- I seriously cannot understand why all the hate towards Black people…not People-of-Color, but Black people seem to really disgust a certain basketball team owner, Donald Sterling of the L.A. Clippers. Apparently, this same gentleman who instructed his ‘girlfriend’ to “not bring any Black people to basketball games,” is being praised by the NAACP for his Lifetime Achievement. I guess I can see the resemblance. The NAACP did, in fact, throw dark-skinned Claudette Colvin under the bus and supported light-skinned Rosa Parks during that momentous boycott period. Discrimination and Racism…are they really two different things? Good Hair – Bad Hair…Light-Skinned – Dark-Skinned…Ebonics – Correct Grammar… What a never ending saga for the “Black Man,” huh? Just when some of us thought Lupita Nyongo’s People Magazine cover was a breakthrough, a true breakthrough would be Don Cheadle gracing that cover very soon (should People Mag ever decide to issue a Most Handsome Man edition).
So much hate is spread in the media only to later have that person apologizing or saying their words were taken out of context. Maybe honest is the ‘Best Policy.’ But why is it necessary in the first place? No other race, in my opinion, seems to be hated more than Black people. And please, get rid of that term “African-American.” It just doesn’t fit…anybody.
- Remember Claudette Colvin? She was the one individual the NAACP turned its back on during the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955. Because of Miss Colvin’s dark skin, and the fact that she was an unwed pregnant mother, the NAACP chose to support the lighter-skinned and less threatening, Rosa Parks, after she was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger.
- Should the NAACP change its name? I mean, the term or word “colored” is no longer used. That is, unless you ask someone still living from that time period. Jesse Jackson saw to it that ‘Blacks’ were to now be referred to as ‘African-American.’ Though he was then catapulted to stardom during the Democratic National Convention in 1988, where is he now? Has Mr. Jackson seen any real advancement for ‘African-Americans?’ I think Spike Lee explained it well in his movie “School Daze.” Then again, I can’t remember if the Willie Lynch speech was ever mentioned…or ever needed to be.
- Even having money doesn’t seem to make a Black person accepted into many environments. There is always the question and wondering how that particular individual could afford a certain thing designed and designated for the white individual. The main thought or reason…Drugs! A Black person is rarely ever considered to have acquired his or her means through hard work. She persistence, Yes! Though the thought always reverts back to some illegal nature. And it’s usually the darker-skinned male who gets the short-end of the stick. Does Lil Wayne wreak of the ‘Thug Life?’ While rock star, Prince, receives royal treatment? Jay-Z without Beyonce over Vin Diesel? Disparity in treatment? You betcha!
- What does the NAACP get out of promoting and praising those who exhibit racist behavior? If the organization believes they are receiving favor or acceptance in return for theirs, they’re probably right. Should Black people cease looking to the NAACP as their savior for equal or civil rights, the famed group would still exist. As racist comments continue to soar on a daily basis, the NAACP’s roar really is the loudest. And there obviously is no shame in their game.