Sunday, June 23, 2013

Why The Republicans Are Wrong About Susan Rice

by FX

At the time of Susan Rice was being considered for the Secretary of State post by President Barack Obama, there were scores of African Americans in government and within the masses who were excited for her nomination. Rice supporters were gearing up to defend her from Republican attacks during her nomination hearings. However the heat from the Republicans targeting of Susan Rice’s Secretary of State nomination was substantial enough that Rice herself withdrew her nomination. In a letter penned by Rice to President Obama, she writes “...the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly...”. What was sure to be behind the scenes plans, President Obama brilliantly navigated past the confirmation process by picking Susan Rice for a role that is almost identical to the earlier Secretary of State post, that being National Security Advisor. The Republicans now mouth opened and defied, have upped their attacks against Rice among others for their role in the bungling of the Benghazi siege in Libya that left U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens dead. However Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the then U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice may or may not have bungled the Benghazi siege remains to be seen. The Republicans attacks have two faces. First to play up the Democrat versus Republican political dance and secondly criticism of Susan Rice for the Benghazi situation is used as a cover for their sexism and racism.

The chief complaint from the Republicans towards Susan Rice is that she is unqualified to be National Security Advisor, that her methods are according to Senator John McCain “...not very bright...”, she’s been called the “President’s pet..” and a liar who deliberately misled the American people.

Are these attacks against Susan Rice racial? Of course, it is racial within the same context of the attacks and blockages the majority white Republicans commit against President Barack Obama. Are the Republican attacks against Susan Rice sexist? Of course they are, the males who oppose Susan Rice are not immune to the psychological barrier that keeps them from respecting and submitting to the intelligence, tenacity and blunt style of Susan Rice in a realm dominated by males. It is obvious that a man with Susan Rice’s famed coarse “attitude” is deemed a professional and a no-nonsense leader, however when a woman like Susan Rice embodies these very same traits, she is obviously a bitch. The classic dichotomy and double standard of existence for women as they work their way throughout formerly male dominated areas. Factor in that Susan Rice is a Black Woman and it is the perfect storm.

Susan Rice has an amazing mind, very professional with an intelligence that makes her highly qualified to be National Security Advisor. Her academic achievements are remarkable, her knowledge of international politics is comparable to any white male that is opposing her nomination. President Barack Obama has lauded Susan Rice for her "...fierce champion for justice and liberty..." He went on to say that Susan Rice is "...a great patriot, fearless and tough...". Summing up Susan Rice's accomplishments President Obama stated:

"As our Ambassador to the U.N., Susan has been a tireless advocate in advancing our interests. She has reinvigorated American diplomacy, in New York. She has helped to put in place tough sanctions on Iran and North Korea. She has defended Israel. She has stood up for innocent civilians, from Libya to Cote d’Ivoire. She has supported an independent South Sudan. She has raised her voice for human rights, including women’s rights."

It is obvious she is all that and then some. Republicans need not fear a Susan Rice as National Security Advisor. Why? Because she is well qualified in advancing U.S. imperialism, war and exploitation as well as any white male Republican can do or has ever done. Rice's liberal war hawk tendencies is itself an adherence to a foreign policy that was crafted decades ago, by rich white males.

As Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs for the Clinton Administration Susan Rice embodied the U.S.’s support many of Africa’s brutal un-democratic, despotic leaders. She was even instrumental in the U.S. inaction in the face of the Rwandan crisis which to her credit she regretted to this day stating: “I swore to myself that if I ever faced such a crisis again, I would come down on the side of dramatic action, going down in flames if that was required.”. As U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice pushed for an African Command (AFRICOM), the U.S. military presence on the continent to ensure American interests are enforced. Her vehement stance on these issues made many African officials strongly dislike Susan Rice and bemoan her ascendency to the National Security Advisor.

Whether Susan Rice as an African American has any affinity towards Africa, her foreign policy falls right in line with the legacy of her Rhodes Scholarship, named after one of Afrika's most brutal colonialists Englishman Cecil Rhodes. From her childhood Susan Rice was raised on acquiescence to the culture and agendas of the U.S. elites first taught to her by her father, Emmitt Rice the first Black Governor of the Federal Reserve and a World Bank director. It is realistic to assert that the rich elites have known of her all her life.

This is what many ultra-conservative whites don’t get that liberal whites understand fully.

What liberal whites have learned is that when Black people are trained properly their "skin color" really doesn't matter for they will advance the rich white elites agenda just as good and sometimes better than whites themselves, why? Those Black people are in effect pedigreed so they become entrusted to operate within the confines of European dominated institutions, one of which as an example is the Council on Foreign Relations to which Susan Rice is a member. The Council on Foreign Relations is an American extension of a British foreign policy institution the Royal Institute of International Affairs. The Council is one of the main constituents of the CIA and thus a navigator of U.S. foreign policy.

Afrikan people particularly Afrikan Americans need to analyze Susan Rice for what she is. The negative result of Black America’s blinding foray and total assimilation and integration into caucasian/white ethos. As an African American who has “made it to the top”, her journey was facilitated not just by her obvious intelligence and determination not to let what she is hinder her but her also her willingness to acquiesce to white western imperialist expansion and its' justification upon people of color. In an ironic way Susan Rice is the Democrats CONDOLEEZZA RICE. Just as Condoleezza RICE was instrumental in the foreign policy of the Bush Administration and it’s unjust, horrible bombing of Iraq, Susan RICE is instrumental in the violent destabilization of Libya, Syria and potentially (or eventually) Iran. All of this is in addition to her unmoving defense of the colony state of Israel and its' oppression heaped upon the Palestinians. The Rice sisters may not be related but they have tons of similarities.

Some of my feminist sisters may get angry with me or chalk my views of Susan Rice to the usual terminology and descriptions feminists would have for a male they think is conveying some type of sexist vitriol towards a woman and her success. But my vision of women’s liberation is not Hillary Clinton, Samantha Power and Susan Rice consistently administering the globalization of the planet with unjust wars, crippling sanctions and lies. My vision of women’s liberation is one where the very women liberating themselves from oppressive patriarchy ultimately fights to free all “human beings” from all forms of oppression, not to add to it. However it’s not my place to say what feminism should be because frankly, I'm a man.

If Black people are only enamored by mere college degrees, memberships in predominantly or totally all white organizations or fields then the main message of the Civil Rights Movement is missed. The interesting part being that these very same Black folks will constantly quote and look to that struggle for inspiration. Among the numerous noble objectives of the Civil Rights Movement, helping white folks bomb the shit out of the rest of the world was never it. I could be wrong but I doubt it.

Susan Rice is one in a very long line of dangerous Black people. Those who have totally immersed themselves into white elite society and willingly advances its' march towards the ultimate goal, global manifest destiny. Their danger is that Black people like her get a pass simply because she is Black thus her negatives and others like her will be ignored by far too many Black people. 

Susan Rice and Africa’s Despots

Sunday, July 10, 2011

These "Niggers"

Dan Ryan, two-o-clock in the morning. I had to be doing about eighty miles per hour, shifting lanes carefully but swiftly, pushing my car to moderate race car status. I just want to get home, fast, I just dropped off a co-worker and when I get home I'm either going to go to sleep or do some work. Insomnia will have the final say. I hit the off ramp at 76th street. Just as I am riding up to street level on State out the corner of my eye I catch a big white thing where there shouldn't be a big white thing. I look and the big white thing is a suv, it's bigger than usual because it's on it's side. It's not where it's supposed to be because it's on the sidewalk. Then I notice a bunch of people scattering around the vehicle.

Fuck sleep, fuck work, someone needs help! An evasive maneuver later I park my car in the gas station parking lot and immediately rush out my car, jogging to what may be a grizzly scene.

It was.

As I approach, a brother is climbing out the vehicle from the passenger side, which is pointed straight up as the vehicle is laying on it's driver side. The passenger is struggling to pull himself out of the truck while another brother climbs half way up the truck to help him. There are about a dozen or so sisters and brothers around the overturned suv, all yelling for the passenger to be careful.

I notice about four or five people gathered at the bottom driver side of the suv. I walk over to see what they are looking at and there he is...the driver, not moving, pressed up against the side of the vehicle which is now the bottom.

"He's breathing, I can see his stomach move!"

"We need a light!"

"Can you hear me in there?!?!?!"

A brother reaches for my cell phone and asks "I just need a light to see..."

"I'll turn the flash light on." I respond. I hit the icons on my phone and the screen lights up, sending pale barely adequate light into the scattered, damaged cabin of the suv. We can see a clear outline of the driver who is obviously injured but we don't know how bad.

"He's not responding."

"How can we get in there?!"

"Ayyyy, can you hear me?!?!?!"

Still no response. The crowd is starting to grow restless with the anticipation of what might be the obvious.

SLAAAAMMM!!! The passenger falls off the top of the vehicle and impacts the concrete with a bone jarring thud. The people let out a collective groan.

I step back and survey the entire scene as the passenger is attended to by some people.

These people, sisters and brothers, wearing elaborate perms, baseball caps tilted to the left, others to the right, blonde hair, white tee's, gaudy Jesus piece jewelry, unlit cigarettes hanging out their mouths, it all didn't matter because one of us was trapped, severely injured in the truck. We turned to each other, a look of delayed panic in our eyes, helping, collaborating on ideas on how to get our brother out from the twisted metal. Others pulled his passenger off to the side away from the truck fearing it may tilt over on him. Sisters putting their hands over their mouths smearing their lipstick and foundation, mascara starting to moisten and run from the thought of what might be. An off duty nurse directed us all in what to do with the passenger that fell out. She called the ambulance twice already and now we can hear the sirens in the distance.

Finally as the fire truck arrived, brothers eagerly jumped to their elaborate souped up vehicles to remove them from the area so that the emergency vehicles could get through. As soon as the firefighters emerged from the truck they immediately advised us all to step back. We all complied while one brother briefed the emergency workers on the situation.

As the firefighters and ambulatory workers surround the vehicle, engaging in their professionalism, we all stood around and watched. Some bent over to try to get one last look at the driver trapped inside. While the workers lugged out the jaws of life and crowbars to break the glass, we all turned to each other and quietly conversed amongst ourselves while keeping eye on the situation. There was talk of God, death, the fragility of life, the wisdom of not doing stupid shit, hope for the driver and passenger, their families and each other: "Where you comin' from playa?", "Did you see what happened?" , "I'm sorry fo' being bossy, I wuz jus tryin'..." "I know dude, it's cool.", "I can't watch this, he might be dead.".

After a few moments, the fire men were able to destroy enough of the roof of the vehicle to get the driver out. Upon gently placing him on the concrete to the side they immediately covered him completely with a blanket. The obvious became obvious. His head was crushed between the truck meeting the concrete. He was gone.

Sisters and brothers became quiet once the realization overcame them. I watched the faces, sullen, empathetic, some saying a silent prayer as they kept their demeanor. Others shook their heads and walked away from the scene.

"He's dead, he didn't survive.", "Yeah, he's gone.", "Damn."

I thought about the surviving passenger, we learned that they were cousins. The passenger was taken away in an ambulance before the driver was declared dead. He's waiting at the hospital emergency room for news of his cousin if not his cousin himself. I thought about when and how the news will get to him...and the rest of his family. Here is where it happens, we read about it, we hear about it, but right in front of all our eyes, a person just left their body, and they're not coming back. A whole family has gone through a traumatic change. We tried our best to stop it. We were here to help, to save a life. Even though we couldn't do it, still I felt my sisters and brothers that night. I was closer to my people that night than I have been in a very long time. That's when it hit me.

I hear my friends and comrades throw around the word nigger and nigga like white southern plantation slave owners, complete with disdain. Even when these words are used as "terms of endearment" it is interchangable with the terms of disparagement. My experience with these sisters and brothers that night, the very ones many other Black people call niggers and nigga, has impressed upon me a realization and a decision I made long ago.

I don't want to be called "nigger" or "nigga" anymore. And I will not refer to my people as "niggers" and "niggas" no longer.

That was a decision I made years ago. How long? I do not know. One day, just recently I realized that I had not used the word(s) except in precise context and perspectives as in elucidating a point. But the casual use of the word towards my people be it term of endearment or an insult? No, I have not and I will not call my people that again.

Why? I am FX, I am my name and I am a New Afrikan revolutionary. I am not the pig, I am not the oppressor, I am not a slave owner I am not a self hating negro. Since I do not identify with these aforementioned figures I speak a different language because I am a different creature, far more advanced than those I mentioned. If I am to be so-called "enlightened" or "conscious" then I must speak, believe and act differently than those aforementioned beings, without being beligerent, condescending or disconnected towards my own people.

My Ancestors were hung, shot, raped, enslaved, broken, cut open, murdered all while this word was uttered with disgust by a people who themselves wouldn't be considered "human". By the honor and the respect for my Ancestors, I refuse that word as an identification to me or my people. And that is despite any Ancestor who would not recognize or agree with such a stance.

With that, I am asking all my friends, comrades and loved ones, do not call me a nigga or nigger again. I ask this out of respect to your divinely given freedom of speech but still respecting the my divinely given sovereignty of my being. I am your brother, your friend, comrade, homeboy etc. Use terms that are actually endearing and positive affirmations. You all can use the words nigger and nigga (or anything else) if you want to among yourselves that's on you, but please...those ways are not my ways, respect me. The same goes with pimp, mack, playa, dog, etc. None of that is me.

I am well aware of the many rationales people use as to why they use the word nigger and nigga, however to me, they are either weak arguments or they are not as strong an argument as the one contrary to the use of the words. I know about Nagas, niguns, and niger....I don't care. I am aware of Tupac's "never ignorant gettin' goals accomplished" acronym....I do not care. What Pac described was GOD, and Elijah Muhammad taught us what we were. We are the makers owners cream of the planet Earth, GOD OF THE UNIVERSE....for me, the choice is a no-brainer. The old man from Georgia told me what I was, what we were. End of story.

What does this have to do with the scene I described before? That night I did not see niggers. I was not surrounded by niggers. For a short time there was no division between us. The brothers with their hats turned to the right would have acted desparetely to save the life of the driver if his hat was to the left. The sisters anguished over this brother's life and cried for the safety of the brother who survived. We looked into each others eyes and instead of intimidating each other or maliciously sizing each other up, we had looks of concern, empathy and togetherness. No I didn't see any niggers that night. No niggas either. I saw Afrikans, Black people, soulfully complex Original Women and Men.

Afterwards, when everybody went home, they hugged their children, their friends and family. Maybe they reverted back to their respective negative behaviour. Yeah our people can be ignorant, mind controlled, slave mentality, low self esteem, dysfunctional, carnal, trifling, stupid, emotionally crippled, spiritually stifled or whatever. But that night, for a little while I saw our potential and no one can tell me that Black people are totally alien to the concepts of respect and love. No one can convince me that our people do not contain within them the divine consciousness, the inate sensitivity and dare I say goodness that we all are so condescendingly content in dismissing. I know better and we must use wisdom to know what we are dealing with and how to deal with it.

Will I ever use the word nigger again? Perhaps. Maybe I'll give it back to white folks. They're the niggers now.



copyright 2010 FX Nozakhere

Why I Stopped Calling Black Women "Queens"

I was one of the few brothers that I knew of in my generation who started calling sisters "queen" way back in the early 90's. Almost every time I talked to a Black female I referred to her as a queen. Even when there were no sisters around while talking among my boys, I referred to a sister or sisters in general as queens. This was at a time when even my male friends were constantly calling sisters "bitch" and "ho".

While my verbal habit didn't quite catch on with my immediate crew it caught on with a lot of brothers. Suddenly I started hearing Black males call sisters "queen" on the radio and throughout the hood usually from specific people. The term "queen" soon bacame a mainstay in the so-called "conscious community". I've always had an affection towards Black women, so hearing sisters being called "bitch" and "ho" and other derogratory names angered me. I wanted to break that cycle of negativity so I started using the term "queen" as a psychological uplift to counteract the disrespectful names sisters were called. I meant it for more than just respect but reverence. It was my contribution as a way to interact with each other in a much more respectful and loving way along the gender lines.

However something strange happened. Over the years the term became used more and more in many Black social circles. So much so that eventually the term "queen" was starting to be abused by brothers (and sisters) who used it to pacify, placate and patronize sisters. Many brothers used the term "queen" as mack to fuck sisters. The sincerity of the word began to fade.

Whenever I called sisters "queen" many would smile, or say thank you or respond by calling me "king". But there were other sisters who didn't respond at all or had negative responses. "Don't call me that." or "My name is .... not queen!". So there are numerous reasons as to why many sisters refused the word queen. Was it a reaction to insincere males? Did these sisters not recognize "queen" as a term of endearment? Did they have low self esteem and didn't think they deserved to be called queen?

Because of bullshitting brothers and sisters resistence to the term lost it's meaning. The term "queen" became devoid of it's original term of endearment use and thus it became a word to patronize and manipulate sisters. "Queen" became empty and meaningless to a point where I have discussed this with sisters and they agreed with me. They saw the same thing and didn't want to be called "queen" any more. The more disturbing thing about the mis-use of the term queen is that in it's origin that term was meant to at least in some form counteract the mysogyny latent in the Black community. The irony being that brothers would use the word "queen" to feign an anti-sexist stance while hiding a totally sexist and misogynist mindstate.

Plus, let's just be brutally honest. "Queen" historically did not always equal righteous, positive, powerful or any positive characteristic one could give it. I'm almost sure historically speaking that some queens needed to be dethroned right along with their kings! Also, with the positive connotations that were assumed with the term, to be brutally honest again a lot of sisters did not deserve to be called "queen". I used to call sisters queen even when they were acting out in the midst of their negativity. Now reality has sunk in. Some sisters are not regal, they are not royalty, righteous or powerful. So calling those sisters queen was an exercise in futility.

So I stopped using that term. Damn shame too how people could fuck up a term of endearment like "queen" until it is nothing more than an empty cliche. I will never call a sister a "bitch" or a "ho" or any derogratory term singled out for the female gender. I call sisters, sisters...that's it and that's enough. Well, that and their names. I'll call a sister a queen on an individual by individual basis. Basically I'll call her a "queen" when I see one.

Thursday, October 14, 2010


Copyright 2008 FX (Marc J. Hart)
The Black Man's Relationship Pledge to Black Women is a list of values and principles that we Black males must internalize or reinforce for our evolution into Black MEN in order to function as healthy mates for our Black women. Enacting these principles can build healthy relationships with Black Women in any and all types of relationships be they erotic, communal, work, relative, cultural and historical. Black women ARE NOT inferior nor our enemies. Our mothers, daughters, sisters, lovers, nieces, friends, comrades and Black womanhood in general deserve the love, respect and protection of Black men.

– I will have integrity in every dealing with my Black sistas and not lie nor hide anything. I will not be manipulative towards Black women for my own carnal gratification.

– I will not physically abuse any sista in anyway, nor will I mentally or emotionally abuse my Black woman.

– I will respect and revere Black womanhood and never tear down nor call sisters "bitch", "ho" or any vulgar and disrespectful name.

– I will value the child or children of my Black woman and treat them with love, respect, nurturing, protection and be a positive role model for any child of a sister.

– I will be responsible for raising our child or children if my Black woman becomes pregnant by me.

– I will be a comforting and patient teacher and or healer. I will not brutally or harshly correct my Black woman and disrespect her intelligence in public or private.

– I will do everything I need to enhance and improve the spiritual, physical and mental health of myself and my Black woman. I will control and eradicate jealousy, selfishness, possessiveness, anger issues and any negative mental or emotional dysfunctions. I will also help my Black woman in her healing.

– I will protect Black women from the predators of this world. I am not a knight in shining armor I am a powerful divine Afrikan warrior and I will destroy anybody and anything that threatens the life of my Black woman. I will however use discretion and reasoning to secure my Black woman to not put her in any danger.

– I will share my feelings with my Black woman, I will communicate properly and intelligibly in order to bring about an understanding between us. A healthy expression of emotion is not a sign of weakness in a man.
– I will not undermine or underestimate the worth and essence of the Black woman.  I will eradicate any and all forms of gender superiority and discrimination within me.  Thus I will listen to my Black woman when she has something to say and I will not have any problem at all with my or any Black woman taking the lead in whatever she needs to take the lead in.
– I am NOT a "playa’", "mack" or "pimp". These things are as much a disrespect of myself as a Black man as well as disrespectful towards my Black Woman.  

– I will be responsible and admit my negativity or when I am wrong. If I screw up, I'll admit it and I will not avoid critique and or correction from Black woman. Apologies and humility are not signs of weakness in a man.

– I will comfort my Black woman when she is angry, saddened or physically ill.  I will empathize and be there for her to make sure she gets through her down period, and speaking of periods....

– I will not ridicule or belittle my Black woman when she is going through her natural monthly elimination cycle.  Nor will I use her menstrual cycle as an excuse for her behavior I deem as an inconvenience to me.

– I will appreciate and value the natural physical beauty of the Black woman, the big sisters and the thin ones, the dark skinned sisters and those who are lighter skinned and those sisters who wear their hair in it’s natural state. I will not objectify Black woman nor see her as a sex object. I will not use european beauty standards towards sisters because all Black women in their unique physical forms have beauty.

– I will not compete against my Black woman for our relationship is not a game or a contest.

– I will work with my Black woman in a cooperative nature to accomplish goals together.  We are a partnership.

– I will do my very best to satisfy my Black woman sexually. I will learn what I need to learn to pleasure her mind, body and soul through sex and or intimacy. If I don't know how to do any of that, I will learn and be patient as my Black woman will teach me.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A New Dialogue On Black Relationships

The Difference between males and Men, females and Women

The dialogue on Black relationships is inherently flawed due to the fact that the use of improper terminology has resulted in inaccurate analysis. Factor in the emotional aspect of the topic and Afrikans (African Americans especially) are immersed in repetitive diatribes that solve nothing. So such statements and lamentations as: "Men want women to submit to them", "Black women have attitudes", "All men are dogs", "Men do not want to commit", "women are emotionally unstable", “Black men ain’t shit”, “Black women are bitches”, “all men cheat” and others like them are examples of hurtful, misleading, false and potentially dangerous language.

The fundamental idea is this: there is a difference between a male and a Man, a female and a Woman. Historically Man means MIND, it is not a gender designation. Men and Women are IDEAS (with the understanding that the term "woman" must be redefined). Male and female are biological gender designations of the homosapien. This is beyond mere semantics because proper definitions will give one proper context and perspectives.

Taken beyond the biological reality, there are characteristics of males and females. Males and females are those people who are confined to their more base desires. These desires come by way of mis-education, generational dysfunction, mind control or a combination of these influences whether imposed externally from the environment or internally. Females and males live out their lives rising no higher than these imposed limitations of their being. This results in emotional immaturity, a lack of responsibility, a lack of discipline, a lack of spiritual development and a lack of mental acumen.

A Woman and Man are those females and males that have evolved beyond base existence into knowledge of self. These are the ones who have eliminated, controlled or minimized their negatives, vices or dysfunctions. Women and Men are the more mentally and emotionally healthy people (and can be physically but not necessarily all the time). Ultimately, Women and Men are on the way to manifesting their respective divine attributes. For Women, that being the Divine Feminine and for Men that is the Divine Masculine. Both are corresponding compliments of the dual faces of God consciousness.

The attributes of males are as follows: lacking integrity, dis-honest, senseless carnality, irresponsibility, fear based, ego-maniacal, anger issues, delusional, undisciplined, irrational emotions, ignorance, low self esteem, an overall lack of spiritual cultivation...

These negative male traits manifest in the following behaviors: Abusive (physical, verbal and sexual), addictions, cowardice, misogyny, machoist lack of emotions, obnoxiousness, easily manipulated, selfishness, inconsiderate, sexually deviant, greed, oppressive, domineering, victimization, materialism, jealousy, envy, spiritual disorientation, senseless violence, and spiritual vampirism, depression, self hate...

The following are the more destructive end results of these negative traits in males we see everyday: pimps, giggalos, leeches, drug dealers, drug abusers, rapists, sexists, pedophiles, herd mentality follower...

Some of the attributes of females are as follows: Low self esteem, depression, selfishness, egoism, conceit, anger issues, delusional, addictions, senseless carnality, self hate, lack of discipline, fearful...

These negative traits of females manifest in the following behaviors: vanity, helplessness, victim mentality, verbal, emotional and physical/sexual abusiveness, materialism, sexism, vindictiveness, arrogance, obnoxiousness, jealousy, greed, envy...

The following are some of the more extreme end results of these negative traits in females we see everyday: so-called “gold diggers” (although males are just as if not bigger gold diggers), followers or herd mentality, prostitutes, physical self mutilation, drug or alcohol addicts...

It should be noticed that males and females predominantly have the same negative emotional and mental issues however due to societal norms, at times these negatives are expressed differently. Also it must be noted that the behaviors and end results of each category are not indicative of all males and females but the extremes of each. At the least, most males and females are mere followers of their physical impulses and mind control. They’re all not evil or completely worthless. They are harmless, decent people but people who just have a myriad of issues and are in need of development.

Some attributes of MEN are: Integrity, courage, honesty, discipline (both mental and physical), intelligence, spiritual, empathetic, balanced, self love, humility...

These mental attributes of MEN manifest in the following behaviors: Introspection, (general) morality, empathy, forgiving, intellectualism, peaceful, loyalty, dignity, generosity, initiative, humbleness, responsibility...

Some of the roles in a society that MEN take up are: Fathers, husbands, builders, protectors, community representatives, business owners, law givers, revolutionaries, activists, artists, warriors, shamens, doctors, philosophers, scientists...

The attributes of WOMEN are: Intelligence, unconditional love, integrity, honesty, courage, nurturing, considerate, humility, empathetic, discipline (both mental and physical), self love, balanced...

These attributes in WOMEN result in the following behaviors: Humbleness, (general) morality, dignity, self reflection, generosity, forgiving, discipline, responsibility, loyalty...

Some of the roles that WOMEN take up are: Mothers, wives, community representatives, judges, artists, law givers, teachers, doctors, nurses (& midwives), social engineers, business owners, revolutionaries, activists, philosophers, sages, scientists...

One must understand that not all Men and Women are righteous perfect beings, many struggle with their negatives. The difference is Women and Men confront their issues and have the information, knowledge and courage to face their issues and eradicate them or control them. Women and Men have much more control over their negatives and thus can go through an issue or problem and come out of it healthier. Males and females will continue to not only wrestle with their issues, but they may not come out of their negatives with an answer....some do not come out at all.

If there is ever going to be a healthy dialogue between Black males/Men and Black females/Women it must start with love, honesty, respect and proper identification of all behaviors. Just as important there must be a hard analysis of the environmental factors that create or enables the myriad of our issues. This type of dialogue must take place between Women and Men or at least females and males wanting to evolve into Women and Men. All destructive titles and names such as “nigga”, “bitch”, “hoes”, “dogs”, “sluts”, “tricks”, etc must be absent in the dialogue for the utterance of these words out of their proper context will pollute the communication. This dialogue must be taken serious for this is a serious situation we are forced to deal with. The gender schism in our community threatens our ability to create healthy Afrikan families. Any and all future discussions directed at building a new paradigm of gender relationships in our community must be controlled and carefully directed. Meaning that those who do not wish to unite Afrikan people, or those who engage in negativity, divisiveness and destructive positions simply cannot participate. We need positive input, solutions and most of all healing, not side agendas and distractions.

The first and most important unity is between the woman and man.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010



I know my people. I know a lot about my people and there’s still much more to learn. I put this blog together mainly for Black females. First off, sisters can use this info to gauge the Black males in their lives as it pertains to relatives, sons, relationships, friendships and whatever. Brothers can also use this info to gauge their male relatives, homies and most of all themselves.

This list comes from a wholistic theme dealing with psychology, societal roles, economics, political realities and eventually mind control. The list is also generational, in that these types of brothers are more of a phenomenon of those born from the 60's to the 90's, the pre-Hip Hop and Hip Hop generation and beyond. Our parents and grandparents (who make up what Tom Brokaw called the Greatest Generation) and the generations from slavery and reconstruction more than likely have differing categories.

In the historical sense my list derives from John Blassigames Book “The Slave Community”. In that book the author describes the 3 types of slave males: the “Sambo”, “Nat” and “Jack”. In brief, the “Sambo” was the slave that conformed to slavery, “Nat” (named after Nat Turner) resisted oppression while “Jack” was for the most part a rarely moved combination of the two. For me that segment of Blassingames’ book was the foundation of the now infamous statistic of Black males. Everyone has heard of it, one-in-four black males are in the direct supervision of the criminal justice system. That statistic morphed into a later statistic of one-in-four black males are either dead, in jail or incapacitated (meaning non-marriage material due to drugs). When those stats came out I asked the question: “What about the other three Black males?”. It was then that I re-read and referenced John Blassingame’s book and came up with my own analysis.

My list is based on my experiences, observations, research and most of all an ongoing study of myself as a Black male.

1. The Criminal Element -
These brothers make up a fraction of the Black male population but with one look at the media, one would think this category of Black males make up at least 90% of all Black males. The first type is the so-called gang-banger, drug dealer. More often than not the flashiness of these individuals make them easy to point out. However based on the 2nd type of brother that identification may be difficult at times. These brothers are in and out of jail, for long or short periods. They usually come from broken homes or a single mother led family. More often they are fathers themselves and contrary to popular belief, there are many in this category that not only raise their children but live with the child and mother. These types of brothers may very well have other Black (and others) females impregnated. These brothers make up the dons, regions, captains, soldiers etc. of major street organizations and most are directly responsible for the deplorable state of the hood in regards to drugs and violence.

The other criminal element is the pimp, whose numbers are much smaller than one would think why with all the Black males out here claiming to be one. I’m referring to actual pimps. There is not much to say about these Black males other that they are a sub-category of the criminal element within the Black community. Their numbers have diminished over the years due in part to the higher rates of educated Black females and the drug game. Still there are those who hang on to this so-called “life” style to the bitter end.

2. The Male Bimbo or the Nothin’ Happenin’ Brotha -
This type of brother is exactly what the title reads, “nothin’ happenin’”. These brothers are the ones who are literally up to nothing. Literally. These brothers occupy the overwhelming majority of their time with video games or extreme weed use or pornography or a little bit (or a lot) of all these plus more. If these brothers go to college they spend several years going to a two year community college to earn an associates degree. These brothers hardly read and are not involved in anything of any progressive nature by way of self improvement. Thus everything they do is based on the most base rationales to fulfill superficial means, many of them don’t involve their lives in anything bigger than themselves.

These brothers are usually seen playing basket ball all hours of the day. The male bimbo/average/nothin’ happenin’ brother works various jobs although many can be unemployed. While that’s not tragic the time not spent on a job is NOT spent anywhere else. There are other male bimbo’s who involve themselves in some activities but these endeavor’s are never outside the box in terms of creativity, progressive thought, decency or common sense.

Since he cannot think for himself, the male bimbo/nothin’ happenin’ brotha merely follows every societal induced thought many times in stereotypical ways. In other words, the bimbo brother is more often than not the “wanna’ be”. He wanna’ be a rapper, he wanna’ be an athelete, he wanna’ be a player giggilo, he wanna’ be a baller etc. However some male bimbos actually become these things and they carry their empty mindedness into that particular field. Incidently the male bimbo/nothin’ happenin’ brother make up a very large segment of the Hip Hop artists. These are also the brothers who along with many of their criminal counterparts (another field that many male bimbo’s aspire to but have not the fortitude to endure) are directly responsible for the epidemic of single mothers in the hood. This is because in their “playa mack” mode their irresponsibility prompts them to drop out of sight when the egg and sperm combine and festers due to a broken condom or a plead to just “...let me put the head in...”.

There are male bimbo’s who stay with the girl they have impregnated yet their nothin’ happenin’ mind set creates a nothin’ happenin’ dysfunctional family. This is the brother that sits around and waits for his girlfriend to be his mother. Their baby needs attention, the girlfriend is overwhelmed with cooking and cleaning, the house is fucked up, the bills are over due and this male bimbo brother is sitting around watching tv, playing video games, with his boys playing basketball or at the strip club.

As stated in parentheses above some male bimbo-average brothas may delude themselves and thus try to delude others into thinking that they are some type of gangster. This is where a correct identification of the criminal element and the male bimbo becomes difficult for they both wear the same uniform and sound the same. Some male bimbos actually believe that if they talk it, throw up the signs and merely hang with so called “thugs” they are a gangster. Nothing could be further from the truth for the male bimbo doesn’t have the heart to commit a crime. Both the bimbo and the real criminal know that.

3. The “Good, Decent Black man” -
This brother is what many sisters call, the “good brotha”. He is employed and many times very well employed or they may be an entrepreneur. The “good/decent” brothas are law abiding, peaceful, some of them are college graduates and are responsible. They may even read a book or two (or in some cases three or four). Many of these brothers can be seen in church but mainly the mid size to larger churches. All these elements make this male a “good/decent brotha”. These brothers are the more responsible ones who actually are the heads of families. He raises his children and attempts to be a good husband/boyfriend to his woman. However upon more detailed analysis, there isn’t anything really spectacular about the “good/decent” brotha, it is just that in comparison to the criminal element and the bimbo/nothin’ happenin’ brotha, the good decent brotha is a god send. Usually the “good/decent” brotha is a former bimbo or criminal that has “seen the light” and turned their life around to become the “good/decent” brotha.

It must be noted here of a sub category of the “good/decent” brotha and is part of the reason for the quotes around the terms good and decent. This sub-category of brothers is the professional brother. And while the professional brother seems to be the end all be all cream of the crop in Black manhood, most professional brothers fall way short of this designation. The professional brother falls under the “good/decent” brother category due in part to society (and following society’s dictates, Black females) defining what “good” and “decent” is. Let’s be clear in the definition of “society”, I’m referring to those who run and own society, caucasians and in this case, caucasian males. The professional brotha works in the corporate or governmental sector or is an entrepreneur, he has a substantial income and conducts himself in every way to all that society deems high class. However as Shemar Moore stated in the movie “The Brothers”, these types of professional Black males truly believe they are the “cream of the crop” in terms of Black manhood. However erroneous that may be depending on what sista is doing the judging, some professional brothas are very decent and go out their way to do good for themselves and their people. That’s rare.

4. The Miscellaneous
What can be said about these brothers? They are the revolutionaries, isolationists, homeless, mentally/emotionally challenged, the extreme outcasts, nerds, geeks, geniuses or those brothers who fit no expectations of what “Black” is. Any Black male who is outside of society for whatever reason. This category encapsulates several types of brothers but due to the fact that these types of brothers do not have the demographic numbers high enough to match the previous 3 categories then they must be mixed in together as sub-categories of the miscellaneous element. The overall similarity of all the brothers in the miscellaneous category is that they are a question mark in regards to several factors. Are they marriage material? Can they function within society? What type of fathers would they make? What is their future? The people who would do the asking? Black females.

When I use the term revolutionary-seditionist I mean those terms in their purest, truest definition. Those who have dedicated their lives to the total liberation and independence of Afrikan people and or the destruction of the entire capitalist, white supremaced, global system or the total separation from said system. Based on that definition, one can see why these are in a very small minority, because as I have said many times before, there are very few truly conscious people and even less revolutionaries.

The isolationist and homeless are the brothers who have been defeated by society in such a totality that everything has been stripped from them. Even though they are not in jail, everywhere is a jail to them for their minds are totally segmented from everything. This is not to say that many of these brothers wouldn’t take the opportunity to improve their material situation, but based on either some inner flaw or society’s inequalities, many have not. What is severely overlooked is that while some brothers in this category revel in their lot in life there are some hidden geniuses among this demographic. There are truly miraculous and beautiful Black males in this category but their praises are unsung for they are overlooked by expectant, unlearned eyes.

Another aspect to the isolationists (and sometimes homeless) brothers is the fact that some or maybe many suffer from some type of mental/emotional illness. The mentally-emotionally challenged occupy a sub category of the miscellaneous because there are enough numbers of them either in mental hospitals, walking the streets and even within our families to varying degrees. Many of these brothers can be found in the other categories yet the fact that their mind has an extreme difference in varying ways they are deserving of their own sub-category. They may be those who have difficulty functioning in society in any capacity and thus they need assistance.

The isolationist brother also can be a victim of drugs and alcohol which puts them in the same jail cell as the criminal element. Although it is the opinion of this writer that drug addiction is a health issue, society deals with drug addicts primarily with incarceration. This list is reflective of how society has aided, even created the types of Black males. The addict can be seen in the hood as those brothers who occupy the streets during work and school hours. At 11:37 am one can see these brothers walking down the streets in the hood begging for change. Or they are just sitting around on milk crates, drinking beer and watching time pass away talking to others who are more than likely in the same condition he is in. That is if the drug addict isn’t in jail. There are levels of drug addiction, one of which is the functional addict, or the addict that can blend in and work relatively well while delving in drugs from time to time. But the brother I’m referring to here in this category isn’t functional. When he’s high or intoxicated he becomes highly disruptive or just a total non-issue.

Extreme nerds, geeks and outcasts round out the miscellaneous brothers for the simple fact that they are the invisible lot within the Black community. These brothers do not fit into any stereotype or norm as it relates to Black people. Because of that, the extreme aspect of this sub-category of brothers makes them too much of a stretch as it pertains to them being marriage material in the minds of many Black females. Many outcasts are so much of an outcast that they are rarely even in the confines of the Black community. Instead they may occupy other societal sub-cultures mainly populated by caucasians or other groups. The extreme nerds are either the geniuses that are snatched up by caucasians or move about the Black community totally invisible.

To sum it up

Well that’s all I can think of. If there are others that can maybe have their own category or sub category, then by all means relate them here for discussion. I did not include homosexual males because gay males canvass all 4 types of brothers and I haven’t done a count to figure if there is enough of them numerically to warrant their own category if that is even necessary. Homosexuals transverse all areas of life and while some are rather prominent with their sexual orientation, they still occupy an aforementioned category in some way or the other (even though they are not available to Black females). Also, professional males could be considered the 5th type of brothers for their lifestyle is different enough to be categorized by them selves but for now I place them as a sub-category of the “good/decent” brotha because in most cases, that is how they are viewed (despite the fact that some of these males marry outside their ‘race’). The categories are all divided by psychological mind-sets which determine these brothers position in life. However it must be noted that these types of brothers are under the direct and indirect control of the American economic, political, social and military-police system.

A point to this list, there is what I call over-lapping. By that I mean some Black males may be a combination of two, or more categories. An average, bimbo / nothin’ happenin’ brotha may be found in church with the “good brotha”. The revolutionary in the miscellaneous category may be a criminal based on whatever ideology he may propose. A nerd will hardly ever be found within the criminal element (unless they’re a certified super villain) but an outcast-extreme nerd can marry a sista and be the “good” brotha. It must also be noted that each category has both a benign and malevolent nature. In other words whether or not a brother beats his girlfriend or sends her flowers, his categoric position remains the same whatever that may be. There are good and bad brothers in varying degrees in each category.

Also there are pro’s and cons to each category of brothers. I could list them but then this blog would be an additional several pages and quite frankly I don’t feel like typing anymore. I will add an addendum to this blog in the near future but for now the pro’s and cons of each type of Black male can be up for discussion.

My Black sisters, when you look at a Black male remember this blog. But also realize that there are times when a brother will look like he’s in one category but they are really in a totally different one. So use insight and pay attention.

I have not compiled a list for sisters yet, but based on the male list, a female list will be similar. There are numbers of sisters that may be different enough to deserve their own category. In which case there may be one or two more categories of sisters than brothers. As soon as I can measure the population segments I can then make a determination based on the info I get.

Until then....Uhuru.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Haiti needs help from the Afrikan Diaspora

Note: This blog appeared as a note on my facebook page. The location for many of the organizations listed is in Chicago Illinois. This blog gives pertinent information regarding Haiti as of (Gregorian Calendar) January 13th-14th, 2010.

I went to a meeting with the Haitian community in Evanston and came away with some info. The most important thing right now is that there is usually a two to three day phase of search and recovery. Since this is an especially devestating case this phase may take a little longer. So because of that clothing, food, school supplies, toys etc are not essential items right now. There is no way to get these items to the people due to the roads being destroyed and cluttered with....buildings. What is essential now is MONEY, MEDICAL & HYGEINE SUPPLIES. This is the information I deduced from the meeting last night in Evanston. Everything else I filtered out because a member of Homeland Security was there giving out some suspect info. The most common sense thing to do in terms of donations is either give money or FIND OUT what is needed on the ground in Haiti at the moment. Whatever that is, that will get to Haiti faster. Everything else will just sit in a warehouse for weeks maybe months.

I will tell you all to choose your charity carefully. Me myself, I would rather NOT f**k with the Red Cross. But since neither the Nation of Islam nor the AAPRP are on the ground in Haiti....well, I'll just reiterate, choose your charity carefully and wisely.

So because of that I would recommend the following:

Haitian Congress to Fortify Haiti
1227 Dodge Avenue
Evanston, IL 60202
Tel: 847-475-5856 Fax: 847-424-1049
Their e-mail is:
Their website is:
This is the Haitians themselves, now whomever they give the money to is their perogrative.

Wyclefs' effort called Yele Haiti
Use your cell phone to text “Yele” to 501501, which will automatically donate $5 to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund (it will be charged to your cell phone bill), or you can go to the website to DONATE.

Doctors Without Borders
This organization has some people on it's board that are a little suspect but the doctors are needed right now. So if you want:
Their donation page is:

Shelter Box
Here's an international effort that was brought up at the meeting, it seems to be a decent idea.

I was also informed that the organization Children of Haiti Enhancement Foundation, Inc.(C.O.H.E.F.) are collecting donations. Their website address is:

These are the ones I would give anything to. You can go the Red Cross route, but me...I don't trust them, especially after that September 11th debacle. I also heard of a collection/donation drop off effort by some Moorish Science Temple members at the Nguzo Saba Academy on 1929 W. 87th st. There's also an effort by LIB Radio Haitian Relief Fund which is Black folks who have a direct line to Haiti. Their website address is:

Doris Lewis has organized storage space to collect whatever needs to be collected as time goes on (clothes, food, school supplies, toys etc.). She is working out of Hyde Park Storage 5155 South Cottage Grove Avenue, Chicago, IL 60615-3610, (773) 955-5500

This is what I have for now. Some comrades are coming up with more organizations and donation efforts. I will check on the Haitians at my old school/church Our Lady Of Peace to see if they are organizing anything or to help them organize. Please give what you can, when you can. This is OUR RESPONSIBILITY.

As an addendum, I will say this: DO NOT SEND PAT ROBERTSON A PENNY!!