from watching one more debilitating video and then going into another one and then another one….at least it won’t be seen there.

Anyway, this isn’t about the good professor, this is about the Stupid Hoe, Nicki Minaj.  I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a video for a rap song with such an offensive title, at least not one that made it to a video.  Of course there’s, “Let a ho be a ho” and “Bitches and shit” but, there aren’t any videos for these degrading songs.  If so, they didn’t make it to mainstream TV and are sitting in a VHS collection somewhere in one of Bobby Johnson’s basements.

We don’t always need distinguished scholars and visiting fellows that have their degrees so far stuck up their asses they could take a temperature with them, to tell us what’s good and what’s not good for us but thanks to Dr. Watkins for his commentary.  Allowing children to enjoy or listen to Nicki Minaj is bad parenting in my book; especially daughters.  How much worse is it than listening to Bill O’Reilly at a KKK rally?  She wears strap on dildos on stage, c’mon man! 

One highly charged reader states:

Yes it should be banned, BET made the right decision. Our young African American girls do not need this kind of trash depicting the black female. It is bad enough the social media white supremacists continue the stereotypical generalization of black women. Black is an experience it is not a condition.

Stupid Hoe is possibly the realization of Onika Tanya Maraj, to what she is and that her soul has been bought and paid for and now this is her life for the rest of her life.

 The stupid hoe is Nicki Minaj, consider this the theme song to her Autobiography!

CT