Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Once more--if you would be kind enough to indulge my self-citing repetition--these are the grandchildren of the same people who brought their children to lynchings wearing their finest Sunday dress, or in later years (and a more seemingly benign mood) signed restrictive housing covenants to keep "the undesirables" out of the neighborhood, and threw rocks at buses carrying black and brown school children to protest integration.
Question: How many of these "health care" protesters are themselves on Medicare or Medicaid (or have relatives who are?) Second question: Ohio is one of the states hardest hit by the Great Recession. Would those handouts the teabaggers are protesting include unemployment benefits that many of them have or will soon be receiving? Or mortgage assistance from the federal government? Or public schools, tax credits for their children, or the like?
But then again, these folk are so principled that they would refuse any "government handouts" lest they be dirtied by such monies.
For example, listen to this interview on NPR's Morning Edition with an unemployed truck driver who has insurance through his wife's job (make note of the vitriol he has towards Obama).
This rabble is the hell spawn of a broken political system, an increasingly fractured public discourse, and a desperate ugliness on the Right. I do sincerely hope that the GOP, and the Tea Party/Palin crowd to whom they are increasingly beholden, take to heart the words of Colin Powell as they try to fix what is a deeply broken political party:
I do not want to see the Republicans fail as a party. I truly don't. Not because I am amenable to their politics, but rather because I fear the collateral damage their implosion will do to all of us...be we red or blue or somewhere in between.
To you folks on the Right, will you please get your house in order? For right now it seems that you are going to pull the temple roof down upon us all.
Chauncey DeVega's World of Ghetto Nerds: An Honorary Respectable Negro, Charles Moore, Noted Photographer of the Civil Rights Movement has Passed Away
It has been some time since we inducted an honorable white brother or sister into the honored halls of We Are Respectable Negroes. Today we add another proud warrior. Some say that the camera gives artificial courage so that one can hide behind the lens. I never agreed with that argument. I always thought that the camera gave one a sense of distance that enabled courage. It was not hiding behind the lens--it was using the lens to find a wellspring of courage to do what is/was necessary so that truth would echo through the ages.
Charles Moore you are a proud warrior and we are blessed to have had you on the side of justice. As I said at my father's funeral, may you travel well. I am sure you will have many brothers and sisters on the other side of destiny who will welcome you with open arms.
Courtesy of the LA Times:
The Alabama native was at the center of unrest in the South, taking emotional and often distressing images of protests, integration efforts and Martin Luther King Jr. for Life magazine.
"Montgomery, Ala., 1958: The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is sprawled across the booking desk at a police station as his stunned wife, Coretta, looks on. He was arrested for loitering at the Montgomery Courthouse and released when his identity became known to the police. (Charles Moore / Black Star)"
Moore died Thursday of natural causes at a nursing home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., said his daughter Michelle Moore Peel.
From 1958 to 1965, he trained his lens on the unfolding drama of civil rights as a news photographer for the Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser and Life magazine.
His shockingly graphic images -- of police dogs attacking protesters or marchers being assaulted by powerful water hoses -- helped propel what had been a regional dispute onto the national stage.
As his photographs created national outrage, they quickened the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, according to John Kaplan, a University of Florida journalism professor who wrote his master's thesis on Moore.
"He had the courage to stand up in the face of danger and let Americans know what was really happening, through his work," Kaplan told The Times. "That is why he is an unsung hero."
As Moore followed the struggle, he was known for his fearlessness and uncanny knack for capturing the most distressing images possible.
"To people who were really bigoted, I was the worst enemy, a Southern boy working for Life," Moore told USA Today in 1991.
"I knew the South. . . . I also knew how to talk back to racists."
The son of a Baptist minister, Moore was drawn to photographing the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., then a Baptist clergyman in Montgomery. After witnessing King's charisma firsthand in 1958, Moore sought to cover him whenever possible.
"I knew that this was a man who was going to make a difference," Moore said of King in the 2005 documentary “Charles Moore: I Fight With My Camera.” Moore had yet to realize that his pictures would also make a difference.
A photograph he took in 1958 of King being manhandled during a police booking ran in Life and became "one of the most significant photographs of the civil rights movement," Kaplan wrote in his thesis.
Through the magazine, Moore's work gained a huge national audience. Life had him cover the rioting over the enrollment of James Meredith as the first black student at the University of Mississippi in 1962 and later published his photos of Ku Klux Klan gatherings.
His photographs in Life "electrified and horrified the country," CBS News reported in 1991.
Moore's most influential pictures were taken over five days in 1963 during the campaign to desegregate Birmingham, Ala., Kaplan said. One famous photo -- Moore crawled across pavement, positioning himself between protesters and firemen to get the shot -- showed three students being thrust against a building by high-pressure water from a fire hose.
Covering civil rights "was difficult, exhausting and oftentimes very dangerous," Moore said in the documentary. "Plus troubling and emotional . . . because I'm a Southerner too."
By 1965, he had grown weary of the violence and booked a round-the-world airplane ticket. He came home eight months later.
Charles Lee Moore was born March 9, 1931, in the Alabama farming town of Hackleburg and grew up in nearby Tuscumbia.
As a teenager, he took up boxing and owned his first camera, a Brownie.
After a stint as a Marine Corps photographer, he studied fashion photography at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara.
Returning to Alabama in 1957, he briefly worked in a portrait studio before joining the Montgomery Advertiser newspaper staff.
He moved to New York in 1962 to pursue a freelance career but the Black Star photo agency, which still represents him, gave him a stipend and persuaded him to continue covering civil rights. Moore went on to photograph political unrest in Haiti and Venezuela and document the Vietnam War.
In later years, he took travel photographs, corporate portraits and the occasional hard-news photograph. He also amassed about 100 magazine covers.
His work was gathered in two books, "Powerful Days: The Civil Rights Photography of Charles Moore" (1991) and "The Mother Lode," a 1983 pictorial guide to the California gold rush country he came to know as a longtime resident of Columbia, Calif.
Moore, who was divorced, also had lived in Massachusetts and North Carolina. He moved to Florida last year to be near family.
The genteel Moore could seem embarrassed by the attention he received for his most famous body of work.
"I know the importance isn't me, but the photographs," he told the Birmingham News in 2002.
"It's proof that the world learned a lot from them. Honestly, if those pictures made my native South, which I love, a better place . . . then I am darn proud of that."
In addition to his daughter Michelle of West Palm Beach, Fla., Moore is survived by three other children, Michael Moore and April Marshall of Dothan, Ala., and Gary Moore of Lewisville, Texas; his brother, Jim, of Conway, Mass.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Desperate for Fame: Supersized Mother (with the Aid of Her Enabling Black Boyfriend) Determined to be the World's Fattest Woman
We are truly a society too sick to survive.
And yes, she is partnered with a black man. No Comment. As I tell folk, stereotypes persist because they are in some way true.
From the Daily Mail (in all its rotund glory):
Donna Simpson already weighs 43st, but she is determined to nearly double her size to become the world's fattest woman.
The 42-year-old from New Jersey, U.S, is set on reaching the 1,000lb mark (71st) in just two years. Remarkably she insists she is healthy, despite now needing a mobility scooter when she goes shopping.
Donna Simpson already weighs 43 stone but is consuming an astonishing 12,000 calories a day in a quest to become the world's fattest woman
'My favourite food is sushi, but unlike others I can sit and eat 70 big pieces of sushi in one go,' she said.
'I do love cakes and sweet things, doughnuts are my favourite.'
Donna, who wears XXXXXXXL dresses, eats mounds of junk food and tries to move as little as possible.
Ms Simpson already holds the Guinness World Record as the world's fattest mother, when she gave birth in 2007 weighing 38stone.
She needed a team of 30 medics to deliver her daughter Jacqueline during a high-risk Caesarean birth.
Yet although she can only move 20ft before needing to sit down, she wants to be even bigger.
'I'd love to be 1,000lb,' she said.
'It might be hard though. Running after my daughter keeps my weight down.'
Ms Simpson can no longer walk more than 20ft before needing to sit down. She goes to the shops in a mobility scooter
You might expect her long-term partner Philippe, 49, to advise her to slim down, but instead he encourages her to eat more.
He met Donna on a dating site for plus-size people and is a self-confessed fat admirer, although he himself only weighs 150lbs.
'I think he'd like it if I was bigger,' said Donna.
'He's a real belly man, and completely supports me.'
To achieve her goal, Donna says she will need to eat up to 12,000 calories a day (the average woman should consume only 2,000.)
To fund the massive $750 weekly food shop, she runs a website where men pay her to watch her eat fast food.
Donna's weight problem began early. Her mother made big meals for Donna and her brothers and gave them lots of treats and fattening food.
By the time Donna was nine, she weighed 13 stone.
'Food was her way of showing she loved us, she wanted us to eat, and she was very protective of us,' Ms Simpson said.
She would argue with doctors who said it was dangerous.'
Donna Simpson poses for a photograph with her daughter, Jacqueline. It took 30 medics to deliver her.
Donna's mother died soon after, and her dad married a woman who put the children on a strict diet.
'I used to steal food from the cupboards, which were still full because my mum used to store food,' she said.
But as she got older, Donna began to worry about her weight and started taking diet pills.
Between the ages 14 and 18 she slimmed down to 11 stone, but was still unhappy.
'Dieting just made me miserable because I was thinking about food all the time.,' she said.
After she left school, Donna got a desk job and no longer felt the need to fit in with other girls.
'I felt so much better when the weight came back,' she said.
'It felt like who I was meant to be.'
When Donna was 19 she met her first husband, who worked as a chef at a steak restaurant.
'He worked night shifts and would come home at 2 or 3am and bring the leftovers with him,' she said.
'We'd stay up and eat huge piles of steak, mashed potatoes, and gravy with butter.
'I started gaining weight quickly and my husband liked it.
'He said I was sexier when I was bigger, and I felt happier too.'
When she was 27, Donna weighed 25 stone, and fell pregnant with her eldest son, Devin. Her marriage ended soon after and she turned to food for comfort.
By the age of 31, she weighed 43 stone and decided to try and lose weight. She lost five stones in six months and was due to have a gastric band operation.
But just before she was due to go under the knife, her friend died during a similar operation.
'That was a sign for me,' Ms Simpson said.
'I decided it just wasn't worth it. I like being the way I am.'
Donna, then 37 stone, came across a website which celebrated obese women.
When she admitted her real size, Donna was flooded with emails from men.
'They sent me gifts through the post, like protein shakes to help me put on weight faster,' she said.
And she unrepentant of her weight-gain goal, despite risking her own life in the process.
'I love eating and people love watching me eat,' she said.
'It makes people happy, and I'm not harming anyone.'
Monday, March 15, 2010
Of Tea Parties and Original Intent: Everyone Has An Opinion On The Constitution...But Some Are Not as Equal as Others
Sometimes one has to pick a scab.
A question to my original intent, strict constructionist readers: Is the extension of "rights" to corporations as "people" under the Equal Protection Clause a perversion of the sacred cow that is "original intent?" Or is it in keeping with the framers' belief that corporations should have the protections afforded to people--in this case, special categories of protected persons?
In short: is that document a magical treatise to be read as the framers originally "intended" (warts and all) or is it more a set of guidelines and principles that are malleable and elastic?
The NY Times Week in Review section published a great complement to that perennial argument over the weekend that is worth reading in its entirety. Of note in the Times' piece is the following finding from Quinnipiac College's highly respected public opinion arm:
“They are less likely to favor abortion rights, affirmative action and marriage rights for same-sex couples, and more likely to favor torture and military detention of terrorism suspects and the death penalty. They are more likely to express morally traditionalist, hierarchical and libertarian cultural values.” The mechanisms for translating such popular understanding into actual constitutional law are varied. Over time, the Supreme Court’s personnel shifts with new appointments, and so may its thinking. Public opinion, many scholars say, cannot help but affect which cases the court accepts and how it decides them.
But as Redd Foxx famously mirrored in his "Wash Your Ass" routine, everyone has an opinion...
By implication, not all opinions are created equal, nor should they be given the same weight in our public discourse or law making. Ultimately, the juvenile approach offered by the "what would the framers do crowd"--where they try to magically divine what the framers would say in 2010 based on their readings of a document some 200 plus years old--speaks to the political genius of the Right and the Tea Party crowd on this and other issues.
How? The Right in its various forms have been able to craft a narrative in which they "own" The Constitution. Just as the Christian Right and the GOP were able to monopolize Jesus as a symbol for their political agenda (an irony if there ever was one), folks on the Left, progressives, and pragmatists have lost The Constitution. This surrender has been enabled by the following dynamic: research in cognitive psychology has shown that conservatives are more likely to respond to simple moral appeals, possess a binary worldview that orients itself around "evil doers" and "good guys," and are motivated by a fear of change in how they make political choices.
The sum effect of these factors is that the Right has a profound advantage in how it crafts popular political narratives around the meaning of The Constitution--with their dominance in talk radio and an exclusive network in Fox News--and how they disseminate them. Moreover, it is difficult to engage the Right and its populist wing on this issue (or any other) because in keeping with the meme that all opinions are created equal (regardless of fact, documentation, or scholarly consensus), there is a deep hostility towards expertise and/or expert knowledge.
Consequently, the truth is what the Right wing populist "intellectual," blogosphere, talking heads say it is on any given day because the know-nothing foot soldiers feel it to be true, and the phrases "I think," "I believe," or "I feel" are held as empirical realities. Thus, these "truths" are immune from rebuttal or critical engagement by conventional standards. Most pointedly in the rhetoric of the moment, those "experts" are cast out as "elitists" or "liberals" who dare to insert fact, history, or precedent into our political discourse. How arrogant those experts must appear with all their fancy book learning and reading when viewed through the lens of the Tea Party populists.
The question then becomes, how do reasonable folk reclaim this terrain? What does the reality based community do in the face of the Right wing populist assault on an enlightened public discourse? More generally, who owns The Constitution? And which set of values would see its best intent served most honorably and in the service of the common good?
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Well damn! The Brits have got it going on.
Where else can one see South Asians, Afro-Caribbeans, East Asians, and white Europeans all participating in a shared culture? Yes, New York and LA have their charms, but I have never seen anything like this (except for maybe Korean and Chinese sisters in the Bay Area loving up the brothers and the Latinos) except in videos of the UK.
Random thought: is our Sikh brother paralyzed by pleasure or fear?
Just as the old neurons were firing in an effort to resolve my hot dog dilemma, in seeing the wonderfully lascivious mix of gyrating women, ill timed improvisational dancing, and sweating bodies, I kept thinking of how globalization has been both for worse (lost jobs)...and in this case also for the better in the form of a beautiful multiracial melange of women for me to take on a ride to space mountain.
As you enjoy the power of the Jump Off, do keep the following keywords and concepts in mind:
- Cosmopolitanism is the ideology that all kinds of human ethnic groups belong to a single community based on a shared morality. This is contrasted with communitarian and particularistic theories, especially the ideas of patriotism and nationalism. Cosmopolitanism may entail some sort of world government or it may simply refer to more inclusive moral, economic, and/or political relationships between nations or individuals of different nations. A person who adheres to the idea of cosmopolitanism in any of its forms is called a cosmopolitan. The cosmopolitan community might be based on an inclusive morality, a shared economic relationship, or a political structure that encompasses different nations. In its more positive versions, the cosmopolitan community is one in which individuals from different places (e.g. nation-states) form relationships of mutual respect.
- Gilroy’s book, The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness (1993), marks a turning point in the study of diasporas. Applying a cultural studies approach, Gilroy provides a study of African intellectual history and its cultural construction. Moving away from all cultural forms which could be deemed ethnic absolutism, Gilroy offers the concept of the Black Atlantic as a space of transnational cultural construction. In his book, Gilroy makes the peoples who suffered from the Atlantic slave trade the emblem of his new concept of diasporic peoples. This new concept breaks with the traditional diasporic model based on the idea that diasporic people are separated by a communal source or origin, offering a second model that privileges hybridity. Gilroy's theme of Double Consciousness involves Black Atlantic striving to be both European and Black through their relationship to the land of their birth and their ethnic political constituency being absolutely transformed.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
I was going to label this as a "Saturday Afternoon Funny" but I decided not to. To my detractors: I do in fact have a sense of self-restraint and good taste.
Listen, watch, and laugh as 2 black intellectuals try to make sense of that pseudo-monster movie Precious. Yes, I called that "cultural" document a monster movie because what is Precious, if anything, but monstrous?
First random thought: did Stanley Crouch's position on this film surprise you?
Second Random thought: How well will the movie Precious age? I predict not so well. Like others, I still argue that it is pathology porn. Moreover, I also suggest that it is part of the black pathology, black female suffering is by its very nature a noble enterprise, that is all in vogue as a counterpoint to the ascendancy of Michelle and Barack Obama. And yes, that ordering was intentional.
Not to be overlooked, some folks are hating on Howard Stern for daring to comment on the movie Precious and its star Gabourey Sidibe's health and weight issues. I submit that Howard is saying what so many of us are thinking in private...at least many of the black and brown folk with whom I pal around with. There is something horribly wrong with Precious, and doubly so with how so many people of color--and interestingly enough some white conservatives--have flocked to it as some type of exemplary "art," and its star as offering an alternative beauty and health standard for women of color. I will continue to argue that Precious is both literally and metaphorically unhealthy and should be critiqued as such. I have neither read nor heard anything to dissuade me from that position.
I must ask: With Precious who is playing who? Are Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey playing all of us for fools? Alternatively, while black folk in film may no longer always be Bucks, Mammies, or Coons, are we somehow liberated and freed by the pathos that is Precious? Or is Precious a new/old form of typecasting prison?
Friday, March 12, 2010
Armchair Sociology--The Racial Politics of Hot Dog Eating: Should I Go Back to Weiner Circle and Get a Double Char Redhot?
And yes, I have had a chocolate shake at Weiner Circle.
As noted cultural theorist Stuart Hall suggested, "race is the modality in which class is lived."
Ultimately, race (with its history, burdens, triumphs and tragedies) is the ether that we all breath, and the sea in which we swim. Thus, it manifests itself in social interactions both large and small.
I don't often solicit advice from folks. I am hard headed and willful by nature--it is my Virgo personality. But, I am in the midst of an existential and gastronomical dilemma. To resolve this state of angst I need your help.
I love the double char redhots served at Weiner Circle. I really really do. But, after watching this special on This American Life I swore them off. The toxic racial politics, Lincoln Park with its Trixies and Chads (Chicago folks will get the reference), and the exploitative capitalism at work in how the black folk who work at Weiner Circle are treated was too great a burden. I had to vote with my feet: the politics of my hot dog eating could not be reconciled with my politics as a respectable Negro.
In 2010 my resolve is weakening. I so desire to see a movie (check out The Prophet by the way) and eat a double char redhot with fries. Will this make me less than respectable? Is there a time limit on our boycotts?
Random factoid: to this day I still will not shop at Urban Outfitters...but that is another story for another time.
Hell, if the folks working at Weiner Circle take this abuse then that makes it okay...right?
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
I finished my teaching for the quarter today. After leaving class I went into the bathroom. What did I see? A fifth of Jack Daniels sitting used, spent, and helpless in the toilet. Is there any better metaphor for the state of higher education with its listless anti-intellectual students, the budget crises, hiring freezes, helicopter parents and entitled snowflakes than the above photo?
To this point, we have seen faculty shoot and kill their tenure committees, "racial incidents" at UCSD, an adjunct being fired for describing his status as a contract employee as equivalent to being a "nigger on a corporate plantation," and a facebooking professor put on permanent leave for venting that she sometimes wanted to kill her students.
Oh the joys of academia. One should not forget that these joys are the sum total of many small pleasures. Just as I shared the video of my friend ranting at his class full of ignt's, what follows is the greatest student email I have ever read (it was sent to me from a colleague back East. All names have been removed to protect the innocent). Enjoy and smile for these are the leaders of tomorrow!
I am going to try my hardest to write you this email in response to the recent grade received on my paper, without reflecting the anger that I feel as a result. I would like to first express my respect for you and every other teacher that has placed their energy into educating me and my peers, as we all know that teachers are often the unappreciated foundation of our future. However, I must express a slight amount of disrespect, as I do not agree with your perception of my paper one bit. I recently read an article about Bill Gates and the steps he took as he dropped out of Harvard. What I found so interesting was that he had the confidence to leave his schooling behind for the other students that really needed it, as he realized that he had more important things to accomplish in life than to argue with teachers about grades on papers, as we all now know what thoughts he had storming in his mind.
You commented that I had probably the best example, to the assigned question, out of all the students participating. However, you also said that I did not complete the assignment as instructed, because I did not explain with the proper support from the text book literature pertaining to the two gentlemen of which the entire assignment pertained to. I beg to differ on your opinion of my interpretation of the assignment. Proffessor, what you fail to realize is that my story explains the topic in so much detail, that being specific is not in my nature as a writer, or a mathotical student. You see if I was to follow the path as the other students, I would have never gained the respect and admiration of my past teachers. What you failed to realize is that I understand the topic in greater depth than any of the other students. So much so, that I had a smile on my face writing this paper knowing that only an A student would understand my direction. The fact that I knew the topic so thouroughly, that I was able to visualize an event in history that explained the different mindsets of the two philosophers at hand, that it needed no explanation, besides an in depth detailed visual summary of a World War 2 event, that created an anaoly of the two philosopys that needed no explanation. You see the leaders of the two countries show the details that separate their ideology creating a mirror reflection of Mills and Rousseaus’s philosophys with regards to social justice. How ironic is it that justice is not seen by the instructor of a class about the exact topic that leads me to this email.
The paper is so methodically written, that it needs no explaniation. I am so disappointed that you do not understand or see that. Do you seriously think that I don’t understand the topic inside and out? You are so mistaken, as I understood it enough to come up with an example that so vividly creates a perfect analogy to the difference between Mills and Rousseau. That paper is written to perfection whether you understand it or not! The leaders of our country and Japan created a stamp in history that is flawed just as any theory of justice by anyone will never be perfect. Don’t you get it Professor? How do you not see that the government morals and ideas of the U.S. and Japan can directly reflect the differences between Mills and Rousseau? It is clear as day to any person that understands good writing. I am an A student and that is an A paper, and always will be to me. I read some of the other students papers, and to me they were nonsense written to fill pages. I will apologize for this email if you can produce one paper written for this assignment that can come close to competing with the ideas in my paper. I can only dream of having someone like Bill Gates give me advice for this situation. But I will still go on to follow the path that God has paved for me regardless of your opinion, because I already had the guideness I needed to help me visualize my purpose. I want my grade changed, and I am sorry if I offend you by this email, but I put my heart and sole into my education and I believe in myself even if you don't. -
I love this. I truly do. Two pieces of human debris who deserve each other. One day, if we are lucky, they will fight each other to the death in a phone booth. In the immortal words of Nelson on the Simpson, "ha ha!":
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
There are times when one sees a thing that truly gets the neurons firing and jumping from vine to vine across that grand old bibliography in the old noggin.
I was disgusted when I saw this video. Once more the black superpublic is proven true as both concept and fact--the line between private and public is blurring more and more each day. In short, our triumphs, foibles, and disgraces do indeed walk down the street when school let's out. Or they choose to display themselves on Youtube (see the obligatory prison inspired, homosocial, sequel to the video where said knucklehead chooses to perform shirtless with his "boy").
Ultimately, in the Age of Obama the ign'ts win again. Question: where is mom? Where is dad? Where is some authority figure to talk sense into these two fools? Random question: who the hell furnished this space? A mattress, a mirror, and a chair? Talk about low rent.
If you want to be further appalled read the comments section for this video on Youtube. There you will find an odd display of pidgin English, 'hood speak, and text abbreviated language that might as well be from another world.
Coming full circle, The Ghetto Kamasutra reminded me of Orlando Patterson's NY Times piece on the ghetto underclass, the cool pose, and how social scientists and others often misread (and by extension misunderstand) the "culture," life choices, and decision-making processes of the urban poor. Patterson's piece is a new classic worthy of being (re)read in its entirety:
SEVERAL recent studies have garnered wide attention for reconfirming the tragic disconnection of millions of black youths from the American mainstream. But they also highlighted another crisis: the failure of social scientists to adequately explain the problem, and their inability to come up with any effective strategy to deal with it.
The main cause for this shortcoming is a deep-seated dogma that has prevailed in social science and policy circles since the mid-1960's: the rejection of any explanation that invokes a group's cultural attributes — its distinctive attitudes, values and predispositions, and the resulting behavior of its members — and the relentless preference for relying on structural factors like low incomes, joblessness, poor schools and bad housing.
Harry Holzer, an economist at Georgetown University and a co-author of one of the recent studies, typifies this attitude. Joblessness, he feels, is due to largely weak schooling, a lack of reading and math skills at a time when such skills are increasingly required even for blue-collar jobs, and the poverty of black neighborhoods. Unable to find jobs, he claims, black males turn to illegal activities, especially the drug trade and chronic drug use, and often end up in prison. He also criticizes the practice of withholding child-support payments from the wages of absentee fathers who do find jobs, telling The Times that to these men, such levies "amount to a tax on earnings."
His conclusions are shared by scholars like Ronald B. Mincy of Columbia, the author of a study called "Black Males Left Behind," and Gary Orfield of Harvard, who asserts that America is "pumping out boys with no honest alternative."
This is all standard explanatory fare. And, as usual, it fails to answer the important questions. Why are young black men doing so poorly in school that they lack basic literacy and math skills? These scholars must know that countless studies by educational experts, going all the way back to the landmark report by James Coleman of Johns Hopkins University in 1966, have found that poor schools, per se, do not explain why after 10 years of education a young man remains illiterate.
Nor have studies explained why, if someone cannot get a job, he turns to crime and drug abuse. One does not imply the other. Joblessness is rampant in Latin America and India, but the mass of the populations does not turn to crime.
And why do so many young unemployed black men have children — several of them — which they have no resources or intention to support? And why, finally, do they murder each other at nine times the rate of white youths?
What's most interesting about the recent spate of studies is that analysts seem at last to be recognizing what has long been obvious to anyone who takes culture seriously: socioeconomic factors are of limited explanatory power. Thus it's doubly depressing that the conclusions they draw and the prescriptions they recommend remain mired in traditional socioeconomic thinking.
What has happened, I think, is that the economic boom years of the 90's and one of the most successful policy initiatives in memory — welfare reform — have made it impossible to ignore the effects of culture. The Clinton administration achieved exactly what policy analysts had long said would pull black men out of their torpor: the economy grew at a rapid pace, providing millions of new jobs at all levels. Yet the jobless black youths simply did not turn up to take them. Instead, the opportunity was seized in large part by immigrants — including many blacks — mainly from Latin America and the Caribbean.
One oft-repeated excuse for the failure of black Americans to take these jobs — that they did not offer a living wage — turned out to be irrelevant. The sociologist Roger Waldinger of the University of California at Los Angeles, for example, has shown that in New York such jobs offered an opportunity to the chronically unemployed to join the market and to acquire basic work skills that they later transferred to better jobs, but that the takers were predominantly immigrants.
Why have academics been so allergic to cultural explanations? Until the recent rise of behavioral economics, most economists have simply not taken non-market forces seriously. But what about the sociologists and other social scientists who ought to have known better? Three gross misconceptions about culture explain the neglect.
First is the pervasive idea that cultural explanations inherently blame the victim; that they focus on internal behavioral factors and, as such, hold people responsible for their poverty, rather than putting the onus on their deprived environment. (It hasn't helped that many conservatives do actually put forth this view.)
But this argument is utterly bogus. To hold someone responsible for his behavior is not to exclude any recognition of the environmental factors that may have induced the problematic behavior in the first place. Many victims of child abuse end up behaving in self-destructive ways; to point out the link between their behavior and the destructive acts is in no way to deny the causal role of their earlier victimization and the need to address it.
Likewise, a cultural explanation of black male self-destructiveness addresses not simply the immediate connection between their attitudes and behavior and the undesired outcomes, but explores the origins and changing nature of these attitudes, perhaps over generations, in their brutalized past. It is impossible to understand the predatory sexuality and irresponsible fathering behavior of young black men without going back deep into their collective past.
Second, it is often assumed that cultural explanations are wholly deterministic, leaving no room for human agency. This, too, is nonsense. Modern students of culture have long shown that while it partly determines behavior, it also enables people to change behavior. People use their culture as a frame for understanding their world, and as a resource to do much of what they want. The same cultural patterns can frame different kinds of behavior, and by failing to explore culture at any depth, analysts miss a great opportunity to re-frame attitudes in a way that encourages desirable behavior and outcomes.
Third, it is often assumed that cultural patterns cannot change — the old "cake of custom" saw. This too is nonsense. Indeed, cultural patterns are often easier to change than the economic factors favored by policy analysts, and American history offers numerous examples.
My favorite is Jim Crow, that deeply entrenched set of cultural and institutional practices built up over four centuries of racist domination and exclusion of blacks by whites in the South. Nothing could have been more cultural than that. And yet America was able to dismantle the entire system within a single generation, so much so that today blacks are now making a historic migratory shift back to the South, which they find more congenial than the North. (At the same time, economic inequality, which the policy analysts love to discuss, has hardened in the South, like the rest of America.)
So what are some of the cultural factors that explain the sorry state of young black men? They aren't always obvious. Sociological investigation has found, in fact, that one popular explanation — that black children who do well are derided by fellow blacks for "acting white" — turns out to be largely false, except for those attending a minority of mixed-race schools.
An anecdote helps explain why: Several years ago, one of my students went back to her high school to find out why it was that almost all the black girls graduated and went to college whereas nearly all the black boys either failed to graduate or did not go on to college. Distressingly, she found that all the black boys knew the consequences of not graduating and going on to college ("We're not stupid!" they told her indignantly).
SO why were they flunking out? Their candid answer was that what sociologists call the "cool-pose culture" of young black men was simply too gratifying to give up. For these young men, it was almost like a drug, hanging out on the street after school, shopping and dressing sharply, sexual conquests, party drugs, hip-hop music and culture, the fact that almost all the superstar athletes and a great many of the nation's best entertainers were black.
Not only was living this subculture immensely fulfilling, the boys said, it also brought them a great deal of respect from white youths. This also explains the otherwise puzzling finding by social psychologists that young black men and women tend to have the highest levels of self-esteem of all ethnic groups, and that their self-image is independent of how badly they were doing in school.
I call this the Dionysian trap for young black men. The important thing to note about the subculture that ensnares them is that it is not disconnected from the mainstream culture. To the contrary, it has powerful support from some of America's largest corporations. Hip-hop, professional basketball and homeboy fashions are as American as cherry pie. Young white Americans are very much into these things, but selectively; they know when it is time to turn off Fifty Cent and get out the SAT prep book.
For young black men, however, that culture is all there is — or so they think. Sadly, their complete engagement in this part of the American cultural mainstream, which they created and which feeds their pride and self-respect, is a major factor in their disconnection from the socioeconomic mainstream.
Of course, such attitudes explain only a part of the problem. In academia, we need a new, multidisciplinary approach toward understanding what makes young black men behave so self-destructively. Collecting transcripts of their views and rationalizations is a useful first step, but won't help nearly as much as the recent rash of scholars with tape-recorders seem to think. Getting the facts straight is important, but for decades we have been overwhelmed with statistics on black youths, and running more statistical regressions is beginning to approach the point of diminishing returns to knowledge.
The tragedy unfolding in our inner cities is a time-slice of a deep historical process that runs far back through the cataracts and deluge of our racist past. Most black Americans have by now, miraculously, escaped its consequences. The disconnected fifth languishing in the ghettos is the remains. Too much is at stake for us to fail to understand the plight of these young men. For them, and for the rest of us.
Orlando Patterson, a professor of sociology at Harvard, is the author of "Rituals of Blood: Consequences of Slavery in Two American Centuries."
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Even Samuel L. Jackson knows the evil that is Precious! See how he reacted when that mammy Monique accepted her award and even evoked the original Hollywood mammy Hattie McDaniel's name!
Behold my wisdom. Did I not predict these results? All proud Nubians should rally around my flag as I divined the white man's evil. Did you not see the foulness? That evil movie Precious winning for best adapted screenplay from an equally foul book written by a "woman" named Sapphire. White folks loved just being able to say such a name--a horrible stereotype of our black queens--to millions of people!
The Nazi wins and that Hurt Locker which hurts and locks up the black woman also triumphs. Oh yes! And DARPA with their foul science was rewarded with technical awards for Avatar thus ensuring that evil technology will become even more popular. But this was a night for the triumphant White woman, the snow queen, cave dweller, to win. First, that Sandra Bullock wins for emasculating the Black Man in The Blind Side. Then a second Miss Anne wins for the Hurt Locker. The white woman did not get their Hillary Clinton, but they got the Oscars!
White folks best be careful tomorrow because the white man is angry. That James Cameron looked like he was going to kill someone after he lost! Be careful America, some angry white man may shoot up his job tomorrow or crash a plane into a building in protest.
But there was subtle evil as well on display. They showed that sad movie Music by Prudence about those poor black children who are crippled by the White man's weapons of war and guess what? A black man, Roger Ross Williams wins, and some old white she-bat named Elinor Burkett gets up there and cuts off his acceptance speech! I could not believe it! The black man wins and The White Woman speaks for him and for the strong Nubian children whose heroism this movie called attention to. Sickening. If that was Brother X-Squared on the stage I would have put that old hag in her place....under my boot!
The Oscars also neutered hip hop! What was once a great music and culture has been truly co-opted. Using the black dances and moves of poppin' and lockin', the original b-boy culture was prostituted for the evils of Hollywood! Break dancing was originally inspired by the Africanisms that survived as Copeira--a powerful martial art used by slaves in Brazil to fight off the white devil slave owners. Now, the multinational white corporations use hip hop to debase black culture. Predictable.
Oh yes! I am the beginning and the end. The Alpha and the Omega. The sacred and the profane. Never doubt the infinite wisdom and power of Brother X-Squared! I display my powers in things small and large, for the former is a display of grace and the latter is proof of my raw power.
What Would a Black Militant Say About the 2010 Academy Awards? An Interview with Brother X-Squared on The Oscars
Brother X-Squared continues with his keen, sharp, and unique perspective on American arts and letters in this newest interview where he analyzes the 82nd Annual Academy Awards competition. This is Brother X-Squared's longest interview as he shares a wealth of information and knowledge that few possess on the workings of Hollywood, white supremacy, and the 2010 Oscars.
Brother X-Squared: I am pleased to see you again. I was worried that after our last conversation and how I enlightened you as to your weaknesses as a Nubian warrior that you would have run away. I feared that you caught drapetomania and ran away from the power that I possess. I see now Brother Chauncey that you are developing some deep intellectual calluses on your mind-body-soul nexus and that your eyes have developed nictitating membranes to protect them from my melanin light. That is good. Now you are prepared for more of my wisdom. I am taking you to the woodshed, just like I do all challenged captive black africans in America, in a way akin to that movie The 36th Chamber of Shaolin.
I am beating knowledge into your hard heads! On this "party" mess, it seems that I need to enlighten you again. Do I ever rest?
WARNNN: I assume that at night you must rest for a bit...
Brother X-Squared: No, I never rest. Never, for sleep is the cousin of death. I am a self-generating, self-contained Sun powered by knowledge. I am a perpetual motion machine. Like Albert Einstein--a good white man even though he helped those devils develop the A-Bomb--I take periodic naps...and also like Einstein I wear the same uniform everyday. I have no time for the silliness of fashion for my time is too valuable. Brother Chauncey I sleep with one eye open lest the white police state kill me like Brother Fred Hampton. All respect due to the honored dead.
If I do not sleep, then how could I relax? If I don't relax, then how could I party? Partying is something for those people who have something to celebrate. Does the natural black man in America have anything to celebrate Brother Chauncey? And you best think before you speak or I will have to upset your mind state again...
WARNNN: Of course you never sleep Brother X-Squared.
Brother X-Squared: Good. You are learning. There is no way on God's green Earth that Brother X-Squared sits around eating JuJu Bees (notice the name of that evil concoction! I will have to break that down some other day) and popcorn while watching the white man's coon show on TV and cheering on some multinational company's monstrosity of a film.
So no, I will be analyzing that bloated beast of white supremacy called the Oscars and deconstructing the white man's use of what he calls "popular culture" to destroy the black man. You see as Brother Stuart Hall, that super strong Black British scholar had explained back in the 1980s and 1970s, popular culture is one of the locations where power is struggled over. And even taking into account what those closeted European homosexuals at this place called The Frankfurt School were talking about--notice the phallic imagery! A school named after a penis shaped object, we can only imagine with wickedness those European "intellectuals" were exploring!--the mass media is designed to empower the powerful over the powerless. Look how that sick sex freak Hitler with his tiny penis bitten off by a neighbor's goat when he was a child used the media to kill the Jews and other White folks. Damning it is. Damning. Is there any weaker group than the Black man in America? Any group more vulnerable to the evil will of mass media? Don't answer because the only response is no!
WARNNN: Wow. You are awesome Brother X-Squared. So what should people of color and other folks be looking for tonight on The Oscars?
Brother X-Squared: Now we are getting to the point. The wickedness of that foul behemoth has already begun. Don't you see it? The white man has begun an assault on the black man even before that show has formally begun. The white man assaults the subliminals and the conscious mind state. He uses trickery and symbols. He is like the Devil, hiding things in plain sight. This week the Oscar statue was covered by a huge condom. Did you see this mess? A huge phallic symbol, a wink to the Illuminati covered by a big prophylactic! And guess what? No one commented on this! Did you see it?
WARNNN: I saw some plastic on the statue, but didn't make the connection. It just looks practical to me.
Brother X-Squared: So much work to do with you. Practical, yes. As in a practical symbol of neutering the Black man! This year's Oscars has so much destructive, evil energy and wickedness. It is a display of pathology pornography, a defilement of the black man and black woman! That foul movie Precious, how so I loathe it, is an advertisement for population control, for eliminating the ghettos and the ghetto underclass. The White Man finances that wickedness just to send out his signal that sterilization and population control is the key! The white man's trickery knows no ends.
WARNNN: Since you mentioned Precious, can you make some predictions for who will win in the major categories?
Brother X-Squared: Do snakes come to the surface after smelling cornbread cooked on the night of the solstice?
Brother X-Squared. You must be half-white Brother Chauncey. I will get you a copy of Herskovitz's foundational texts and together we will help you understand the Africanisms that still live in America. The answer is Yes.
WARNNN: Please proceed.
Brother X-Squared: I will start with that disgusting foul movie Precious. You see the white man loves to humiliate the Black man at every opportunity. Now, he has that coontastic cross dresser Tyler Perry, who every day destroys the brain cells of his viewers with his uber foul hellish movies and tv shows, to do his bidding. If there were ever a negro who I would give to the KKK it would be him. The white man also has on his payroll that mammy Oprah. Never has there been such an emotional surrogate for white people as her with all that crying and nonsense. Precious is going to win best supporting actress for that hairy wildebeest Monique. You can take that to the bank.
WARNNN: Why do you hate Precious so much? Do you think it is what some have labeled as "pathology porn?"
Brother X-Squared. I call it as I see it. You cannot polish a turd. Do you know about Redemption?
WARNNN: You mean after the Civil War and how the North and South reimagined a common past centered on the humiliation and disenfranchisement of black people and Jim Crow?
Brother X-Squared: You have been reading. There is hope for you yet. You see, Precious is a 21st century version of Redemption. The white man elects that nothing, manchild, halfrican Obama whose spiritual energy is zero to the White man's house as President. The dumb un-liberated colored masses are all happy, jumping up and down like monkeys on a trampoline when he wins. Then he springs free a whole bunch of foul anti-black movies like Precious and The Blind Side to counterbalance the black mind state--never forget that liberated Nubians are immune from this foul tricknology for we see the white man's game. Did you know that white conservatives are all over that foul movie? That devil Barbara Bush even screened it for her friends in Houston! In the heart of the old Confederacy! Big corporations are getting paid off of depicting that morbidly obese monster Precious on screen defiling black womanhood!
Did you know that the Bush family was connected through grandpa Bush, Prescott was his name, to the Nazis? How can any movie that a family with such a hateful past adores and supports be good for the Black man? Furthermore, Hollywood has always been anti-black. They gave that tragic self hating mulatto Halle Berry an Oscar for that movie Monster's Ball--and damn it was a monstrous movie in fact--where she let that humanzee Billy Bob Thorton have sex with her after he killed her black husband. Those white devils gave Hattie McDaniel the first Oscar "awarded" to a black person for playing a mammy to that white bitch Scarlett Ohara in that white supremacist fantasy Gone with the Wind. So none of this is a surprise.
WARNNN: Isn't that harsh? To talk about Precious that way? Doesn't that movie speak to many peoples' real suffering?
Brother X-Squared: Do we ever see white people depicted that way? The answer is no! I will make a movie about white pathology in suburbia, the South, or Appalachia that will blow your mind! Where is my contract? Where are my millions of dollars?
And don't forget that there are far more Preciouses in the White community that never get revealed! Why? Because the White Man protects his queens and the public image of the white race. The captive black slave in America gives the White Man money to see black people debased. In all my years I have never seen such a movie--fried chicken used as sexual release; dirty swine and sex; flying shoes, HIV, bulletin boards in the background when Precious is on screen advertising rat poison and abortions; and the worst offense, the worst of them all is how black men are depicted! In the first ten minutes of the film we see a black man raping a child while his Nubian queen watches! Unbelievable. Then the movie continues to assault its captive black viewers by depicting the light skinned mulattoes in the film as the saviors of Precious. Damn I admire the White Man for his trickery! Ultimately, and my God this is so profound, there is nothing "precious" about Precious...they sugar coated poison for you sad coons to eat and you are gobbling it up and asking for seconds. In fact you watch your own debasement on screen in the company of white people sitting next to you in the theater. The White man laughs at you...especially the black woman...he is not laughing with you. Next question.
WARNNN: I am still digesting what you said. You always amaze me Brother X-Squared. Always, always, always. What of some of the other awards? Best Actor, Best Actress, Supporting roles, etc.
Brother X-Squared: Those are even easier to predict. That Jeff Bridges in that cowboy movie Crazy Heart will win because Hollywood loves that men and horses/pickup trucks nonsense. Rich white liberals enjoy white trash movies--see Brokeback Mountain. So that is a lock. Inglorious Bastards will win best supporting actor for that Nazi mess. The White Man loves those World War 2 Nazi movies. That old white devil Christopher Waltz who played "The Jew Hunter" is gonna win for sure. Do you know why?
WARNNN: Are you going to discuss the often conspiracy laden theories about Jews and Hollywood? And that Spike Lee's Malcolm X movie didn't win because of Malcolm's politics in real life? I am starting to get your logic Brother X-Squared.
Brother X-Squared: You are still a child sitting at my knee Chauncey. I am to you as a highway is to an anthill. I am a type five civilization and you are a type zero civilization. You cannot even conceive of my wisdom! That Jews and Hollywood mess is nonsense for White people are all the same. They try to use ethnicity to subdivide themselves into different groups as to divide and conquer our fire against them. The true Nubian warrior sees white people as all being evil and stained with blood. The white man loves Tarantino because of his hatred of black people. That Tarantino is a supposed "negrophile" who uses the word nigger whenever he can in his movies. More to the point, Tarantino makes a fantasy movie where Jews get to kill Nazis! When will Black people get our fantasy revenge film where we rise up and liquidate the White man? When will somebody make a counterfactual movie where Nat Turner succeeds and brings the White man to his knees as a proper servant to the Black Gods? The answer is never. Not ever. Not in your or my lifetime.
WARNNN: What about Sandra Bullock and The Blind Side?
Brother X-Squared: As easy as that Nazi mess. Bullock wins. That Blind Side...damn! notice the name...hitting Black people where we are blinded and also trying to blind us with their evil. One has to admire tricknology and how white supremacy uses it so deftly. That movie is about a big man ape, magical negro, black, stupid, dimwit, who pledges his loyalty to some white woman. Sandra Bullock even goes to "the hood" to lecture black people about raising their children. That foulness is the second punch in the Precious one-two combo against the black man in the Age of Obama. We can't take care of our families. Our women are weak. And we need white women to save us. That is every white person's racist fantasy, some big dumb buck to protect the white family--like some trained bear who doesn't know he is a slave.
This goes back to slavery when white folks would exchange black people as gifts. That Blind Side is just white racist projection where big black asexual bucks get to protect white families on the pain of death and then get contracts playing football as million dollar slaves for old white men.
WARNNN: What are your predictions for best picture and best director?
Brother X-Squared: Two foul abominations for best picture are the likely candidates. One is Avatar. The other is Hurt Locker. Avatar is unbelievable. It is a Tarzan, Jungle Book, Pocahontas, Kipling, white man's burden fantasy. Some white man comes to the dark people, learns their ways, and then uplifts them to new heights after having sex with their queens. The White Man loves to makes those movies where he gets to save the darkies. That movie also used that demonic 3d--a technology developed by DARPA to wage future war and to control the masses--so it gets extra points for evil. No proud Nubian Warrior shall ever see a movie in 3d for it is a path for the white devil to control your neurons! In my resistance cell that is one of our prime directives. No 3d movies!
WARNNN: What about Hurt Locker? It does have a female director? And she is Cameron's ex-wife. Given how unpopular he is among some in Hollywood that could be to her advantage.
Brother X-Squared: Chauncey, please stop trying to divine the ways of white people for their logic is not ours. Their evil is so twisted, their machinations so grand, that we cannot possibly understand the White Man's logic. Hurt Locker is another attack on Black people. Notice the title--"hurt" and "locker." Hurt is what they have done to us for centuries. Locker equals "lock her" when pronounced phonetically. Is that not what they have done to the black woman? With all of this interracial porn that is popular today? With movies like Precious? To "hurt" the black woman? Did the white man not "lock her" in cages and chains!
By doing so, did not the White Man shackle the Black Man by denying us access to our Queens and their fertile land? Hmmm.....do you see now Brother Chauncey. To boot: Hurt Locker is directed by a white woman and it features a white man with the power to defuse bombs. They want to balance out that Obama victory. All those dejected, angry,white, crying, she-devils who supported Hillary want to see Hurt Locker win the Oscar! The white man in the movie, by defusing bombs, is defusing the black man's sexual power! We alone have the power to explode and destroy the White Man. So, by defusing those bombs the white man in neutering us!
WARNNN: So your prediction is?
Brother X-Squared: I see an upset. On one hand I want to say Precious because the white man is devilish and if Precious wins it will be the most white supremacist triumph since that minstrel song "It's Hard Out there for a Pimp" won a few years back. But, the white man is smart. He does not see every problem as a nail simply because he is holding a hammer. I say Hurt Locker! Yes, that foul white feminist neutering of the black man movie wins over that equally foul blue people, interracial, man-tree sex, colonial fantasy movie Avatar.
WARNNN: At this point, I usually ask if you want to share some new knowledge with our audience. But tonight, I want to ask you about your favorite movies of the past and present. Do you like movies? And if so, what do you recommend for our audience?
Brother X-Squared: I love the movies. A warrior must study his enemies. The white man assaults us everyday at the cinema. My favorite movie of all time is Braveheart. I watch it at least once a week. What a wonderful movie. Those diseased, foul, dirty, white people practice incest, don't practice bathing, and then put paint on their faces before they kill each other. I couldn't have made a better movie. Braveheart is truly wonderful to watch. I wish those white devils had stayed in Europe and continued killing one another and having incest with their mothers and sisters. That movie is my Star Wars.
WARNNN: I have to admit that I never thought of Braveheart that way.
Brother X-Squared: Of course you haven't. I am Yoda and you are still a Padawan on these matters. Of current movies I like that crazy white people movie Shutter Island. Damn it was good. All those crazy white people on that island getting lobotomies. I really appreciated how that movies exposed the "healing" profession that is white psychotherapy. Yeah right! They go off and drug you (or electrocute you) in order to create new realities for the patients--what white privilege does to the soon to be obsolete white man everyday. I also liked the black orderlies in that movies. Yes, they were in fact slaves to the white man, but they were kicking the behinds of those white devils. What a wonderful job. I give that Shutter Island...a movie that made me shutter with laughter...four out of four stars!
WARNNN: Well, thank you for the extensive interview. We love you Brother X-Squared as do our readers and viewers. One question: if the audience wrote in and requested that you live blog the Oscars would you be willing to do so?
Brother X-Squared: I live for the people. I absolutely would share my wisdom with the masses during the Oscars if they so desired it. My connection to these Internets is secure so I don't fear the White man's police state tracking me down. If the masses command it I am willing! I may even debut on that white man's Twitter BS for the Oscars too....only time will tell.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Let's practice for the S.A.T.'s--2 Girls and One Cup is to 2 Black lesbians and one white sperm donor on the People's Court as
Brother Barack, do you see the madness that you have unleashed? Are you happy with where all that hope and change stuff has brought us? White women suing over bad hair weaves. Latarian Milton. Epic Beard Man. You have unleashed them all.
Welcome once more to Barack Obama's post racial America.
Where are the brothers for these sisters? What about perpetuating the black race my Nubian queens? To play on a phrase, is biracial the new black?
By the way dude is lucky to have dodged this trainload of craziness...
But then again, if these two queens want some man juice they can come see Brother Chauncey DeVega for the hookup cause I always come strong and correct. And I don't believe in them prophylactics 'cause the Black Gods must always spread their seed. Holla if you hear me!