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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.

Copyright 2012

BLACK BARBIE/BLACK GI JOE DEBATE


Here's a debate we can all care about.

I stopped to talk with the iconic pair at Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles in Pasadena. These two have been trading barbs and wisdom on FB. They were just as prickly as you might expect.

ME: so what do you think the problem is with relationships these days?

BLACK BARBIE: Men. They can't get with the program. Women have changed and they have not. Simple.

BLACK GI JOE: She's right. But women haven't changed for the better.

BLACK BARBIE: What the hell does that mean?

BLACK GI JOE: It means women want too much. They want male and female power and in the end, they can't handle it.

BLACK BARBIE: Maybe we could, if the men didn't run out of the hospital after the first contraction.

BLACK GI JOE: Now that women are freely giving up the booty, there's no need to pretend like we've ever wanted committed relationships. Men don't want that shit. We only did it because it came with the sex and respectibility and kids. Well, now you can get all that without the yapping, so a lot of men figure, why bother?

ME: Damn, that's cold, dude.

BLACK GI JOE: Hey, you wrote it.

ME: BB, rebuttal?

BLACK BARBIE: First, none of that surprises me. People will always do what they want sexually. This new freedom for women is enlightenment. It's not about free ass, it's about free thinking. Men haven't adapted to a mate who isn't subservient. Thing is, we never were. We're just not pretending anymore. Money and a job isn't male power, it's survival and if we can only survive through a man, we're screwed. No, the problem is just like a woman can now work, a man can be more emotionally and psychologically supportive of his family, you know, female power. But our society looks upon that as somehow soft or gay in a man, so men reject it as a panacea to their malaise and everybody loses.

BLACK GI JOE: There she goes again with all that deep thinking and big words.

BLACK BARBIE: Truth is truth. Buy a vowel, nigga.

BLACK GI JOE: Yo, I understood you. I'm just saying men ain't got time for all that. 

BLACK BARBIE: Yeah, too busy going down on each other.

BLACK GI JOE: What the fu--

BLACK BARBIE: Been to Atlanta lately? It's gayer than the men's room at a Janet Jackson concert.

ME: Okay now, let's calm down. Joe, can men meet women half way?

BLACK GI JOE: Sure, but we won't. Women are gonna have to drop the nonsense. Be supportive and stop thinking that equality is challenging a brother. If the only way you can be equal is to take down a man, then you were never equal in the first place, ya dig. And by the way ladies, you cannot attract a man when all you do is slam us on Facebook and Twitter and you got five thousand "drunk party ho" pictures on your page. 

BLACK BARBIE: Okay you got me on that one. I even have to laugh at them chicks.

ME: Closing remarks?

BLACK GI JOE: Men are men and we're what God made us. You don't like it, take it up with Him. All we want is some comfort in our houses and a partner, mother and friend-- and you know, freaky shit on our birthday.

BLACK BARBIE: Women are the givers of life and men need to recognize the spiritual importance of that. That alone leads back to your place in life and your particular faith. God made women in some sense self-sufficient so his creation could go on. So, philosophically, you can be a woman without a man, but you cannot be a man without a woman.

ME: Words to think about. Thanks.

Copyright 2012

THE REAL LIFE OF PI


The New Town Tragedy Is Not Unfathomable; It's Temporal.

Adam Lanza's father and mother were stock brokers. Then Adam was born and it was apparent that there was something wrong with him. Eventually, the father left them. He was a man with money and options and a son that God deemed should be born with a deficiency. So he split and left them the house and over $250K a year in support. 

But no amount of money can compensate for a father who loves and supports you and so the mom struggled without him-- and so did the son. The family fell apart as the bond, the covenant was gone.  Adam plunged into violent psychosis, and his mother, money and all, could not help him. 

And all you divorced and never married moms and dads, I don't wanna hear your story about how this is an unfair analogy and how you're a good parent despite the circumstances. I'm making a much bigger point here.

A mother loves a kid in a way a father can't. They had the kid as part of her body and her connection to him is soul deep and her judgment about him is that much more skewed in the kid's favor. A father loves his kid but his connection is not the same. He can love but he judges the kid with a little more, shall we say, parental objectivity.

Who knows but if the father had stayed, the kid may have found his way back to peace or maybe the mother's love and the father's objectivity would have combined to lock his ass up when he got older and more violent.

When people get married, who the hell do you think you are making those promises to? To each other? That is the arrogance of us now, that another human being promises loyalty and fidelity to us and our pathetic capacities. No, you are making those promises to much higher powers and if you break them, then you invite the consequences.

And if you have a baby without the wedding, don't think that lets you off the hook. Marriage is a man-made religious ceremony. It memorializes a spiritual promise. Have a baby and marriage or not, you have made the same convenant with God.

There are 2.4 trillion seconds in an average person's life, as many as the digital expression of life's most famous number, Pi.  A trillion little moments, wherein a choice can change your life and the lives of everyone on this planet. One person makes a choice, a baby is born. He makes another and 26 people die; 50 trillion moments are gone, one of which could have cured cancer, become President or made a discovery that took us to the next level of humanity.

How much clearer could the urgency of our social mandate be? If we do not fix the little things, then the bigger consequences, the fruit of those choices, surely come.

Let us all choose wisely.

Copyright 2012

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

NATURAL BLACK ASS

Why Are Idiotic White Men Fixated On Michelle Obama's Ass? Just Stop Looking At It-- If You Can.

Here we go again. Another moron has said something negative about the First Lady's posterior. “Fat Butt Michelle Obama,” said Bob Grisham, a high school football coach who was surreptitiously recorded by one of his students.  (He was suspended later) Add to that Rush Limbaugh and Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, the Wisconsin Republican, who both commented about FLOTUS' assets and you get a notion of what's in the minds of these men. But guess what?

I'm with you fellas.

Not in the way you said it, but in what motivated you. Michelle Obama is fine. Oh yeah, us fellas all know it but we are respectful because she is married, a mother and a symbol for the world. But since you brought it up, she's hot, man. And I know what you think when you see it. "I could not handle that!" And you would be right. Which is why her husband is the President, the man who can handle it, who got it, and kept it.


Underneath this levity is something all of us dark types know but do not discuss a lot. The sexual history of our women with white men is deep, dark and has built part of the complex relationship between the races. But just like "Scandal" everything must come to light. Sure, these men are supposedly insulting Ms. Obama but like my mother would say: "What you doin' looking in the first damned place?"

Let me be clear, ALL WOMEN ARE BEAUTIFUL but my appreciation for women began with women of color and so my mind was focused on their particular attributes. I like what I see in the mirror and so I naturally sought out my compliment in the manner of a woman. It is what most people do. Most races stick to their own but men and women develop an appreciation for all forms of beauty and in the end, we all know love humbles us all and changes everything.

Still, why you lookin' at Michelle Obama's ass? 

Because she is 5"11 and that's a lot of female real estate, it is formidable and awesome and you're a man who thinks about sex 85% of the damned day.  You want it but you're not sure you won't get lost in it so you insult her like that fox who couldn't reach the grapes on the vine.


Michelle Obama has the body of a healthy 48 year old black woman. And so the unstated mandate that she have the body of Heidi Klum is ridiculous, bigoted and shows how little respect you have for women. 

Still, I know you like what you see and so I am giving all men permission to enjoy the visual treat that is black women and their God-given pulchritude. And that goes for you too, black men who have fallen off your admiration duties. 

We shouldn't have to keep defending a body type to people who are intent on being assholes but this bears discussion. The first black First Lady has reshaped the way the world sees black women, their history their beauty and yes their asses.  And so detractors are pulled by their hate into insults the reveal their secret desires and shortcomings.  

So, I see this as more evidence of what we always knew was true.  These angry men should free themselves, stop dogging FLOTUS and reach out to that black female co-worker you've been afraid to have coffee with.  Get rid of your secret cache of black girl porn and go find a real black girl to make porn with.

There's a saying in black culture: "Kiss my natural black ass." It is an insult sure but "natural" is the part I'm concerned with. The saying refers to the fact that we acknowledge who we are, what we look like and anyone who doesn't like it can fuck off.

So angry men, stop embarrassing yourselves.  Stop revealing how concerned you are with your own fantasies.  Stop acting like a big butt offends you.  Be good to yourself and admire what God has made for us men to see.  And if you don't like Michelle Obama's backside, you can kiss her natural black ass.

Then again, I bet you'd like that. 

© 2013