8.13.2014

Open Thread: Men of Color with Power

Food for thought, Narrators:
I have a question. Why is it that every time a black man from America goes to visit another man of color who has power, white people in the media lose their ever-loving mind? I mean these arrogant little snots get their panties in the biggest of bunches.

When Jesse Jackson Sr. went to Israel to see Yassir Arafat and Louis Farrakhan went to Libya to see [Muammar] Khaddafi, white people were on piss-and-moan overdrive. Recently, it’s been former bad boy NBA star Dennis Rodman having the cajones to associate with the dictator of North Korea Kim Jong Un. Apparently, Dennis didn’t get the memo that if white people don’t approve of a black male celebrity’s actions, then he should get on his knees and grovel for forgiveness until they are completely satisfied. Of course, I’m being sarcastic. Still, that attitude seems to not be that far off.

Notice how I said “another man of color who has power”, especially one who has a shitload of money. Any time that happens, white folks feel the need to protect their neck and complain about it, despite the fact that they don’t have one iota of business telling either one of those men who they can or can’t pal around. If Dennis were over there trying to win back his Korean supermodel girlfriend, they would have zero issue with that. But because he is getting chummy with a man who could level half of the globe with the snap of his fingers, they just can’t deal with it.


~ Lavern Merriweather, "Fear of a Black Hat"
Let the discussion commence.

11 comments:

  1. I'm in love with this piece because it's so true. I've noticed that as well- and I find it absolutely ridiculous and downright annoying when those White leaders get annoyed and complain to the UN like children; they try intervene as if someone asked them too *rolls eyes* and if they're kept out of the loop, they say things like 'such and such person are having meetings not approved by the UN' or 'meetings that are Anti- American' 'meetings that may interfere with the freedom of the American people' etc.... It makes no sense but they swear by it.

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  2. Yep..they cannot stand when Black folks like the one you've mentioned on here.

    While I'm not advocating opening our doors to these leaders , I definitely will not trust anything our leaders say or do when it comes to this. I say that because of the supposed people they call friends are no good to others. Over and over again, they'll tell you about a president or world leader and they'll say they are great people,but someone from their native country will ask us "Why on earth would we vote for a dictator" without knowing their true background? I like hearing what some of them say about their leaders because I wouldn't want to support leaders who who doesn't support their fellow man and woman.

    Who knows what they could be doing something great where both countries could get on the same page? There are people who will say Fidel Castro was not that bad of a president, that Anwar Saddat was a tyrant( this was actually true with a friend of my mom ,.whose husband is Palestinian. Him and some of this friends thought that he was the devil and told us not to fall for him) or that Marion Berry was a people person that Washingtonians like in spite of his troubles. There have actually been people who questioned the USA support for these people and I tell them our country don't tell us the truth about their backgrounds.

    I'm not from none of these places so I don't know what they were actually like with their people,but I've learned that it's sometimes better to hear things from the horse's mouth than politicians. Most times when they " approve" of who we should trust, they be the very people that are violating their people and their world.

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  3. On a related note, notice that the loudest critics of "oppressive regimes" and the loudest advocates of "human rights" when it comes to countries that are populated by POC are always white people. This is ironic and rather offensive given the white people's extensive history of atrocities against the POCs of the world.

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    1. just an excuse to invade those countries and steal oil, these same types will claim the women are oppressed there while ignoring the campaign against women's reproductive rights

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    2. Girl please they barely acknowledge the women let alone that they are oppressed! That is always treated like an after thought.

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  4. we all know why: divide & conquer
    that is why interracial is always depicted as white guy plus POC woman

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    1. I have noticed though that even people in interracial relationships are shocked when you say you are an interracial couple, but the other person is a POC. Its like a concept they never thought about.

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    2. When Montel Williams had his talk show, he asked the same question concerning mixed couples. He asked, when the couple is White or non-White or Black or non-Black,it's not interracial but when it's Black and White, why is it "interracial"? It's crazy. If one person is from one race is from another race then they are a mixed couple no matter what.

      Call me crazy,but I've been noticing something as of late. There was a time where if a couple was of White and non Black coupling and someone would tell them that they were a mixed couple, they would get this condescending attitude and say " We'll I didn't know that we were a mixed couple...." like during the say being a mixed couple was a bad thing. Now if you look at sites like WeAreThe15percent.com, you see not only Black and White couples but White and non Black couples on there. Don't get me wrong mixed should be considered mixed regardless of mixed backgrounds,but these mixed couples really want to be seen as Black and White.

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    3. I think it all boils down to people wanting to feel "special". I have never heard of the site you mentioned. I agree with you that a mixed couple regardless is a mixed couple. I think the problem is that most people only think of black/white when they think a mixed couple.

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  5. In response to the OP, I think this has a lot to do with white folks thinking black men with money and power from the U.S. should be happy with his money and keep quiet. "How dare he (insert wealthy black man's name) go abroad and make us look bad? Where else in the world could he make that much money given the inferiority of his race?" <----That is the basic sentiment. If a few black people are allowed to get out of poverty, they are expected to tow the company line which is that whoever is the master's enemies is my enemy as well. Black men with fame or popularity have often paid a heavy price...DuBois had his passport revoked, Paul Robeson was never able to work in theater in the U.S. again and the contemporary examples listed above.

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    1. If a few black people are allowed to get out of poverty, they are expected to tow the company line which is that whoever is the master's enemies is my enemy as well.

      Ooooooh...good point.

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