This speech was made by Malcolm X before the Hajj. By 1965, his views became more progressive, but this speech offers a lot of truth. _____________________________ ____________________________________________
crammasters 1 year ago I wish Mos Def much success ---- the downside (in my opinion) is that the entertainment industry (system) has a way of neutralizing BM entertainers with a strong black rap, --- and before u know it, they are part of the (foul) Hollywood/TV scene, and stop speaking out for justice for black folks, and some go all the way and get a cheap-looking, poor a___ blonde to wear on their arm (am I right, Ice-T?) --- the system has FOUR WAYS of dealing with BM who have a "militant" aka black-loving and defending profile:
---- 1. they BRIBE them (like CNN appearances, a newspaper column, a university professorship, or a role in a TV show or movie
---- 2. they DISCREDIT them -- by destroying their reputation, false slander, revealing some secrets, or outright LYING on them
---- 3. they JAIL them -- by charging them with a crime they did not commmit
---- 4. they KILL them -- like Tupac ---- All done to NEUTRALIZE the black male from fighting his oppression
---- I'm hoping Mos Def will peep the game, keep his mind, soul, and SANITY intact, and refuse to buy into the hype and fame of a white racist entertainment industry that destroys so many black folks (like Michael J). ---- One last thing: Mos Def, don't bring a white female home to your moms! lol
By: crammasters on 5/30/2011 12:00PM Neutral Any article ABOUT black people -- be it unemployment or education -- that does NOT mention RACISM, is fairly useless in my opinion. WE (black people) cannot afford to pretend that we live in a "post-racial" america just because of one election -- which hasn't done a thing for blacks collectively. We cannot afford to pretend that racism is not the MAJOR FACTOR in our quality of life for the black collective — which includes having a job that pays a living or better wage. I know it's fashionable to believe racism is "going away" or that IR dating is "hip" or whatever mindlessness that is promoted by the mainstream media, BUT those of us who are thinking, logical people know better. Many of the black folks on the UNEMPLOYMENT LINE are educated, college-degreed, and have years of job experience, so it will take more than just packing up and moving to a place with a smaller black population to overcome what it means to be black in a racist society. Actually, I would advise against that move for two reasons: 1) as the economy continues to decline (and I believe it's important to be honest with ourselves about that), then being a black speck in a vast pool of white buttermilk may not be the SAFEST OPTION. 2) Spreading the black population thin dilutes our potential power. What we should be doing -- in my opinion -- is taking advantage of our NUMBERS by ADMITTING that TRUTH: that racism -- not education or table manners -- is the MAJOR FACTOR in the deteriorating quality of life for black people collectively in this nation (and always has been).
At that point we MUST decide it's a case of do or die -- meaning we MUST develop our own economic/business bases that allows us to (1) produce what we need, (2) provide services to our communities, (3) to sell what we produce to each other and recirculate our dollars, and (4) to EMPLOY OURSELVES AND EACH OTHER. Of course I know this will take a lot of work, time, patience and endurance - because we will be opposed by those who want to see us remain helpless and childless and DEPENDENT, but we really have no choice. We will have to be determined to UNLEARN centuries of forced dependence but we are CAPABLE people once we set our minds to it. We can complete with anyone once we set our minds to it and our history proves that. We have overcome the kinds of odds that no other group has EVER faced -- once we set our minds to it. Remember 'Black Wall Street' where freed SLAVES right after slavery built an entire, independent, all black town with it's own bus line, library, and theater? If you've never heard of it, you need to google it, as well as learning about the over 50 all black towns that once existed in the state of Oklahoma.
We must get away from this "gotta find a job" mentality AND move toward "gotta get OUT of this job mentality," with a quickness because as long as we have to go rely on companies that either won't hire us, won't pay us fairly, or will fire us unfairly -- especially in a bad economy -- we will be having this same discussion on black unemployment a few years from now -- only the numbers will be higher. It's time for a game changer, brothers and sisters, while we still in the game.
smh. you are beyond ignorant. The Black Panthers were against the POWER structure and America's POLICE state not other races. And they carried guns to protect the community who was being violated BY the police.
OH And check this:
June 7, 1969: Black Panther Party newspaper announces Rainbow Coalition comprised of the Panthers, Chicago Young Lords (Puerto Ricans), Young Patriots (white Americans), and the Brown Berets (Mexican-Americans).
Do your research. Knowledge is power.
Marcia Judkins 21 hours ago the problem with jayz is that he has profited off of the demise of his own people. the hip hop culture- which includes rappers, thugs and gangsters has birth a nation of illegitimate sons who will continue the cycle. jayz and those like him - lil wayne, kanye drake etc ... continue to pimp the black youth of america for their own selfish gain of power,money, greed and being idolized. it's sad, jayz stopped saying bit-- in his lyrics once his daughter was born yet he could not care any less about yours or mine. redemption is one thing but this man clearly knows the affect words have on children, he carefully chose not to use the word anymore simply because of the affect it will have on his seed. i personally have no respect for him, and he should be called out and held accountable for his actions - like all the rest of them. jayz earned his millions singing and glamorizing a lifestyle that should not be accepted in the black community - but yet we allow it. our kids sing his praises daily - our youth are dying living the lifestyle these "men" promote. ______________ Rosalind Duncan 4 hours ago regardless of what he thought of jay-z, his remarks went to far. just because of one man, he chose to incite and alienate an entire ethnic group? also jay-z is only 1 of the owners. why didn't he question the other owner's choices to support the changes? is he implying that jay-z has total control over every decision made by the nets? i've never been a fan of jay-z, but i don't hate the man for getting paid. at least it's legal. if you don't like his music and what you think it represents, don't buy it or listen to it. this is just another way to try and divide the black community. if jay-z has matured and decided to stop using derogatory words in his music, because he wants his child to grow up better than he did, than congratulations to him. bottom line, people need to stop looking to entertainers, and athletes to educate and be a role model for our kids. it's the parent's job to teach their children what is right and what is wrong. my folks taught me proper grammar, even when they didn't always use it themselves. and after i had my mouth washed out with soap a few times i learned to talk right. and with the application of the belt to my bottom, i learned to behave right too. parenting works, more people ought to try it.
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