Poll: Is Racism Worse Post Obama?

We’ve all seen the crazy headlines where some White person has gone bananas on some random Black person and President Obama’s threat rate is up to 400%. Sure, it’s great that we live in a world where a Black man is finally running thangs, but are we better off for it?




 

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#ThrowbackThursday: Hurricane Katrina Looting in 2005

I wrote the following in September of 2005 for my Ask Dangerous Lee column.

It is eerily relevant today and sadly it will be 50 years from now.

Hurricane Katrina

I don’t feel like doing the usual Q & A in this issue. I want to talk about the racial drama surrounding Hurricane Katrina relief and some of the stupid ass comments that have spewed from people’s mouths or have ended up on paper.

We’ve all heard of the articles that state Black people are “looting” and that White people are “finding” food. This is so racist and ridiculous that I don’t even need to go into it deeply.

Everyone, Black and White was looting. In order to survive they had to steal food and water. Of course the people looting televisions were taking it a bit too far, but I was not there so I cannot speak on what must have been going through their minds.

Perhaps the easy answer is: They lost everything and they wanted to get it all back.

Enough said!

Victim Blaming

I’m also sick of hearing people say, “Why didn’t they leave when they had a chance?”

Hello! Most of these people are dirt poor. I’m sure the places that they could flee to were also affected by Katrina and many of them didn’t have cars or gas money to flee long distance.

I’m also sure that most of them were not psychic. They didn’t see this coming.

One more thing: Stop calling them refugees. That’s ugly and incorrect. I looked the word up for clarity and it just doesn’t fit. They’re survivors.

One of the stars of my favorite TV shows, Nip Tuck, Kelly Carlson (Kimber) thinks Kanye West was out of line with his “George Bush doesn’t care about Black people.” comment during a Hurricane Katrina telethon.

Kelly states, “I don’t think a lot of people this day and age dislike black people. I mean I think we’ve kind of moved on from that. So, to go on television and say that, I think it’s tacky, I think it’s very low rent.”

It never ceases to amaze me when a White person has an opinion on racism. She probably doesn’t have any close relationships with anyone of color, so how in the hell would she know what Black people or any other ethnic group has had to or is currently dealing with.

She is privileged in every sense of the word. She’s White. She’s blonde. She’s an actress in Hollywood.

Okay, yes she has one “negative” that affirmative action would rescue her from, she’s a woman, but she’s also stupid.

To be more exact she’s ignorant.

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Seriously?

In this day and age people do dislike and in fact hate Black people. For instance, has she not heard of the KKK? It must be nice to be a sheltered princess and oblivious to what other people are going through in the world. I mean what rock are you living under? What community are you living in? When we move on from racism in America or worldwide give me a call.

Note: I won’t be sitting by the phone. I know better. When I’m dead my daughter and her children will be dealing with racism in some form. As long as racist people procreate there will be racism on planet earth!

Speaking of Kanye, who I cannot stand at all. He pissed me off for the last time when I watched him shine his pimp daddy shoes non stop during a post MTV Awards interview.

He sucks!

Anyway, he wasn’t lying about Bush but to say it on a telethon for Katrina relief was in bad taste. That I agree with. Though I’m sure Bush does care about the lost Black people that are Republicans.

Excuse me while I vomit.

Lastly, here are the baffling words of CNN reporter Wolf Blitzer: “You simply get chills every time you see these poor individuals…many of these people, almost all of them that we see are so poor and they are so black, and this is going to raise lots of questions for people who are watching this story unfold.”

So Black? Say What!

What exactly is he saying here? He definitely needs to think before he speaks. Am I too Black to understand? Is he too White to relate? This whole ordeal is just exhausting and the racial overtones take away from the fact that people need help.

Who gives a damn what color they are? Sure race is an issue, unfortunately, in just about everything in life, but it needs to be the back story here but instead it’s the main focus.

Something simple that many of these people can do is watch the movie Crash. It’s out on DVD now and I think it’s the perfect film to watch that deals with present day racism. Then again, ignorance is bliss and some people are happy to stay there. 

I’m just a poor Black woman who is also a single mother. So stereotypical. Who am I to change them?

 

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I Am The 14% – Black People in America: Why We Will Never Overcome

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Sadly, we won’t.

I Am The 14% – Black People in America: Why We Will Never Overcome

Remember the following fact the next time a Black woman or man is unjustly killed or why it is so hard for us to overcome the effects of racism in this country. Also factor in that many of us only want to assimilate.

We are a minority in more ways than one.

In 2012 US Census Bureau estimated 44,456,009 African Americans in the United States meaning that 14.1% of the total American population of 313.9 Million is Black. This includes those who identify as ‘Black Only’ and as ‘Black in combination with another race’. The ‘Black Only’ category totaled 41.2 million African Americans or 13.1% of the total U.S population.

via BlackDemographics.com | The African American Population.

 

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Walt Disney Was A Racist, Sexist, Asshole!

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So, there’s this corny-looking movie about Walt Disney creating the Mary Poppins film called Saving Mr. Banks starring Tom Hanks as Disney coming out December 20th and I remember that there has been talk that Mr. Disney was racist among other not so nice things. I took to Google and found the video below featuring interviews with people who have worked with and for him sharing their stories, proving that he was a jerk and I also found this article that tries to debunk that he was an ass.

Of course he was a racist, sexist asshole. He was a White man living in a time when many if not most White men were racist, sexist assholes. Color me so not surprised. Disney, as a brand, has promoted many racist, sexist and asshole like themes over the years. We’ve all seen it and bought into it in one way or another. I guess you can say racism, sexism and assholism has brought us all together.


If You’re An Asshole And You Know It Read This Blog!

FreeBlogging: The Internet Is A Breeding Ground For Assholes, Including Me!

I wrote this weeks ago as I was going off on a tangent. I’ve debated publishing it because I don’t think it’s written very well. Then I said, fuck it, I’m a free writing asshole!

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The internet is a breeding ground for assholes! They’re more commonly called trolls and I also call them internet gangstas.

Everyone has an opinion (including me) about everything under the sun and I think we have a right to express it without being dogged unless we’re clearly asking for it. If I don’t agree with what you’re saying I take a moment to decide whether or not I want to get involved in the discussion or the drama that may occur.

When I do express my opinion I try my best to do it respectively and without pissing anyone off…on purpose. But, there is bound to be one person that feels the need to put me in my place by responding with a superior tone.

I also make it a point to try to see things from perspectives that are different from mine and I try to share my perspective to induce understanding.

The major issue with online and oftentimes offline communication is that many of us aren’t open to understanding other people’s perspective or ways of life. We need to be more tolerant and acceptable of how other people see the world and chose to live in it.

It doesn’t mean we have to like it or agree with it, but we need to come away with a better understanding of why people are the way they are and respect them for it.

For example, if the way they live their live doesn’t negatively or directly affect you, live and let live.

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My Name Is Dangerous Lee and I’m An Asshole

It doesn’t mean there is something deeply wrong with me if I think it’s okay to smoke weed and you don’t, or if I think abortion is a woman’s rightful choice and you don’t,  or if I think homosexuality is normal and you don’t, or if I’m Agnostic and you are Christian.

We’re all conditioned from babies to act and think one way or another and we are all raised different culturally from household to household, so what makes us so sure that our way is the only way or the right way? What works for you may not work for me and vice versa. There’s more than one road to any destination.

I often forget that when people see me they only see a woman, and not only that, a Black woman who lives in the Flint, Michigan area AKA The Murder Capital, so I already have these boxes that people think I should fit in and some people are hell-bent on keeping me boxed.

Plus, my pen-name is Dangerous Lee…and because of that some people initially think I’m a man! Or that I will cause harm.

Do I have an identity crisis or what?!

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My mother raised me to be a free-spirited, strong, independent person but I was also raised under certain religious beliefs. As I grew up and experienced and learned certain realities of life, some of the things I was taught to believe in didn’t vibe with my spirit.

I realized that the way I felt and thought about things was okay and actually very normal and not a sin or something to be ridiculed for. Many people I love are religious, and although I am not, I have been positively affected by certain religious beliefs because of how I was raised. I don’t subscribe to religion because I am a free-thinker.

I also have the mentality that allows me not to care if you don’t like or agree with my beliefs or how I live my life. It’s my life. Not yours. Worry about your own  salvation.

As Jill Scott says; I know what I know.

I speak from a place of learning. I’ve always considered myself non judgmental, and for the most part I am, but I have a few areas I need to work on.

I sometimes judge people negatively that think differently than I do on certain topics, but to my credit I also base my judgments on their overall word combined with their actions. We’re human, we judge, but I don’t have hatred for anyone who can’t understand my perspective.

I do have hope that people’s minds will open further to understand where I am coming from, but I won’t hold my breath.

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Assholes on Racism

Not generally speaking, but White people get on my damn nerves. A White male “friend” of mine contacted me recently and stated that he agrees with Charles Barkley’s thoughts on the George Zimmerman case.

I think Charles’s ignorant ass statements only help to hurt race relations and give certain White people something to latch onto to validate their misguided opinions on race.

I simply told my friend that based on our different life experiences and perspectives I understood why he thinks that way. White people will NEVER understand issues related to race or racism, so I don’t even know why they think their opinion is valid or needed on the topic.

The saying, “It’s a Black thing you wouldn’t understand”, applies here. It would be great for White people to get a better understanding of racism, but it’s natural that they don’t fully get it, because they will never experience it.

Having said that, White people need to stop thinking they are the authority on racism and that they can dictate how we feel or how we should feel, but White privilege is a bitch.

That’s it! White People Homework: Research White Privilege.

As a Black woman I understand the injustice in the not guilty verdict because of this country’s issue with racism and classism. Zimmerman had no right to approach Trayvon in the first place. Had he not done so, Trayvon would be alive.

However, I’d like to think that if I were a White woman, like Alexandra Allred, I would also understand the injustice based on the public facts.

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I am beyond sick of discussions concerning Zimmerman and Paula Deen.

Both conversations suffer from people not being fully informed on the facts of each case, but people have very strong opinions towards anyone who dares not support these two people. I had a White woman (who claimed she knew all the facts) actually tell me that I have hate in my heart and that I need God along with a few other choice words on Pinterest because of an article I wrote about Paula Deen.

I told her to fuck off and that she needed God more than I did along with some common sense. Granted telling her to fuck off was harsh, but her comments, which she has since deleted, were also harsh and very racist. I’ll never understand the phenomena of speaking your mind and deleting the comments once you have been challenged.

I believe in giving as good as I get. If you can’t handle the backlash keep your damn opinions to yourself. If you decide to share you opinions try not to be an asshole about it because then the Asshole Calvary is open for business!

Sometimes I know if I leave a comment expressing my opinion on someone’s personal post that it will only agitate the situation, but I don’t get off on conflict, so I avoid leaving my thoughts most times.

There’s nothing wrong with a good debate, but arguments piss me off so I often skip the opportunity to discuss certain topics unless I feel like the statement being made attacks me or my personal beliefs.

There are lots of controversial things I’d like to discuss, but I don’t because I don’t feel like dealing with the people who don’t get it, don’t want to get it, and just want to be…assholes.

Internet assholes are only interested in their feelings, opinions and beliefs. Social media has also made sharing our opinions a way of life. Everyone’s opinion counts online, but it’s all in the delivery.

Research: Nicety.

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I am who I am and you are who you are because of all that we have seen and experienced in life. This includes things that have happened to us unwillingly and choices that we have made. I’ve met all kinds of people along the way in my 38 years who have similar experiences to mine and those who’ve lived lives vastly different from mine and the one thing we all have in common is that we are all flawed.

The next time you want to leave a smart-ass comment at this website or elsewhere on the web, understand that not everyone sees the world as you do, has lived the life you have, or has been conditioned to think the way you do.

Choose your words wisely because you’re not the only asshole with an opinion.

America Not Ready For Interracial Cheerios!

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Some of you have the attitude that racism and its effects are a thing of the past, but the fact that a Cheerios commercial featuring an interracial family has caused what is being called “racist backlash” proves that America has some real and sick issues with race.

However, I also wonder if Cheerios knew exactly what they were doing and this commercial, like all advertising, was created to cause a stir and make a ton of money. I’m already seeing messages online of people saying they are going to buy more Cheerios.

Well played!

I was recently thinking that interracial families should be represented more in major media and then this happens. Be careful what you wish for!

What Cheerios did was groundbreaking and from what I can recall, they are one of the first major companies to use an interracial family to market their product. Although State Farm does have a commercial with an Asian man, a Black woman, and a baby that talks; but it’s not totally clear that the child is his.

The only thing I find remotely offensive about the Cheerios commercial is the fact that this little girl, who looks to be of reading age, seems to not be able to read the huge “Heart Healthy” on the back of the Cheerios box! Not only that, she also didn’t believe her father when he told her that Cheerios is heart healthy. Who did she believe? Her mother!

Is it a feminist Cheerios commercial?

Or…are people upset because the brotha is on the couch having a nap while the White lady is at the table writing checks for a stack of bills? I dunno; I’m reaching for something other than race because in a world where Barack Obama is the President of the United States, this commercial should be considered commonplace.

It’s just as cute and silly as the majority of other commercials on TV and like most commercials, it didn’t make me want to buy the product.

What Do YOU Think?

 

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Regrets In Black History!

Whenever I hear someone say that there should not be a Black History Month, I get upset. Why? First of all, Black History Month ain’t hurting nobody. What we need to do is get rid of Columbus Day or Thanksgiving! Secondly,  Black Americans don’t have much that we claim as ours in this country, and when Carter G. Woodson conceived Negro History Week in 1925 it was about raising awareness of African American’s contributions to civilization. For that fact alone, we will always need Black History Month. We (Black people) should be glad that we have it and respect it for what it represents.

It’s not about relegating Black history to one month or separating Black history from White history. It’s all history, but not everyone knows everything that we as Black people have contributed to American history, including myself. I’ve learned some things about Black history in the last few years that has given me a huge sense of pride, dignity, and strength. I am constantly learning about many things in life and hope that I will continue to do so until the day I die. I never want my mind to close.

We can talk until the cows come home about how we all need to come together and stop referring to each other as Black, White etc…but that’s a pie in the sky utopia thought. It’s a fantasy. Racism is real, and comes in many forms.

Everyone needs to be aware of Black history. White history is drilled into us all the time and I rarely hear anyone complaining about that; but that’s what we’re used to and we have accepted it. Black history is often left out of textbooks, so this month will most likely be the only month that our children will learn about Black history along with all their peers in the classrooms.

Of course, Black history should be taught and spoken about in the home outside of February. For many Black families it is, but for many it is not. I’ll also go out on a limb and say that White families have the same story, or they don’t discuss Black history at all. If it wasn’t for the month of February, Black people/history would be totally disregarded.

Before I go any further I want to point out some Regrets in Black History:

O.J. SIMPSON

No explanation needed. He has gone from being a sports hero to a common criminal.

TIGER WOODS

Another man who was a sports hero and is now considered one of the biggest whores in the world. His taste in women makes it even worse.

R. KELLY

Not really very important in the grand scheme of Black History, but some black people still love him despite the fact that he was caught on tape having sex with underage girls.

CLARENCE THOMAS

Anyone want a pubic hair in their Coke? He’s ridiculous for so many reasons.

IKE TURNER

He made history while kicking Tina’s ass!

DR. CONRAD MURRAY

Again, not a very important person, but he was responsible for a very important person in Black History, Michael Jackson. Whenever Michael’s death is mentioned, this man’s face will be shown. Not a good look.

Who do you think should be added to the Regrets in Black History list?

I just realized that there are no women listed above. I along with a friend, Lamont Wright, sat up and thought about who in black history we wish we could “give away” and all we came up with were men. Men, please get it together!

Speaking of women, there is also Women’s History Month. Are you men going to complain about that? Do you guys understand that women are also considered a “minority” and many of our contributions to the world are overlooked as well?  Rightfully so, there is also American Indian Heritage Month. All three groups share the fact that they have been oppressed throughout history.

Until we “all just get along” and are treated equally across the board, Black History, Women’s History, and American Indian History months should be recognized, respected, and highly regarded.

 

The Half Series – When Black People Look White (2 of 3)

PART TWO

Katie Burrell with her son:

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Most of you are guessing that Katie’s ethnic background is Black and White. Keep on guessing. The truth will be revealed in the third and final installment of this series along with an exclusive interview with Katie.


As I stated in the beginning, I am the mother of a “biracial” or “mixed” child. I use quotation marks for these words because I do not think they are appropriate or correct, but because these are the words used to describe my child and others like her, I will go with the flow so that you can understand where I am coming from.

I think bi or multi-ethnic would be more appropriate.

Why don’t I believe in these terms? Race is a made up social construct. We are all once race. We have different ethnic backgrounds but “race” is not real. We are all mixed in one way or another.

The whole White and Black thing was made up for oppressive purposes that are still alive and well today. If it wasn’t I would not be writing this blog. We’re all 99.9% alike in every way.

RACE is a SOCIAL CONSTRUCT

Let’s move on to Michael Jackson‘s babies; I believe they are his biological children. Why? Because he admitted in an interview to using his sperm for their creation. I can also see Michael in their features and mannerisms.

You can see a lot of Debbie Rowe in the two oldest children as well, but aren’t children supposed to look like their mama too?

And uh, people act like Michael was dark as hell before vitiligo took over his skin, not that that would make much difference in what his children would look like.

You must also realize that the Jackson clan have mixed ancestry just like every other Black family in the United States. Genes do what the hell they want when they collide.

We don’t control them. They control us! Two dark skinned people can produce a light skinned child.

I know many of you think that Michael had an issue being Black and that he bleached his skin and other such nonsense, so in turn he wanted White children, but you need to let that theory go.

Michael suffered from a skin disorder called, vitiligo. Vitiligo is a skin condition in which there is a loss of brown color (pigment) from areas of skin, resulting in irregular white patches that feel like normal skin.

Vitiligo is hereditary and it has been assumed that Prince also has vitiligo because he has patches of white skin near his underarm.

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Debbie Rowe and Michael Jackson

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Prince, Paris, and “Blanket”

Apparently the youngest, known as Blanket, is Black and Spanish/Italian.

From what I understand, Michael used an anonymous surrogate for him and many people seem to only believe that Blanket is his biological child.

Why only Blanket? Because he looks more ethnic?

If Blanket is indeed Black and Spanish/Italian he is naturally going to look more ethnic than his older brother and sister because they are half Black, half Debbie Rowe (Debbie is a White woman, but I don’t know her ethnicity).

Duh!

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You’re So Pretty! You MUST Be Mixed!

Having a very light skin tone does not make a person any less Black than someone who is black as tar.

Being Black is not literally about having dark skin, it’s about your heritage and about what you identify as. Really it’s about the ethnic background of your parents.

I was watching an old episode of America’s Next Top Model from back in 2005 when Detroit native, Naima won.

Naima is Black, Mexican, and Irish. Another cast mate, Keenyah, a Black woman (background unknown), stated that she didn’t think Naima was Black because  she doesn’t see that in her!

Who the hell is she to define what Black is for someone else and what the hell is she looking for that will make her say , “Ah ha, she is Black!” ? 

Being a brown skinned Black person does not mean you can define Blackness for someone else with lighter skin, and being dark also does not mean you can’t be of mixed heritage.

You can be as chocolate as I am and not be of African descent and you can be as light as Michael’s children and have a Black parent.

Why is this so hard to understand or accept?

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Naima – Winner of America’s Next Top Model 2005

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Keenya – America’s Next Top Model Contestant 2005

Back in my modeling days I constantly heard, “You’re so pretty, are you mixed?”

Of course I took offense to this because the implication is that if you’re a pretty Black woman that you MUST be mixed with something else. You can’t just be Black. Give me a damn break!

I recently attended an Undoing Racism Workshop and let me tell you I was blown away by what I learned. Everyone needs to take part in this workshop if it hits your area.

I promise, you will be enlightened and a lot less ignorant about race and color issues.

Black people will need to be open to the truth about terms such as, Colorism and Internalized Racism and White people will have to face the fact that they have what is called, Internalized Racial Superiority.

I can’t find anything concrete online to directly explain this term, but the truth is out there.

Read. There are tons of books that get into these topics.

Start with Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?

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In the final installment of The Half Series, I will reveal Katie Burrell’s ethnic background and I’m sure you will be shocked.

I was!

In the meantime, stop trippin’ about color and try to love one another.

 

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Ask Dangerous Lee – Why is it so difficult to refer to Barack Obama as President Obama?

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Q: Why is it so difficult for some journalists to refer to Barack Obama as President Obama?

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A: This is a rhetorical question, I believe, but I’ll play along. Because, c’mon, we all know what the short answer is – racism. But, I’ll answer in long form.

It’s difficult because they’re expected to do something that they didn’t always do for our last president. Perhaps I just never noticed but journalists called President Bush, Bush, didn’t they? I know I called him Bush. I never threw in President at the beginning. It wasn’t because I disrespected him; I didn’t love him either, but it was because it was faster to say. I don’t have time to call him by his title. Screw his title. He’s not standing right in front of me with his agents demanding my respect. Besides, when you say Obama everyone knows who and what he is.

I think we as Black folks are expecting way too much from the media. We expect instant respect and change in everyone just because a man with melanin is in the White House. Don’t get me wrong, he deserves respect, but when he is simply being called Obama I don’t believe he is being disrespected.

I tend to liken it to feeling a sense of closeness to President Obama when I simply call him Obama. Ya know, like “Obama is my Homeboy”. OK, that was wack, just like the “Jesus is My Homeboy” fad but you see my point, right? Anyway, when I hear people refer to him in a certain tone as President Barack  Hussein Obama that tends to leave a bad taste in my mouth because it implies that he’s the enemy. However, that is his full name, so maybe I am tripping too.

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