James Says Just Don’t Support Racism
“Hello, We as people need to stop trying blaming everybody for why our kids our so messed up. You never hear other races blaming Jerry Seinfeld or the cast of 30 Rock if a Caucasian kid gets killed or murders someone else. The problem starts at home. My parents taught me that what happens on television stays on television. It’s fantasy. We shouldn’t look up to them as role models. I was talking to a co-worker of mine today and I told him that every kid now days wants to be either a rapper or a basket ball player. They don’t want to be anything else and it’s sad how America has programed these kids.But we can’t blame America. It starts with bad parenting . I enjoy hip hop music but I know it’s not a reality to me . It’s music , entertainment. Just like music . We need to stop looking at these entertainers like they are more than that and keep on with our lives. And everybody hates Chris is not a racist show . Chis Rock is a comedian that’s his job. Is he supposed to teach math and make us laugh that wouldn’t be funny at all. Like I said let these people entertain. Do like I do if you don’t like them don’t support them. Being angry about them doesn’t make it any better and usually it puts mote money in there pockets when you talk about them whether it’s negative or positive.
But nice article brotherpeacemaker.” – Comment from james to the article Racism Is Not Fun
Thanks for the feedback james,
But I’m pretty sure people said the same thing about the blackface minstrel shows back in the day. It’s just good entertainment. Never realizing how such good entertainment was embedding a mindset in people’s subconscious that black people are not worth the respect of a person. These people then serve on our juries, hire us for employment, care for us when we are sick, protect us from crime, and all the while thinking that racism isn’t so bad because Chris Rock said it was fun.
And you can’t tell me that crap called rap isn’t having an influence on some of our most impressionable people. It is a marketing of a culture aimed primarily into the black community. We live at a time when people go ape-shit over somebody saying something out of line. Let somebody say something like, extending unemployment benefits in this economic crisis is like using a nuclear bomb on an ant. To the people out here trying to get by on those meager payments because they can’t find a job, it might be a nuclear bomb but to be dependant on such funds is by no means an ant. Let somebody say something like that once and people are all over him because of the ramifications of such an idea or thought.
But some of us will let the message from that rap music percolate into our brains in a series of repetitive, never ending, ear-drum popping decibel levels of sound that would have been considered cruel and unusual punishment or Geneva Convention war crimes if we were tied to a chair and forced to listen. Again, it is a culture that is being marketed squarely at the black community. But somebody wants to tell me that there’s no connection between rap music and the condition of the black community. It’s just entertainment.
One of my favorite movies is Gladiator with Russell Crowe as the Spaniard. I liked the movie for its much more detailed and believable depiction of life for a gladiator during Rome’s heyday. It was entertainment to see people who were beneath the dominant society get slaughtered by each other or by a well equipped champion who is the celebrity of the people or by ferocious animals allowed to maim or kill. Yes we might try to dismiss it all as wholesome entertainment for the masses. That doesn’t disguise the overwhelming fact that somebody was losing their life. But because nobody saw the enslaved people of Rome as humans worth equal consideration it wasn’t anything to worry about.
It’s a good thing that you have the intellect and the self control to separate the programming that comes through music and through other forms of entertainment. Unfortunately, I don’t think everyone is so strong in his or her belief of who they are and what can influence his or her life. In fact, just a few days ago I had to snap myself out of an influence brought on by a commercial for deodorant. I was in the gym when I noticed that the underarms of my white shirt were yellowed. For a brief moment, I didn’t want to wear the shirt and was ready to go get a replacement.
But I quickly snapped back to my senses and wore the shirt without worry. I was able to catch myself. There are people who might have never fallen under the spell of commercial marketing. I don’t worry about them too much. But not all of us are so lucky. And it is for the betterment of the community that I worry about the people around me who might not be so capable of recognizing these artificial influences on our thought processes.
You might think the best way to counter the bad influence on our community is to just not support them. Thanks ranks right up there with Nancy Reagan telling our children to simply say no to drugs. That might work for a few. But the total impact of the drug dealer is much more than just the personal purchase of drugs. The impact of drugs has repercussions throughout the community. While one person might simply be saying no and refusing to give their support, other people are indulging. In order to help satisfy a habit, some people might resort to crime. Other people might resort to violence. The entire community can continue to be impacted. You might have said no to drugs. But the impact of drugs on your life can go a lot deeper than your personal choice not to use them. Drugs should not be tolerated in our community, and neither should racism.
And just like some people have the ability to recognize the changes in their personal character and just say no, some people have the ability to recognize the changes in our community’s character and want to say no. Unfortunately, in order to resist the artificial influences in the community, it takes a community effort. Just telling people to keep it personal and watch out only for your self and just don’t support those negative influences isn’t an effective way to make change in the community. A community is only as strong as its weakest link.