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Monday, August 12, 2013

OLYMPUS HAS (REALLY) FALLEN


A lot is being written about my beloved Detroit. It is sad, harsh and undeniably true. But what worries me is not what they are saying. It is what they are not saying.

They allude to it, using phrases like “racial issues,” “social conflict,” “underlying resentment” and the like. What they are really talking about is the fact that blacks and whites in Detroit have hated, resented and fought with each other for decades over the fact that God made us with different skin.

The wounds that have healed in other cities (or at least have scabbed over) remained fresh in the D for years. There’s a lot of blame to go around for this and naming names is just useless now. We all know the players and many of them are dead. What started as hot blooded odium turned into cold, impenetrable and muted antipathy over the years. And after a while, no one even talked about the history of it; it became axiomatic, a basic truth: the white people were racist and the black people were unworthy of respect.

Let me be clear: Detroit has fallen because black people and white people could not find their way to humanity over their history of violence, racism and oppression.

Don’t get me wrong; all the other factors are relevant, too. The economy, mismanagement, globalization and NAFTA all played a part but in the end, the choices that sacked the city were not made by political parties, laws or economic theories; they were made by men and women.

And what governs the hearts of people? Love, compassion or the lack thereof.

When blacks took the city by political process, electing its first black mayor, there was a sense in the community that we had won, defeated white people at their own game. We had suffered two riots and countless acts of bigotry, violence and legal discrimination. It was a victory won by courage, faith and built on the dead bodies of slaves, revolutionaries and sainted men.

And out of this grew pride and more than a little gloating. “And the white people will fight us, we thought. They will stand in our way, hope for our failure and do everything fair and unfair to see us fail.”

In white communities, there was panic, fear and anger. “How dare those inferior people take the city that we built, these workers who cleaned our toilets and shined our shoes just a generation ago.” The blacks would fuck it up they thought, they don’t know anything about running a city. In the end, their true nature would win out and Detroit would come to ruin.

They were both right.

Blacks could not find it in our Christian hearts to forgive the past and build for the future and Whites could not accept a shift in power to dark faces and turn away from a history in which they were superior to others.

Many of us tried. Some blacks and whites tried to work together but it wasn’t enough. Mostly, the brothers in Detroit waited for the whites to come back to the city.  And while we waited, we kept a man in the mayor’s office for 30 years who made sure that would never happen, a man who lacked the vision and the temperament to take us into the new millennium. 

But we had no idea that whites would rather build citadels out of farmland and forests than live and work with us. Oakland County grew to the nation’s fourth richest, while Detroit turned into a municipal husk.

And for my people, the black people, we have far worse things to worry about than who lives in Manoogian Mansion. We are at the lowest point in our culture since the Civil Rights Movement. Our families are destroyed and our children turned asunder. Much like a black President, our symbolic ownership of Detroit did nothing to stop our slide into our current social abyss.

So go on and think the black “city manager” means that race is not a factor in Detroit’s takeover. Go on and think Governor Snyder and his team did not set out to end black power. Keep denying what is before your eyes and we will be doing this again in 2113 when the black and whites lose the city to the Latin-Asian majority.

And for me who watched the tanks roll in ’67, watched the Tigers, Pistons and Red Wings become multiple champions, who loved Faygo and Better Made chips, Buddy’s Pizza and Bill Kennedy, I say goodbye to the town I grew up in. You were loved but love doesn’t keep a city alive.

Love for your fellow man does.

© 2013

Monday, July 15, 2013

Like Fathers, Like Sons


How many times must we walk this terrible path until we see the pattern of loss and injustice transcends race and calls upon us to do the same not symbolically but in reality?

When the O.J. Simpson verdict was read, I remember white people crying and a group of black students who cheered. They felt justice was served against a terrible legacy of injustice. I felt sick, like a killer had gotten away with murder.

I also remember Fred Goldman's face.

He looked as if someone had reached into his chest and pulled out his heart. I remember thinking that man is going to fall dead any second now. I hoped I would never be the owner of that countenance and I hoped that I'd never see it again. Well, I did.

On the face of Trayvon Martin's father, Tracy Martin.

No one wants to talk about these two cases. People want to say the Simpson/Goldman murders are old news. Tell that to Fred Goldman who never got to see his son marry and have kids. Tell that to Tracy Martin who's now in that same living hell. Or tell to me, who just got off the phone with his son reminding him that his worth as a human being is not decided by criminal cases or the perceptions of society.


There are many murders in our nation. The media decides which ones are presented to be national news but we the people decide which ones actually become those national concerns. Zimmerman's case grabbed us all because it is a clear reflection of something that I had hoped was no longer true: apparently, we still hate each other.

The Civil Rights Movement gave way to Political Correctness, this code of fake civility intended to never make anyone feel bad.  But what it also did was taught bigots and other evil people to hide and it left everyone in a field filled with landmines, where saying the wrong word could cost you your livelihood. And the arbiters of this social justice is our media, which has as much integrity as Chinese steel. (See? I shouldn't have said that)

The races have integrated but it was a social integration not a personal or spiritual one. We are better than we were, but do we really know each other? Do we actually care? Or do we just say what's expected, what's safe, then secretly get with people who are just like us and vent our anger and frustrations?

Technology is pushing us all further apart as we trade actual conversation for sending tweets. As a result, the fringes of both races and ideologies are working hard to keep us apart, because without continuous animosity, none of them know how to make a living. (This is where I see Al Sharpton and Ann Coulter working at a diner arguing over how dark to make the toast)


I want all of the people protesting the Zimmerman verdict to think of Ron and Fred Goldman in your righteousness. I want you to resist splitting hairs and using lawyer analysis to make differences in the cases so you can always be right. Because there is no right here.

Ron Goldman was just as precious as Trayvon Martin. And Tracy Martin is just as worthy of justice as Fred Goldman.

I want all the people who support Zimmerman to consider that you have picked a criminal and a miscreant as the poster boy for gun rights, self defense or whatever it is this man is supposed to represent.

Think how you felt about the Simpson verdict and know that others now feel that grief.

Think of O.J.'s smug-ass face as he smiled and danced out of the courtroom over the headless corpses of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman.

Then think of Trayvon Martin dead on his back 180 degrees from where Zimmerman said he landed, with no DNA from a bloody fight and no fingerprints on a gun he grappled for.

Zimmerman is just as guilty as O.J. And neither case was about justice but the failings of our still struggling society. We will not talk to, argue with or fight each other about race, so we hide behind political correctness and use these media cases to do it for us.  Here's a big revelation: No one is winning.

And if you think either of these killers is innocent because of his race, our racial history as a nation, the bias of the media or the legal system, then you just oil the machine that keeps producing this filth and these empty, heartbreaking verdicts.

Also, you need your head examined because they both, black and white, got away with it.

©2013

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

NIGGERS, VOTES & MURDER

So often I have said that America cannot prosper without its living soul, the descendants of the slaves who help to build this nation then suffered another century of atrocities on the path to equality. This week, we can see very clearly that this journey is far from over, that the value of America's black citizens is still very much in question.

Paula Deen, George Zimmerman and the Supreme Court's decision on the VRA illustrates how far we have to go and why we are still a very racially divided nation.

Paula Deen engaged in offensive and degrading behavior toward black people for years and no one said anything. She is not a bad person to be sure but that she saw nothing wrong with Plantation Weddings and comparing a black assistant to a blackboard ("Move away from that board, Hollis we can't see you.") speaks volumes about how arrogant she was about race relations. 

The Supreme Court defended equal rights for gays to marry but the day before sent a gut punch to blacks for whom the voting rights act was written. If we had not seen widespread voter suppression in the last election, no one would care but the same concerns that lead to the law being passed are still very real concerns today. And a day before that, SCOTUS dealt another blow to using race as a factor in college admissions. 

And George Zimmerman is on trial for murdering a boy because he was black. The Zimmerman case is the worst news of all because it devalues black life to the maximum degree. He and his attorney have actually pinned their hopes on their belief that the fact of being black presents a threat for which an appropriate response is death.

All of these events are connected by the issue that does not exist in a colorblind society: race.  and yet, here we are with voter suppression, a celebrity career in ruins and a man on trial for his life all because we have not and will not solve an issue that divided this nation into bloody conflict.

Even as our media tells us that race doesn't matter as much as it did in the last generation, race is causing seismic shifts in every area of life. The jails teem with black men, the black unemployment rate is twice the national average, the black family has been decimated and the black marriage rate is at an all time low.  Even our black President smacks us on the head and tells a crowd of black male college graduates to "be responsible."

We are over nothing, people.

Race still divides if not defines us here. And we can sweep it all under a rug until the bulge is as big as a mountain but that will change nothing. Paula Deen is now a villain for saying a word that's said a thousand times a day on radio. Southern states have already moved to uses age old tricks and deceptions to deter certain groups from voting.

And Trayvon Martin is still dead.

SUPREME COURT OUTLAWS "STRAIGHT" MARRIAGE.

In A Bizarre Set Of Events, SCOTUS Issues A Ruling Making Marriage Between Men And Women Illegal.

WASHINGTON D.C. - There has been so much attention to Affirmative Action, the Voting Rights Act and of course Gay Marriage, that no one noticed that SCOTUS quietly outlawed marriage between all heterosexuals yesterday.

In Taylorfield v. Pennsylvania Commonwealth, the court affirmed a lower court ruling that held that all marriages between men and women were invalid because none of them were working.  

The obscure case was brought by James Taylorfield who sought to end his 20 year marriage but did not want a divorce but for a court to agree that the institution was invalid as a "matter of societal fact."

Two lower court judges granted the relief thinking it was a joke.  Everyone was surprised when the Supreme Court granted certiorari. 

Justice Thomas wrote the majority opinion which had a unanimous vote of 9-0. 

"I think the Justices all thought it was a joke, said Paul Freed, a law clerk for Justice Sotomayor.  I mean it was ridiculous and it was from Justice Thomas who never writes anything.  The Justice (Sotomayor) just kept laughing as she signed off saying "Sho you right." over and over.

The court is moving to reverse the accidental ruling but in the interim, all marriage in the U.S. between men and women is invalid.

One Justice says he will not be changing his vote.  Atonin Scalia said off the record that he thinks we should keep the law. "Everyone knows marriage sucks.  So let the showtune crowd get married, see how they like it. Meanwhile, I've set all normal people free."

Scalia later denied this statement and said he loved his wife.

No one knows what effect this will have on couples in the U.S. but the Bunny Ranch in Las Vegas which deals in legal prostitution says that after the decision it was inundated with calls for reservations by men, claiming to be single and that it is booked until 2018.

©2013

Sunday, June 23, 2013

N-WORD MAKES BLACK MAN'S HEAD EXPLODE!

CHICAGO - Clarence Wilson never saw it coming. He had just left a local supermarket when a white man approached him. An argument ensued, then the white man said the word nigger. Witnesses report that Wilson's head exploded on the spot.

Police and medical were dispatched but it was too late, Wilson was gone. The assailant, John Billingsley, swore that he had no idea that the word could actually kill black people. He said he was just trying "to piss Wilson off" in the debate about who was the best basketball player of all time. Jordan or LeBron.

"I didn't call him anything," said Billingsley. "I just said it in a passive, non hateful way. I don't understand it."

Paula Deen lost her job because she said the word and many black people have stated that it is a word filled with mystical juju and power.  Others have said that it's just a word and folks need to stop trippin.'

"Dat nigga's head just blew the fuck up!" said Orlando Tillman, a witness to the incident.  "I mean, BLAM! Like in the movies. And I swear fo' God, before the pieces fell, it formed what looked like a waffle and a drumstick."

Al Sharpton and other black leaders say this is a sign that the N-Word needs to be outlawed.

"It's a vile, filthy word," said Sharpton. "The government should issue a tax every time it's said and the proceeds should go to a community fund to be administered to the people, through my organization, of course."

President Obama was asked whether the word should now be banned and he had this to say:
"Words have power and we should all be aware that free speech shall never be curtailed as long as the citizens of this nation stand tall and come together over our differences as one people aligned to the democratic principles that bind us all." 
A crack team of translators are working on what the fuck this statement means.

Dr. Vincent Rayland, a black psychologist says the head explosion was not the fault of any word. "I've heard that word a hundred times and I'm still here.  Mr. Wilson made his own head explode because he's overly sensitive and frustrated about race relations. He did it to himself.

Police released Billingsley without a charge, noting that there was no law against saying a word, even if it may have killed a man.

The incident has already become urban legend. Jay-Z is making a song about it and Quentin Tarrantino is making a film called "World War N" where he says all the dialogue will be the word, "nigger."

I for one, can't wait to see it.

© 2013




Friday, June 21, 2013

THE COWBOY'S REVENGE

The American cowboy is back with a vengeance, just as manliness is taking a beating.

My father loved a show called Gunsmoke, which was for a long time, the longest-running show on TV.  My cowboys were violent and ruthless. They didn't wait to shoot a bad guy and damned sure wasn't interested in taking him to prison like  Sergio Leon's Man With No Name Django and Trinity.

The cowboy disappeared for a long time until Clint Eastwood (who played the Man With No Name) brought them back with the oscar winner, Unforgiven. Then slowly, the cowboy returned to  films like Tombstone, Wyatt Earp and The Cowboy Way.

In the meantime, the moral ambivalence in our TV heroes had changed into full-out villainy. The TV show The Shield was a game-changer for TV cops. It's hero was a dirty cop whose morality was as fragile as the tin star he wore. Don't get me wrong, The Shield is a great show because it contained good men and women who were cops but it brilliantly focused on a man whose morality was a reflection of a society whole values had changed. At the same time, the cops and hoods in The Wire raised this theme to cinematic poetry.

But now there are some new sheriffs in town.

Justified's Raylan Givens, Hell on Wheels', Cullen Bohannon, Django and Longmire's Walt Longmire all have the best of the old and the new.  The are strong, kind, moral and take no shit.  But they also understand society's river of darkness and how their job navigates it. And whenever they need to, they will dip into those waters and then--look out.

In stark contrast to the many anti-heroes on TV, you know, the vampires, werewolves, serial killers, drug dealers and dirty cops, the millennial cowboys echo John Wayne, Gary Cooper as well as Vic Mackey and The Man With No Name.

And judging from the previews of the new Lone Ranger movie, the man behind the mask is out for revenge and bringing hell with him.

And the cowboy has come back just in time to slow the decline of masculinity we are now seeing in American culture.

In the western-themed movie, No Country For Old Men, Tommie Lee Jones as Sheriff Ed Bell gives this long speech about dreams he had of his father, telling us that his kind, the hero, is going to pass on, leaving us with the psychopath Anton Chighur are our new alpha male.

I think the new cowboys in that picture above would disagree with that.

And so would I.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Do We Still Deserve A Superman?


We get the heroes we deserve.

In the last century, our fictional heroes were men and women who stood with their nobility and strength against evil. Cowboys, soldiers, doctors and lawyers all fought the good fight for justice.

And these were not our heroes because we were good. No, we aspired to be as good as these fictional people and we admired their goodness, despite our shortcomings.

Look at the heroes we have in TV and film now: Drug dealers, dirty cops, broken families, vampires, zombies and more serial killers than you can shake a knife at.

Which brings me to Superman.

The Superman we grew up on was stalwart, honest, true, a big ‘ol boy scout. This was memorialized in the classic 1978 Richard Donner film with Christopher Reeve. But do we still deserve this Superma? In 2010, Brandon Routh put on the cape but that Superman movie did not move audiences. And it wasn't Routh, he was good in the role and the move was true to the legend.  I think it’s because that particular Superman was too good.  

Look at the comic book heroes we have now. Batman is a hero more like our society. He is violent, brooding, wears black and kicks ass without question or reservation.  Spiderman is a snarky antihero, Tony Stark is a billionaire asshole and Wolverine, well, that brother got knives for fingers.  He could throw up a gang sign and kill your ass.

So, if we get the heroes we deserve,  do we still deserve a Superman? 


Do we, as a society, still aspire to goodness or do we now worship power, money and might as right? In the new Superman Movie, it looks like our hero is a brooding drifter who struggles to accept his great power.  This could certainly work because remember, Superman is an alien who wants to be human and no one would ever accept a bad Superman.  Badass is another question.

Our world is going crazy right now.  Bombings, drone strikes, mass shootings and nuclear drama.  We could certainly use a Superman and despite out still struggling society, I think we definitely deserve one. 

copyright 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Solution To The Black Man Shortage: Billionaires

Lucas: Billionaire, Hobson: Sister
After years of searching, the solution was right in our faces. 

Black women complain all the time about not being able to find a man. You are looking in the wrong place, ladies.

You need a billionaire.

Apparently, billionaires love black women!  There is something about having more money that God that draws them to the beauty and power of the sisters. I think this is a good thing and just what we need to stop these black women from all their complaining about men. All we need is about ten million billionaires.

Now, I know what you're thinking.  There ain't that many billionaires and where is the Sister/Billionaire Hook Up Bar? Well, I didn't say the shit would be easy but given how bad things are, it's at least a start.

If we look at this philosophically, these billionaires are just free men, strong and confident and unafraid of what anyone thinks. Money will do that.  So, we can fill in the gap between the 1,210 billionaires we have and the ten million we need with men who have these qualities, those who think like a billionaire.

So fellas, if you want one of these highly coveted specimens of femininity, there are plentiful.   I see them all time and many of them are available.   And here's the best part: I think they will forgive you for not having the billion dollars in your bank.

If you have it in your heart.





copyright 2013




Friday, March 1, 2013

OSCARS PROVE "COMEDY IS NOT FUNNY."

I was asked what I thought about the Oscar hosting and if it was good or bad. The answer is much bigger than the host and the always subjective opinions to it. And as the great Steve Martin said, "Comedy is not funny."

Humor has changed because our society has changed.  An intolerant and conservative society, gives comedians lots of taboo subjects to use as fodder for humor and promote edginess.  In a more permissive society, comedy has to push the envelope because tolerance levels are low and nothing is taboo.

We now live in a nation with 55% out of wedlock birth, 24 hour porn, Real Housewives talking about blowjobs and vagina grooming at 10 in the morning.  We are also slowly getting dumber and dumber everyday.  So what does a society find edgy and funny when very little is taboo? Meanness and stupidity.

Much of comedy has become insults and kicking people while they are down.  We revel in the pain of others and understand that any subject is fair game because we are now an enlightened, progressive society.  Today, the three stooges would have to really gouge each other's eyes out to get a laugh.

Sure, there are many clever witty comedians (see below) but this is not about them, this is about us. Look at what we value in society now: talentless celebrities, non-singing singers and success without accomplishment.  Why would we want to think about humor or find something clever?  That takes too long.  Let's just make fun whoever has fallen down, or is defenseless, "Lindsay Lohan is a ho!" (chortle chortle).

Seth MacFarlane was doing comedy for a new generation, one that wasn't in that theater and one whose movies are never nominated for awards.  He tried to blend the new humor with the flair of old Hollywood and what we got was something neither generation had any use for, the comedy equivalent of a rotary phone with a Twitter feed.

So what do we do?  We can't go back to comedy that thinks we don't have genitals and gay people don't exist.  But neither can we go on to a world where calling a nine year old a cunt is supposed to be funny. 

Or maybe we should look at those men and women who always knew how to be progressive, edgy and intelligent at the same time.  They knew that relaxed morals still meant all the troubles of a relationship, that a family blended, fractured or broken is still a family.  And they knew where to draw the line and what a funny line it was:





Tuesday, February 26, 2013

THE POLITICS OF MAYBE


All over the web, I see the most extreme, angry and ugly comments concerning politics.  There is never any attempt to understand anyone with a different idea and of course, we only like those who think just like us.  Anyone else is a complete idiot.

People of both ideologies accuse the other of being racist, fascist, evil and un-American.  And both Bush and Obama were compared to Stalin, Hitler and the Antichrist.

And while we are busy with our petty jealousies, arguing about guns, debt, abortion, God and all the other convenient distractions, so certain that we are the "good" ones, our government steals the world from us.

So I dare all of you to consider something terrifying and completely unheard of: Consider that maybe the other guys are right.

Maybe our government has gotten too big, maybe it's not big or progressive enough.

Maybe Boehner is a real patriot and maybe Obama is too. Or maybe they are both liars and idiots.

Maybe our families are crumbling because we have turned away from faith and maybe we need to let go of ridiculous biases based on fantasy, fear and hate.

Maybe the GOP is trying to save us from ourselves and maybe the Democrats are trying to keep us from repeating the failures of our past.

And maybe, just maybe we should all dial down the hate and intolerance for just a moment and consider that we are all Americans, that liberals and conservatives put freedom and God before differences and built a nation that rivaled those of old, that white men died in the Civil War to free black men and black men died in all the subsequent wars, boldly defending the nation which had once enslaved them.

We are the heirs of that great and heroic nobility and no matter how flawed, this is still our country.

Maybe we need to remember that.

©2013

Monday, February 25, 2013

The Stench Of The Onion

More Than A Tasteless Joke, The Attack On Quvenzhane Wallis Proves That Our Problems In America Are Bone Deep.

The Onion, those masters of satire, often strike at big targets like the President, Congress and the rich and famous. But what made them sink so low as to call a 9 year old girl a cunt.  Well, I'll tell you and you can disagree and call me names if you like, I don't care. 

They did it because she is black.

Never in the history of the Oscars, has a black actress so young been nominated for the highest honor in acting land.  And never has anyone dared to call a child this or any other vile name. Until now.  

Why not Tatum O'Neal, Ellen Page, Abagail Breslin, Linda Blair, Quinn Cummings, Mary Badham, Patty Duke, Jodie Foster, or the many others?

Since Obama was elected President, there is this belief that people can now throw away their political correctness and white guilt and just treat us like everyone else. Because you know, a black President makes up for all that other shit. That's fine, but everyone else was not called a cunt, were they?  

I submit to you that it is not some sense of social equality at work but a subversion of the very notion it purports to defy, that this fake colorblindness is the new racismNow people can say what they really feel about the races, they can air their unbridled contempt and filthy bigotry about how their fellow Americans of African descent deserve nothing but that unbridled contempt.

And these few individuals bring holy hell down on all white people because so many of us are quick to indict everyone when one asshole goes off.  Stupid shit like this only confirms in the minds of black people that all white people have unstated hatred for them for no other reason than the color of their skin.  We know this is not true, but we do not live in a nation where our media will report the many acts of kindness and civility between the races.  All we see is the dirt.

Do we really have so little regard for one another, that we can't even feel protective of an innocent little girl?  How would you like to be the one to have to tell her what that word means and why she was called it?  

I know this seems like a big reaction, I know it was "just a joke."  I was so upset that I said fuck the Onion in every human language. But it's the small things, that determine the path of a society and the way we treat the most vulnerable dictates who we are.  Today, we have all fallen down.

And the thing that kills me is The Onion had a right to say it.  This is after all, America.  But we have a right to turn our backs on them.  But I know that we won't.  This will blow over by the end of the week and we will be nose-deep up some Kardashian's ass by Monday.

And for all the people who defend The Onion, that's your right, but you only feel that way because your daughter is a cunt.

See how funny that is?

©2013

Friday, February 15, 2013

AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY


If you look up the word tragedy, you will see that the death of Christopher Dorner and those he killed fits the definition. 

Our hungry media could not even find a picture of this soldier where he wasn't smiling. How did he turn into a killer?  Was he sick? Was it PTSD?  And did he come home like so many soldiers to find his nation still plagued by age-old problems which even combat in war cannot dissolve?

There was a time when men marched in to war thinking that they were defending freedom, liberty and human principles worthy dying and killing for. There was a time when black men demanded to be allowed to fight and die for a nation that would not even grant them the status of human being in the hopes of being judged worthy of full citizenship.  America was an ideal, and she would never send men to die for anything but true nobility.

Are we still that nation?

Were we ever that nation?  

I don't have the answer and of there is one, I am sure it's very complicated. But I do know this: Dorner was one helluva a soldier, a warrior who turned his skills against perceived enemies at home. He killed innocent people and in the end, would not be taken alive. His aggression was against a police force with a past that can only be described as evil at times.

And I also know something else.  Soon, another 20,000 or so soldiers will come home from Afghanistan, tired, stressed out and well-trained.  

How will we greet them?

copyright 2013

THE BEAUTY OF STANDARDS


At What Price Beauty and At What Sacrifice Denial?

The enmity coming out of the Olympics which has pitted some women against each other is so troubling that it has stopped my brain and left one of my characters stranded in a flying 7-11 (long story). When this happens, I have to go all non-fiction and get it out of my system.

The world has many beauty standards but I concern myself only with the one we’ve built here in America.  I say this because there’s always someone who wants to point out that in Kwasafroland, they worship fat women with bald heads. Well, in America if you look like that you’re the trailer park homewrecker on the Jerry Springer Show.

Beautiful people as they are defined are probably less than 1% of our population.  Beauty, outer beauty, is not earned.  It is inherited and so there is a definite lack of respect that goes with it from the non-beautiful.

And yet, we exalt beauty and why? Because we need to. 

Beauty excites the pleasure and euphoric regions of our brains and this is an inborn instinct that has been with us since we were writing on cave walls.

And yet we are all full of shit when it comes to what is beautiful. We lie and try not to hurt people’s feelings. We fall into political correctness and get vague when we want to compliment someone who hasn’t won the gene pool lottery. "Oh your baby is sooo pretty."

And we all want to believe that good-looking people have it good, that they shit money and fall ass backwards into pools of happiness.  And whenever some nice looking person complains about their lives, we resent them, believing that they should never complain about anything.

Which brings me to LoLo Jones and the other two runners who criticized her behavior and her non-medaling performance. Publically, people have said “they are all beautiful” but privately people have said far worse things, like one of them looks like Wesley Snipes.

Why can’t we just say they are not as nice looking as LoLo and that’s why she gets the endorsements because her beauty stimulates our brains and makes us want to buy the crap she’s hawking?

We can’t because we never want to acknowledge that we have a standard and that most of us are not in it. Well, if that’s the case, why not change it? There are more of us than them, right? Then why can’t we just flip the script on this and put Gabourey Sidibe in a Speedo and have her sell us sneakers? (If you're laughing or cringing right now then I rest my case)

Well, we’re not going to do it. We’re not because we really do want to believe that real beauty is on the inside and that it is more significant than outer, inherited beauty. But mostly we won’t do it because we can’t. We are naturally predisposed to be attracted to beauty according to the societal (if not human) standard and opposed to anything outside of it.

So let’s say that LoLo’s criticizers are just as pretty as she is and let’s laugh at her because she didn’t win the race.  After all, she won the Fine Ass Lottery, right? Let just keep lying until our neighbor with the ugly baby really believes the kid doesn’t look like a potato.

Or we could be honest and let people have all of their assets inherited and earned and accept what life has given us and admire what it has given to others. And I'm not saying that we should be mean. We can still spare feelings so no one will have to tell that one Kardashian sister she has a jaw like Jay Leno. But it won’t happen because it is not who we are as a species. God don't like ugly and apparently, we don’t either.

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