I have been hesitant to comment on Ferguson, MI and the Michael Brown shooting because I’m still sorting out my feelings, but when a black, affluent Facebook friend of mine posted this ….I felt compelled to comment
You don’t think black people have anything to do with the perception America has of us as a people that encourages us to get gunned down in the streets, Yet you post:
Hood videos from world star hip hop
Ratchet random hood fights & arguments
Niggas in line fighting over Jordan’s
Unsigned hood rap artists doing drugs and free styling in video
Bullshit challenges like black people setting themselves on fire
Half naked pictures of our black women
More about love & hip hop than CNN
You #turnup in the club but you don’t:
Turn up to work on time
Turn up to vote
Turn up to class and graduate
My friend has some fair points. Blacks don’t do much to help public perception. Stereotypes of the baby mamma, deadbeat dad, reckless and rowdy teen are stereotypes for a reason. We need to turn up to work, to our kids lives, turn on to world events and local civic affairs…
But it doesn’t take away the fact that we live in a country with a deeply entrenched and pervasive hatred/ fear/ prejudice of people of color.
Yes, we need to do better, but this country also owes us better.