Monday, December 26, 2011
Back from a short (?) break. Looking back over my past posts, there is so much I wanted to discuss, but have not had the opportunity. Hopefully, I'll touch on these topics in the new year.
It seems a bit odd that I'm forgoing those topics to touch on this one yet again, but it bears repeating, because it's a form of manipulation that you will see time and again in various BWE related circles.
What I'm talking about is the quiet gentle voice of blatant sabotage and attack. Sounding almost reasonable...but not quite. Seeming to have your best interest at heart...but not quite. Sounding like they are your friend...but not AT ALL.
A lot of you guys I see around various BWE-centric blogs or you have your own, and of course you are probably already aware of what's happening. But for those who aren't, pay close attention to persons who show up, seeming friendly and with a "spirit to participate with and help BW", and then quietly try to navigate you away from your aim. I say again, you have to watch these people CLOSELY because their actions will not be obvious to anyone who is naive or who is not paying attention.
Blatant attacks of BWE bloggers and participants has proven a big fat failure; many of these persons have shown up with overt nonsense and been shutdown rather easily. But some trolls are smarter. Or at least, they have an idea of what's likely to work better.
And that's the extended hand of friendship (with the knife behind their back).
These persons may show up as confused but sincere...while touting questionable reverse logic. They may not offer any alternative beliefs whatsoever, and may comment and reply in ways that make them seem on the same page. That is, until an ideal opportunity presents itself to make their move and to cause harm.
I've actually read about it at other blogs, and have witnessed it first hand: Deliberate sabotage.
This purposeful attempt at undermining these types of blogs and communities is going on right now. I'm not kidding. As I type this, people are perfectly serious in going about ways to "bring down BWE" and every black woman associated with it. To bleed resources back into the zombie community, and to continue to get over on people with their pathetic and flimsy nature.
I can practically see them twirling their mustaches and can only shake my head. I mean it's one part cartoonish and one part pathetic with a final third of "you are completely outside of your mind", thrown together for a truly creepy attempt to hold back motivated black women. It's nothing short of Satanic, no matter how these people try and spin it: They are full of the H-E-L-L they are miserably occupying and will drag others there with them if given half a chance.
Even worse, much of this attack isn't directed at those of us who are staunchly BWE; it's directed at lurkers who are new to what these sort of blogs are about, or fence sitters, unsure of what to believe.
In the end, the lesson remains clear: You can't take everything and everyone at face value; you can't assume that people who only appear nice have your best interest at heart. You simply cannot afford to be fooled.
So to the lurkers and fence-sitters who frequent these spaces: It's ultimately up to you. You can elect to take control of your own life and develop a sane and trustworthy system of support and survival. Or you can allow yourself to be duped into serving as a meal ticket for users and abusers who don't want you to do better for yourself, and will manipulate you anyway they can. It's really up to you.
Read and think critically for yourselves. It's not about being paranoid; it's about being aware. And the more aware you are of the people in your midst, the harder it will be to take advantage of, and manipulate you.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
If you've been on the internet long enough, especially on comment boards, forums, and blogs, you have probably witnessed a scenario where a topic is brought up for discussion and much headway has been made. Perhaps there is an achievement that is desired or members are agreeing about a relatively uncomplicated concept. Suddenly, up will pop some anonymous person or perhaps the resident "concern troll" (more on this type of person in a later discussion) with a declaration about how confused they are about what's being discussed. Or maybe rather than say openly how confused they are, the person will say things like, "I don't understand" or "I don't get this", or "This is strange".
However they communicate, the person will make it clear that the concept or idea that is easy to understand to pretty much EVERYONE ELSE present is somehow the equivalent of the Rubik's Cube from Hell in their eyes. Often, they will at the same time put forth an opinion or solution that is quite contrary to what is being discussed. That somehow makes perfect sense.
And naturally, people try their best to explain the point of view being discussed, while patiently trying to explain why the alternative suggestion put forth doesn't make sense.
This effort usually goes one of two ways:
1.) The person will become insulted, and "feel" bullied, and maintain that the dominant viewpoint is confusing and unfair and that they just don't understand what's going on. All while maintaining that their viewpoint is the one that makes sense (even if it doesn't to any logical person present). The conversation is at this point derailed; It has been put on hold to explain to this person that the participants aren't trying to bully or upset them, but get him or her to understand what's being said. The person refuses to understand this and makes the discussion about themselves and their feelings. The other participants comply by continuing to dialogue with this person.
2.) The person continues to be confused. No matter how plainly the point of view is explained, no matter how many sensible examples are put forth, this person cannot wrap their heads around what is being said. They will continue to ask all sorts of questions and after awhile it feels like an interrogation. They may also continue to champion an alternative point of view, which is very easy for them to understand and appreciate, no matter how contrary it is to what is being discussed and agreed on. And if anyone questions their point of view, they may revert to outcome 1 or they'll become even more confused. They end up not understanding what's wrong with their offered solution in addition to being unable to comprehend the topic at hand. The topic is derailed as discussion is put on hold to explain and defend the point of view.
There are some commonalities between these two outcomes. First, the discussion at hand has been derailed. This is the most important part of what has happened because in reality, it's very likely what the person or persons who joined the discussion actually wanted in the first place. There are a multitude of tactics that saboteurs use when they don't want a particular discussion to go anywhere (Many thanks to Eugenia for the link!). Let's look at tactic number 9 via the posted link:
Play Dumb. No matter what evidence or logical argument is offered, avoid discussing issues except with denials they have any credibility, make any sense, provide any proof, contain or make a point, have logic, or support a conclusion. Mix well for maximum effect.
So what has actually happened is that a discussion has been pulled off topic through purposeful sabotage by someone who understood perfectly well what was being discussed.
Even more incredible, I've witnessed these persons using this tactic in one discussion and entirely different tactic in another discussion AT THE SAME TIME! They are angry and disruptive in one thread and patiently confused in the other. Mixing very well for a maximum effect!
When a person does this, it should become absolutely clear to any sensible person observing the behavior that the troll is full of it. You may want to tell the troll that they are full of it. I generally recommend avoiding this, because what the troll will do is try to use this prime opportunity for further derailment. If you do not want to help them harm your discussion, just walk away. Make your feelings clear and end it, don't argue, just go back to the topic. Continue the discussion and ignore the troll's further efforts to question or state their confusion. Even if they try and guilt-trip you about moving forward while they still don't understand. *sad face*
The second thing that has occurred is that the major point of the entire discussion is eventually lost! Have you ever noticed that the further off topic things are taken with one of these "confused" persons, the less the point is discussed at all? Often, a troll of this sort is not happy until they themselves and their feelings are at the heart of what's being talked about. That or participants are discussion their suggestion more than the original point. In the end, the major point is dropped all together.
To sum up: If someone one is genuinely confused, they will ask relevant questions and understand perfectly what your explanation is.
Ever heard the saying, "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is?" Well when it comes to forced confusion, "If they sound too dumb to be believed, they're probably faking it." Yes, there are idiots in the world, but if this stupidity involves taking you off-topic and continually challenging of a point of view they clearly don't share, they're faking their confusion. And you are not obligated to play along. Drop them and their questions and stick to the discussion at hand. You'll feel much better, trust me.
Friday, November 25, 2011
This is actually NOT the second part to the previous post, but it had to be written anyway. There has been an alarming turn of events that has just now come to my attention, and now (4 AM, go figure) is as good a time as any to address the issue.
Velour from over at Interracial Intersection shared the following in the comments section for the previous blog post:
"...I had one black woman attempt to guilt and browbeat me into including "all men" on my YouTube videos, though it is clear that the purpose of my videos are to support and encourage black women who are in or interested in interracial relationships. Today, I had yet another black women hound me interview-style, about why I would consider attraction at all, rather than just date all men regardless of color.
Why are they concerned with whether black men are included in my interracial space and in my dating pool (I'm married, anyway), and how black men feel about it? They could, after all, just make "black love" spaces, rather than request that I change the theme of my site. "
This question was largely what my previous blog was asking. I am lead to believe that these women know that BWE/IRR spaces are more likely to have BM skulking about than anything "black love" related. The average BM is not interested in "black love", at least not specifically and certainly not with the fervor of the average NBAB black woman. But they are more likely to show interest to BW who are figuratively and in some cases literally outside of their grasp. And so there they are, drooling over the BW that are happily married to WM/non-BM or who've made it clear that they're no longer "checking for a brotha".
When these NBAB sisters find that these BL spaces are a dud and that the BM are more likely to be on BW-centric IRR and BWE blogs, they do what any BW desperate to snag a BM would do: Go into those spaces!
Not to hear the BWE-message, and sometimes not even to sister-soldier (though some try for brownie points). They have started reaching out to the BW blog mistresses in a desperate attempt to get the attention of the BM in those spaces:
I run a website specifically for African Americans to use for online
dating called __________. It has become a passion
project of mine within the black community and I’d like to submit my website
for inclusion in the resource section of your site.
So here you have a specific example of a BW asking for help to plug her BL site.
Well, I'd like to do my part to help snap these women back to the reality they continue to run from:
1.) BM in these spaces are not interested in you and your black love agenda. It's a harsh truth, but you ladies desperate to use BW-IRR blogs to meet black men need to face facts. If these men were REMOTELY interested in you and your love, they would not be in BWE/IRR spaces trying to get with/or get the attention of women on those blogs.
2.) BM will never be as interested in or invested in "black love" as black women are. If they were, the BC would simply not be in the sorry shape that it is. And besides, when have black men ever limited their romantic interests to black women? Especially the darker, non-Euro looking plain-jane BW? They aren't about limiting their options, or looking specifically at the NBAB crew. Period. So....why are you ladies so determined to do yourselves a disservice and invest in a movement that is not mutually exclusive? Why not expand your own options?
3.) Logic dictates that the BM who are interested in black women and only black women would not be found on a site geared at BW who are not interested in BM.
And it's the last point I'm going to address in closing.
Ladies, those men who show up in BW-centric IRR spaces are about their E-G-O-S first and foremost. They are not about love, respect, and caring. These creatures are about control, manipulation, and predatory agendas. That is not the man that any sane, self-respecting black woman would want for herself anyway.
It's like trying to cure a cold by getting the chicken pox: It makes no sense.
It's actually sad to me, bordering on embarrassing, that BW would rather beg BWE/IRR centric BW to help them meet BM, especially a class of BM that are not interested in them, than do what they have to do and expand their borders.
No, this does not mean, "Run out and get some white boy!" nor does it mean, "Give up on all black men ever!"
What this means is STOP BEING THE ONE CHASING MEN WHO ARE RUNNING FROM YOU! Think of Julia Robert's character in the movie My Best Friend's Wedding and that chase scene near the end. Who was chasing her? Answer: Nobody. Stop pursuing men and move to a mindset and to a location (physically, digitally, emotionally) where you are being pursued.
I know it's lonely in your "black love" corner, but you don't have to stay there by yourself. And besides, it's not about the "black" anyway. It's about the "love", and giving it to a man who is worthy of it. Stop fixating on persons who do not want your love.
It's like the Bjork song, "All is full of love":
...You'll be given love
You'll be taken care of
You'll be given love
You have to trust it
Maybe not from the sources
You have poured yours
Maybe not from the directions
You are staring at
Twist your head around
It's all around you
All is full of love...
The point of these lyrics is that you are surrounded by love and loving sources, and yet you are looking for it in a place and in a direction where it does not exist, not for YOU. But rather than looking to those places (and begging others in those spaces to do the impossible and make these men seek you out. It's not happening...), it's up to you to "twist your head around" in a direction where you can see true love and be happy.
BWE-IRR spaces are simply not the logical solution for you NBAB black women, and it never will be. Only by you electing to do the sensible thing and invest in relationships with men who want to love you and have made their intentions clear will things end remotely well for you.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
I intended to have a good hiatus until some time in December, but there really is no point. Anyway, glad to be back. :)
I came across this via BBW, and absolutely had to speak on it. Especially after word-vomiting all over poor-Chris's blog. What can I say...I have a lot of feelings. LOL.
Anyway, the blogmistress Velour runs a blogsphere for interracial relationships, and some "black love sista soldier" decided to creep into her space. This is an issue I will always have with these persons: Rather than occupy "black love" spaces with BM and BW who feel the same and just be together in their mutual phenotypical bliss, they need to go into IRR spaces and dictate the terms. They would much rather expend energy telling complete strangers how to think, feel, and love than think, feel, and love what they claim to care about so much.
I have a theory about why this occurs: There are more likely to be BM in IRR spaces than in BL spaces.
Think about it. Some DBR BM, who have serious mental and emotional problems to begin with, hate the idea of BW with anyone who is not black, let alone married to the person and happy and functional. A lot of BWE bloggers are happily married. Heck, even the ones like myself who are not married are not safe from these trolls because even though we're not in a relationship, we are not in a place mentally and emotionally where we are bound to them. We make up a population of BW that they simply cannot never will have. To say the least, this chaps their hindquarters something fierce.
So, they elect to come into these spaces and show their behinds. BM are, as bloggers like Evia have noted, more likely to obsess over BW who are wanted by WM and other non-BM than the BW who throw themselves at their feet, declaring their love and racial pride at the top of their lungs.
So what are these women to do? Go where the BM are! So they follow them into these IRR spaces. And like the good lap dogs they are, they echo their cries of "black pride" and "self-hate" and yadda yadda yadda. Both hoping to shame other BW away from being free and happy and to somehow magically impress those DBR males who will not give them anything more than a pat on the head. I guess it's better than nothing, right?
But suddenly, it makes a lot of sense. At the same time it's just really sad and pathetic if you think about it. These BW probably would love to have a space with these BM where they can talk about how much they love and worship each other. A place where these BW feel validated and valued. Especially the very dark, non-mixed, Afro-feature, not Euro-attractive BW. It would probably be nice to have a webspace where they could have men not fixate on why their hair is nappy or why they "can't grow hair like white women", or how BW below a certain skin shade don't do it for them, or how BW are both emasculating BM and yet won't support and love them like a mother. A space of pure love. But such a space does not exist, and certainly not without conditions.
And so, they descend into BWE spaces.
I do wonder if these women ALL believe the crap that they type, because I doubt the poor logic spewed could ever be universal. I think there are a few who have drunk enough of the kool aid to buy into it, but I think mostly it's a combination of envy and hoping to look good for those "brothas" who may be watching. Maybe one of them will be so impressed with how they stood up for their race that they'll send them a PM and maybe they can arrange to meet sometime.
...Keep dreaming, hon.
Anyway, the links inspired a lot of thoughts, hopefully to make up for my lack of major activity. I'm going to speak on them all separately, with this being the first part. The next will deal with the "Give A Brotha Every Chance Possible", the bastard son of "Give A Brotha A Chance". Clearly the spawn is more needy than the predecessor.
In the meantime, any thoughts on the theory?
Thursday, November 10, 2011
I made it all of ten days. I feel so accomplished with this whole break from blogging. Only not.
Anyway, there are some things I have to touch on, and since I'm going to try and go back to being on hiatus, I'm going to hit them all in one go if possible:
Joe Paterno and Penn State:
After the university finally realized that their reputation was going to crap in the wake of this child rape scandal, they decided to kick Joe to the curb. And apparently a lot of people are upset about it. I am not one of them.
I think he and everyone else that swept Sandusky's child raping spree under the rug rather than call the police, like any sane, responsible, empathetic human being would, should be in jail.
I do not understand some people being so caught up in thinking that a game is more important that the safety and wellbeing of children, and acknowledging that these people failed to protect them as the idolized members of their community.
I wonder how long it will take these blind sheep to realize by standing behind this scumbag, by delaying his removal and by so many people covering this crime up that their university's reputation is all but done and they will be getting side-eyed until Armageddon for trying to apologize on behalf of anyone who was culpable in this whole mess.
You call. There is an investigation. Charges are filed. That's that.
This "I need all WM to love me or there is no point in dating IR" nonsense:
Listen. Not all WM, non-BM, etc. are going to be attracted to BW. And that's perfectly fine. Because you don't want to be with someone who clearly does not want to be with you.
Sometimes I wonder. After all we do see so many BW weeping over the long-lost BM who have vocally/quietly declared their desire to marry and or date women who are anything but BW, so maybe there's a running theme: BW getting sniffy about and focusing on men who clearly do not want them.
I just do not see the point of this thinking. It's defeatist and therefore the person who adheres to it is doomed.
Wouldn't it be easier, lovelier and far more sensible to be with a man who wants you for who you are rather than worrying about the men who don't? Why fixate on a group that is not in your best interests anyway?
Some women are destined to be miserable because they cannot make decisions based on logical thinking that works in their own best interests. The idea that someone can write off an entire group because the majority may not want to put a ring on it is beyond me. I mean...do you seriously intend to be courted by black men with that thinking? Because it's clear that many don't want to marry, and those who are marriage-minded are not uniformly looking at black women. I'll go so far as to say many aren't looking at black women period. This suggests that black women who take an "it's all or nothing" approach with men of various ethnic groups are are already done for.
But if that's what they want and they're ready to be alone, okay I guess. But if not, they need to leave 1 + 100,000,000 = 2 alone. 1+1=2 is where it's at. :D
Being concerned with white racists who won't date you....
I think of it this way:
I am one person. I am not gonna concern myself with millions of men who I'll never meet, never date, will never marry, etc. I don't care if 90% of men hate my guts. I don't care if 95% would never marry me. Because I am one person. 5% vs 1 single woman = odds in my favor for finding the right person. Because all you need is one. Aren't numbers fun?
Don't fixate on what men think on every subject and take a generic viewpoint as the standard. This is regardless of the racial makeup of these men. Because their opinions aren't universal. Think for yourself about yourself and what you want. Your best interests come first.
There was a book in the works. Getting to it...
The fact that my book deals with "procrastination" and I have not written it yet is itself a punch line, but there you go. I know what I want to write, I've just got to take the time and do it. It's national novel writing month and I just opened an account on nanowrimo. Hopefully I'll get my rear in gear and get it done!
Stuff I need to touch on at length:
I mentioned "color-struck" dating where BW assume because their SO isn't black that they can ignore their red flags and this concept of "white knighting" for black men. I'm probably going to expand more on those in the future, and I know I said I'd make another post for one. I've just been busy.
That's all for now. I'll be in touch!
Monday, October 31, 2011
I touched on this briefly in an older blog entry, but I feel very strongly the need to write on this again. From my previous post:
Critical reading and thinking means not just looking at what is said, but understanding what it means, and how best to apply what knowledge has been provided.
Until more black women are able to critically regard and think carefully about the "advice" coming their way from various sources, they will continue to leave themselves open to suggestions that, however well meant, had might as well be a dagger lodged directly in their spines.
I bolded that section for a reason. Sometimes, I believe people knowingly offer false information in order to undermine other people. And other times, it is not intentioned at at all; the person just holds a point of view that is harmful, and are imparting the only wisdom they have available to them.
You could compare it to the unfortunate story of a girl being told by the mothers of her church to pray and "Lean on Jesus!" after confessing to being abused by her husband. Thankfully someone else helped her to get out of the situation before she was beaten to death.
I do not necessarily think those women offered that advice with the intent to hurt this young woman. It may have been their experience that it was all they could do in a similar situation. Maybe they felt it allowed them to be "delivered" or was a coping mechanism for their sense of helplessness.
But the fact remains that even though no ill will may have been meant, their advice was dangerous. People offer dangerous advice all the time. On purpose or not on purpose. People put forth solutions and ideas that they may feel very well are useful and helpful, but they are anything but.
I hold no hatred in my heart for such people. I simply treat them the way I do people who knowingly offer input that is meant to harm me.
I listen/read what they have to say in a critical manner, and then act accordingly.
Critical thinking is “reasonable reflective thinking focused on deciding what to believe or do.”*
You read something and then you have to decide whether or not it is true or false (or a combination), and how best to act in response to what you've just read.
Information is more than "tone". So often, black women are thrown by tone because they cannot distinguish something meant to harm them from something meant to help them. Not all truths are pleasant!
How different would the world be if this were so?
I know it's hard dealing with words that make you feel bad, however intended, but active listening isn't just about your hurt feelings.
comprehension >>> retention >>> response = active listening
And in order to listen actively, you have got to be able to think critically. How else are you going to take in information and understand it if you can't get beyond the non-issues and absorb useful and necessary information? How else can you protect yourself against advice and ideals that harm you rather than help you?
How does one go about thinking critically?
I was extremely fortunate enough to have a course on this in my early college years. I advise ANYONE who is in college or plans to go to take this type of course. It requires you to not just read information, but to ask serious questions about it. To look at what is being said, and what is not being said. To not necessarily take something at face-value, but to come up with an interpretation of that information that is as true and accurate as possible. This is at the heart of what it means to read and think critically.
When you are able to do that, you will be much better armed against trolls and de-railers who may creep into your spaces, or even against those well meaning persons that would cause unintended hurt.
Because you don't necessarily look at tone, or bias, or distractions, etc. You look at the most important points to be taken away and then you are able to respond appropriately.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
...It's more likely than you think.
I'm a wanderer; aside from my visits to BWE related sites, I also travel to sites not remotely centered on black women's issues. And when the topic of interracial dating or love comes up, I've begun to notice that not only are a number of the black female participants open to the idea of interracial relationships, they actually scoff at the idea of being unable to do so because of what members of the black community think, even black men.
"If black guys can date interracially, why can't I?" was the often raised question.
Well, even if they didn't, who gives a crap? It's your life, and you're free to love and be loved by whoever you want.
The idea that this seems to be getting across to a host of younger black women is rather interesting. If more and more younger black girls are considering love on a multi-racial/multi-ethnic scale, could it signal the end of self-imposed restrictions by black women in terms of dating? Are we witnessing a new generation of black girls who aren't interested in the "nothing but a brother" talk?
It's a bit soon to tell, but seeing these sentiments expressed entirely outside of black-centric or even black woman-centric discussion is very intriguing.
According to that wacky and sometimes rather accurate site "Urban Dictionary", white knighting is usually what happens on blogs and forums when a male poster comes to the rescue of a perceived "damsel in distress". Often without even understanding why she is getting pwned, this person butts in and defends her to the virtual death. This practice is, ironically, not looked on particularly favorably. The reason? Often, the person has been called out for saying something rather stupid. So how stupid does the white knight look by coming to the defense of someone clearly not worthy of that sort of digital dedication?
One interesting, or rather disturbing, phenomenon is the reverse happening for black men on the internet. Among the BWE (black women empowerment) collective, this action is known as "sista soldiering". According to blogger Evia, the definition is as follows:
"A sharp-tongued AA or similar black woman who considers it her prime responsibility to fight all racial slights or other forms of racial inequality even when her black male peers express apathy and supply no help".
The above was quoted from one of Evia's wonderful books, all of which I've bought and highly recommend. You'll find them via her blog.
So basically you have women "manning up" to save and defend the race, most of the time on their own. These women are firm believers in "black love" and rather than go to places that support it, will make time to go on interracial dating sites and blogs targeted at black women (note, WOMEN and not MEN) defending the honor of all black men to the death and attempting to shame black women away from getting with "white racists".
Even though I've seen this, I feel that in some instances, "sista soldier" is not enough of a specific label for what I see, so I go with "white knighting".
The role reversal we've seen in the black community with black girls raised to anticipate the role as head of household and to be "strong" and "the bread winner" makes this approach make sense to me, because black boys today are often raised in an entirely different fashion: spoiled, coddled, and babied. In today's black community, they are a precious treasure; the "little princess" their sisters can never be.
So what has happened is this reversal means that black males are now viewed in some twisted sense as "damsels in distress": When their honor is attacked on the internet, it is not enough to let them handle their business as men, and rise to the occasion (which, as with the case of the generic scenario never really happens). No, these black women must "white knight" for them, and defend the honor of their slighted ladies.
The thing that bothers me about this isn't just the fact that if the reverse were true, I sincerely doubt we would see this same level of defense of "black love" and dark black women and victims of black male's expressing negative opinions of black women. I've long ago accepted the fact that such a thing will never happen within our racial group as this consideration will never be mutual.
What bothers me is that these women who do this "white knighting" remain unaware of the fact that no self-respecting black man would ever willingly want to think of himself as a "damsel in distress" who needs to be rescued from women, by women. That such men would call on black women to "defend their honor", or allow black women to shield them and protect them as if they were delicate helpless things is itself absolute proof of a complete departure from masculinity. And I suspect this has not gone unnoticed, so even as these persons allow black women to act as their faithful attack dogs, I'm willing to bet they hate them for it just the same.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
The more I understand the apparent details of the situation, the sadder it becomes:
Alexander Dill of the Examiner writes, "What Amber Cole consented to was a desperate act she thought would win back her ex-boyfriend, who also happened to be her first love. This was an emotionally starved, emotionally lost young lady whose self-esteem had been so severely damaged that she thought this was the only way for her to win back someone she loved. Don't you see the tragedy in that?" (LINK)
So here we have a young girl who had honestly thought that if she did this "love act" for this clearly undeserving young man, he would love her again and things would be the way they were before she had given up the goods. Those of us who are older and wiser folks know that's never the case, but it was a hard lesson that Amber learned the hardest way possible. Not only did things not go back to the way they were, she was videotaped, the video was posted to the internet and you had potentially millions of people watch it.
Allegedly, two of the three boys have been arrested. For what and whether or not the charges stick are something I'll be following closely.
In a perfect non-digital world, making bad decisions would not be immediately followed by being humiliated on a global scale. I should not know who this person is. But I do, and because she's on my mind, it's something I have to deal with.
In a way, this situation has presented either new life lessons or reaffirmed old ones.
What have we learned from this situation?
According to a number of people, you as a victim are responsible for your own victimization; there is no perpetrator.
Wow, I thought the Matrix was blowing minds with "there is no spoon"! Here we saw, "there is no perp". People were lining up to shame this girl, to condemn her, to freak out about the video, while absolutely ignored the fact that there were others involved, that this was taped and uploaded without Amber's permission, and that spreading and watching these videos is a criminal offense. These very real and very logical facts absolutely escaped the attention of these people.
There is no spoon, there is no crime, there is no pre-meditated act of hate and disrespect against a fourteen-year-old girl.
To completely remove the people at fault for a video going viral in the first place requires such an either highly evolved or de-volved level of disconnect it is absolutely frightening.
How in the hell is someone who did not agree to being taped, having that tape uploaded to the internet, and not spreading it around personally responsible for what happened? SOLELY responsible?
Did Amber Cole do something questionable in giving head to this person in front of her peers on school property? Of course! But how her "immoral" behavior manages to dwarf the act of knowingly humiliating this person by filming it and then illegally distributing child pornography is just unbelievable.
We've crossed from the Matrix into the Twilight Zone.
The moment you participate in an act of a sexual nature, you are "grown". Even worse, you are a "whore" and should be treated like one.
I had to pause after writing that because I was nearly physically ill. This is a notion that reeks of opportunities taken to violate children, and to justify continued sexual abuse. She/he is "grown" now having been "spoiled", so it doesn't matter what else is done.
The idea that you could be sexual with a child and suddenly they are an adult is an idea I've heard of peddled in pornography; the notion of sex as a "graduation to adulthood" (often times initiated without the understanding or consent of the person playing the role of the minor).
I don't doubt for an instant that the corrupt rationalizations for incest and child rape that are brushed over and covered up among people of color are to blame for this casual acceptance of early sexuality in children, especially black girls. How else do you explain the notion that a fourteen year old black girl can't be a virgin. Really? Being a fourteen year old virgin is STRANGE?! Not on this side of the Middle Ages.
Also there is the lack of appreciation for the law, which states that Amber Cole is most certainly not grown. If the law of the land says someone isn't an adult, that's all there is to it. And if you choose to act in a way that defies that understanding, guess what? You are going to jail, and I don't feel the slightest bit sorry for you.
When the person who makes the most significant strides to fight for this girl isn't remotely black and isn't part of the ethnic community, that community is DEAD.
I thought about it, really hard, but I'm just going to go ahead and put a sheet over the corpse. The black community is DEAD.
And it's not coming back.
Anna Belle, a woman who has been fighting tirelessly through her blog to remove all links to the video and hold everyone connected to it responsible is definitely not who you would expect the knight in shining armor to look like. I confess, I was stunned. I think she is an amazing human being, who deserves all the accolades a hero is due in this life and the next.
But look at who she is, and who she is not.
She is not black.
She is not a man.
She is not an influential leader in the black community.
She is just a woman who saw something she thought was wrong, and decided she was going to do something about it.
Meanwhile, the greater black populous remains unaware, indifferent, or unable to get past the first "lesson" this situation has taught us.
What further proof do you need that the black community is dead? Would you like to see the body? Just wait. Word is that two of the young men have been arrested. Should they be charged, I expect black speakers and leaders to be out in force to demand their release.
Suddenly, as with other cases concerning rapists, murders, and thieves, we are to stand up for them and demand the justice system respect their civil rights and let them go. Meanwhile the victims are either drug through the mud or become non-existent (I imagine the former will happen to Amber, she's far too visible to simply ignore).
This is what the zombie black community will have come to: Defending scum because that scum is black and the fact that they are black males will forever override the fact that they are scum. Because, according to the zombie black community, it is more important to defend black male scum than to defend and look out for the black female victims of scum, because they are less than and are to be ignored. Black females are only allowed to not be muddied roadkill when there are non-black sources for their victimizations.
To the zombie black community, to be a promiscuous black girl is more evil than being a rapist, a murder, and a thief. To this walking corpse that doesn't know it's dead, these things are less evil and more redeemable than a little girl who trusted someone to love her again if she lowered herself at his command.
Dig a hole and throw dirt. That's all that's left.
So, there you have what we have learned so far from this rather disturbing situation. And no, I won't be putting flowers on the grave. Given what things have come to, they aren't deserved.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
The feeling in the pit of my stomach is what I imagine it would feel like if you swallowed a whole bunch of pennies. And they just sat there, not digesting, and taking up all kinds of space. Heavy, painful, and very disturbing.
The cause is the situation surrounding a young girl (she's not a woman, no matter how anyone tries to spin this) by the name of Amber Cole.
The situation as I am best able to understand it is this girl was talked into giving oral sex to her boyfriend on school property and without her consent, the encounter was filmed and posted to the internet. It was then spread all over the world, and being viewed in countries I doubt this teen has ever heard of.
I will not be linking to or sharing this video or even images of it, as it is child pornography as far as I am concerned. Legally, I'm pretty sure it IS child porn, and spreading it a crime. The consequences if one is involved in something so stupid are pretty heavy, and I'm going to go on record as saying you couldn't fit the "sorry" I have for such individuals found to be criminally liable into the eye of needle.
I cannot pretend to be unaffected by this.
You see that beautiful baby in the picture I posted at the top of page? To me, she is a beautiful little darling, full of all the innocence and wonder you'd expect from an infant. She knows nothing of the world and its evils. To others, she's already soiled.
This is a hard pill to swallow, hence the pain in my gut: Black women are born whores in this world.
We are NEVER seen as innocent. We are instead seen as commodities to be exploited in any and every possible way from the moment we breathe air on the other side of the womb.
For me, 14 is too young for anything of a sexual nature. In the eyes of someone else, they wouldn't believe her to even be a virgin at that age. Not with that skin tone, not from that racial background. She knew "what she was" before she started menstruating.
I will remember, to the day I die, the explanation one uncle gave for raping his 7-year-old niece, and infecting her with an STI: "She was acting all hot towards me."
A grown ass man was sexually seduced by someone who has only been wiping her own behind for a few years? Wow. Imagine that. I know that with child predators and molesters, rationalization of this sort is not outside the norm, but for African Americans, it becomes something else entirely doesn't it?
Because you see, we are in the globally unique position of not giving a damn about our kids. Not all of us....just most. Fathers abandon their children before they are born. Mothers instill the virgin/whore complex into their daughters and give their sons sexual free reign. Everyone comes together to damn any black girl, regardless of her level of promiscuity, to hell for possessing a vagina.
Hardly anyone stands up for a slandered and exploited black child in the black community. She is never seen as worth the effort. No other group of people on Earth hates itself as much as members of the so-called black community, and for the past few hours, I've seen that self-loathing in rare form.
Black men and women talking about how she "knew what she was doing" and it was "her own fault". Yes, because nothing says accountability for one's actions like not being the one filming and peddling child porn. Meanwhile these brain-dead individuals break the law all over the place by watching and spreading this video. Hmm.
But the racial dynamics simply cannot be ignored. Had the girl been giving oral sex to a white boy and white guys posted it, I can guarantee you that there would be all sorts of outrage. How DARE the "white devil" sexually violate and exploit the descendant of slave women who were raped by their ancestors! It should amaze me how okay black people are with the debasement and shaming of black girls and women so long as the person doing it isn't white. It's like no one made the connection that the act of doing so was bad, regardless of who was doing it. And I am cynically inclined to think any response psychologically comes back to the pride and ego of black males; female victims be damned, this would be about the manhood of black men.
Had this been a white 14-year-0ld, I do feel that the video would still have been spread, however I also think there would have been and would be a much greater attempt to hold anyone spreading this video accountable financially and criminally, in both the pursuit of child porn charges and lawsuits.
There would also be a primetime special on teenage sexuality and all sorts of concern for young girls being lead astray by this cruel and immoral world.
People would care about the mental and emotional and physical safety of these young white girls. They would be more apt to talk to them about their sexuality and making smart decisions.
But a black girl? Why bother! She'll be pregnant in a year anyway, right?
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Coulda, shoulda, woulda, went ahead and made this response a blog post, but I wanted to share my most honest thoughts with a woman who I felt needed it, and hopefully it helps:
This selective understanding of male behavior based on race is something that some black women need to address.
And I'll try to address this in a future blog, because I don't want this one to be too long. Stay tuned, please!
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Why watch your back? Because not everyone has your back.
No matter whether overt or hidden, harm meant or not meant, blood relation or total stranger: Sometimes, your best interests take a hammering.
Some people will blatantly attack you for even thinking about bettering yourself.
"Crabs in a barrel".
"Misery loves company".
These attacks are easiest for people to see and fight back against, at least if their self-esteem is intact, because the unpleasantness is obvious. The bitterness and bad feelings are right in the open.
But what do you do when someone is saying things that sound rational and kind, but actually work against you? Do you dismiss the fact that what they're saying is more harm than good because they don't sound mean? Do you nod along because their version of reality sounds so much sweeter than the real thing?
For instance, take the idea of embracing your physical beauty as a black woman and doing your best to take care of and improve it. For us, our Achilles heel has been our weight, at least for the past twenty or thirty years. We are as a race of women being pushed into the mammy and sapphire corner, and they're now trying to slap lipstick on the hybrid and sexy her up.
Reminder: these were images that were created for black women by white racists. Mammy, Sapphire, and Jezebel never belonged to black women. They were stereotypes said of us, spitefully and mockingly said of us, and somewhere along the way, there was some confusion. Now, black women will fight you if you try to push them away from giving their all to living in these roles.
But rail against physical stereotypes and improve your looks, and along come others to assure you that "you don't really need to lose those pesky 100 lbs" and that "you're lovely just the way you are and one day your prince will come".
I guess when they were giving doses of naive romanticism, I missed mine because aside from the idea of there being someone out there for everyone, I also acknowledge that the dating world is like every other aspect of mating in nature: Competitive as hell.
Women are dirty when it comes to things like this. Not all of us, but enough to the point where you have to watch out for yourself.
The choice to lose weight, to change uncouth behavior, to dare to be feminine in a way that upsets "the natural order" - you can't expect that your opponents in the dating world are going to take this lightly. Perhaps consciously, perhaps subconsciously, there is going to be resistance. And the methods used are not going to be pretty.
Mostly because the underhanded means of taking you out will attempt to be made in the guise of friendship and love: Hey, I'm just looking out for you!
Is there anything uglier than playing someone against herself? I doubt it.
Now, not all advice offered will be pleasant and pretty. This is hardly the best way to judge advice, because honestly, we as humans shy away from anything unpleasant. That's just the way we are. We avoid the unpleasant and cling for our very lives to whatever tickles our fancy.
So good advice may sound harsh, and we turn away from it, and bad advice sounds pleasant, and we listen.
As for why we do this, I believe that we have trained ourselves to resist and fight off perceived attacks by their tone, more so than what is said. So if something sounds "hurtful", regardless of whether or not it's helpful, it will be rebuffed. And if something sounds "pleasant", even if it is meant to harm us, it will either not be rebuffed, or be allowed equal consideration due to the gentle-sounding nature of what is said.
This is unfortunate. Critical reading and thinking means not just looking at what is said, but understanding what it means, and how best to apply what knowledge has been provided.
Until more black women are able to critically regard and think carefully about the "advice" coming their way from various sources, they will continue to leave themselves open to suggestions that however well meant had might as well be a dagger lodged directly in their spines.
Saw this over at Cracked.com. Apparently, the reason you've got the latest hit on replay is a matter of self-medication. O_o Take a look:
This is really interesting, as it sort of explains why pop music is, well, pop music.
This is really interesting, as it sort of explains why pop music is, well, pop music.
Pop = Popular
I'm starting to suspect the difference between overt pop music lovers and those who "hate" mainstream music is one group has no rep to protect, and in order to comply with certain perceived social norms, must vocally contradict their brains. :D
Food for thought...
The rest of the article is here: http://www.cracked.com/article_19426_5-things-you-do-every-day-that-are-actually-addictions.html