Reclaiming Our Self Repsect

Here is a very intersting article (The Real Terrorist: On Wit Lost by Jason Whitlock) on Jason Whitlock, who seems to be trying to get his 15 minutes of fame but going after the coach of the Rutgers Team.

Speaking of Imus.  Oprah will have a town-hall meeting tomorrow with Jason Whilock, Al Sharpton, Bruce Gordon, Common and Russell Simmons. 

A release from “The Oprah Winfrey Show” said: “The group will address whether or not there is a double standard in this country, what behavior different races are willing and not willing to tolerate, and why women and minorities often are targets for derogatory and degrading comments. Winfrey asks the panel to consider if this incident could be a ‘tipping point’ for American society.”

Finally there is going to an hour long program that has a balance of people that can offset the ignorance that Jason Whitlock has spewed over this past week;  He is a media hog.  I understand his objection to hip hop, the op-ed piece that Whitlock wrote about Coach Vivian and the Rutgers girls was way off base and was border line sexist.  He had no right to say how these young ladies were supposed to feel.  They expressed to the nation what those comments meant to them and he had no right to undermine or underestimate the opinions and feelings of these young woman.

C. DeLores Tucker

In the midst of this resurfaced crisis, C. DeLores Tucker’s campaign during the 90’s for self respect for black people doesn’t sound so crazy now does it?  I mean black and white people turned on this sister.  She not only took on the rap artist who used offensive lyrics, she also went after the music companies.  In return, hip-hop artist like Tupac (which many black folks in hip-hop have named a Hip-Hop Prophet) trashed her in his lyrics:

Shakur rapped “Delores Tucker you’s a motherfucker / Instead of trying to help a nigga you destroy your brother”

I understand that we are all not perfect, and we come from different walks of life.  But I can not wrap my brain around why so many of us, especially those of us from Generation X respect and almost glorify the life and times of Tupac.  Yeah he spit lyrics that were both positive and negative, but he was never a person that I ever looked up to.  I took what he said with a grain of salt.  See my parents instilled self pride and worth in me.  They made sure that I was aware of black history and how it was often marginalized and undervalued in this country.  So when Hip-hop really started to blow up in the late 80’s and early 90’s I was grounded.  I didn’t have to look up to Tupac.   I had the knowledge of others who came way before Tupac thatwere positive and objective thinkers to the struggle.  Sorry for all you Tupac fans, I am sure I will get some nasty messages for talking about the Hip-Hop profit…..

And Eminem (who we all know is white) and D12 (his black hip-hop crew), had the audacity to rap:

 “I’m all for America, fuck the government / Tell that C. Delores Tucker slut to suck a dick / Motherfuck ducked, what the fuck? son of a bitch / Take away my gun, I’m gonna tuck some other shit”.

Eminem, a white man had the nerve to disrespect an elder of the Civil Rights Community and political activist and not one black person called him on this!!!  We have lost self respect, self pride.  We have lost ourselves by selling our souls to corporate industry.  As a result we have lowered the bar so low, that white people have no problem doing the same.  We need a new Self-Respect Movement, and call all those to task who do not respect us; including us!!!! 

Sister Tucker, on behalf of all of those who blasted you for taking the stand that we all should have, I apologize.  You stood up when many of us punked out,  you knew where we were headed because you had been there before, and black America for the most part, turned our backs on you.  I know you are in a better place now looking down on what has become since your departure from this world.  Some of us, are trying to do you proud, we are trying but sometimes it is hard.  It’s so hard that sometimes you just want to give up.  But then I think about what you went through, and how you stood steadfast even when your own people turned on you.  

Cowardice asks the question – is it safe?
Expediency asks the question – is it politic?
Vanity asks the question – is it popular?
But conscience asks the question – is it right?
And there comes a time when one must take a position
that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular;
but one must take it because it is right.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Is is time for my people to wake up and reclaim our Self Respect!!

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2 Responses

  1. Yo Native until a black man killing a black man is just as if not for offensive than the police or a white lynch mob get used to it.

    Also when black people can look at the loud, obnoxious and ignorant and hell behavior and prentend like we (black folk) arent embarising ourselves with our behavior get used to it.

    Lastly when you have people like Michael Eric Dyson saying things such ” Black kids who make this music is just reflecting the culture at large” as an excuse for a culture that is toxis even too itself forget about.

    You Native , me and all other black folk are going to have to let the white man/system excuse chill for a minute and focus on problems in our own hood bieng caused by our own behavior if we want to change this.

  2. Also Native I thought hes argument made valid points (some of which I make myself).

    My main problem with him was that he said a few really ignoarant things. But he made a rough argument that dindnt reflect our culture and situation quite accurately.

    Plus I dont like some of the things he said being aired in public I think they should be aired amongst ourselves and aired soon and thoughtfully.

    But like you said in the last post If we dont respect ourselves how can we demand it from others.

    You have brilliant people who are making excuses and trying to jusitify the negative (toxic) culture of hip hop and its music. ” Thier just talking about the things they see thier daily lives”

    As if these same people dont see teachers who care, mentors, coaches, boys and girls club staff.
    Along with a lot of other really positive expierences.
    The real question is how do you hit the rappers and companies and radio stations economically.

    Because I garauntee you that radio programs and content we buy will be pulled off of the air. Because some of our products are a lot more offensive than Imus said. But to tell the truth I have no problem with a lot of whats currently out thier being taken off the markett.

    Also have you noticed that when people who support the current hip hop establishments view on offensive content of hip hop and its culture. They make one dumb statement and then leave I believe its because they know thier positions are indefensible.

    It is a fact that hip hip and culture has a history of killing its greatest ambassodors . It is a fact that hip hop culture demeans and exploits black women (much in the same way as the slave master).

    The part about this is most of these young mean could only count on black women to guide them through thier rights of passage. Their behavior demeans even threatens the one certain ( black women) that young black boys can count on in this world.
    That is self destruction personified.

    Im not saying they cant make music, but I am saying that things in the hip world and music need to change.

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