This is likely to be unappreciated by many but hopefully provides something useful for some. Role models are important. The most important role models are your parents. I myself grew up without knowing my biological father. I know how important male role models can be. I also am well aware of the results of having nobody but your peers to impress. Trouble.
I have a personal list of black men that I admire. My list incorporates a few fellas that history has forgotten. It also might surprise some that have taken my words as hateful, when no hate exists. Confusion, sadness, and fear, yes I have all of these feelings for the black community. Hope, encouragement, and success is what I want for everyone. Regardless of who you are or where you live I believe all of God’s children are perfect the way they are. This does not mean I believe we are all the same or even that we should all be forced to live together. Free association for all, is my creed.
Watching the last year devolve into one long wake for the street hood, George Floyd, has been frustrating on so many levels. The media making a martyr of this POS was totally inappropriate and they bear the burden for the riots, as far as I’m concerned.
The other problem that I feel maybe I can help, is the issue with role models. Why was Floyd so easy to make a model of? Even with his disgusting life history and the shameful and embarrassing way he died. The media was allowed to show us children who didn’t even recognize their father, but were taught to say, “daddy changed the world.”
This should never have been allowed to happen. If the black community shared some common role models this wouldn’t have happened. The black community would have been offended at the false heroism given to the legend of George Floyd. BLM, AntiFa, and the NAACP don’t give 2 shits about black people. Prove me wrong.
Now let’s talk about some cats that did care for their brothers and sisters and actually made this their life’s work. Not selling drugs. Not pimping out your own women. Not rapping with your pants hung down asking for rape in prison. Men who cared for the family, education, and autonomy of black people.
To begin with, this is a link to Howard Zinn’s site where he details over 2 dozen black abolitionists. We all know about Douglas. Come on though, he was a bit milk toast for me. The white abolitionists get little press but the black abolitionists are seldom even mentioned.
As Zinn points out, the blacks were the most interested and worked the hardest to free their fellows in bondage. It might surprise many to know northern black attitudes towards southern slaves were mixed. Plenty free blacks cared not one bit for the blacks in bondage. They were seen as uneducated animals just as they were seen by the masters.
William Wells Brown
William Wells Brown was born in bondage in 1814. Much of his childhood was spent working in St. Louis, Missouri. In one of his numerous attempts to escape, he and his mother were caught. She was shipped south to New Orleans and he never saw her again. Brown was finally able to escape on New Year’s Day in 1834. He went to Buffalo, NY, where he worked on steamboats and assisted in the work of the Underground Railroad.
Hard as a 10 penny nail. Gotta know that every time he tried to escape the punishment was surely brutal. Flogging at the very least, but we will never know the extent this man suffered. They were able to imprison his body and even steal his mother. They were never able to imprison his mind. Regardless of the branding, hobbling, or flogging that awaited him upon failure, he continued to try to escape. Although they could take his body, he never surrendered his mind. This is what tough is.
Marcus Garvey, in full Marcus Moziah Garvey, (born August 17, 1887, St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica—died June 10, 1940, London, England), charismaticBlack leader who organized the first important American Black nationalist movement (1919–26), based in New York City’sHarlem.
Largely self-taught, Garvey attended school in Jamaica until he was 14. After traveling in Central America and living in London from 1912 to 1914, he returned to Jamaica, where, with a group of friends, he founded (August 1, 1914) the Universal Negro Improvement and Conservation Association and African Communities League, usually called the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), which sought, among other things, to build in Africa a Black-governed nation.
This dude was impossible to miss. He was very decorative in his style of dress and bombastic to match. Also, he was an awesome cat. He didn’t want a damn thing from white people except that they leave him be. Word up brother man. James Monroe helped in setting up Liberia and giving it to free slaves wishing to return to their birth homes. To honor him the OCCUPANTS named their capital Monrovia. Today Monroe is attacked here as well as there for being “just another slave holder.”
So when it comes to black role models in politics we basically have 2 philosophies. The one I am representing and showing support for, through historical leaders of such ideas is one of free association. There is another so called philosophy that some blacks and all white allies are willing to use violence to bring to fruition. Forced integration. This is no less insulting than forced segregation. People should be allowed to arrange and group themselves based upon anything they want. If black people want to have black communities and are peaceful with outsiders, God bless. Obviously the same goes for every group and forcing anything else is evil.
Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little on May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska. His mother was the National recording secretary for the Marcus Garvey Movement which commanded millions of followers in the 1920s and 30s. His father was a Baptist minister and chapter president of The Universal Negro Improvement Association who appealed to President Hoover that Marcus Garvey was wrongfully arrested.
I’ve spoken more about Malcom X than any other black man. That’s because this man is a fu**ing hero of mine. Dying in public is never dignified. Whether it’s having your head blown off, like JFK and RFK, or being gunned down with torso shots like Malcom, it’s hideous, ugly, and a final insult for the assassinated. The body looses it’s fluids and the body turns fowl and lifeless fast. The vessel that held the soul of a beautiful human being was ripped apart and then cut to pieces during frantic surgery. A truly horrific final insult for a muslim especially.
I could very easily keep going. The list of black men and woman who have moved our society along is too long to list. I will leave you guys with the one female I’m going to allow for this post. This is aimed at black boys not girls. Still, this particular female is just too tough to leave out.
An Act of Courage, The Arrest Records of Rosa Parks
On December 1, 1955, during a typical evening rush hour in Montgomery, Alabama, a 42-year-old woman took a seat on the bus on her way home from the Montgomery Fair department store where she worked as a seamstress. Before she reached her destination, she quietly set off a social revolution when the bus driver instructed her to move back, and she refused. Rosa Parks, an African American, was arrested that day for violating a city law requiring racial segregation of public buses.
If that was the story I wouldn’t have her on my list. These rules were actually pretty relaxed and it depended largely on the douchebag driving the bus. This particular day Ms Parks took a seat next to another black man due to the bus being full. A white passenger got on the bus and both Ms Parks and the nameless coward she was sitting next too, were told to move. The “man” hopped up with “yessum” and moved to the back. Ms Parks said no. She stood on her integrity and honor alone. She then took the arrest like a boss and she changed the world.
What’s the name of the simp she was sitting next too? Nobody knows or cares. That’s why Ms Parks makes the list. Sometimes our women need to kick us in the ass a bit. In this story she just owned the whole situation and for her courage she earned immortality.
I wish I could give you a ton of living heroes. They are in poor supply regardless of color. I actually think white and black children should look to our history for their heroes. With the exception of family, historical figures give us such better examples. These men as well as the founding fathers are legendary.
Next time someone tells you George Floyd changed the world? Tell them, he sure did and it was for the worse. Then explain that there are plenty of black men and women to look up to. George Floyd is part of the problem. Teach your children about men who devoted their entire lives to the betterment of your people. Not drug addled, pimps who don’t even know their own children.
I’m a total neanderthal that’s completely confused by the society I live in. I’m offensive, honest, and a good man. I’m, here because I pay to be here, and I will say whatever I like. Come one, come all, to the freak show of commiefornia.