What would Amy Chua say?
This hidden camera footage of a son who happens to be black playing a prank on his father where the former confesses that he impregnated an underage teenage girl is hilarious. At the end of the clip, said young man's father grabs the Vorpal Broom of Black Respectability Politics and prepares to teach his wayward son a lesson in common sense.
I do believe that pops ought to be made into a high-end action figure. I would most certainly shell out the money to purchase it.
Whenever there is racism against people of color, or white vigilantism such as the kind encouraged by Stand Your Ground laws, a standard Right-wing bloviating talking point is that African-Americans have broken homes and communities, and that "the failed black family" is responsible for white people shooting and killing black
White vigilantism against random black strangers has nothing to do with whatever sociological and communal dynamics may be occurring among some homes and communities in some parts of these United States.
Moreover, the deflection of reasonable and factually grounded observations about enduring white supremacy through tired appeals about how black folks have "bad culture" is very curious: by comparison, there is no acknowledgement of the "failed" white family. There is also no discussion by these same members of the White Right about how white people are also sucking on the proverbial government tit in both the form of the submerged state and (more obvious and publicly stigmatized) welfare programs.
The father in the lede clip is not atypical in the black community as I know, see, and have experienced it. I grew up with parents and other people in my life who would have used (and in some cases did) the Vorpal Broom of Black Respectability Politics if I brought shame to me, them, the broader community, or my family. And yes, some of them were white folks.
I am convinced that those white conservatives--and others--who deploy the "broken black family" and "bad culture" talking point as a Swiss Army knife carry all utility tool that they use to simultaneously deny white racism, while wallowing in white victimology, do not personally know any black people outside of perhaps those buck-dancing shoe shine black face political race minstrels known as The Black Conservative.
White conservatives have gleamed their racist understandings of "black people" and our "pathologies" from cartoon and real Uncle Ruckus and Clarence Thomas types. Instead of acknowledging how black folks in mass are moral, dignified, and that we simply have the good sense to realize that the Republican Party is a White identity organization--thus our not voting for Republican candidates--it is far easier to listen to black conservative liars and enablers who tell their white masters that African-Americans are "confused" and stuck on some type of "Democratic Plantation".
Black fathers such as he who was about to wield the Vorpal Broom of Black Respectability Politics on his supposedly libidinous and irresponsible teenage son are not outliers or anomalies. Of course, those who receive their understanding of black authenticity and humanity from the mass media believe otherwise.
We cannot change such a perspective; narratives of black inferiority pay huge dividends for the psychic wages of whiteness. One has nothing but "white" skin in the game, quite literally, and he or she gets a nice emotional and self-righteous boost to the ego and self-esteem.
Who would not accept such a bargain?
Most importantly, where can I buy that action figure?