Diary of a misEducated Black Man


Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell; the politics of gay
July 15, 2010, 2:47 pm
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So, I just got back from this ridiculous professional development course the Army requires us to take called, Warrior Leaders Course.  Its real hooah, hooah, focuses on marching around, singing cadences and by the book leadership.  All the boring stuff.

As a result of this, I miss the World Cup,  apparently Big Papi’s alive, George Steinbrenner’s dead, and bygolly they’re building a mosque at Ground Zero.  Jeez.  I’m going to Airborne school next Friday and I bet by time I get back, there will be a guy name Hussein in the White House.  Aww I know, bad joke, predictable huh.  Funny thing is, there are actually two Hussein’s there.

So today I’m back at the office, on the normal daily grind, consisting of ducking officers and high ranking sergeants so no one realizes that I don’t have a job.  I tell you what, pretending to be busy is absolutely more exhausting than actually doing work.  I’m up in down the stairs like hookers in and out of a Motel 6.  Its the constant drag.

Myself and one of my buddies get into an argument, more of a gentlemans debate, regarding Obama’s Army and the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell crap.


Before today, I felt as though, hey the policy works, its not broke why mess with it?  But then my buddy informs me of the fine print.  He says, the issue that people are having is with the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell part.

Thats the banner issue that the tree huggers are clinging to.  So fine, get rid of it.  But that still doesn’t allow for openly gay, flamboyant behavior or gay sexual practices in the military.  You still have to have military bearing.  You still must adhere to military standards.  There will be no public displays of affection whether gay or straight.  You must talk clear and thunderously.  You must have command presence.  These things are universal and are in the doctrine.  They do not discriminate based on race, gender, or sexual orientation.

All members of the service must abide by the standard, and its generally a straight male standard.  And sodomy or homosexual sexual relations is still punishable by UCMJ.  As in you will be kicked out of the army if, you have gay sex.

Wow, so what changes really?  If they change the law, I can now ask you if you’re gay, so if I want to kick you out, I’ve just got to overhear you talking about sex.  All it takes is one soldier to be offended by something a gay guy says or does and the gay dude’s gone.

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, actually protected homosexuals because then, there was no proof.  A gay guy could talk with his buddies about really slammin it home lastnight and waking the neighbors up and all that.  We would simply assume he’s talking about a woman.  No one would be offended.  But now that he’s openly gay, it becomes not only illegal and possibly offensive, but punishable by court martial.  Always a loop hole eh.  The Army’s still the Good Ol’ Boys Club.

So in other news, I and some pals have started a foundation called the Broke Soldiers Foundation.  Because the Army pays us so poorly, sometimes doesn’t pay us at all, is quick to take money out of our checks, but slow to put money in when they owe us, we’ve decided to take up a fund.  1 dollar goes a long way towards freedom.  Plus, I need a beer to deal with this crap everyday.  Thx.

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The Doc Rok Special Edition; Whoopi or Beyonce?

So, one of my oldest friends in the world and avid blogger, the tremendously talented  (don’t believe me check him out at http://djdocrok.wordpress.com/) DJ Doc Rok dropped me a line today.

I got a topic of discussion for ya – Is discrimination the natural state of the human race? It would seem as long as you look back in human history, someone has always got the short end of the stick, whether the discrimination is based on race, social status, gender, orientation, etc.  Then there’s the more insidious studies that show that “good looking” people are more likely to get raises, be successful, and (just this morning I heard on the radio) more likely to be acquitted at trial. This sort of discrimination isn’t “institutionalized” in the way that Jim Crow, or anti-gay marriage laws, or Arizona state laws are, but at the same time its institutionalized through society, making it perhaps more pervasive and less likely to be subject to change.
What do you think?

Well Doc, lets first look at it through a scientific lens first.  Darwin would say of course, discrimination is the natural state of man, if it weren’t we’d still be apes.  Got it.  Scientifically it makes sense because  in order to survive and evolve we must discriminate against the weak.  In a modern context it turns ugly, literally.

Now lets say for instance, in your office downtown Doc.  You are looking for a receptionist.  Pretty standard need for an office.  You hire the pretty girl because it’s better business, is it not?  You have two evenly matched candidates, one’s Whoopi and ones Beyonce…to the left, to the left you go Whoopi.  Of course that’s discrimination, and it’s illegal if you can prove it.  But is it wrong?

If the better looking receptionist causes your clients to want to sign with you just because they’d rather look at her everyday than look at Whoopi down the street.  Its better business. As a business man are you wrong for making a better business decision?  Well, yes and no.  Your discriminating yes, but like the Neanderthals your doing whats best for you, your business, and your family. I can’t blame you, I’d do the same thing, except I’d hire her so I can look at her.

Somehow it always comes back to capitalism, which in my opinion is also a natural state of man.  Thats going to draw some strange looks from people I know.  But, if you can get past this overly idealistic thinking that before Europeans ruled the world, we all broke bread in a circle, got along and sang hymns, you’ll see what I’m getting at.  Man has always been about feeding him and his.  Man is a beast-like, warmongering animal.  Capitalism is the perfect fit for such a species.  You think cavemen got along with their neighbors, who competed for the same four wooly mammoths that happened to walk by one day a year when sun was highest in the sky.  I doubt it.  And when the mammoth was slaughtered, they bartered the meat and wool.   We havn’t evolved much from those days now that I think of it.

Capitalism forces us to be discriminatory.  It is highly pervasive throughout our society and vastly different from institutional racism which can also be tied to capitalism in another 10,000 words that I’m not writing.  I’m no socialist, but Stevie Wonder can see the flaws within our current system.  To be brutally honest, I can’t blame a guy for discriminitory business practices, as long as the goal is to make money, not hate.  Discrimination is what evolved our species.  However, for a pretty chick to get acquitted in court over an ugly one is just wrong.  Now that just makes me mad.

So in the end, discrimination isn’t necessarily a bad thing to have innate to our species.  The question more or less is, is the discrimination hate based, or business/evolution based?  Does it matter?  I dunno, I’m just a guy still waiting on my little chunk of the Nobel Peace prize.

Thanks for the topic Doc.  I love it, appreciate it, and encourage more of the same…from all three of my readers.

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Approach Cautiously…Protein, Race, and Rules
May 18, 2010, 11:39 pm
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So I’m in the gym the other day, doing the usual routine. A little cardio, a little chest, some curls for the girls, you know the fun stuff. And this guy walks up to me and he goes “wow you’re jacked, what are you taking?”   Now guys, girls, little green alien people, I, my friends am jacked like the Easter Bunny is scary…only to little kids and only one day a year.

So I tell the guy, I’m like really big on protein and stuff, like the guy on the plane in Get Smart. One of my favorite movie scenes ever BTW.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRTjUHM6xfQ&feature=related

No really, I tell the guy that I’m not on anything and that I just work out every so often to stay in shape. The first thing this guy says to me is “oh its because your black.” At this point I’m floored. So I stammer out something like, “are you implying that my muscles are a result of my African-American heritage, and not the gym?  He goes, “well yea, thats what I’m saying. Black people are more naturally swole than white people. You guys are born with six packs and pecs.”

I’m pretty sure this kid is not Black.

So I walk away from this conversation a little bit introspective.  Of course, some people are born with the natural tendency to put on muscle instead of fat.  Some people are tall, some have high metabolism, and yes even some are born diesel.

But is it a race thing?  Even athletically speaking.  No white person has ever broken the 10 second mark in the 100 meter sprint.  What happened to all the white cornerbacks in the NFL?  Are white-Americans still allowed in the NBA?  JJ Redick is representing.

I almost couldn’t even argue with the guy.  The more I look around from pro sports, to my local gym, people of African descent have better physics and are more athletic.  Is that racist?

But boy does it change when you say, well when I look around at debate teams, politicians, professors, coaches, CEO’s, the nations wealthiest people lists…the faces are overwhelmingly white.  Does that mean that white people are smarter?  Is that genetic like athleticism?  Is it racist to say that Blacks are better athletes?  Is it racist to say that white people are better at everything else?

Everyone tells me I need to bury the hatchet on this whole race thing.  They tell me I’m too divisive. But when a white guy comes up to me and tells me that the reason I have an athletic build without extreme effort is because I’m Black, well I get down right offended.  So how can I bury the hatchet when I’m still fighting the same stereotypes that my people have been fighting since the very first Afro-Euro encounters.

To my white readers…scratch that.  To all my readers.  Follow the rules below and race relations in America will improve because of you.

1.  The Golden Rule of Race:  Think before you friggin talk.  Your mom has been telling you that since you were born.  If it sounds racist it probably is.

2.  Racist jokes are not funny, they’re racist.  Thats why they are called racist jokes.

3. If you’re in a group of three or more and one of the persons is the racial minority, do not take every opportunity you can to point it out.  For example: Two white guys and Black dude are hungry.  Don’t ask the Black guy if he wants to go to Popeyes.

4. Ask questions.  Seriously, it’s better than getting your head smashed in.  If you grew up in rural Kansas and you don’t know Michael Jackson from 50 cent, you might want to ask somebody.  Perfect example:  My man Jim when I was in Iraq asked me, why do you put the stocking on your head at night? Is it a fashion thing?  So I broke it down for him.  I explained the texture of Black hair.  I explained the complexities and intricacies of obtaining, grooming, and maintaining 360 waves.  Jim did it the right way and so should you.

5. Finally, use common sense people.  It really is just that simple.

I’m trying my darndest to improve race relations in America.  If Obama can get a Noble Prize, I should at least get like a ribbon or somethin, a little certificate of appreciation.  Baby steps people, baby steps.

Please, somebody tell me what you think.

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Swagger Wagon
May 18, 2010, 2:13 pm
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This is hilarious…errr i meant racist…yea racist

BUT!!

Because its my duty to turn the nice unruly, I’m gonna say thats its an offensive, outrageous, overembellishment of Black culture’s obsession with materialism. This goes right along with McDonald’s, Burger King, Eastern Motors, the old Census commericials, and all the other rapping ads that think the only way you can get the Black community to listen is if you make it rhyme. Do you want me to dance a jig for you too massa. Ridiculous.

BUT!!

You got to give it to Toyota for this one. This one’s wild. And effective its got nearly 2 million views on youtube. And yours truly is promoting it even further. I love America.

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Jan Brewer is a racist…
May 17, 2010, 1:44 pm
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Ever so often something happens in the world that literally shakes me to my core.   Like nails on a chalkboard or like the most annoying sound in the world (Had to slide a dumb and Dumber reference in there), or maybe like the voice of of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer. 

Now this morning, I awoke like any other morning, went for a light jog did some pushups and sit ups, got a nice lather going.  I come back in and as I’m about to take a shower and relax for a second, I check my text messages and I’ve got THREE from my brother telling me to check out this new Arizona law banning ethnic studies.  At first I’m thinking its got to be a joke, maybe a misprint.  Everyone know’s I was an African American Studies major in college and I figured, HAHA, very funny you got me brother.  But then I see, he’s sent me three text messages, detailing the legislation. 

So I’m forced to investigate this nonsense.  And as it turns out, it’s as true as the sky is blue.  Unless you’re in L.A. were its a swirling mixture of gray and black sut.  Strange, how do you people breathe out there.  They should issue respirators at birth.  I digress. 

Jan Brewer is a racist.  Ethnic studies, as they so imperfectly title it, is by far the single most beneficial subject to American students.  America as they say, is the great mixing bowl.  In 100 years we’ll all be gray.  Except for Jan Brewer, who we hope will dry up and turn to dust in another year or so.  The Arizona Governor is absolutely off her friggin rocker.  I say it’s the most benifical course of study because in a country…err world, as diverse as the one in which we live, in order to operate within the global economy one must be able to understand and adapt to the culture of others. 

When I was in Iraq, I realized that fundamentally, I disagreed with radical Islam.  Now I know US Attorney General Eric Holder wouldn’t admit that radical Islam exist, but it friggin does guy.  This is a great clip of that guy being absolutely absurd when discussing the reality of radical Islam by the way.  Very funny clip. 

Again, I digress.  Although I do not agree with the teachings of radical Islam, I knew that in order to do my job on foreign soil, I needed to have a certain knwoledge base, an open mind, and most importantly open ears.  In order to conduct business within a global economy one must posess the same qualities.  Ethnic studies provides the basis for such open mindedness and hence is vital to the sucess of American business.  I digress once again.  I’d be short changing you not to add this point.  One thing that holds many inner city youth back from achieving sucess within the mainstream business sphere, is the lack of access to this very concept.  If you grow up around only Blacks and Hispanics, have no idea how to communicate with other cultures, when presented with the opportunity to interview for a job with the mainstream white corporate sphere one is lost, unable to communicate and thus unable to rise within mainstream corporate America.  The vicious cycle continues.  But, thats a topic for another blog.

History is told from the side of the winners.  We celebrate Columbus day, not Annihilation of the Natives day.  We celebrate the victors and never the losers.  We learn white American history.  We look around the western world from Columbia, to Brazil, to England, to America, and beyond, what we find is Black bodies.  You get to the coast of Venezuela, you find Black bodies.  You travel to the Gullah Islands in South Carolina, you find Black bodies.  Every where you look you see the aftermath of white colonialism.  The results of the development of steel and war machines.

White people took over the world.  Now, I’m not hating on the white man because as we all know it’s a dog eat dog world and I’m cool with that.  Hey its capitalism and I get it.  But, to deny a people, especially young people the opportunity to learn about themselves, they’re history, they’re ancestral heroes, is intellectual genocide.  It’s like not allowing the slaves to learn to read.  Your are further chaining their brains.  You are dropping babies on the head at birth.

Sankofa.  You must know your past before you can move forward into the future.  You have to know where you came from.  And you mustn’t learn a revisionist history of it.  You mustn’t learn it from the winners side that tells you Black’s were slaves, then white savior abolitionist in the form of Abraham Lincoln decided it was wrong, freed the slaves and then we all held hands sung Kumbaya and everything was happily ever after.  Wrong.

This is what Jan Brewer wants you to believe.  The thinking is this people.  And it’s a rather simple thought.  Lets just pretend that the white mans cruel dominance of the history of the modernized world never happened and lets just all be friends.  If we forget about it, it never happened.  The problem with that theory is that if you walk through the world, the evidence, the remnants of the not so distant past are everywhere.  You cannot just pretend that it didn’t happen.  Why do white people own 95 percent of the wealth of the nation?  Why is that welfare, which mind you was instated to provide sustenance for lower class white women during WWII while their husbands were at war, a “Black and Hispanic” thing?  Why is that Blacks and Hispanics dominate the populations of America’s prisons but do not even constitute half of the crimes committed in the nation.  Racism.  There’s only one word to describe it.

And to leave a people in the dark, with the mask pulled snugly over their eyes only perpetuates the cycle.  Banning ethnic studies should be a crime punishable by death by stoning.  It may sound cruel but trust me they do it.  I’ve been to Iraq and I’ve seen it.  If you want to talk about what happens when people are blindfolded and herded like sheep, come with me to the Middle East.  

Jan Brewer, you are a racist.  Your true fear is that the Hispanic population in your state will learn their history.  They will learn of the Hispanic heroes such as the Che’s, the Castro’s (yes, he was a hero and America painted the devil horns on him, read about it), the Bolivar’s, the Hidalgo’s, the Carrera’s and on and on.  When people are given the sword of knowledge and the shield of faith they are unbeatable.  But once you infect their minds with your revisionist history, to the white man be all the glory bullshit, then not only have you defeated the people but you have dealt them a blow that only the truth can cure.

Ethnic studies is a big deal.  Do not be fooled by this people.  This is overt racism.  Overt white supremacy.  Ethnic studies does not teach separatism.  It teaches people to know their past, to feel good about being who they are.  American history, is White history.  Ethnic history is everybody else. 

One last note.  No matter what is taught in schools, no matter what the government regulates, cancels or outlaws.  Teach yourself.  Teach your children.  Make the world smarter, more revolutionary yourself.  As my main man Bomani Armah said, “Read a motherfuckin book.”

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