The Role We Play in Our Being Targets of Discrimination. : ThyBlackMan

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The Role We Play in Our Being Targets of Discrimination.

January 28, 2017 by  
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( I sometimes feel as though my purpose for visiting certain sites and engaging in certain discussion groups is sometimes not only misunderstood, but also highly criticized. You see, I am the one annoying chick who has the audacity to call out the guy or the girl who may post a video of Black women being disruptive, or Black men fighting, or Black LGBTQ behaving in a way that seems to be “extra” or over-the –top, particularly if the person who posts such videos is seemingly (sometimes it is difficult to prove) Black. Yes people, my inner activist admits to often-times being the party-pooper who may rain on the parade of those who feel that posting and watching videos of us acting fools is just pure fun.

After seeing a video on last night (it appears to be at least two years old) of a Black male who went into his hotel bathroom to repeatedly punch the back of his girlfriend’s head after being egged on by a room full of his “homeboys”, I asked myself if there was any wonder that people of other races (particularly white) do not have the level of respect for us that we could demand. In other words, even in 2017, do we as Black people play a role in our being targets of discrimination?

Some of us would say yes, while others of us may argue no. Those of us who may lean more toward yes, would probably feel some of what I feel when I see that a fellow Black person has posted a video of Black women and men acting in reprehensible, stereotypical ways. It can be noted that if we think that it is funny, then we may have little room to become angry or offended if other groups of people formulate opinions based on what may be their only observation of “Black behavior”. If a non-Black person has little, to no real-life interaction with Black people, but those same non-Blacks frequently observe this type of behavior as presented by us to the world via social media, I find it very possible that those images inevitably become what defines our culture to people who do not know better, and to people who have absolutely no interest in being educated about whom we really are.

Those people who may say that we do NOT play a role in being targeted with discrimination may be those Black people who feel that no matter how many positive images of Black people we may see, (including images of the most graceful and arguably the most educated couple to ever inhabit the white house—shout out to President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama), non-Black people, particularly white, will always have their negative opinion of whom and of what Black people are.

I personally feel that even though some feelings may be engrained or deeply-rooted in the minds of people who may have negative perceptions of us, perhaps we could do better to not further arm those non-Black people with the ammunition to discriminate. It seems to me that we are the ONLY people in the world who take some type of pleasure in airing all of our dirty laundry while making no apologies about or for posting videos of the small percentage of Black women and men whom the world tends to believe defines each of us.

The videos of the angry Black woman and the savage Black man have become much more than disgusting; they have become sad in the sense that it appears to be the norm for us to self-deprecate and trash our brethren. Maybe just maybe, I will live to see the day where we as Blacks do more to tip the scale or to manipulate the system by bombarding the net with nothing but positive images of us and our own. Until that time, let us at least take responsibility and admit that we just might be a big part of our own problems.

Staff Writer; Erica Van Jackson

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6 Responses to “The Role We Play in Our Being Targets of Discrimination.”
  1. Joshua says:

    Hey Ampdefy why are you so brainwashed that you ignore your colors and you have no problem with that? This means you are brainwashed. Once we get away from facts, anything goes. I fear nothing but I do not accept deception and obvious inaccuracies. Why do you?

  2. ampdefy says:

    Hey Joshua why are you so afraid of the word BLACK, i OR MOST bLACK FOLKS were not born on the Continent of Africa but yet some so called Black leader chose this Term for us Which I have no problem with, Egyptians would be hard Pressed to consider themselves African Americans, Africa is a Continent not a country, Brothas and Sisters Who are from Kenya,Ethiopia,Nairobi,Ghana and Sudan Know Where they are from as well as their perspective Tribes, And I thought you were Native to the Land where you were born, would you consider White South Africans who were raise here African Americans as well???

  3. Marque Anthony says:

    We do play into the stereotypes set for us as traps. We promote Babylon type whores on stage like Beyoncé an Nikki Minaj. we commit so much crime against each other that the police and white people now follow our example. We allow the degradation of our women and the emasculation of our men and laugh at it.

    We dont check our kids homework, participate at their schools or monitor their music and video games. too many African Americans are either so full of weed or too busy to be real parents. Our role models are athletes and entertainers an talk show hosts. Give me a break.

    As a whole, our people pay more attention to Beyonce’s pregnancy or the Superbowl than the election that will impact our health, our finances, our jobs and our safety.

    We only work together when it furthers personal agendas and even then, we half step and make excuses. we think marches and rallies will fix things but what are they fixing today? Our so called leaders are opportunists, using our suffering to make a name for themselves in the media.


  4. Jaye says:

    I wish we would stop making excuses for bias, prejudice and straight-up racism. There are, literally, TONS of videos, movies and media portraying EVERY demographic in both a positive and negative light. We are the only group of people who blame ourselves for the way other people perceive us. Yes, there should be some type of action concerning the dissemination of media putting us in a bad light, but that DOES NOT excuse someone being stupid enough to believe, in generalizations, it represents all of us.


  5. Joshua says:

    It amazes me how many of you are still brainwashed to call yourselves BLACK. Black is not an identity and scientifically black is not even a color. It is next to nothing. Black is the “color” of your car tires, not your skin. The white oppressive slave trader called you black and himself white to set up a contrast and to attach negative images and denotations to you based on a lie about color. Look up BLACK in the dictionary.

    Research even shows that blacks are perceived by other groups as very different from African Americans. But we still keep calling ourselves what someone else defined us as, what we are not and what has a negative dictionary denotation in society. WAKE UP. LOOK AT THE REAL COLOR OF YOUR SKIN. YOU ARE NOT BLACK. You are an African American. The lie of calling us black and defining us by color (the wrong color) has been in place so long that our people accept it as truth – but it’s not. Know your colors.

    Native Americans do not allow others to call them red men. Asians do not accept being called yellow men. Hispanics do not answer to “what’s up brown man”. And Caucasians are not white, notebook paper is white. Wake up and see the plan where white racist supremacists plotted to redefine our people from Africa. STOP CALLING YOURSELF SOMETHING THAT YOU ARE NOT!

    Black is the color of your car tires, not your skin author. Being called “black” is a lie and it should be offensive. Haitians, Jamaicans and even Africans do not accept being called “black”, Why do you think that is? They are identified by tribes, klans, geographic areas and their respective countries. By using the very term black to describe us, we are doing the following:
    1. Using a term white oppressors and slave masters gave us.
    2. Letting someone else define us other than our own people.
    3. Calling ourselves something we are not.
    4. Buying into thee lie and the negative denotation. Check the dictionary.
    5. Being set apart in a way that no other ethnic group allows. Native Americans are not called Red Man. Asians are not called Yellow Man. Hispanics are not called Brown Man. They do not and will not accept being defined by color and by some other race or ethnic group at that.
    6. Ignoring our actual color (brown) which means brainwashing has worked. Any time someone can get an entire race, ethnic group or culture to ignore what they are and call themselves what they factually are not, THEY HAVE BEEN INDOCTRINATED, ASSIMILATED AND BRAINWASHED.
    7. Playing right into the oppressor’s profiles and stereotypes. Did you know studies show there is a different perception of black people than there is of African Americans? Words create perceptions and perceptions create actions towards us.

    WAKE UP. You know your colors. And even though others around the world equated our ancestors with the color of the soil in Africa or the meaning of negro/negroid, that does not change the fact that WE ARE BROWN – NOT BLACK.

    Facts are facts and YOU ARE BROWN, NOT BLACK. When you receive the revelation of why they keep calling African Americans “black” and Caucasian people “white”, you may just wake up!

    STOP LETTING OTHER GROUPS DEFINE YOU WITH AN OBVIOUS LIE that we have heard and accepted so much that we believe it’s true and forget our colors. The de-programming has to take root or African Americans will forever be defined, limited and oppressed by those who get us to accept a lie.

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