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Yeah Ignorant and Stupid At the Same Damn Time.

April 7, 2012 by  
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(ThyBlackMan.com) I must admit, I am disappointed, afraid and frankly appalled at the extent to which sciolism is displayed in America, especially among folks that look like me. It seems that we parade our ignorance and lack of respect and appreciation for presenting ourselves in the best fashion, as if it is something to be proud of.

The badge of honor through the lyrics include: “On the phone, cooking dope, at the same damn time and Selling white, selling mid, at the same damn time.” The only lyrics that are missing and would be a better reflection of the kind of mind set that would spend time creating such garbage is “ignorant and stupid at the same d*** time.” Yes I said it and this is all it can be. On the front in there are no other words to describe this type of belief system other than brainless, deficient, doltish or imbecilic and on the back end, cloddish, birdbrained, dense, misinformed and nescient.

Just like those who would actual sing and learn the words. I ran on it by happen stance when looking for NPR. A local radio talk show was playing it in Atlanta and the female disk jockey played the song and started singing it – the station will remain anonymous (V-103).

Now I know having fun and making people laugh is a good thing, but when it plays and promotes music that reflects injudicious and lowbred stereotypes, either the host, or the listeners should call in and correct this type of  behavior. No wonder we are where we are as a community. Just this week a  TSA screener was arrested at JFK Airport for throwing a cup of hot coffee at an airlines pilot who asked her and some colleagues to tone down a profanity-laced conversation and incessant use of the N-word” in a public terminal.

No wonder in Detroit, students tested from Detroit Public Schools have scored the worst in the nation time in science, according to national test scores. Results suggest that 80 percent of eighth-graders scored below the “basic” level, meaning they lack fundamental skills in science, while 17 percent scored at the basic level. Not to mention not a single student scored ‘advanced’ in reading and 73% of 4th-graders scored below the ‘basic’ level, which was the worst in the 40-year history of the test. The NAEP reading test found 73 percent of Detroit fourth-graders below the “basic” level – meaning they lack even the basic skills that are the building blocks of reading.

But this is no different than other places across the nation, where data reveals that African American students lag behind their white peers by an average of more than 20 test-score points on the NAEP math and reading assessments at 4th and 8th grades (a difference of about two grade levels). In the 2008 National Assessment of Educational Progress conducted for grades 4, 8, and 12, findings revealed that the reading scores of African-American boys in eighth grade were barely higher than the scores of white girls in fourth grade. This may be why just 57 percent of African American students graduate on time compared to 82.7 percent of Asian students and 78.4 percent of white.

Now I am not hating, just pointing out the reality of attending behavior and how we as a collective are more likely to blame others and our environment than ourselves. Used to be a time when education and reading, even when our parents couldn’t read or never attended school, was valued higher than all except family and God. There is no valid reason or excuse as to why just 41% of Black men graduate from high school in the United States according to the Schott Foundation for Public Education.

Although the impact of systemic and historic racism are factor of everyday life for African Americans, especially males, what we do to ourselves (or do not do) contribute just as detrimentally to why we have the chances of going to prison were highest among Black males (32.2%) and are nearly half of all the murder victims annually of which around 96 % of whom were killed by other African Americans.

With songs as the one I referenced by the Atlanta rapper “Future,” and radio stations not having the decency to make responsible decisions about what is best for our community, it is no wonder we have folks like Curtis A. Davis Jr. was once friends with the three men he’s now charged with shooting to death March 27 at an apartment in Chicago, leaving one victim one victim on the porch with 33 bullet wounds, all because of an argument over a jacket. Or that there have been eighth separate flash mob attacks in Minneapolis in the last two months. Or Norman Washington Coley, 20, of Charlotte, who was just accused yesterday of burning his girlfriend’s child with an iron and then assaulted his girlfriend after becoming upset.

These may be examples some may think I am stretching, but I can give you another more recent, closer and terse example. A student in the department in which I teach is pregnant. She is trying to figure out what to do. She doesn’t want to leave school or her boyfriend. Which by the way is of the self-described “no-good, gangsta, thug motif.” Over the holidays he suggested that she make some money for them by “working the pole”, which she did while she was pregnant but not showing. Sitting down with her you find out that she knows better, she knows that HIV and STD rates among African American account for almost 70 percent of the new cases annually yet she still has sex without a condom. She knows that the dude she is with is bad, because her pregnancy was due to him raping her one night after he saw her dance in the club when they were not together. So now she and her mom are trying to figure out what to do. My suggestion was it should have been thought about before this and to leave the young man alone – which she won’t because she loves him. She says he wants her to have the baby and get back to stripping – Ignorant and stupid at the same d### time.”

Maybe it is wrong for me to care so vehemently about my community. Even still, I got it honestly from my family, especially the strong women and men that raised me being born in the segregated south. I know that there are many problems that are out of our control, but likewise, there are an inordinate number of things which we can control. We are a far cry from the men who valued education and liberty of the 60s and 70s to the new role models engendered in rap artist. One of my favorite quotes is by … Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than a sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” He is right. We may not be able to change everything, but one thing for sure we can change is being ignorant and stupid at the same d*** time.”

Staff Writer; Torrance Stephens 

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Comments

7 Responses to “Yeah Ignorant and Stupid At the Same Damn Time.”
  1. B22 says:

    I don’t believe that it is the music that is causing some of the problems in our communities. The ignorance in music is a product of poor educational systems and bad parenting.

  2. sankofa says:

    In the movie Frankenstein, the villagers got mad at the monster for being… a monster, less so than the Dr. who created it. Likewise we get made at Knee-grows for being Knee-grows…less so than the scientists that created this being called the African American. This manufactured being is neither African nor American, whatever the latter means. In any war, there will be collateral damages and those that get in our way need to e set aside before dealing with the enemy. In 2012 none can call on ignorance when seeing the depredation of knee-grow excess or ignorance/stupidity. What we need is as many before us stated (Marcus, Elijah) is separation for our own good. When we were wt our best separation took us to extreme heights, unfortunately we forgot to defend our success, so the enemy bombed us back to Jim Crow living. I am talking about Tulsa Oklahoma pre 1921. Separation doesn’t necessary mean getting up and leave, because lord knows most won’t know where to go outside their neigbourhood. But separation of philosophy, a world view and a cultural perspective that places you, I, us, at the centre of our universe. It’s not unusual; all the other successful ethnic groups practice and teach their children this. Our enemy practice it daily. But because we are conditioned like abuse victim to either emulate the abuser or act out for attention in most bizarre ways, the victim is looked down upon, while the victimizer gets a free pass…and no sufficient and applicable solution is put forth.
    Africans in America Inc. (it is an incorporated entity) are the only mass trauma victim who have never had group therapy and are vilified for it. Let the knee-grows be knee-grows, save your breath for the children and those who can be saved. And while at it, nullify the interlopers that we have in our midst, be they hue-man or otherwise.

  3. DaTruth says:

    All the comments regarding this article are true but the real butt ugly truth is the fact that there exists a segment in the black community that is beyond help. It’s not good sense to waste time and resources on worthless investments. In other words some people don’t want to be helped and just don’t care about themselves. They can even possibly destroy you as you try to help them. How many times I have heard blacks say “this is a wake-up call” well I’ll tell you, too many dam times and now it has no meaning at all. My advice is to get yourself right and then your family. If that is accomplished then you have done a hell of a lot more than 95% of the rest of black folks.

  4. OriginalMan says:

    @Joe you said nothing but the truth brotha which is what i’ve been saying myself for so long that we need to have a movement to resurrect our brothas and sistas. Let’s stop buying from outside sources and put our finances into our own communities. Lift up and support each other and we can have strong communities because if there is one thing that will get their attention is finances and what better way to get back at them by hurting them in the pockets…Wake up my ppl

  5. Andre says:

    Joe That is true Brotha

  6. Joe says:

    Look, I’m not gonna read this entire article just yet. The answer to this dilemma is very simple, and since we don’t wanna accept it, then we need to just deal with the consequences. As long as we’re going to continue trying to live out this ‘I have a dream’ social integration experiment – which has already failed – then, we need to prepare for the consequences.

    We were not brought here to be equals. This system was set up in order to keep us in a subordinate status, and nothing brought about through any movement has modified that. In fact, we know that our condition is worse, but because the appearance of progress has deceived Negros into believing that we’ve made gains, you can’t convince other Blacks that it’s time to pull ourselves out of this mainstream conundrum, and restore our own historical values and way of life. This is the ONLY hope left. Until we get that through our heads, then we need to just prepare to continue living with the consequences.

  7. LOL says:

    why u mad though

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