The Thoughts of an Educated Young African American Male

2 FAMU Kappas convicted for Hazing

Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy Debbie Giangrosso, left, tries to pull a handcuffed Michael Morton away from kissing his fiancee as he and Jason Harris, center, are being led to the Leon County Jail after being found guilty of hazing.This post pains me, mainly because I am a member of a black Greek letter organization founded before 1913, and I understand, while disagreeing, with the hazing culture which it fosters. But, with two of the Kappas getting convicted under
Florida’s new hazing statute, the stakes seem to be higher than normal to haze guys.

I have already commented on my blog before about how stupid I think hazing is. I have standing to say it because I was hazed and am a member of one of these organizations. For those who disagree, I ask, were we founded for the purpose of going to jail for hazing? Were we founded to look more like gangs than non profit organizations for the purpose of service? Are the guys how are going to jail any more “real” for their acts. Truthfully, they are paper, because where they are going they have no credibility. They are not thugs. They were college men attempting to get a good education at a respected HBCU. They are not ready for their possible maximum 5 year sentence.

And, the parents are unsure if they are suing the fraternity civilly. This is sad and should serve as a wake up call, because no black Greek organization can survive a major civil suit for the hazing the majority of us inflict. Just think, to be sure your pledges get the respect; you may be the sole cause for bankrupting and ending your organization. Is that what you want? I doubt that’s what the founders wanted.

December 21, 2006 Posted by | African American, Black men, college, court, FAMU, Gangs, hazing, HBCU, Kappa, Kappa Alpha Psi, university | 7 Comments

Tara Conner, Donald Trump, and Rosie O’Donnell (the 3 Stooges)

The white persons’ dream: white; fake breast, excessive drinker and; appears loose!I am on Christmas break, and all the burdens that a break brings (bar applications, competition briefs, case notes to write, etc…) come to the forefornt; but, I do happen to watch a lot more television than I am used to.

 

And, Fox news seems to be fixated on the Miss USA scandal. Oh yes, Shepard Smith asked a panelist 3 times about Miss USA kissing Miss Teen USA. Every show had to show her walking in a bikini, and that seemed like the major news story of the day.

 

In a surprise turn of events, Donald Trump is “spitting hot fire” at Rosie from The View about her comments. She seems to think that this is a publicity stunt and the girl should be fired. I agree with that part, but I don’t understand why they think the girl should be fired. Who cares? She doesn’t hold a serious job and no one’s life is at stake. At most, she should keep her job because by underage drinking, partying too much, and having fake breast, she represents exactly what young white females in popular culture stand for. If you fire her, she becomes a martyr, being vilified for the exact same thing some young women want to become.

 

However, Donald’s reply to Rosie is juvenile and pathetic. He calls her ugly and talks about taking her girlfriend. Sounds like something 2Pac or a rapper would say, not a person from the Wharton School of Business. Donald needs to keep it real. All that money and the ability to get any hot model he wants to marry him has him delusional enough to think he can pull that off because of his looks. In the words of Nas, “negro please.” Donald would be lame if it wasn’t for the fact he is rich. But, it is what it is.  

 

In the end, this is great publicity for the Next Miss USA. Think of how many young white girls from middle school to college will tune in to watch their role model pass the crown, and to see who will represent them next. Donald, you are a genius.

December 21, 2006 Posted by | club, college, Donald Trump, Miss America, Miss Teen USA, Miss USA, pop culture, Rosie O'Donnell, Tara Conner, The View, Uncategorized | 10 Comments

How Much Must We Be Disrespected Before We Decide to Vote?

rep-burmeister.jpgGeorgia people should know this case well. They also likely know Representative Sue Burmeister, who is Secretary House Republican Caucus, Vice Chairman Rules, Secretary Special Committee on Tort Reform from House District 119, and a Republican representing Augusta, Georgia. She is currently serving her third term as a State Legislator. But do you realize her racist views?

In the seminal, and new, case of Billups v. Georgia, 439 F. Supp. 2d 1294 (2006), Burmeister’s sponsored bill to require that all registed voters in Georgia who vote in person in all primary, special, or general elections for state, national, and local offices held after July 1, 2005, was challenged. She wanted everyone, including poor blacks, to pay money ($35) for the ability to present a government-issed Photo ID to officials as a condition of being admitted to the polls and before being issued a ballot and being allowed to vote.

When questioned about the possibility of disenfranchising African Americans from voting (preventing us from doing something we rarely, if ever do…vote) she said, “that if there were fewer black voters because of this bill, it will ONLY be because there is less opprotunity for fraud.” She went on to say that when black voters in her black precints are not paid to vote, they do not go to the polls.

So there you have it. Whites don’t have to hide the fact they are trying to prevent you from voting. They don’t even hide their racial views, believing that the only way blacks will go and vote is if they are paid. 

So, what are we going to do about it? Vote? Malcolm X, the man we love to quote and adore, advocated for it when he said the ballot or the bullet. The phrase is just as relevant now as it was all those years ago. If we don’t vote people who think like us in, we will suffer from the bullet of tyrany from whites who don’t believe in our abilities.   

Please, vote in the upcoming elections. Go and register now! Don’t prove these racist right!

December 14, 2006 Posted by | African American, Black men, Black women, disenfranchise, Georgia, Georgia v. Billups, Law, malcolm x, republican from georgia, Sue Burmeister, vote, voting | 2 Comments

“Top 5 Dead or Alive, and that’s just off 1 LP”

Sorry Luda, Jay Z Takes the Number 1 Spot!Ok, so JadaKiss made the above quote, but who is the best rapper? In one of the many conflicts of an educated African American, we listen to the same music we hate. With that said, and the mass of new CD’s hitting the I Tunes market, lets take a second to evaluate.

(1) Jay Z – I doubt most “Street” guys will like it, but I love it. He’s talking about being on another level. Not about being a thug, but about progessing to a business man. I feel that. Most African American males and females should. His progression from a thug to businessman, and not being affraid to make a record about it, makes him by number one rap artist today, and of all time.

(2) The Game – He name drops like a whore, talks about being street when he was on “Change of Heart” and the girl had a change of heart, and had a tattoo of a butterfly of his cheek (which even sounds gay to gay dudes). All in all, the Game is aweful, but the beats are hot. Not to mention, be brags about being in a gang to which he doesn’t belong. That is going to sell. Stupid, but that makes him second.

(3) Emenim – Same old, same old. Ripping new ass wholes, wishing he would be named as the greatest, wondering why people don’t beef with him when he tries to start drama. No one cares. Get off your drug habit, lock down your girl, and say something I haven’t heard you say. But, with a full collaberation albulm where he is only on a little less than 1/2 the songs, I will give you the 3 slot for putting others on.

(4) Nas – Haven’ t heard it yet. Sure, everyone’s got the bootleg, but I’m waiting. Hip Hop is Dead? True indeed, but you lying about what you’ve done in your street life isn’t going to bring it back. For that, you get the fourth spot.

(5) Anything from the south exept Little Brother – Young Cheezy, I mean Jeezy – LAME! Didn’t like the first.Won’t like this. Go ahead, promote your snowman shirts, be a detriment to our youth, and act like a clown. No one should support you. You may make money, but you are a sell out!

Laffy Taffy, snapping fingers like you’re a homosexual, no content, and all detriment. Luda is ok because he knowshe’s not a thug, and TI knows his mom went to Duke. I don’t know you? You’re mom got a premire education. Lil’ John, your parents are educated. Say YEAH to them. That probably call you the clown that you are. 

(6) Snoop Dogg – I was once fooled by you persuasion. Not now. I know you to be the clown that you are. I am not sold.

So, rap music is down these days, but I still like Jay Z. Thanks for truely keepin’ it real.       

December 12, 2006 Posted by | African American, Black men, Black women, college, Emenim, Gangs, hip hop, I Tunes, Jadakiss, Jay Z, Lil John, Little Brother, Luda, Nas, rap, Snoop Dogg, The Game, TI, Uncategorized, Young Jeezy | 15 Comments

Understanding Racial Profiling

The framework of this entry is based in the legal profession which I will be employed shortly. I intern during the year at a local district attorney’s office. There, I interact with roughly 300 or so African Americans per day. I see many African Americans at the trial and punishment phase for the crimes they commit. As such, I have a duty to run their criminal records for sentencing purposes. After performing such searches for over a year, I have become immune to African American mens and women’s records which are 6 – 8 pages long, with conviction after conviction for a multitude of crimes. When they are in court, they dress as they would in their normal life: long white tee shirts; big baggy jeans; long chain around their neck; and a hat if the bailiff did not make them take it off.

 

In undergrad we were required to take a class called psychology. There, we learned the concept of conditioned stimuli. The concepts’ premise is that when you see or hear something repeatedly (the condition) and it is accompanied by a certain result (stimuli) you will eventually expect the result (stimuli) every time you see or hear the condition. The concept is similar to training a dog. If you point your finger down and tell the dog to sit (condition), once the dog knows he will get a treat every time he obeys the command (stimuli), he will do it mostly every time.  

 

When people in court see black men and women dressed a certain way 300 times a day (condition), and run their records half the time, seeing long records of convictions most of the time (stimuli), they become conditioned to believing that most every young black person they see in their personal lives dressed that way has a long record for the crimes like the people we see in court.   

 

Further, there is nothing in these white peoples lives to break the condition. When they go home, they have no reason to interact with blacks who look that way. Of course, they work with other blacks and went to school with many others. But, those blacks seem different and outside the condition. They do not wear their jeans baggy, with a big white tee-shirt, and a straight brimmed hat. Thus, they do not place the blacks they know within the conditioned group. The result is that when you dress a certain way (like anyone in a basic rap video) you will be perceived by these whites to have a long criminal record.  And, I do not condone such stereotyping. However, I must say, I understand where it comes from.

 

Some will say, they don’t know the real me. That is true. But, they do not have to get to know you. They see many blacks on a daily basis, and a person’s record is as much a reflection of their person and character as anything. 6-8 pages of convictions for assaults, larcenies, theft crimes, and violent crimes tells a white person all they need to know. We may not like it, but its real.

 

All of this just to say, we need to break the mold and do better to stop the conditioned stimuli.   

December 3, 2006 Posted by | African American, Black men, Black women, college, court, Law, racial profiling, teens, university | 5 Comments

Can I get an advance on those Seinfeld royalties? Quick!

jackson_kramer.jpgThe pimp has his eyes on his latest hoe. Michael Richards paid his way to be able to stand beside Jesse Jackson while apologizing to blacks. Apparenly, standing beside Jesse is symbolic that blacks are supportive of this apology. No we are not! Jesse got what he wanted, a pay check and a chance to be in photo opprotunities, keeping him a relevant person to see (and later pay) when whites act out in racism.

I once heard a quote that”pimpin’ ain’t dead; dem hoes have just been mislead.” Clearly, Michael Richards is the hoe who has been mislead to believe that paying the pimp Jesse Jackson will resolve any issues concerning his racial rant. Jesse will tell you that pimping is still alive and well. Corporate America still knows that , for the right price, Jesse will continue to be the hoe he really is.

December 1, 2006 Posted by | African American, Black men, Jesse Jackson, Kramer, michael richards | 2 Comments

Gangstas Cry why they get in trouble?

snoop_dogg_150v2.jpgSo, word on the streets is that Snoop Dogg was arrested again after a search warrant on his vehicle revealed cocaine, marijuana, and a gun. In regards to the warrant, I can only assume that he is a felon on probation and must submit to searches of his person (which would include his car if he was in it) which ordinary citizens would not have to submit to. I doubt the validity of the warrant, mainly because I doubt the police had enough information to submit to a magistrate to give him, the magistrate, “probable cause” to issue the warrant. So, on that basis, I doubt Snoop will wind up on jail.  But, if he is a felon which must submit to searches, the point may be moot.

 

However, interestingly enough, Suge Knight came out in response to the Snoop Dogg beef. He describes Snoop as a person who throws up, likely because of fear, and cries to police. WAIT! Snoop is a gang member! He claims to be so hard! A gangsta’! Snoop would never cry or get nervous about trouble. Would he?

 

Not that any of these rap stars are credible, but I believe Suge on this. I believe Snoop gets scared when he believes he is going to jail, because then he will have to move away from his mansion and body guards, and in with men whom he taught, persuaded, and encouraged to be thugs. They listened, and will want to prove they are really thugs by messin’ with the very  person they were influenced by. Snoop should be scared of those thugs.

 

Snoop may have been in a gang. But now he does Girls Gone Wild videos and puts his kids in private schools. Snoop has money, a family, and things to live for. He is not ready for the thugs whom he told to “not give a fuck!” When Snoop goes to jail, they won’t care. They won’t care about Snoop, his family, his money, or his “hoes.” They will treat him like any other guy who goes to jail. My friends, I don’t know from experience, but from what they say, it ain’t good.

 

All of these rappers who brag about being from the streets, being “hard,” and moving “weight” should all spend some recent time in jail. Let’s see if they can really live the lives they make up on compact disks. Snoop, if that warrant was valid, it might be time to start throwing up and crying!  

November 30, 2006 Posted by | African American, Black men, Gangs, gangsta, hip hop, Law, rap, Snoop Dogg, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Slow Down Al Sharpton. You need to take a seat beside Jesse.

It is a sub-heading in most columns, but a black man was shot and killed, on his wedding day, outside a strip club in New York. The reports are they the black man was in a verbal altercation and then ran over an under cover police officer before the police shot multiple times at his car.

Now, the African American community is going to get on the band wagon because he was unarmed. No doubt, Al Sharpton, as a fellow blogger calls him, the “VP to Jesse Jackson” is ready to march and get his chubby face all over television to stir racial tensions. And, I do not condone anyone dying;  but,  is this the guy we want to riot over?

First, he wasat a strip club on his wedding day. Yes, he has rights, but come on, hours before walking down the aisle doesn’t seem to be the appropriate time to get a table dance. Maybe that’s just me not buying into the racial stereotypes that MTV, BET, and rappers have been trying to sell me since I was a child.

Second, saying he was unarmed is misleading. He may not have had a gun, but he used a car to run over someone. In the law, a car used in such a way can be considered a deadly weapon. Murder, or manslaughter, charges could have been brought if the person he hit died. Thus, the deceased used deadly force. Let us not forget that before we rally behind him before we know all the facts.

I am not from New York, and have only been there once in my life for a weekend. I do not understand the cuture nor the racial climate up there.  I can imagine that the black powers that be, who make a living over-hyping and racially thinking everything, will make this a big deal up there.  

Here in NC, we had our own racial drama. A stripper who stripped for the Duke University Lacrosse team claimed she was raped. The New Black Panthers were down here in a second. Everyone was claiming how the white boys should be executed. Now, as more facts come out, this doesn’t seem to be as much of a tragedy as it does a stripper who may not have been telling the complete truth.  We should not have rushed so quick to judgment here. I hope you all do not make the same mistake in New York.   My advice, tell that negro Al Sharpton to sit down! Form your opinion on this on your own and be a free thinker.

November 27, 2006 Posted by | African American, Al Sharpton, Black men, Black Panthers, Duke Lacrosse, Law, New York, NYPD, strip club, Uncategorized | 6 Comments

Jesse Jackson needs to sit down

The Associated Press is reporting that Michael Richards, also known as K.K.Kramer, was on Jesse Jackson’s nationally syndicated radio program, “Keep Hope Alive,” to truly make amends for his racial tirade. Apparently, going on Jackson’s show is the solution because if he forgives, then the entire African American community follows.

This is what I hate about the leadership in the African American community. We allow ourselves to be represented by certain blacks who only profit off of our struggles.  Jesse Jackson does not represent me. After all, he is the reverend who has had an affair on his wife, an extortionist of corporations in order to boost his salary, place his children in employment, and raise money for his group, and is a general media groupie. Yes, Jackson is a groupie.

He only pops his head out of the whole he lives in when he can spin anything into a racial issue, and then, at the same time, place himself in the middle of the situation. I am told, ‘rest assured, I can feel comfortable about the situation until Jesse Jackson tells me it is cool.’ Why? Maybe I could if I could share in the money Jesse Jackson receives to clear whites of their racial deficiencies. Instead, he profits from his position while never firmly addressing the inadequacies in our community (i.e., healthcare, welfare, employment, and education). Now, he comes out to tell me that Kramer is actually cool and did not speak as a racist.

Negro, go somewhere and sit down!  Jesse, you are a sellout and no better than the racist that put you on their payroll.

November 26, 2006 Posted by | African American, Jesse Jackson, kkk, Kramer, michael richards | 8 Comments

Thanksgiving Thoughts

It is ironic is it that on Thanksgiving, American news outlets want us to be thankful for our troops fighting over seas. What’s ironic about that? This holiday is based on the imperialistic notions of our (their) forefathers who wanted to take over the North American continent and were thankful that the very people they wanted to concur, Native Americans,  saved their lives and aided in their mission.

 

Now, as we celebrate Thanksgiving, the news want us to thank our troops for fighting a war and taking over yet another civilization.  I hope the troops are safe, and I am not thankful for another war our country has found its way in. Have a happy holiday.      

November 24, 2006 Posted by | thanksgiving, troops, Uncategorized, war | Leave a comment