Why It’s Important To Recognize When Images Used To Evoke Certain Emotions Can Manipulate You
President Obama sitting on the bus where Rosa Parks refused to change seats.
What is your first reaction?
Do you get a warm and fuzzy feeling? Do you assume this action implies Obama is paying tribute? If so how does that translate into something tangible?
Are you satisfied by a ‘good’ feeling?
The Montgomery Bus Boycotts were an integral part of Civil Rights activism. Without the participation of African-American women there was no “movement”. Without the participation of black voters Obama will not be elected for a second term. Black women gave him his highest percentage block of votes (65%) in 2008.
How have ‘we’ benefited during this time in terms of political appointments, infrastructure building, job creation, business opportunities, etc? No excuses about obstructionists. Now compare that to other groups and how their needs have been addressed during this same period. Despite obstructionists.
This is a low-cost gesture at projecting something blacks and non-black liberals will respond positively to, without offending conservative voters.
I’m not saying the photo was generated with ill intent. Yet, the administration is making a (minimal) effort at courting the black vote. Supporters have a right to measure the return on their investment to decide if it paid out or not! Would you react the same way if Mitt Romney had posed for this photo instead?
You need to think of yourself as an asset that appreciates in value.
(Fake) Praising Black Women Is The NEW Denigration
With the success of the BWE social justice movement, many of the basic tenets that were openly opposed seem to go without incident. I look at it this way, certain oppositional forces already know not to directly challenge some of us lest they have their teeth handed to them on a platter. So they must find more subtle ways at undermining us.
Yet everybody knows we hold ALL the cards.
We have ALL the resources. They can’t SURVIVE without us.
We’re the ONLY ones holding the”community” together.
I realize this might go over the heads of most readers over 30 and non-hipsters, but the indie group Chester French has a new single titled, “Black Girls”. Oh – it’s getting a certain amount of attention – and praise.
The song lyrics are positive……
This ain’t no fetish, ain’t objectifying no one I reject your deconstruction of my taste But ignoramus always look in my direction They’re so frustrated I don’t keep it in the race Like they’ve never seen this before Like it’s 1954 But the whole world’s turning brown and who cares I’ve got a thing for black girls
La, la la la la, la la, la la la la la
but…deconstructing the video it’s full of conflicting images that OBJECTIFIES women despite the ‘compliment’! It completely negates their little PR blurb. Media literacy is very important in knowing how to recognize DENIGRATION and PROTECT our image.
This video actually reinforces white women as the object of desire. It’s tantalizing imagery implies typical straight male pornographic fantasies of girl-on-girl action. Very LOW-BRAIN. For these reasons alone we’d have to give this a pass, but I had a personal exchange confirming why this group’s motives are questionable.
Lead singer D.A. Wallach is friends with rapper Asher Roth and DEFENDED him (dismissing his slur against black women where he repeated Don Imus’) on Twitter about 3 yrs ago. YES, I have a LOOOONG MEMORY! Do not support ANYONE unless they are PROVEN to be LOYAL & CONSISTENT allies.
This is another example of Hipster Racio-Misogyny. Now had this been a female-fronted LGBT group with a history of anti-racist activity, we could have analyzed it from a slightly different perspective. I don’t buy how a guy who ignored OBVIOUS bias against black women can suddenly display an honest and bold presentation that properly offers a celebration of feminine beauty and interracial love.
Or do you think Tyler Perry, Chris Rock, DL Hughley, Toure and ALL THE OTHER BLACK WOMAN BASHERS have repented? **Update – I just saw this video posted at a few blogs and this is EXACTLY what we’ve been trying to educate black women about! Thank the stars many of you are getting it. Boycotts aren’t necessary – when you leave JUST GO! No explanations necessary!
So now a change in tactics from those who think they’re special snowflakes encourages them to do something sneaky. Why not PRETEND to be a friend, get in our good graces, grab some attention, play DUMB if held accountable and funnel those resources under the table? Our focus has been on exposing black male terrorists (of which they are PLENTY) so non-blacks have largely flown under the radar unless it was something highly offensive. And so many black women are still so indoctrinated they circle these forums but are often hostile and oppose real change, it’s a multi-level issue.
This is the next wave of post-BWE BW-Bashing and Blackistan propaganda support. This is why it’s important to keep emphasizing why EVERY MAN, (other women) and SITUATION must be thoroughly EVALUATED!! Stop giving UNPROVEN people the benefit of the doubt.
There are plenty of nefarious white men out there, too. My post on men who claim casual sex is the new intimacy revealed one very UNSUITABLE male who was dating a black women, but harbored latent disrespect for ALL women. Yet, the overwhelming odds still swing in the favor of securing high quality interracial relationships BUT YOU MUST RID YOURSELF OF YOUR BLACK WOMAN-HATRED (internal/external) lest you attract a poor quality male or DBR with WHITE SKIN.
Everybody’s trying to make $$$ off black women now!
**I was going to cover this, but I just can’t be bothered discussing the ‘artistic’ racio-misogynistic cake debacle. It was your typical black-woman hating, user/leech black male aligning himself with whites who assume having a self-hating Negro ‘friend’ absolves them of all racism. Been there. Done that. Let’s keep moving forward!!