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Dear Racism – I Am Not My Grandparents…These Hands

As always I am on the lookout for sites with a fresh perspective and a new view on things. Doing this blog as fun means I am not always up on the very latest (I do tend to spend time on my other hobbies – woodworking, building, tech projects, photography)..as well as those thing income producing.

This from a recent discovery – Very Smart Brothas. The site is worth a visit. But warning – that language can be a bit overboard.

THOSE “I’M NOT MY GRANDPARENTS; YOU CAN CATCH THESE HANDS” SHIRTS ARE DISRESPECTFUL AS FUCK (AND WRONG)

I was invited to New York City Friday evening for an advance screening of the screen adaptation of Fences — August Wilson’s iconic play. Afterwards, the cast — including Denzel Washington (who also produced and directed the film) and Viola Davis — took part in a panel discussion about the story the film told, August Wilson’s genius, Pittsburgh (where each of Wilson’s plays took place), and the importance of bringing these characters and their specific truths to light.

Fences, of course, is set in the 1950s and revolves around Troy Maxson, a 53-year-old man whose entire existence is a struggle and whose every moment is a fight. There are frequent moments of levity in Troy’s life, but even those are clouded by, engulfed with, and sometimes a direct response to racial and societal adversity. He is the pipe and America is the pressure. Left to pick up his pieces are his wife (Rose), his two sons, his brother, and his best friend while each of them are also fighting against and existing within the same forces he is.

Fences is about one family in the Hill District. Well, one man in particular and how his actions affect the people closest to him. But Wilson’s work continues to resonate because his plays are snapshots into the lives of our parents and grandparents and great aunts and uncles. Troy Maxson isn’t every man, but the world that shaped him — hardening and tempering him — is the same world our ancestors existed in. And our existence today is proof of their perseverance. That their struggles weren’t for naught.

This took a level of strength and endurance and pugnacity that few of us today have had to possess. When Kendrick Lamar starts “Alright” with “All my life I’ve had to fight” there’s a bit of accepted creative hyperbole there. With Troy (and Rose) Maxson, however, that proclamation is literal. And its with this context that those “I’m Not My Grandparents” shirts (and the sentiment behind them) are so fucking disrespectful. And not only disrespectful, but wrong as fuck too.

Now, I do get why they exist. America just elected a man who seems intent on doing exactly what he said he was going to do during his campaign. To quote Charles Blow, “it would be hard to send a clearer message to women and minorities that this administration will be hostile to their interests than the cabinet he is assembling.” And this has apparently given quite a few closet racists and basement bigots the confidence to be themselves. The message the shirt is attempting to convey is “you better not try that shit with me.”

But this message can be communicated without disparaging the legacies of those who fought like a motherfucker — with words and protests and faith and actual fists — in an America that was much, much, much more hostile towards them than the one we currently exist in. To paraphrase Dr. Regina N. Bradley, a better and more appropriate shirt would say “These are my grandparents’ hands. Catch ’em if you want to.”

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2016 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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New Sharing Buttons

BTx3 is slowly catching up with the modern world. You will now find “sharing” buttons at the bottom of each post to most of the popular sites, as well as capability to email and print posts!

No Twitter yet. Tried some time ago and it really didn’t do what I wanted.

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2016 in News, The Post-Racial Life

 

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Tea Party Leader, Mark Williams Racist Screed

Mark Williams, Tea Party “Spokesman” last seen on CNN telling Roland Martin the NAACP “is the most racist organization in the world” – followed up yesterday with a blog entry, of a mock letter to Lincoln, from Ben Jealous. The letter was taken down – but this is a copy of the Mark Williams blog was captured by Media Matters –

MarkTalk.com: It's Not Right vs. Left, It's Right vs. Wrong

NAACP Resolution: Colored People change minds about emancipation

Astonishing.

In every one of the dozens of interviews that I have done regarding the anti-Tea Partyresolution passed by the NAACP I have brought up the absurdity of a group that calls blacks “Colored People” hurling charges of racism.  Whats more, each interviewer has defended that phrase and expressed surprise that I would consider that phrase to be racist!

Apparently Colored People are an entirely new race of people and one to which the title applies.   Here NAACP President Precious Ben Jealous explains to President Abraham Lincoln the reasons for the resolution in this newly discovered letter :

Dear Mr. Lincoln

We Colored People have taken a vote and decided that we don’t cotton to that whole emancipation thing.  Freedom means having to work for real, think for ourselves, and take consequences along with the rewards.  That is just far too much to ask of us Colored People and we demand that it stop!

In fact we held a big meeting and took a vote in Kansas City this week.  We voted to condemn a political revival of that old abolitionist spirit called the ‘tea party movement’.

The tea party position to “end the bailouts” for example is just silly.  Bailouts are just big money welfare and isn’t that what we want all Coloreds to strive for?  What kind of racist would want to end big money welfare?  What they need to do is start handing the bail outs directly to us coloreds!  Of course, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is the only responsible party that should be granted the right to disperse the funds.

And the ridiculous idea of “reduce[ing] the size and intrusiveness of government.”  What kind of massa would ever not want to control my life?  As Coloreds we must have somebody care for us otherwise we would be on our own, have to think for ourselves and make decisions!

The racist tea parties also demand that the government “stop the out of control spending.”  Again, they directly target Colored People.  That means we Colored People would have to compete for jobs like everybody else and that is just not right.

Perhaps the most racist point of all in the tea parties is their demand that government “stop raising our taxes.”  That is outrageous!    How will we Colored People ever get a wide screen TV in every room if non-coloreds get to keep what they earn?  Totally racist!  The tea party expects coloreds to be productive members of society?

Mr. Lincoln, you were the greatest racist ever.  We had a great gig.  Three squares, room and board, all our decisions made by the massa in the house.  Please repeal the 13th and 14th Amendments and let us get back to where we belong.

Sincerely

Precious Ben Jealous, Tom’s Nephew  National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Head Colored Person

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2010 in Stupid Tea Bagger Tricks

 

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Illuminati Noir Reaches – 1,000 Comments

Been a while, but BTx3’s Illuminati Noir Blog has reached 1,000 visitor comments! Only about 1% of the visitors of the site leave a comment, which is interesting.

Top 10 viewed posts in order –

  1. “Burkini”??????
  2. You’re Worth It… Only of You are White
  3. Bill Clinton to Become a Sigma!
  4. Country/Bluegrass Night at the White Hou
  5. Orange Jumpsuit Award – Monica Conyers
  6. The New Face(s) of Jim Crow
  7. Dr Henry Louis Gates Arrested
  8. 5 of the Jena 6 Freed
  9. Boycotting the Haytas
  10. Revenge of the Nerds

Interestingly, one of the posts which continues to get regular visitors each day is the Country/Bluegrass post – so digitalsoulbrother AKA brotherbrown

I may have to consider switching station formats here! I mean, Hootie did it. 🙂

The first black-centric, Liberal, Country and Western site…

Hmmmmmmm… Move over Dixie Chicks!

Due to the Burkini post – I’ve also received official word from France that my chances of dating tall, anorexic, washed out, semi-attractive blonde runway fashion models is now zilch. Thinking back on my dating history, that seems to be about as much of a game changer as “Freedom Fries” – especially by the fact I’m not basketball material. And that Rachida Dati thing… It wasn’t me!

Anyway, I encourage my visitors to leave a comment – even if it’s just to say Hi!

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2009 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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