Picking up from where we left off with Beat Her Down Brown Part One, Halima’s Whose Zooming Who post went through a rather extensive list of black males who were wholly self-serving in focusing on their interests. I’d like to add further dimensions to the conversation.
Unlike the talk a lot but do nothing scenarios played out by blacks, read what happened when the House of Dior decided to police the behavior of their key designer, John Galliano for stepping way out of line. Some people do not play! The key lesson to be learned is how there has been a historical pattern of behavior for hundreds of years now that have left self-sacrificing black women with the perpetual short end of the stick. It’s the gender needs set-aside vs. sacrifice for racial progress argument. In fact, I’d say it has further escalated (devalued) to there being no stick left at all for those that give and give without requiring an equal exchange for their support.
As I stated in BHDB Pt 1:
I just realized that Chris Brown has a point about it not being “fair” that he was held somewhat accountable and suffered (minimal) repercussions for his deviant behavior. There’s a plethora of black male entertainers who have engaged in the very same behavior but due to black male protectionism and racio-misogyny against black women they were never put under the same level of scrutiny all in the name of “advancing the race”.
Before Chris “The Whiner” there was James “I’m Black & Proud…
er how soon until I can get a white woman?” Brown.
So around the time someone was black and proud another someone was black and blue!
TV One’s Unsung Series on Tammi Terrell that highlights her “volatile” relationship with Brown with eye witness testimony about him beating her in the head repeatedly.
Yes, the very same Brown that was credited for his Civil Rights work. I hate to burst your bubble, but if I’m going to be disappointed to find out what is so glaringly obvious once you realize we’ve been had — repeatedly — then so will you (villain cackle ensues).
It’s the indoctrination, failed delivery of false promises and subsequent black male interest-bearing cover-up of course!
Who benefited the most from James Brown being labeled a hero?
Yes, we can offer a shade or two of nuance. The song did help many people at that time, however I will contend that if gender parity took equal precedence to racial parity would a man who had been beating up Motown artists of her stature been allowed to emerge from that unscathed? Wouldn’t he have been held accountable first? Of course some random black women would’ve been out of luck, but if the behavior applies to one it could most certainly to others.
So were black women supposed to sacrifice themselves to save the race?
Of course, but did it work? No! Especially as we see the race was NOT saved, nor have black women been given their due.
Is that wholly unacceptable?
Tammi Terrell’s death should have weighed heavily on James Brown and David Ruffin especially as by all accounts they beat the crap out of her in a similar way Chris beat Rihanna. She died from a brain tumor and both males are alleged to have regularly beat her in the head. I’m mentioning this (again) to show the contrast of the response today. Not that the majority of blacks have improved their attitudes because if the internet is an accurate estimate then most would given him a pass.
No, the difference was non-blacks (gossip bloggers and later some feminists) stepped in to police the abherrant behavior and didn’t let the potential racial fall-out stop them. They didn’t relegate it to a “black issue” and adopt a laissez faire response.
Lots of DBRs and Lesser-Thans made great music or what is considered great music today. They also run for office, tell jokes, wield a (poison) pen, work a camera and play with balls. They may have money. They may be famous. Some of them may even still be married to black women….
I wonder if Christina Aguilera would have performed in the Brown tribute singing It’s A Man’s Man’s World at the 2007 Grammy Awards had she realized she was paying tribute to someone who beat on at least one woman in light of the fact she’s discussed the emotional damage caused from witnessing her father beat her mother growing up.
Lately these “entertainers” who are less and less talented by the decade mind you, have been getting even richer telling you that you’re defective. To add even further insult to injury they’re stealing YOUR ideas, subverting the concepts down to meet their understanding and slapping new labels on them to SELL right back to you.
That would be the Tyler Perrys, Hill Harpers, Chris Rocks and yes, the Steve Harveys. UGH!
Or they leave messages on social networking sites stating they’d rather kill the mother of their OOW progeny than pay child support. Hello Curtis [50 Cent]! Bookmarked, saved and noted. Especially after the house said ex was living in [that he wanted her to vacate] mysteriously burned to the ground. Leaving a paper trail of evidence for some future OJ-type behavior is not very smart, but these DBRs are not exactly the sharpest tool in the shed either. They think they can continue to get away with this behavior with impunity.
As such, there are quite a few others who’ve managed to fly under the radar. Prince. Ray Charles. Muhammad Ali. Al Green. Be it serial womanizing, color racism, sexing underaged or barely legal young girls or producing numerous OOW children it’s all predatory behavior that’s detrimental to the elevation of black women.
Some of you are eating it up. Some of you are letting it eat you up. What you’re not doing is discarding it. You’re far too invested to see it for the poison it is. You think it’s candy, but it’s more like a dog with rabies that you’re letting lick you.
They don’t value the lives of black women. They aren’t actively engaged in elevating black women as a collective, just the light-skinned/no dark butt ones. And even then they’re phasing those women out for the “ultimate” prize: Chelsea Handler! [Trust me the only reason why I even know about this is because other black women keep talking about what these DBRs are and aren't doing. JUST.SAY.NO]
If they didn’t have you supporting them, thinking about them, being angry at them, waiting for them to “come home” or “act right” or “recognize our beauty” or BEHAVE LIKE MEN – they’d be forced to be solely self-sufficient. They would need to rely on the non-black women they want so desperately. They’d have to use more of the resources of the white men they claim to despise. They’d be gone so fast.
That’s a great thing because the non-producing tree branches need to be removed so the roots can grow. Then black women could have our evolution. We could focus on getting our perspective in alignment with life-affirming, constructive endeavors. Creative projects. Living well. Cut out the majority of the junk that’s being held up as the “authentic” black experience which is no more than Blackface, Amos & Andy, Steppin’ Fetchit 2011. Replace it with the positive programming you say you want, with images that embrace all of our beauty and intellect without laughing at us at our expense.
Yet, the consumption of the gutter landfill castaway scraps continues.
If you didn’t know, now you know.
None of what’s going on today is new. This disease has been eating away at the collective from Day One.
The clock has run down and if you aren’t preparing for your future you’re supplying the resources for someone else’s. When will that change?