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Dear Black People: Blackness Is Not A Disease

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Implicit bias has replaced overt racism as the primary cause of disparities that disadvantage Black people. It’s not that there are no overt bigots anymore, but our society has made most bigotry so stigmatized that it has been forced to go underground, into the unconscious. You will have people who are absolutely sure they hold no bias against African Americans, but when they take the Implicit Association test, they often discover their unconscious has other ideas. This test has been shown, with over 10 years of scientific study, to measure present biases and even predict future discriminatory actions. Most people who take this test show a bias in favor of European Americans, as opposed to African Americans. Counter-intuitively, about half of Blacks also show this bias.

When you dig deeper into this bias, you can see how it operates in society. Most recently, this has been demonstrated with Bill Cosby, Charles Barkley, and other visible Blacks who chide us about “our” cultural problems. Black on Black crime is a commonly cited example of what is considered a “problem in our community.” There are also the problems of sagging pants, violent and misogynist music, laziness, unwillingness to read and become educated, and a pop culture that glorifies conspicuous consumerism above saving and investing. When African Americans take to a podium, microphone or keyboard to lecture us on how we need to do better, they are usually applauded by all.

However helpful and wholesome these lectures may seem, they are premised on the notion of Black pathology. That we are inherently flawed or diseased in a way that other people are not. This train of thought seeps into Black respectability politics, stating, if we would just pull our pants up and get an education and be disciplined, we would be treated better. This train of thought was invented by White racists to justify and deflect responsibility for brutality.

Why are we told that we need to “clean up our house” before we can request the respect and dignity that humanity requires? It is the notion that Blackness is a disease that must be cured before we can claim full citizenship and human rights.

White people are never asked to cure the sickness that caused them to leave the lush green richness of Africa to venture into the ice of Europe only to return with weapons and hate to become the raping, murdering, and disease spreading thieves of the entire earth. Or to find the remedy that’s causing so many of their young men to go on mass shooting sprees. It’s not assumed that the epidemic of methamphetamine abuse in rural communities and prescription drug abuse in their suburban communities is because of some genetic defect. This is hyperbole, obviously. White people collectively are not raping, murdering, drug-abusing thieves. They are people. But this is how it sounds when you speak of “Whiteness” the way “Blackness” is often spoken of. Unlike Blackness, Whiteness is not considered a disease. Instead, it’s considered the norm we have to work towards to be granted the prize of being full humans.

Before we can move forward with this movement for equal justice, we as Black people have to acknowledge and remove the unconscious bias of Black pathology.

Bridgette Davis

Bridgette Davis is the CEO/Founder of Implicit Solution (http://changebias.com), a software based training program utilizing implicit bias research and game techniques to change unconscious bias

  • iamnotakata

    This post is so awesome!!! I never looked at things in the way that was expressed in this post. In retrospect when I look back at all that has transpired and what has and is still being said, black people, culture etc are being regarded as a pathology, a diagnosis, that requires a cure. Reflecting on this kind of makes me mad, but I more often then not can tell when even the sincerest white person is holding a bias within in them. The are conditioned to look at black people as essentially an illness and as far as they are concern we haven’t been cured of our blackness, our culture, basically things that make us different from them. Great post!

  • Skegeeaces

    Here, here!

  • LMNOP

    Good post, your bio “Bridgette Davis is the CEO/Founder of Implicit Solution (http://changebias.com), a software based training program utilizing implicit bias research and game techniques to change unconscious bias” has me really intrigued. I would love to read an article about this here.

  • Meridian

    I think overt racism is the only thing we directly acknowledge or take issue with, and we’re willing to overlook the subtle things and micro-aggressions even though those are the types we experience most. That’s the atmosphere we exist in. We accept it, condone it, go along with it, make excuses for it, rationalize it, laugh it off, smother our reactions to it, out right pretend it doesn’t happen. And all because we’ve been put in this position in society where the majority feels most comfortable subjecting us to such things. It’s become such a norm of our society that our own behaviors towards one another is a reflection of hatred. We accept how we’re treated and we subject one another to it. We make it normal for each other to do and say hateful things. We make it normal to hurt each other. We make it normal to tear down our own blackness as if we inherently believe that it’s bad and should never be loved or embraced.

    I get it, but…

    I try to steer clear of white people who try to trigger that kind of thing or who expect me to be that way, people who capitalize off that kind of oppression, who are amused by it and try to keep that kind of vibe going amongst us. I also try to steer clear of black people who insist on doing that to themselves and each other. My black is beautiful and so is the next person’s. I think we all have our issues and shortcomings but I’m not going to make a way of life out of convincing myself that’s all there is to being black, nor am I going to socialize with people who have that belief. I don’t care if it’s subconscious, unconscious, or whatever. Think highly of yourself and the people around you. Treat them well. Love them. Keep it moving if that can’t happen. At some point we have to give ourselves permission to know we’re great as f*ck.

  • Nicholas Peters

    This should really start with young kids…Everything that is good in this country is white and everything that is bad is black. We really need to start educating our younger children outside of school about the culture and history of our people to build self confidence and pride in being black. The only time black people are talked about during most schools is slavery and the same 9 black people during “Black History Month”

    – To be fair…the only people that are born with automatic respect and dignity in America are white (WASP – White Anglo Saxon Protestant) cisgendered men…every other group of people have had to buy their way into America….the black community hasn’t yet

    Also we need to get over pleasing other people just to be accepted and so we can feel included…

    • Gregory71

      CO-SIGN!

  • Disgusted

    Why are we told that we need to “clean up our house” before we can request the respect and dignity that humanity requires?

    You have it backwards.  You have to have a clean house to prove that you have the humanity that deserves respect and dignity.  Respect must be earned.  Demanding it without even acting respectably proves you deserve none.

    It is the notion that Blackness is a disease that must be cured before we can claim full citizenship and human rights.

    If Blackness was not a disease, it would not manifest as pathologically as it does.

    White people are never asked to cure the sickness that caused them to leave the lush green richness of Africa to venture into the ice of Europe

    Those who are now White and Yellow (they were not originally) answered the challenge of the ice and cold of Europe (and north Asia, and the arctic).  They conquered conditions that the Blacks of Africa never could have survived, and cannot without their help to this day.  If the Whites of America turned off the gas and electricity, the Blacks of Chicago and Detroit would burn their own housing within days and be frozen to death by February because they are too short-sighted to store food and fuel to endure the natural phenomenon of winter.

    White people enable the very survival of Blacks north of the 40th parallel.  If you have no thanks for this, you do not deserve to live to next April.  Show some goddamn gratitude, or get your worthless a** to Liberia.

    • He who thinks before he speaks

      *Do not feed the troll*

      • BeautifullyHuman

        And to think that earlier someone commented on why there were no trolls basically on this blog. Oh the irony.

        • He who thinks before he speaks

          Yeah, I was just reading that lol

        • iamnotakata

          See they spoke them into existence, lol that guy is a professional troll I went through his feed he must be unemployed and basically useless so he goes around trying to insight anger on blogs about people of color.

          • BeautifullyHuman

            I’m trying to figure out where the h*ll this fool popped up from. I have RARELY seen legit trolls here…wtf? I wonder how he found VSB. Anyway, his whole argument is reprehensible. He can kiss our collective Black “pathological” a*sses.

          • BeautifullyHuman

            D*mn I’m in moderation and I blocked out my cus word. Disqus be trippin’ like this ninja who rolled up in here.

          • He who thinks before he speaks

            What a pity. All of the information in the world at their fingertips, and people still can’t find ways to better themselves.

    • iamnotakata

      blockedt!!! T was intentional

      • He who thinks before he speaks

        Oooh, how you do that? I still can’t figure out how to block ppl.

        • iamnotakata

          Oh I don’t know I just reported him lol

    • nillalatte

      You know, I wasn’t going to participate, but you are as your name suggests; disgusting. Shyt, you don’t even have to take the test to see where your worthless mind resides. You obviously have not a lick of common sense or education. Why don’t you take your worthless azz back to wherever the h3ll you came from, I’m sure the caves are cozy this time of year. BTW, unless you’re Native America, your azz doesn’t belong here either!

      • He who thinks before he speaks

        Don’t feed him. This is what he wants.

      • Disgusted

        unless you’re Native American, your azz doesn’t belong here either!

        We got America the same way they did:  we conquered it.  Fair’s fair.

        • nillalatte

          Man, I hope you do some soul searching or maybe some research on Native American culture. They had peace, pure peace between nations for over 200 years because they found peace within themselves. Whites like you will never find that peace because your soul is consumed with hate. Heads up, the royal ‘we’ did not conquer it. The royal ‘we’ were welcomed until the royal ‘we’ started murdering for wealth. Please go sit somewhere preferably with a book that is not the Bible. And, please, on the next boat out, take it. WE don’t need anymore hateful people in the world like you. Kelb.

          • Disgusted

            I hope you do some soul searching or maybe some research on Native American culture. They had peace, pure peace between nations for over 200 years because they found peace within themselves.

            Either you have been subjected to Marxist revisionist history nonsense, or you are insane.  When Europeans came to the Americas, one of the first things they found was the human-sacrificing Aztec culture of Mexico.  The Comanche were utter terrors in the Southwest (“Comanche” isn’t their name for themselves but an Anglicization of a Ute word meaning “enemy”), capturing members of other tribes and selling them as slaves.  Yes, there was slavery in the Americas before Europeans ever arrived.  Constant warfare was the norm on the Plains; there was a relatively peaceful confederation in the East but that was fairly recent and was formed after the various tribes exhausted themselves in (what else?) warfare.

            Europeans who came to the Americas didn’t exactly find peace either.  They found themselves under attack regularly—and how did a lotus-eating Native American culture find itself the urge to go on the warpath so quickly after white people arrived?  In short, what you postulate the N. American tribes to have been—what your Marxist revisionist history claims America was in 1491—is utter nonsense.

            But I believe that you are stupid enough to believe it.

            • nillalatte

              Dude, I see the level of ignorance and hatred you possess (as if I couldn’t tell that before). See, I don’t agree with ANY separatist attitude – black or white – which is why I won’t participate in those types of posts here anymore. In fact, I don’t agree with the writer of this post because she spouts the very same shyt you do (a separatist and hateful attitude towards others not of their race). Neither of you are examples of the society in which I wish to live with your distasteful behavior toward one another. So, I’m moving on now.

    • h.h.h.

      Respect must be earned. Demanding it without even acting respectably proves you deserve none.

      incorrect, thinking as this leads to war, peace/subjugation and revolution. the cycle of turmoil between human tribes is what this thinking causes. instead, it is imperative that respect for your fellow man or woman, no matter their station in life, is inherent. it should not cost anyone anything to treat other people the way they wish to be treated.

      They conquered conditions that the Blacks of Africa never could have survived, and cannot without their help to this day.

      if that’s the case, then that means that those that were white and yellow could not conquer conditions of the largest continent on each, and were forced to retreat to caves. that’s quite unfortunate.

      White people enable the very survival of Blacks north of the 40th parallel.

      Black people enabled the creation, and expansion of the greatest current country, and greatest current economy on earth. if you do not bow down and give thanks for what was given, by luck, to your forefathers, i will pray dearly for your soul, and the souls of your descendants, as they will have to pay the bill of 600 years for genocide, slavery, and overall environmental damages that you have insisted upon (all in the name of ‘progess’)

      Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.

      Have a blessed day.

      • *sits at HHH’s feet and swoons*

        • Lea Thrace

          scoot over. i need swooning room.

          • *slides over, passes bottle of wine*

            • Lea Thrace

              speaking of wine: That Naked brand is everything. Thank you for introducing me to it. I have put three others on it so far too!

              • Hey thats what Im here for…..to introduce the world to good drank lol….also, try the Stella Rosa line….their Stella Rosa and Stella Peach taste like world peace and good credit chile

                • Sahel

                  I won’t mind a walk in you’re wine cellar

                  • Lea Thrace

                    Ah. I have missed this Sahel. :-D

                    • Sahel

                      She has a nice selection,would you not enjoy a sip of her vino ??

                    • Val

                      Why?

                    • Sahel

                      I have a fan,lol. Eat it

                    • Lea Thrace

                      Whoa kimosabe. Fan is such a strong word. Let’s just be acquaintances who give each other the polite head nod when we see each other in the streets. :)

                    • Sahel

                      Sure,head nods it is

                    • Lea Thrace

                      He has become a vsb constant. And we all need stability from time to time. Even if it comes wrapped in a pervy, lecherous, and incredibly lewd wrapping. :-D

                    • RewindingtonMaximus

                      That’s a Hallmark card if I ever did read one.

                  • Here’s Predictable Pervy Patrick lol

                    • Sahel

                      Come on,there is nothing pervy about wine

                    • RewindingtonMaximus

                      Except when you pour it on boobies.

                    • Sahel

                      Nah,you pour Champagne on boobs. Wine is pored on the navel

                    • RewindingtonMaximus

                      I usually put wine on the booty crack but to each their own.
                      Champagne on boobies? I thought it was supposed to be sprayed all over

                    • Sahel

                      I only do that during group therapy

                    • RewindingtonMaximus

                      Smart man.

                    • theres something wrong with the two of ya’ll lol

                    • RewindingtonMaximus

                      Speaking of wine…gimme some tips.
                      I only drink Sweet B*tch Merlot…because I never cared for wine yet this one did the trick. I need to step my game up. Can’t do whiskey shots forever.

                    • whoa now….theres room in my heart right for only the two W’s…Wine and Whiskey….youre off to a great start….I hate Sweet B*tch tho lol…..If you can find it, try Seven Sisters wine….its from south africa and its amazing

                    • RewindingtonMaximus

                      I know SB is a ratchet wine, I just haven’t tasted many wines I favored. But Seven Sisters you say? gotcha.
                      Now you do know your next NY trip must contain some whiskey shots at some point right?

                    • Lea Thrace

                      Yo. You hit him with the 3Ps. I CANT DEAL!

      • BreezyX2

        This is why you will always be one of my favorite VSBs.

      • menajeanmaehightower

        “Black people enabled the creation, and expansion of the greatest current
        country, and greatest current economy on Earth. if you do not bow down
        and give thanks for what was given, by luck, to your forefathers, i will
        pray dearly for your soul, and the souls of your descendants, as they
        will have to pay the bill of 600 years for genocide, slavery, and
        overall environmental damages that you have insisted upon (all in the
        name of ‘progress’)” This!

      • StillSuga

        YES. Mutherfluffin YES.

      • Disgusted

        thinking as this leads to war, peace/subjugation and revolution.

        Do you mean like Rwanda, Somalia and Nigeria?  Say, did you ever get those girls back?  Hash tags are such a potent weapon against Boko Haram, aren’t they?

        the cycle of turmoil between human tribes is what this thinking causes.

        If there wasn’t friction between them they wouldn’t be separate tribes.  White people in America have tried incorporating blacks into the tribe/society.  Black people either refuse to cooperate, or are simply unable to do it.  It doesn’t matter which, the result is the same.

        it should not cost anyone anything to treat other people the way they wish to be treated.

        ORLY?  How about telling Black America NOT to rob, NOT to rape, NOT to steal, NOT to murder, NOT to disrupt once-fine schools until they turn into dropout factories, NOT to defy the rule of law with slogans like “no snitching”, NOT to have heaps of children with no nuclear family unit and no means of support?  How about you treat America the way Americans do?

        that means that those that were white and yellow could not conquer conditions of the largest continent on Earth, and were forced to retreat to caves.

        Asia is the largest continent on Earth.  Whites kicked a** in Africa until they decided that blacks should have equality and self-determination, then everything turned to mierda.  The Chinese have no Christian illusions about race, and will take over if they want to; there is no way that IQ-70 savages can beat disciplined, hardened IQ-106 infantry.

        Black people enabled the creation, and expansion of the greatest current country, and greatest current economy on Earth.

        So did horses and oxen, directed by white brainpower.  Left to themselves for 50,000 years since the last major diaspora into Asia, the African has achieved… mud huts, bathing in cow urine and eating the body parts of albinos for their magical properties.

        China has now surpassed the USA as the world’s largest economy.  This is due in no small part to the drag of black people on the USA.  Cutting off your EBT and walling off your crime would do wonders for the US economy, and if you couldn’t take your crime to others it would be safe to pull the police too.  With the exception of running a pigskin, dunking a shot or rapping, Mexicans do everything you do better and cheaper.  Even the Mexicans are about to be replaced by robots.

        You could go back to hunting bush meat for a living in Sierra Leone, but here you’re just obsolete farm equipment.

        • h.h.h.

          that was a very good response, boy. Your responses here, and in other forums, show your lack of maturity, and need for attention. most of which you stated aren’t really, responses to anything i wrote. Crime is universal and across ethnicities in America; your kind’s thinking of domination through violence (physical and economic) has left it’s mark across the planet, and now it’s time to fix that.

          and i’m sorry little boy, but i can’t go back and forth with you, because i’m busy changing this world. your kind, will become the minority within my lifetime, and there is very little you and your hooded compatriots will be able to accomplish.

          pray for your descendants, that they don’t suffer the fate your kind has inflicted upon the world.

          Goodbye, and go in peace, little boy. don’t forget your white sheets at the cleaners.

          • Disgusted

            that was a very good response, boy.

            Trying to bait me with an insult that only blacks take seriously?  You’re projecting your own flaws, faults and desires onto me.  I am not like you.

            Your responses here, and in other forums, show your lack of maturity, and need for attention.

            If you think I need attention, why are you giving it to me?

            Crime is universal and across ethnicities in America

            The “tu quoque” (“you too”) fallacy.  I suppose, in your walnut-sized brain, you believe that if anyone of X ethnicity commits a crime of type Y, it means X are no better, more productive, or socially worthwhile than blacks to whom crime Y is practically a tradition.  There are a bunch of crimes for which this is the case.  Assault, armed and unarmed robbery, and murder are crimes that blacks commit at multiples of the per-capita rate of other ethnicities.

            There is a major difference.  Europeans and Asians build cities.  The mestizos from south of the Rio Grande mostly make barrios.  Without the assistance of others, you blacks turn everything into either mud huts or Somalia.  Taking prison as a rite of passage, throwing “welcome home” parties for those released and demanding “no snitching” are values with consequences.  Just because you’re dumb enough to attribute the consequences to “racism” doesn’t make them anyones fault but your own.

            i’m sorry little boy, but i can’t go back and forth with you, because i’m busy changing this world.

            Turning Ferguson into Fergadishu is change, all right.  What you get will turn to crap because you destroy without understanding and think “maintenance” is white juju that racists use to make your stuff worse than theirs.  The only thing that lets you go on is white productivity, white tolerance and white flight, and you are rapidly running out of all 3.  When those wells run dry it’ll be too late to get to Monrovia.

            your kind, will become the minority within my lifetime

            Let me turn your attention to Rwanda a mere 20 years ago.  In 100 days, 70% of the Tutsi in Rwanda were either killed or driven into exile, most with weapons no more sophisticated than machetes.  70% of blacks gone takes you from 13% of the USA to 4.2% and Whites from 67% to 74%.

            Do you think that it’s easier to hide as a black in white America, than a Tutsi in Hutu Rwanda?  Do you think the Mexicans will take you in?

            White people don’t riot.  White people go to war.  White Americans are 2/3 of the USA and are some of the most heavily-armed people on the face of this earth.  The only thing saving your race-baiters, Nation of Islam death angels, and common worthless parasites like Angel Adams and her 16 sprogs is the white po-po you so love to hate.  All they have to do is call in with “blue flu” and it would be game over for you.  Whites will have the enthusiastic assistance of Hispanics, who hate blacks with a passion un-dimmed by any sort of racial guilt and are already more numerous than you are.

            pray for your descendants, that they don’t suffer the fate your kind has inflicted upon the world.

            My ancestors freed your ancestors from slavery, everywhere except in Africa where you insist it is your tradition.  Freedom is what my kind has “inflicted” upon you.  You have such a profound lack of gratitude for this, it is only fitting to take it away.  Since we have no need or desire for your sullen, grudging, shiftless style of “labor” and your violent, thieving nature, your options will be few.  Enjoy, it’s really what you wanted from the beginning.

    • Reemo

      “Show some goddamn gratitude, or get your worthless a** to Liberia.”

      You mad or nah?

      • IcePrincess

        Ikr?! He musta seent a lot of black dicks in the locker room when he was younger, and it made him soooooo mad ????????

      • Disgusted

        We were told black people were no different and only needed opportunity to be full and equal participants in America.

        Every example of black-run businesses, schools and cities in American directly contradicts that claim.

        It’s the truth that everything that black people demand from government is the product of non-blacks.  If you insist that you need something from others, the least you can do is be grateful for it.  If you don’t, you’re risking them taking it all away… and that is the next step.

    • JOhn Crawford

      So you just come in like the Foot Clan , no Bed Sheets or Nothing…..

      At least Next a Time use your Real Name when spewing that Bigot-Garbage

    • Rachmo

      Well you are definitely not invited to the cookout.

      • Disgusted

        I’m good with that.  I don’t want to be anywhere near the next shootout that gets started over how the pork chops ought to be cooked.

        http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/pork-chop-kill-drunk/2012/12/13/id/467722/

        • Rachmo

          …see this is why you’re not invited. Pork chops at a cookout? No ribs, hot dogs, bbq chicken, and maybe some brats and steaks. What kind of weirdo cookouts are you going to? And definitely don’t bring the potato salad bc I don’t trust you.

          • Disgusted

            You wouldn’t want German potato salad anyway.  It’s full of little spiritual swastikas and marinated in white privilege.

            • Rachmo

              GAH I looked up the recipe to German potato salad. If that’s what you’ve been eating no wonder you’re been so grumpy.

              • Disgusted

                I’m not grumpy.  I have a big smile on my face as I troll you sad-sacks.

                • Rachmo

                  I’m chilling. I can’t really take you seriously. It seems that trolling Black websites is your thing.

    • Freebird

      HA!
      Nothing worth your time on FOX News today Billy Bob?

      I gave you an upvote for showing up at THE right time.

      • Disgusted

        I literally haven’t turned on a TV set to watch anything in 4 years, and the last time was a PBS special that I had to set up an antenna to get.

        I have disconnected my brain from the sewage pipe of propaganda that is television… ALL television.  You should try it for a decade.  It won’t take long before you begin to see how reality is denied by all the outlets, and especially in the ads.

        • Freebird

          “I literally haven’t turned on a TV set to watch anything in 4 years”

          And you are still f ucked up. Must be genetic.
          Dont worry about me though. I’m waaaay above the clouds….shi ting on clowns since about 1990

    • camilleblu

      Lol. White people never fail to amaze me with their incessant and inherent need to constantly demand recognition for their supposed superiority to everyone else on this planet. And the “go back to Africa” line is SO passé. Come on mister white man – SURELY you, in all of your preeminence and glory, can come up with something much more scintillating than that. And as far as Blackness being a disease, well, let’s talk about disease. Some of history’s worst diseases were originated and spread by non-black (read: white) people. Ever heard of smallpox, chicken pox, tuberculosis or scarlet fever? You people should have just stayed in your cold, damp caves and kept your diseases to yourselves. Or maybe we can talk about why white men tend to commit so many mass murders in this country. Mass school shootings – Columbine and Sandy Hook – white kids. Waco – white men. Amish school children murders – white man. Jim Jones, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, Dennis Rader, Gary Ridgway, John Wayne Gacy. Or, we can even switch it up to financial crimes. Let’s go with Bernie Madoff, Bernard Ebbers, (how about those Bernie’s!) Kenneth Lay, Marc Dreier, Dennis Kozlowsk. While we’re at it, lets go ahead and talk about stealing the presidency. #Heygeorge – I could go on and on. White people absolutely created and perpetuate the blueprint on violence and thievery in this country. White people are the original schoolyard bullies. Anyway, I’m getting bored now, so I’ll close by saying – SCRAM!

      • RewindingtonMaximus

        You expect someone who copied all the answers for the SATs from the Asian kid next to him in high school to be reasonable when it comes to insulting a group?

      • Disgusted

        White people never fail to amaze me with their incessant and inherent need to constantly demand recognition for their supposed superiority over everyone else on this planet.

        We don’t want your recognition.  We want your absence.  We want your ignorant, violent, parasitic selves out of our neighborhoods, out of our schools, out of our lives.  Shaming you with inconvenient truths runs a distant second.

        maybe we can talk about why white men tend to commit so many mass murders in this country.

        We can talk about why the media publicize them and downplay similar and worse crimes by blacks.  Omar Thornton, Colin Ferguson, Aaron Alexis… black mass killers.

        If you tally up all the fatalities in all the mass shootings by white people in the whole USA in the last 10 years, you won’t even equal half a year’s Black toll in Chicago.

        we can even switch it up to financial crimes. Let’s go with Bernie Madoff, Bernard Ebbers, (how about those Bernie’s!) Kenneth Lay, Marc Dreier, Dennis Kozlowski.

        What would you bet that a majority of those names come from the 2% that could make aliyah to avoid prosecution?  You see them as white, but they don’t see themselves as white.

        as far as Blackness being a disease, well, let’s talk about disease.

        Let’s talk about dysfunction.  Let’s talk about the defective MAOA gene that appears to pretty much eliminate control over violent impulses.  Let’s talk about the 15-point IQ gap (that widens to 30 points or more in African-Africans).

        You people should have just stayed in your cold, damp caves and kept your diseases to yourselves.

        You mean our cities, our palaces, and our cathedrals.  Know what the typical dwelling in Liberia is?  In the bush, it’s a hut made of twigs, leaves and mud; in the midst of a wealth of standing timber, they haven’t even figured out how to saw boards.  Where modern materials are available, it’s a tin-roofed shack… and Liberians can’t even make the corrugated steel themselves, they get it from white people.

        You owe me and my ancestors.  I’m not asking you for reparations, which would be silly because you either have an affirmative-action job or live on EBT.  Just show some gratitude already.

        • Camilleblu

          Meh…

          You’re rather ridiculous. Why come to a black-owned blog and think your white, racist ideology would be received? Go back to the hills, billy. Go tend to your sister/wife and continue inbreeding.

          And also…

          Your mama.

          To everything you said.

          #movingon

    • miss t-lee

      “You have it backwards. You have to have a clean house to prove that you have the humanity that deserves respect and dignity. Respect must be earned. Demanding it without even acting respectably proves you deserve none.”

      no.

    • Sahel

      Alot going on here. With an upvote to boot

      • Epsilonicus

        I can’t believe @disqus_JdE5lfRx9K:disqus upvoted dude

        • Sahel

          Must have his reasons,shrug

        • Freebird

          its an effort check for the dumbest kid in the classroom.

          i mean, he had to be searching for topics on blackness or whatever to find his way here today. he’s a but hurt all american white male a ss hole, still upset im sure that folks are protesting things that secure his position is this dangerous country. takes a lot of effort to be that way.

          • RewindingtonMaximus

            Either that or peeee-nus envy.

            • Freebird

              weak little man syndrome. afflicting cowardly american men since…..1776.

              • RewindingtonMaximus

                More like 1450, it took a few hundred years of anguish to build up the courage to rope some Black folk. Probably took a while to get over how big the booties were first.

    • RewindingtonMaximus

      You had a black nanny as a child.
      Shut the f*ck up.

      • Lea Thrace

        oh ish. That made me cackle SO loudly!

        • RewindingtonMaximus

          Girl look, I’m at work. I will spit hot flames at this keyboard all day and have you needing an oxygen tank from laughing too hard, if this dude posts one more time.

      • Disgusted

        Yeah, as if.  My mother left her master’s degree to raise me and my two sibs.  There were no black nannies in my city; it simply wasn’t done.

        What steams you is that I had a father who actually had a professional job and came home every night.

        • RewindingtonMaximus

          I kind of wish your mom stuck with the masters degree and just learned to swallow. Would have saved all of us some headache.

          • Disgusted

            My job here is to afflict the comfortable.

            You are way too comfortable plotting genocide against the very people who gave you everything you have.

    • RewindingtonMaximus
      • Lea Thrace

        You will not get me fired today!

        that last gif tho!

        I am clearly a fan of a disrespectful slap.

        • RewindingtonMaximus

          I feel Direspectful Slap Day should be in the running for a new holiday at some point

      • BeautifullyHuman

        You silly! LMAO…that last gif though.

        • RewindingtonMaximus

          I can’t help myself, something about dogs with pimp hands amuses me.

      • miss t-lee

        This last gif? *screaming*

        • RewindingtonMaximus

          Aye I dang near peed my pants when I saw it

  • BeautifullyHuman

    “Why are we told that we need to “clean up our house” before we can request the respect and dignity that humanity requires? It is the notion that Blackness is a disease that must be cured before we can claim full citizenship and human rights.”

    This paragraph is gospel. In reference to the topic at hand, I read something yesterday that intrigued me regarding video games. Studies have shown that when Black folks appear in violent games (e.g. Grand Theft Auto), gamers kill us much faster (we’re more an imminent threat), pretty much without conscious, and this applies to both white and Black players. Needless to say, I was appalled at the subconscious biases at play because these are largely responsible for the fearful attitudes others hold and the excessive force they use against us, in particular police.

    • theokyoung

      Suppose racism ended and cops treated us fairly starting to day? Is that when we would start cleaning up our situations?

      • Val

        Did you even read the post?

        • theokyoung

          I replied to the article if you disagree with my opinion that is fine.

        • BeautifullyHuman

          Girl, same thing what I was thinking.

    • RewindingtonMaximus

      I’ll question that video game article you read, given that 95% of video games don’t feature characters of color to begin with, so I never have a clue as to where they focus on race-based standards if most of the time, I’m playing a game that makes me kill white people. I don’t get it at all.

      • BeautifullyHuman

        I’m not a gamer so I’m not familiar with this form of entertainment and what video games we appear in, but I’m to presume the studies conducted utilized the games we did manage to appear in and measured gamers’ trigger response to violence against Black characters as opposed to white characters. Anyhow, the article didn’t actually focus on gaming in general, but more so on internal biases that influence hostile and aggressive reactions towards Blacks.

        • Sahel

          The only game that i remember playing with blacks was Resident Evil

          • The 761st Tank Battalion was featured in one of the early Call of Duty games.

          • RewindingtonMaximus

            Yea, there was a big whoop about Resident Evil 5 being in a fake AFrican country, having you play as Chris, who’s white, and all shooting all the infected characters, who were Black.

            • Bridgette Davis

              What I’m trying to do with my program is use gaming to reprogram the stereotype. Although gaming can reinforce stereotypes, gaming has a great role to play in fighting unconscious bias if it is used that way.

              • juslovemusic

                As a gamer, I’ve found that my actions taken (where there is a choice) typically reflect what I would do in real life or the closest thing to it. However, I can’t pinpoint how games have influenced me subconsciously, at least not any more than I can for movies, books, and other forms of media.

        • RewindingtonMaximus

          I understand your point, as to the idea that you merely just read the article. But as a gamer, let me just say, most of the articles you read about video game aggression & violence are false. The reason that is because the amount of video games that exist is way too large for these articles to stereotype in what they provide or what content exists, and yet these continue to only choose maybe one specific genre to say how video games as a whole can be dangerous.

          That’s like saying ratchet tv speaks for all of TV, and that the amount of cat fights and spilled liquor in the real world is caused directly by ratchet TV, ergo all TV must stop. Nobody would ever believe that. But they do that to video games.

      • Aly

        The game she mentioned, Grand Theft Auto, allows you to create your own character (including black characters) and play others online.

        • RewindingtonMaximus

          I know, as I have played every iteration of the game, but that series is a minority in terms of the consensus of how many video games exist, and yet its the only one every used for these kinds of studies.

          Its like finding one crackhead in your neighborhood, and using that same crackhead to define all people of color every time you want to express your opinion about what you don’t like about their behavior.

      • Bridgette Davis

        There is a study that says when people are allowed to pick stereotypical black avatars that participate in criminal activities, they become more biased against black people. My games and exercises are designed to reverse that effect by showing counter-stereotypical images and using the game to have the player associate the black image with positive attributes.

  • chicagomycity

    And everything is very true about this post. Especially the deflecting, I can’t talk to 98% of white people about race because most deflect. Also, most white people (at least those in Internet comment sections) seem to have a very poor understanding of White Supremacy, they seem to think we are indicting individual white personhood when we speak of the effects it has on Black people and they take it personal. This is why worrying about white folks “getting it” is futile.

    Its also why, I think Black people need to stop being so focused on assimilating and placating white peoples insecurities. All that does is support the lie that Black culture and Black people is bad. We can be different. I like that we are different. I like that we dance at parties, instead of chatiting over music the whole time. I don’t doubt 50% of Black people have a Bias toward Whites. This is why I think Blacks should be focused on Group Economics, every time I mention this to other Black people; they seem to think I am some Black militant. Where I live in the hood Blacks own nothing in our neighborhoods; but group economics is too scary……??

    • Rachmo

      “I like that we dance at parties, instead of chatting over music the whole time.”- As most of my friends are White, I’ve just gotten used to being the only one dancing. I refuse to stand still when “my song” is on.

      • esa

        i just read an interesting note on syncopation. that black music rhythms are 2:4 (one, two: one, two) which is the beat of the human heart.

        whereas white music rhythms are 4:4 (one and one and one and one). i think this is cause white folks dont really dig the drum. folks that feel the beat on the 4:4 be dancing like Elaine from Seinfeld. which may be why most dont dance in public unless they too drunk to hold themselves back any more.

        • BreezyX2

          ESA!!! I thought about you the other day :) Hope you are doing well.

        • Lea Thrace

          esa always with the knowledge.

          psst. come around these parts more often…

        • Tom

          Do you realize the racism in your remarks? I am white, I love hip hop so, ergo I love drums and bass. I also like to dance and I like to think I am pretty good at it. You are doing the exact same thing you want white people to change, making assumptions based off the color of skin.

    • Gregory71

      You are so not a militant. We need more like you! You are the radical the seeks to tell cattle he is next on the chopping block. This is scary when you have a herd mentality. Economic prosperity is the not a cure all, but it in this society its as close as we will get. I am surprised that I have lived long enough to see a black president. I hope my other bucket list desire comes true next. A massive influx of black entrepreneurs. The more black businesses we have, the more we can uplift each other. All these black entertainers could start small. All it would take is for one sports team to buyout the owner. Now they make ALL the money from ticket sales to advertising. Then they could hire black staff to maintain the industry. Then we just need one bank! Now you have a game changer with a funding source for all the entrepreneurs! Next up home and auto insurance! Just these few things would put us at the table of POWER! I’m tired of dreaming it. I want to see it! Hello Neo? Which pill do you want to take?

      • What does having more black businesses mean to you?

    • T.Q. Fuego

      I feel you and agree with you about group economics. I also see that dumb tendency among a certain sect of black folks to treat those of us who want economic power to be a constant conversation are some irrational radicals who want to form a separate country for black militants. Why be so basic and dismissive of the only true answer to most of our racial inequalities? It doesn’t prevent us from also addressing all our gender issues, poor reproductive choices, or violence. It just puts us in a constructive state of mind rather than a critical or defensive one.

      • Well, this is where ideas and philosophies come into play.

        A militant philosophy is incompatible with a group economics philosophy. The group economics philosophy is based on the premise that black people can excel in America if they form an economics base, which means that black people can excel within a system of white supremacy and white privilege. Whereas the philosophy of black militancy is based on the premise that black people cannot excel in a system of white supremacy that is dedicated to the utter destruction of black people. There’s no grey between such approaches to dealing with the black situation, on principle.

        • Meridian

          So then you would just have a free-standing black society with its own economic power. Isn’t that a combination of both?

          • I think it’s fair to say that if you use the American dollar and operate under the American Constitution then you are not a free-standing society. What that makes you, if you’re a strong economic group, is leverage to use money to buy influence and possibly lobby congress to pass favorable legislation. Which black people already kind of do, although not to the degree of satisfaction man people might have.

            • Meridian

              If you are living in America without rights and without benefiting from the Constitution and the laws formed around it, regardless of the currency you use, you would be perceived and treated as a free standing society. You would be removed enough from the accepted American society to be considered your own version of it. Sort of like the Amish.

              You didn’t address the crux of my question though, which was the median between militants and group economics. The logical mutual space between the two would be creating an economic base within a black society that operated independently and according to its own ideal of American society.

              It wasn’t a “specific definition of the descriptor free-standing” kind of thing. It was a point of closing a gap between the two different philosophies so that they could co-exist and build upon one another. Completely different talking points so let’s stay on track.

              • Yeh, but it’s pointless to talk about achieving a balance between two ideas that are incompatible based on principle. Good and Evil can’t have a balance between them, because they differ based off their nature. If you believe that your race’s life is at threat by simply existing in a society, how can you develop a functioning economy that requires a tremendous amount o confidence, stability and security to develop it in the first place?

                You could probably do one after the other, but you’re not going to achieve a balance between the two.

                • Meridian

                  Achieving a balance between two sects of black people that have to work together, live together, etc. is vital. It’s a simple matter of getting them to complement one another while acting in tandem.

                  • It might be vital, but it doesn’t matter if it’s not possible. If it is and you have an idea as to how it can be, go ahead, I just don’t see it.

                    • Meridian

                      LMAO. Just cuz you don’t see it doesn’t mean it isn’t possible.

                    • How do you think it would work out if it was left to you? Or are you simply going to rely on faith that people will join together in pursuit of the common good, when their ideas of what that common good is, is completely different?

                    • Meridian

                      If that’s what you think than go right ahead. No sweat off my back.

                    • I’m willing to change my opinion if you are willing to convince me otherwise.

                    • Meridian

                      To be honest, I’m not sure I want to change your opinion. I’m an idealist and you’re an intellectual. I NEED your opinion so that I’m operating soundly. It gives me structure.

                    • Lol, I’m actually very much an idealist. I just delve into the realm of the intellect to ensure that my ideals are in-tune with reality and are possible, not off just my mere wishes. Plus it’s not like the ideals we’re talking about have not been attempted to be balanced before by black people.

                    • Meridian

                      Meh. Just because you don’t personally believe in or see a possibility doesn’t mean it can’t be a reality. Other than that, we’re pretty much in agreement. Even if we aren’t, we’re equally full ourselves so that’s gotta count for something…

        • T.Q. Fuego

          I know. That’s how I know that the people who group all black folks that speak of specific strategies for overall racial empowerment in with “militants” are either incompetent, anti-black, or intellectually lazy. They just like to come up with a “type” to group you in so they can dismiss whatever you’re challenging them to participate in. I’m not a militant. I had a moment where I thought I would have to be one because it was impossible to improve the condition of black folks otherwise, but I’ve never thought we had a realistic shot if we used violence (other than for self-defense). Group economics is often tossed in with militancy because people propagandize it to be separatist, when it’s really what most immigrants do anyway. It’s just a wise mentality to look out for yourself and your community first.

          • LadyIbaka

            Bro!!!!!!!! Woohoo. Nice to see you.

  • Val

    Perfect post.

    • Sahel

      You and P.A are up next for a guest post FYI

  • Wild Cougar up in dih bih!

    • Meridian

      That’s WC?!?! D*mn. This post was flawless.

      • Sahel

        It was so obvious it was her,lol

        • Meridian

          No.

          • Sahel

            Yes.

            • Meridian

              Fine.

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