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Friday, May 06, 2005

Stepping... no... Stomping on toes...

LOL! It appears I stepped on some toes out there with my comments on gangster rap. So let me rephrase: I have no problems with rap, only gangster rap. *grin* BTW, what is a "candy shop?"

Aww... I think I made some people there mad. To those who know me, you know from the beginning that I possess strong and politically-incorrect opinions. You know I love you anyways, whether you are black, white, yellow, alive, dead, a business student, etc. *grin* To those that do not know me, click here

Oh, man, dun get me started with Asian pride... Talk about empty symbolism. On one hand we have the talk of Asian pride this, Asian pride that, on the the other hand, we have the Chinese still mad as hell at Japan over WWII, various ethnicities looking down on each other, ranking each other based on their country's respective economic position in the world. IMHO, not only is the concept of "Asian Pride" an unsupportable and empty position, it lies dangerously close to racial essentialism. Think about it for a moment, if a crowd of Caucasians (white folk) are going marching around, yelling, "White Pride! White Power!" are you going to be comfortable with that? If not, then why is it ok for other ethnicities to do the same, but not for the Caucasians? BTW, the Caucasians do not hold a monopoly on colonialism, slavery, waging war, etc. What do you think China has been doing in Tibet? Rockclimbing? Look at the massacres of the people in East Timor by Indonesian troops. Look at how Indians from Bangladesh are generally viewed and treated by the Chinese majority in Singapore. Again, I repeat: WHAT Asian pride?

With regards to Black culture, why ape those who glamorize image of gangbangers? Why not Condi Rice and Colin L. Powell? "Gee, mom. I am not going to work towards being the Provost of Stanford, or the Secretary of State. I'm going to be a gangbanger, steal cars, pimp hos, beat women, deal drugs, run from cops, coz it's more cool..."

Anyone who thinks that gangbangers and their lifestyles are cool should volunteer for a few weeks at those halfway houses for prostitutes and gangbangers. It will open your eyes. I dare you to choose one of them and walk them to their car at the end of every day. You better be real good at ducking bullets from the inevitable drive-bys, homie... Yeah, that's right. Keep watching those replays of Keanu Reeves in "The Matrix" dodging slugs on the rooftop. You da man, champ. I'll see you on "COPs" or "America's Most Wanted."


Here's an excerpt from The Middle Passage, by V. S. Naipaul:

the Negro problem lies not simply in the attitudes of others to the Negro, but in the Negro’s attitude to himself. . . . The retreat into apologies for their condition, their endless “historical” explanations and their lack of any direction. The sentimental camaraderie of skin which provides the cheap thrill of being “African” (83)

Here's an excerpt from Bill Cosby's speech on May 17 2004 , commemorating the fiftieth-anniversary of the Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education Supreme Court ruling, at the Constitution Hall in Washington, D. C.:

people with their hat on backwards, pants down around the crack. . . . What part of Africa did this come from? We are not Africans. Those people are not Africans, they don’t know a damned thing about Africa. With names like Shaniqua, Shaligua, Mohammed and all that crap and all of them are in jail. (When we give these kinds names to our children, we give them the strength and inspiration in the meaning of those names. What’s the point of giving them strong names if there is not parenting and values backing it up). . . . We cannot blame white people. . . . Now look, I’m telling you. It’s not what they’re doing to us. It’s what we’re not doing. 50 percent drop out [rate from inner city public schools]. Look, we’re raising our own ingrown immigrants. These people are fighting hard to be ignorant. There’s no English being spoken.

I don't buy the "cool" argument. At one point in history, it was cool to be in the SS. Toast, anyone?


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