A Tale of Two Black Americas… copyright DJ Black Adam 2007
As I said in my previous on this subject, we seem to have “Two Black Americas”. Chris Rock once joked: “There's like a civil war going on with black people," Rock declared. "There are two sides: there's black people, and there's n******. And n***** have got to go.”
Is this perhaps true? Let me clarify before we go further, the difference I point out between these two “Black Americas” is not defined by who uses the “N-word”, what music one listens to, where one lives or how much money one has or does not have, etc., this is about MINDSET.
“Ghetto” for this discussion is not so much a place but a state of mind.
“Ghetto Minded” folks and “Non-Ghetto Minded folks”. You can have “Ghetto Minded” folks living in Beverly Hills, Staten Island, the affluent North suburbs of Chicago, etc. and “Non-Ghetto-Minded” folks living in Newark, the Boogie Down, Compton etc. The difference is about VALUES not education level, income level or location.
Recently we have seen this dynamic at work, in this case the NAACP.
One would assume that the NAACP would be on the “Non-Ghetto Minded” side of the fence, but I posit that they may not be. The reasons are some of the things recently we have seen in regard to the NAACP. So far this year, I have seen them hold a funeral for a word that is still very much alive, and defend a multi-million dollar athlete’s right to a “job” in the NFL after he serves his time for not just fighting dogs, but executing them in a very serious pre-serial killer manner.
Meanwhile, they have been relatively silent in regards to the Dunbar Florida gang rape attack on a Haitian immigrant and her 12 year old son, the Jena 6 situation as well as with Genarlow Wilson, not to mention they have been woefully silent in regards to the crisis in school systems in most of urban America. Nor has the organization been at the forefront of dealing with the attack on Black Women in regards to urbanized gangsta thug pimp misogynistic music and film passing for art that is being perpetuated by the entertainment and media industries.
Bottom line, this group is a relic of a dead civil rights paradigm ill suited to deal with the real problems in Black America today. They perpetuate a victim mentality and thusly reinforce the “Ghetto” mentality.
I’m just saying…