Is THIS What We Paid For?


“Nigger”.  Blackface. Black shoes.  White shoes.  Blue on black crime. MAGA hats.

Black people have found themselves being ‘offended’ and ‘outraged’ about so much these days! And I get it. Beneath many successful black recording artists, athletes, business persons, integration and interracial relationships, there is still a huge problem in America. A racial issue that seems to have not only survived segregation and racial blending but changed it’s face so many times it’s wholly unrecognizable.

I’ve said this before, and I will say it again… it’s much more offensive to me to see black folks actually BEING niggas (and being proud to be niggas) than to be called one. I’ve been called a “nigger”/”nigga” once or twice in my life by someone of  different race who was trying to get a rise out of me. I mean… it sucks but it really doesn’t bother me.  I know what the word “nigger” is now, and I don’t allow it to have power over me like they want it to.  But factually, I just know I’m not one.  I’ve seen niggas.  I know niggas.  I have to deal with one in particular quite often.  I’m nothing like them.  Our skin color is the same, that’s it!  That’s the only similarity we have!  I would love to think everyone on earth knows the difference.

I would love to think that everyone who chooses to use that word knows that being a “nigga” really has nothing to do with your skin color.  Yea…. there are a lot of white, and Chinese and Hispanic people who are a lot more niggerish than I’ll ever be.  Getting these points helps to get to where I am on this matter.

ANYWAY, that’s not even what this months blog is about.

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The scene where they say “is this what we paid for?”

IS THIS WHAT WE PAID FOR is really just a tribute to all the people like my parents.  The past generations of Freedom-Fighters [of all races] who were out there in the streets protesting in the 60’s. All the slaves, all the Civil Rights Movement participants, MLK, Rosa, Malcolm, Daisy Bates, Huey, Jesse etc. The work they put in, the white people who risked their lives as well to help out.. they were not just protesting they were paying!!  Paying with their money and their time and some times with their lives. And for what?

They were fighting so black folks could graduate from being looked at, called, and treated like niggers, to maybe one day being just black people to maybe one day just being Americans or just humans like everyone else! America has even polluted the minds of foreigners.  Every time I leave our country I’m not just an American.  I’m a black American.

So much so I even had an Emirati Police officer in Dubai look at my passport and ask me where I was really from. Like he was so ignorant that he didn’t understand that I’m just American.  Neither me or my parents or grandpaents were born, lived in or even visited Nigeria or any part of the continent of Africa.  We’re just American lol!  It was a hoot.  Anyway.

We have these freedoms now (even though institutionalized racism is still a very real thing) but we still manage to degrade ourselves to being niggas.  We actually have the freedoms [for the most part] that all those people were fighting and dying for back then. But look what a large number of us are doing with them?

-They fought for us to be able to improve our neighborhoods.  We continue to shoot them up and pump them full of THEIR drugs!

We have all heard it before.  There are no cocaine or poppy fields in the hood.  I mean… you might see someone growing a little weed in their backyard, but I’m quite sure it’s not something big enough to distribute the hundreds and even thousands of pounds that are shoveled into the inner city on  daily basis. Then again, this could just be my ignorance speaking.

-They fought for our style, our music and our art to be recognized.  Look what we did with that!

I’ve never liked the phrase “black music”.  There are arguments that could be made that all music is black.  Or at least derived from black culture whether here in America or back on the continent. I just feel like, who ever originated a sound, or a style should be credited with it’s creation.  There was a time where that wasn’t allowed to happen. There was a time in America where they wanted our style, sound, and looks, but didn’t want us to be credited with the creation.

But now, even the music industry is a huge, money and greed driven mess, black folks have been allowed to be the face of their content.  Yes, the powers that be are paying for and pushing for rappers [and even R&B artists] to exhibit themselves in the most niggerish of ways, but this can still be done with integrity. By THIS, I mean music.  Music publishing.  It may be a less lucrative way at first, it might even take double the work, but we can write, perform and publish music ourselves… music that doesn’t paint us all as tattoo ridden, gun toting, womanizing, stripper pole-climbing, big-wheel buying, drug-using, apes who only care about jewelry and flashing cash.

I use rap music  lot because all round the world, rap music is directly associated to black people. Whether we like it or not, it is.  While across the seas, all the oldies, and greats like James Brown, MJ, Al Green, Teddy P are looked at as AMERICAN artists, 21 Savage [even though the recent immigration stuff] lil uzi, MIGOS and all the rest of this popcorn mumble rap bullshit [even though it’s at times fun to listen to, it’s still bullshit] is looked at as a black thing.

And as soon as I hear one of those overused beats come on, on the radio, I know pretty much exactly what I’m about to hear before the lyrics even start.

  • Foul language
  • Something about things they did with “your girl”
  • Something about an expensive car, Wraith, Bentley, Benz etc
  • Something about weed.
  • Something about guns and or shooting someone, accompanied by the “brrrrt” FX
  • Something about how extremely rich they are.
  • Something about jewelry, ice, patek, water, patek water, etc
  •  Something about THOT’S

Another funny thing is, this isn’t just limited to todays rap music.  R&B isn’t safe anymore either.  You can’t just go put on an R&B record with your girl to try and get in the mood these days anymore.  I assure you either her or I are going to be offended at some point. Is this what they all paid for?  For us to portray ourselves in music and television, movies like this is what our culture is about?

-They fought to be able to be able to stay with their families, not be torn apart from their wives and children.  Look what we’re doing with THAT!

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I went through several studies, including the U.S. Census Bureaus which shows black folks are in a steady lead in… well, broken homes.  That isn’t my point with this section though, my point is, back in slavery days and under the Willie Lynch code [ ref: The Willie Lynch Letter: An Evil, Genius Plan for Self-Sustaining Degredation of Black People ] the biggest part of the plan to keep us in a constant state of slavery was to separate the black father from the family.  What we have today is over half of our children being raised by mothers only. I of course AM NOT dissing single-moms, you go girl, and I’m glad you’re there doing all you can in absence of the father [those of you who don’t make it difficult or impossible for the father to BE a father that is] but if you’re being completely honest with yourself, you know this isn’t the way it’s supposed to be.

Don’t get me wrong, being a parent is an individual decision we make every single minute of every single day, but I can not and will not ignore the systems put in place to make it more difficult than it should be… or super easy NOT to fulfill this role.

I could go on so much longer with so many more examples; but all in all, what I’m trying to say is the behaviors our young black people are idolizing these days are unacceptable. And I just hate that my parents, maybe YOUR parents and so many others paid for us to be able to do things that they couldn’t even DREAM of, and we don’t respect them or ourselves enough to honor that hard work better.

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