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Kanye West Is What Happens When Whiteness Becomes The Standard

Admittedly, reminding myself that Whiteness isn’t any sort of standard to measure myself by is a concept I still wrestle with. Even today, as I’m acknowledging the existence of White privilege, of White supremacy, and of the creation of Whiteness, I have to consciously urge myself not to allow it to infect me. But it’s so pervasive, so ingrained, so subtle, so sneaky, that despite my vigilance, it still sometimes finds a way to seep in. And sometimes I receive reminders that, despite my best efforts to root it out, morsels of it still lurk.

Perhaps the best example I can provide of this struggle is a professional one. Clutch Magazine was the first platform to pay me to write something for them. My first regular paid column was with Madame Noire. My first appearance in a print magazine was an Essence Magazine photoshoot and feature. My first paid editing gig was for a digital magazine spearheaded by The August Wilson Center for African American Culture. Several months after that, I took an editing and writing job at EBONY.com; eventually leading to my own monthly page in EBONY Magazine. I’ve also written for, partnered with, and been honored by The Root, and VSB has been featured in The Grio, JET Magazine, Black Enterprise and several other Black publications.

This is several years worth of validation; of Black platforms and editors and publishers and audiences appreciating my work. And I’ve greatly appreciated and valued this appreciation. It has built me, sustained me, and enabled me to grow and survive. But I’d be dishonest if I didn’t admit that what’s transpired in the last 18 months or so — where multiple mainstream (read: White) publications have asked me to work for them; some even offering to create a job for me — has been a different type of validation. Not necessarily better. But it feels different, like I’ve been able to crash through some invisible psychic threshold, and I wonder how much of that is due to me subconsciously valuing the attention of the mainstream platforms more than the Black ones.

To be fair, this value distinction does have practical roots. The mainstream platforms tend to be much larger, which means a larger audience, which means more people will read my work, which (often) means more opportunities for more work. Also, some of these larger publications are able to pay more because they have larger budgets. (I have to say, though, that my personal experience had varied. While larger platform does usually equal more money, there are some larger platforms that don’t pay as well as I assumed they would, and some relatively smaller predominately Black platforms that compensate their writers at very competitive rates.)

Which matters to me a great deal because writing for a living means I literally write for a living. I have no other career to fall back on. We (VSB) have a few revenue streams, but I pretty much eat what I write. A piece in GQ or The New York Times isn’t just a cool byline. It’s a car payment. Christmas presents. A new suit. Six month’s worth of diapers. An electric and a cable bill, which enables me to have a wifi connection at home, which enables me to work at home to pay for that wifi connection. (And, well, I founded and own a Black publication too. So regardless of who’s paying me to write for them, I will always still possess and work in a Black space.)

That said, this validation isn’t completely about financial pragmatism. If all things were equal — if the Black publications paid the same as the larger mainstream publications did — I believe I’d still notice and appreciate the mainstream attention in a different way. And this stirs at and upsets me. But I’m not quite sure what to do about it. I’m already hyperaware of its presence — which in theory is enough to rid myself of it — and it’s still there.

So, I’m going to stop right here and share something with you all. This piece was initially intended to segue into my thoughts on some of the responses to the general lack-of-response to the sexual harassment allegations facing Casey Affleck; a favorite to win an Oscar for best actor for his performance in Manchester By the Sea. Affleck’s situation has been used as evidence that we (Black people) unnecessarily torpedoed Nate Parker and Birth of a Nation. “Why” the argument goes “did we do that to Nate Parker when men like Woody Allen and Roman Polanski and Sean Penn and now Casey Affleck are still celebrated?” In a vacuum, this seems like a sober and logical case. “They” were able to do something, so why can’t we do it too? And it remains sober and logical until you realize that it centers Whiteness as the standard, essentially asking “Why aren’t we more like these White people?” Yes, it’s true that we collectively gave men like Parker and Bill Cosby more scrutiny than White people generally did/do when famous White men commit abhorrent acts. But that doesn’t make us wrong. It actually makes us right. History has proven, time and again, that leaning on Whiteness for morality is like asking the sun for some shade. White people just elected Donald Fucking Trump President of the United States, and this is who you’re modeling your values and mores on?

Anyway, I planned to expound on that a bit more. But since I began writing, I learned that Kanye West — bodyguards and new blonde do in tow — had a private meeting this morning with Donald Trump. And I decided to change course. Because Kanye, unfortunately, is what an unchecked and unfettered need to be validated by Whiteness looks like — quite literally, actually — and his descent expresses this better than any of my words ever could. This is what it does. This is how powerful and dangerous and corrosive it is. It’s vicious enough to make a man look in the mirror — one of the most famous and most influential Black men in the world — and see nothing but what he believes White people see when they see him. This is past the White gaze. He’s stuck in an unwinnable maze of Whiteness, where each wall is a funhouse mirror distorting and corrupting his sense of self and space. He is not dead, yet. But he is possessed. And his obsession with Whiteness will continue to gnaw at him — and will eventually devour him whole — unless its exorcised out of him.

Damon Young

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a columnist for GQ.com And he's working on a book of essays to be published by Ecco (HarperCollins). Damon is busy. He lives in Pittsburgh, and he really likes pancakes. Reach him at damon@verysmartbrothas.com. Or don't. Whatever.

  • Kanye is the “my Black friend.” Or in the case of DT, “my Black.”

  • Courtney Wheeler
  • PriceIsRightHorns

    “He’s a good man” seems to be Don’s default description of “the blacks” that he allows into his circle.

    • Courtney Wheeler

      This publicity stunt goes to show his train of thought.. “Oh the minority kids like him, so they’ll like me.” It’s an assumption..like we don’t have brains or thought processes.

      • PriceIsRightHorns

        We see the tomfoolery for what it is. Don and Kanye can have stadium seats.

  • Trumpacolypse Day 35: a blonde haired Kanye West meets with Darth Cheeto, while Macklemore spits on the F*ck Donald Trump remix. This year can end now.

    • Honestly, the f**kery of this year is too much. Roll on 2017 please

      • brothaskeeper

        Shid, just take us to 2021!

  • Me

    I remember being told in school that the holy grail of employment was to work for a Fortune 500/100 company and to build a “career” of high profile companies on my resume. Back then, I hustled my behind off to accomplish just that. Chased those fancy alphabet titles and suffixes to my name like a great worker bee does. Then I realized that I still had a solid 40 more years of that nonsense to look forward to, and suddenly all those white spaces became regular ol’ jobs like anywhere else. Since then I set my sights on retiring as soon as possible so that if I do end up working into my 70s, it’ll be for my own company. I just have a few more years of faking the funk at the current j.o.b. and I’m chucking deuces to all these “white is right” hoops folks expect us to jump through. My value is not determined by who I work for. The end!

    • GrimyLittlePimp

      Learning this lesson as we speak. It can be a little tough to swallow at first but I’m getting there.

    • A.G.

      This is a TOUGH lesson to learn. I have the “grass is greener” syndrome when it comes to white workplaces. It sucks.

  • I see and hear a lot of black people struggle with that “well white people do it” thing. It’s hard because on the one hand, you are recognizing the perceived unfairness of being held to a higher standard, but on the other hand, YOU have higher standards. That’s going to make things a bit more difficult for you in every circumstance.

    • pookel

      And then some black people who are automatically skeptical about cases like Cosby’s, because they (very reasonably!) question the “black men are sexual predators” narrative that’s still so pervasive in our culture. And that history sucks, and the double standard sucks, but we can’t fix it by letting real predators off the hook. Taking down their careers is the right solution (I just wish it happened to guys like Polanski too).

      Basically it’s white people who are wrong here, they SHOULD be meeting that higher standard too.

      • Damon Young

        its all f*cked up, really

  • Other_guy13

    Again….F that guy. I burned college dropout (not kidding) and deleted everything from my amazon prime account (but not the cloud cuz….I’ll get over it). But I really am no longer a fan. Also Kanye out here validating Trump for Black folks really hurts me to my soul. I have lost all respect for dude like that homeboy who went back to his girl after he caught her in bed with Kappa everybody loves to hate on campus. It’s just no coming back from that. And when its over and he come back to his senses best believe we gone clown you forever. Yeezy need to go back to the hospital because he still on that spaceship….Everyday this fool got me like https://media.giphy.com/media/BrOOvlrCI0UEM/giphy.gif

      • Other_guy13

        Man…I can’t even listen to All Falls Down the same

    • Sigma_Since 93

      Every generation has a Black person vouching for a questionable Dwight. James Brown vouched for Nixon……

      • Other_guy13

        He really did…now we got Jim Brown and Ray Lewis doing it too. Kanye and Ray…cool…BUT JIM BROWN….F 2016 yo…it’s taking everything I love.

        • QueenRaven23

          I guess because Jim has been so vocal about BLM

          • Other_guy13

            I guess…I’m heartbroken right now. Kanye I could take. Ray could care less. Jim Brown…everything I thought I knew in life is now a lie.

            • JBusy

              Unfortunately, Jim Brown has become a curmudgeon.

              • Sigma_Since 93

                Nah. This is old Black vs New Black. Members of the Black Panther click treated Jesse Owens the same way.

      • QueenRaven23

        Yep, yep. Nixon got James with the ‘economic prosperity’ stuff

      • Val

        And Sammy Davis, Jr.

      • Brooklyn_Bruin

        James Brown was not the black revolutionary that folks have made him about to be

        • Freebird

          He was about that big payback

          • cyanic

            You mean the big paycheck.

      • cyanic

        He also contributed to Tammi Terrell’s untimely death.

  • Kanye became a rap superstar in spite of not fitting the mold at the time and being an average at best lyricist in his own right. He shot his shot at a married woman and now she’s his wife and mother of his children. He kicked and screamed until Adidas gave him a clothing line that only he and his in laws are ever seen wearing. Yet it isn’t enough. Because all Kanye has ever wanted was white acceptance. And now a 39 year old rapper past his prime, its even more apparent he will never get it, and it’s literally driving him mad.

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              • Blueberry01

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    • KeyBrad

      So agree! I said a long time ago that I wished people would stop calling this man a genius.

      • Damon Young

        he kinda is though in his field. his antics don’t negate his actual talent, resume, influence.

        • Leggy

          Mehhh, I disagree but I’ve never been a fan of said music. Art is subjective. Imo, Kanye has never done anything ground breaking enough to be a genius.

          • Tasha Lawrence?

            How dare thee. Oh YEE, mere mortal of a woman, tell him his basic.

          • Damon Young

            that’s fair

            • Wise Old Owl

              Bro, you have come a long way…a Black Man writing for Madamnoire…is almost egregious as Kayne meeting with…But as Barry told Coates, you have to be willing to speak and meet with those in power that you disagree with if you want to bring about the change you seek…I Wonder if Jim Brown will receive the same backlash for his meeting and for saying the best 3 folks in his life were all White…I know plenty of so called woke and hotep Black Folks who still hate MJ for the false quote attributed to him that Republicans buy sneakers too…I am sure the Stephen Crocketts of the blog a blogasphere will give him a pass…they did for domestic violence legacy…similar to the pass given to Ali for calling Joe Frazier an ugly gorilla and mocking his African Phenotype…

          • ChokeOnThisTea

            Right! Not once has he said anything profound or thought-provoking. Not once. He can barely articulate the few elementary ideas he does have.

            • Miles

              I don’t know…” George Bush doesn’t care about black people” was well articulated and found its mark and I guess Dubya found it thought provoking as it was the “darkest point of his presidency”…not the disaster or the botched response…but the comment..lol
              .

              • ChokeOnThisTea

                I pasted the link below so you could rewatch it? Now, what part of this “speech” was well articulated?

                https://youtu.be/PDMyArnIdzY

                • Miles

                  All of it because it was unplanned emotional off the cuff, and from my perspective , had the desired effect Calling attention to yhe idea celebrities are on tv soliciting donations like its for Haiti not a large american city, while the president can’t bother himself to shorten his vacation, and then he only does a flyover on the way to D.C. Myers looked like he swallowed his adams apple. Also your splitting hairs. If it was planned…(it doesn’t look like it was), it is even more ingenious because of his reputation for erratic impulsive outbursts.

                  • ChokeOnThisTea

                    It was bold. Not genius. The two words are not synonymous.

                • Mary Burrell

                  Mike Myers face was priceless.

                  • Mochasister

                    That white boy was scared! You could tell he thought Kanye was going to go off. He didn’t know what to do.

                • Regina

                  Every time I watch this I pray for Mike Myers.

                • Linda Pritchard

                  I remember this. Mike Meyer’s face was priceless! Good times.

            • Mary Burrell

              He is a genius in his own mind.

          • Miles

            Maybe not the rapping..but the production…few hiphop producers can compare

            • Blueberry01

              Definitely the production…

          • RewindingtonMaximus

            Actually he has.

            He created a sound that many tried to emulate. He’s behind scores of platinum hits. He literally did start a musical revolution for people who were on the outside looking in if you weren’t thugs or hood folks.

            That’s saying a lot right there. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea but it did happen.

            • Leggy

              Talented = genius. In fact talent is subjective. Never even been a fan of his. Never seen this talent of his that’s so amazing. *shrug*

            • Miles

              FACTS….Opened a lane for Drake and his ilk

              • RewindingtonMaximus

                Exactly!

                • Wise Old Owl

                  They don’t want to hear facts about the lane Kayne created for Drake, J. Cole and even K.Dot…he lost 75% of his Black female fans, when he married Kim…and 82.3% of his white fans when he spoke truth to power about Taylor Swift in 2009…

                  • RewindingtonMaximus

                    Haha those are some interesting numbers but yea he definitely shooed off a lot of his fans every time he did something he felt was being true to himself.

                    • Wise Old Owl

                      Many fans can’t take it, when an Artist is true to themselves or take a different path…even Prince fan based slid off, whenever he tried new and experimental avenues of musical and artistic expression…however, true fans, now dismissively called Stans, stay the course and enjoy the Art…

              • Blueberry01

                …and everyone to sample a hit soul song from the 70s and 80s..

                …plus autotune…

        • Sigma_Since 93

          But we live in a what have you done for me today society. I look at Kanye like NFL owners looked at Terell Owens; as long as the productivity was there they tolerated the antics. Once the production dropped he was unemployed.

          At this pace, Kanye better save those coins and begin to self fund his projects cause the gravy train will run out.

          • Deeds

            I wonder if Kim will still stick around?

            • Tasha Lawrence?

              She on her way out.

              • brothaskeeper

                She’s already plotting the next three seasons of her show off of this.

                • Tasha Lawrence?

                  Maybe she coming for you. Tell sistakeeper to hide you.

                  • brothaskeeper

                    Shid, I’ve had enough girls in my life. I’d rather have a woman. She can keep her demon chocha to herself.

                    • Blueberry01

                      Preach!

                    • Mochasister

                      Lol at demon chocha! It’s right up there with fire crotch!

                  • Adrian Valdivia

                    lol!!!!!

                • NomadaNare

                  #savage

                • Adrian Valdivia

                  Real talk!!

                • Mochasister

                  Aren’t there rumors of her running around with some punter from the Oakland Raiders?

                  • brothaskeeper

                    Welp. There goes their special teams. They pick their men like they’re ordering off Amazon. “I like that one *adds to cart*”

              • Ausar Mars

                She was never really there with him just using his celebrity to help her “brand” in my opinion

                • Mary Burrell

                  That’s what I thought as well.

            • No, she won’t. She’ll divorce him and the divorce might break him.

              • ChokeOnThisTea

                Right. Because Kim’s whiteness is validating to Kanye. Having a white wife (who performs facets of Black culture for profit), half-white kids (that he can call “Black” when it’s convenient or cool for him), and white fans is all Kanye has ever really wanted. I think he sees himself as worthless without that. Da mn shame.

                • Mary Burrell

                  I have always thought he might suffer from low self esteem.

                  • Adrian Valdivia

                    you think?? Classic case of low self esteem 4 real…….. SMH…

                  • Blueberry01

                    All Falls Down…

                • truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

                  I agree with you.

              • Mary Burrell

                The divorce might cause him to try and harm himself he is not well. That might really send him over the edge.

            • Val

              As long as Kanye is as famous as he is and still has a few million, she’ll stick around.

            • Helga G.Pataki

              nope

            • Mochasister

              Bruh. You’re being facetious, right?

        • will_the_thrill

          Idk bruh… And I was on the island with you until the very last moment. But at this point bruh… I want him to gain the talent of allowing me still to personally enjoy his talent.

        • United_Dreamer

          Kanye West is what happens when white money sucks up all the independent labels. When you compare him to the genuine creative talents of the 90s and before, he struggles to compete,

          I do give him props for reaching back into those vibes for inspiration but the whole direction of output is constrained by dominance of the music industry by white money.

        • Wise Old Owl

          No, to them Drake and J. Cole are musical geniuses…they both have something in common, so they get the Jesse Williams and Prince treatment…same folks would claim that Nat King Cole, Miles Davis and James Brown were not musical geniuses, but would argue you down that Smokey Robinson, Duke Ellington, Lionel Richie and El Debarge are all musical geniuses…then you have the crew who hate Kayne for his choice of a spouse…you may hate the man, but it is no denying his musical talent and influence…see Drake, J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar….

        • Wise Old Owl

          Azelia Banks is on Facebook claiming that it is a double standard, because she was trashed by Black Folks for endorsing Trump, while Kayne is being praised by Black Folks for meeting with Trump…tell me if I’m wrong, but hasn’t VSB, the Grio, The Root, Ebony, Bossip and Black Twitter all wrote think and hit pieces this week bashing and clowning Kayne for meeting with Trump…Banks is trying to claim that she is a victim of misogynoir…however, it is clear that the Black Blogasphere has never bashed and trashed her the way they did Kayne for his antics, when in fact, she has been treated with kids gloves regarding her misandrynoir against Black Men….

        • ChokeOnThisTea

          Still refusing to leave that Kanye island, eh? I won’t be too hard you though. It’s a process. You’re making strides. Lol

        • I honestly feel that this is the natural order of things for almost all black folk in America. My brother and I were just discussing what I call ‘The Reckoning.’ How you reconcile a belief that you are black, and you are equal while at the same time acknowledging that White authority is at the head of almost every organization, institution, entity, etc. in the country. And generally, the more successful, the more elite, the more exclusive (and hence white) organizations tend to be (special operations in the military, owners in the NFL and NBA, CEOs of fortune 500 companies). I always say “White Supremacy” isn’t a movement or a theory, it’s a reality. Innate white supremacy is what racists advocate for. Every (grounded) black man has to confront his recognition of ‘white’ achievement and assert his own self worth, potential, and greatness despite what the world seems to be telling us about our place here.

      • Dustin John Seibert

        He’s a genius at crafting music. He’s not a genius rapper, and he sure as balls isn’t a genius designer.

        • Miles

          Exactly

        • KeyBrad

          Nah, cant agree on this one. I can name so many..lets start with Prince, Ill even give you oldies like Teddy Riley..R Kelly even. Kanye is a no. Just because you say your a genius doesn’t make it true.

          • DW Ford

            Just because you disagree doesn’t make it false

        • Blueberry01

          Right, clear distinction…

      • Brambles

        Isn’t it the truth. Time was when only true geniuses were recognized…they usually talked about stuff that nobody else had a clue about…nuclear physics, etc. Now we have anybody who can string together some profane street lyrics, or can sing about pick-up trucks and dogs, who’s dubbed a genius. That being said, loved “Atlanta”….truly funny.

    • DcLover

      Devil’s advocate alert

      ‘George bush doesn’t care about black people’

      I’m not exactly sure this is what someone who’s supposedly after white America’s acceptance would say on national tv . If you don’t like his meeting with Don the con then say so . Resorting to cheap and unsubstantiated claims is simply immature. Screaming at a multi billion dollar corporation doesn’t land you a deal that cuts you a $10 million check per year , quite the simplistic and ignorant assumption and his footwear is seen on the feet of more than his immediate family .
      I’d love to know what your definition of a rapper past his prime is, because I see a man who is one of the few rappers whose work ( critically acclaimed or not ) still generate a fair amount of commercial success despite not doing the usual pre album release hyper promotion . C’mon man

      • Question

        I actually think Kanye is navigating the same balance the rest of us are (adaptive responses to whiteness versus white validation), but thinks his “wealth, power and influence” should amount to something, and can’t come to terms with the fact that it doesn’t.

        Tiger chexed his way through it.
        Kanye’s trying to reason his way through it, not realizing that the more he talks, the more they insulate against him…cuz they’re never gonna validate him, only make him feel crazy for wanting something (recognition) that was never his to have in the first place.

        • Exactly.

          • Janelle Doe

            Do you think he always wanted it?
            I thought he wanted Jay’s acceptance… when did things shift?

            • Sigma_Since 93

              When he got access to the same level of resources J had; the goals changed once he got the seat at the table.

            • Question

              Ehhh…its like wanting your first $50K check, at which point you want a $100K check and on and on and on. Kanye wants to be respected for his art. Once he had Jay’s respect, it was like “what’s next?”.

              • Blueberry01

                Signs of low self esteem…

                • Question

                  Changing your goals based on achieving those previously set is a sign of low self esteem?

                  • Blueberry01

                    Constantly chasing money or status as the source of your self-identity is a hallmark of low self esteem.

                    It’s not that obtaining money or status is wrong – it isn’t. But if having money, status, material things DEFINES you, what do you think will happen if those things are stripped away?

                    Perhaps Kanye’s breakdown can explain it better…

                    You’ll never be gratified by material things, only temporarily satisfied.

        • Guest

          Great observation.

        • Madame Zenobia

          “only make him feel crazy for wanting something (recognition) that was never his to have in the first place.” SPEAK THIS TRUTH TODAY!

        • Blueberry01

          “I actually think Kanye is navigating the same balance the rest of us are (adaptive responses to whiteness versus white validation), but thinks his “wealth, power and influence” should amount to something, and can’t come to terms with the fact that it doesn’t.”

          Money may satisfy, but it doesn’t gratify…

      • A wild Kanye Stan appeared.

        Tristan used ignore.

        It’s very effective.

        • DcLover

          Whatever dude , if you’re going to spout gibberish then it’s only logical you get a response , I wasn’t asking you to agree with me . If that makes me a ‘stan’ I’ll enthusiastically wear that hat

          • Wise Old Owl

            If you don’t agree with the group think mob mentality on VSB…you will be called names such as Stan or Hotep, because you have the audacity to have an independent thought and opinion…don’t let them shut you down…continue to express your truth and analysis…

            • Betty’s Babygirl

              I acknowledge there are some issues that garner a general consensus. However, in this case it’s more of not what you express but how you express it. Overall the opinions are as varied and diverse as the people who choose to post. The posts on this string are actually an appropriate example of the respectful discourse that occurs around topics.

      • Betty’s Babygirl

        I come in peace. You deserved that clap back from T. Your post reeks of condensation as well as your reply. If you cannot express your opinion without attempting to make someone feel “less than” perhaps this is not the forum for you. The VSB/VSSer’s disagree without being disagreeable.

        • DcLover

          It’s a curiosity of mine when folks decipher emotions behind keyboards. I’ve learned something new

          • Betty’s Babygirl

            Interpersonal Skills 101: Words have power. Since you’ve learned something new I’d like to think you’d consider today a success.

            P.S. Being condescending is not an emotion it’s a character trait.

          • PepperedCitrus

            LOL! Interesting (and unfortunate) the types of responses people with differing opinions get on this site, smh.

          • Blueberry01

            There is such a thing as “tone” in writing.

          • AOM

            Serious question — do you have ASD/Aspergers? That may explain your inability to decipher emotion in writing…

        • Blueberry01

          “The VSB/VSSer’s disagree without being disagreeable.”

          Truth. The ad hominem attacks makes you look immature.

      • Mary Burrell

        Yeezus disciple.???

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    • Mayborn7

      Gotdamb. That is the most succinct evisceration of Kanye West that I have ever seen. I salute you.

    • unfriendlyblkhottie.

      that last sentence!

    • Mary Burrell

      “Driving him mad.” Birds of a feather Kanye and Trump both drunk on power and megalomaniac narcissistic personalities. I wonder what the American Psychiatric Society would say about these two. They both are a case for textbooks.

    • Steph Boogs

      *Daps*

    • Blueberry01

      Speak.

  • QueenRaven23

    So I guess by meeting with Kanye, Jim Brown, and Ray Lewis, (and possibly soon Charles Barkley), Trump will parade them around like puppets and think that we will take the bait because they told us so.

    • Val

      Jim Brown? Really? That’s disappointing.

      • Sigma_Since 93

        To be fair and bring balance to the discussion, IF the black folk Trump has reached out to COULD positively impact policy or provide prospective I wouldn’t be mad. The problem is they can’t. I’ve got binders of black folk I’d rather see take a meeting with the Donald.

        • Janelle Doe

          Like who? *(genuinely curious)

          • Sigma_Since 93

            Let’s see

            Jesse Williams
            a school teacher in the Chicago City School District
            Colin Powell
            Tristan Walker
            Condi Rice
            a McDonald’s employee
            Michael Steele
            Harry Douglas
            Harry Gates

            I could go on and on

            • Janelle Doe

              Tks

            • Janelle Doe

              So apparently Condi has surfaced and approves of Sec of State pick

        • Lea Thrace

          “binders of black folk”

          man I love that “binders full of ___” is still a thing. The one great thing that Mittens gave us.

      • Question

        I dunno why – the fact that you left out Ray and Charles made me laugh. Carry on.

      • Ausar Mars

        On so many levels…

    • United_Dreamer

      Well skinfolk ain’t necessarily kinfolk. That needs to be hammered into the concept od blackness on a daily basis, if it isn’t already.

      And sometimes you have to ask yourself what unseen compromises did these people make to give them so much limelight in the first place.

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