Unfortunately, there’s a lot of miseducation aimed at “minority” children.
What’s worse is that a lot of it comes from their own parents or whoever’s responsible for raising them.
This may or may not be the fault of their parents because their parents were mentally infected by someone else and passed that information to their children as “truth”.
According to en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_the_world, which isn’t necessarily up to date, there’s only one city.. MY CITY, New York City, The Center of the Universe, that’s representing the USA in the top 10 populated areas of the world.
If you want to look at countries, more than FIVE BILLION PEOPLE live in Asia & Africa. o_O
Almost SIX BILLION if you include South America, and that’s out of a grand total of SEVEN BILLION PEOPLE on the entire planet.
So if you’re going to conflate “people of color”, they aren’t “minorities” anywhere, never were, and never will be.
However, that story is sold to the children, who grow up and sell it to their children ad infinitum and ad nauseam.
I actually had a chick tell me that she didn’t see anything wrong with referring to herself in a demeaning fashion because her grandfather called her and everyone else in her family the same thing. o_O
Of course, she proceeded to get mad at me when I informed her that her grandfather had been mentally infected and he passed that infection on to her.
I respect her reverence for her grandfather, but that doesn’t change the facts.
If her grandfather considered himself subhuman and inflicted that language and behavior on the rest of his bloodline, he’s guilty of poisoning them and stunting their mental growth and lifelong potential.
If she would have been able to think back to where her grandfather learned to hate himself, she would have realized that the origin was external, and that by perpetuating her grandfather’s behavior and beliefs, she was actually self-oppressing and doing the job of whoever convinced her grandfather that he wasn’t a first class citizen of the United States of America for them.
This is part of the problem. It isn’t exactly Stockholm Syndrome:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockholm_syndrome is a condition that causes hostages to develop a psychological alliance with their captors as a survival strategy during captivity.
Stockholm Syndrome assumes that you are aware of who your captor is.
It doesn’t actually apply when someone who you look up to for guidance has already been brainwashed.
Pardon my French for a second, but if your father has been convinced that he’s a piece of shit and then he refers to you as a piece of shit, you’re going to consider that normal when it isn’t.
You don’t know any better and you don’t know any different.
The person whose job it was to raise you properly failed miserably.
The person whose job it was to build up your self esteem tore it down.
The person whose job it was to tell you you can do or be anything you want if you apply yourself and work hard enough at it told you you can only be a limited number of things because he fell for the okey-doke that HE could only be a limited number of things, and how could YOU possibly be any greater than he believes he is?
Obviously, this is pathetic, but it’s also a fact of some people’s lives.
When I mix records for kids who insist on demeaning themselves, I encourage them to stop.
Except they can’t stop, because I believe in them more than they believe in themselves.
I’m a star-maker. I can detect quality and talent. If I tell someone they’re talented, that means that they are.
Unfortunately, one person telling them something contrary to what ALL OF THEIR FRIENDS AND FAMILY are telling them isn’t usually going to make a significant difference.
I’m asking them to trust me instead of the brainwashing they’ve received for their entire lives.
Then you have the media… WHOO BOY!!! 😀 HAHAHAHA
The media would like for you to believe in a stereotype.
The media would like for you to make simple assumptions based on minuscule bits of information, such as if a chick has a scarf over her face, she might explode.
It’s really ridiculous but it’s really effective.
The way it works is that anybody who would like to portray themselves as an asshole gets funded.
Anybody who wants to tell the world that they’re regular people and ruin the facade does not get funded.
The worse you can make “your people” look, the more money will be allocated to creating your content and promoting your garbage to the entire world.
This is where Wakanda actually comes from, but we’ll get to that in an ensuing article. >:D
The only people seen prospering are shitty people.
This presents to the musician/artist/whatever the false choice of producing shitty content or remaining broke.
That person you know who lives right near you and makes music that uplifts his community?.. No funding.
That person that claims he’s a drug addict and a criminal?.. Lots of funding.
I don’t know anything about being broke, but I can imagine that it’s an incredible motivator.
I run my own business, my father ran his own business, both of my grandfathers ran their own businesses. I know nothing about being broke and/or desperate for money.
I’m not knocking people’s hustles for putting food on their families’ tables by selling out everyone else who “looks like them”.
What I’m saying is that media influences people’s beliefs about what they can or can’t achieve or be… To a lesser degree than their family and close friends, but it’s still a major influence.
Education is important as well. If you’re going to hand your kids off to people for 7 hours a day when your kid is only going to be awake for 16 hours every day, you have to be sure these people are teaching your kids the right things.
I was in computer club in high school, and my Aunt told me “If you want to be the best in computers, go to MIT”.
That’s most likely the only reason I applied at all.
I already knew I was a genius. I wasn’t concerned about which college I attended.
However, since my Aunt said that, I decided to apply.
Besides, it didn’t matter because I already had fully-paid-for 4-year scholarships offered to me from other schools.
So I go into the Guidance Counselor’s office, and I tell him I’m going to apply to MIT.
He looks at me funny 😀 and suggests that I apply to RPI (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute).
I wasn’t there for that.
I told him calmly without cursing, LOOK, MOTHERFUCKER… YOUR JOB IS TO DO WHAT I TOLD YOU TO DO, SO GET ME THAT MIT APPLICATION AND OTHER THAN THAT, STFU.
I applied to MIT, was accepted, and graduated. alum.MIT.edu/www/BillCammack
Had I been poisoned by my parents, I might have fallen for the Guidance Counselor’s okey-doke and been dissuaded from applying to MIT.
In fact, I might not even have brought it up. I might not have listened to my Aunt at all. I might not have even HAD an Aunt that would have told me what she told me based on her career as a computer programmer.
So if your kids are being told at home that they’re nobody and the media is telling them that they’re nobody and they’re being taught in school that they’re nobody, the predictable future of that is that your kid is going to be nobody. Or Worse-Than-Nobody.
Country & Heroes
I know who I am.
I am an American New Yorker.
Both of my parents were Americans. All four of my grandparents were Americans. All of my great-grandparents were Americans.
Some people who live in the USA (and not only “minorities”) are teaching their kids that they aren’t Americans. o_O
If you aren’t an American, kick rocks.
Go wherever it is that you think you belong.
Make yourself useful to a society that you feel comfortable in and take your kids with you.
I have nothing to do with The South. I’ve seen “Deliverance”
Those people are still Americans, whether you like it or not.
I’m from the city and I know how it feels to travel to the country.
I don’t need any of the characters in “Deliverance” to “look like me” in order to be concerned for their survival when I watch that film.
“Us” is the city people. “Them” is the country people.
The concept resonates, regardless of who is or isn’t in the movie.
I’ve never been in the military and I’ve never flown a plane. You can bet that I was cheering my ass off during Top Gun
You can see where I’m going with this.
If you’re training your kids that even though they live in The USA they aren’t Americans, you’re doing them a disservice.
If you’re training your kids that they can only enjoy the triumphs of people who “look like them”, you’re doing them a disservice.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roscoe_Brown – Roscoe Conkling Brown Jr. (March 9, 1922 – July 2, 2016) was one of the Tuskegee Airmen and a squadron commander of the 100th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group. He graduated from the Tuskegee Flight School on March 12, 1944 as member of class 44-C-SE and served in the U.S. Army Air Forces in Europe during World War II. During this period, Captain Brown shot down an advanced German Me-262 jet fighter and a FW-190 fighter. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Brown was born in Washington, D.C. in 1922. His father, Roscoe C. Brown, Sr. (1884–1963), was a dentist and an official in the United States Public Health Service who was born as George Brown and had changed his name to honor Roscoe Conkling, a strong supporter of the rights of African Americans during Reconstruction. His mother was the former Vivian Berry, a teacher.
Prior to his wartime service, he graduated from Springfield College, Springfield, Massachusetts, where he was valedictorian of the Class of 1943.
After the war, Captain Brown resumed his education. His doctoral dissertation was on exercise physiology and he became a professor at New York University and directed their Institute of Afro-American Affairs. He was President of Bronx Community College from 1977 to 1993 and then director for the Center for Education Policy at the City University of New York. In 1992, Brown received an honorary doctor of humanics degree from his alma mater, Springfield College.
On March 29, 2007, Brown attended a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol rotunda, where he and the other Tuskegee Airmen collectively, not individually, were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of their service.
He was also a member and past president of the 100 Black Men of America New York Chapter. and professor of Urban Education at the CUNY Graduate Center. Brown died on July 2, 2016 at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, N.Y. at the age of 94. He had resided in Riverdale in his latter years.
I honor & respect Dr. Brown for his ability, actions, service, the life he lived, and for being a pleasant person to know. 😀
The fact that he “looks like me” is merely a fringe benefit.
I was raised to excel and to strive to do my best as an individual.
While my ancestors were in The USA 200 years ago, the friends I grew up with and that I’m still friends with to this day had ancestors in Greece, Africa, Germany, Japan, India, The USA, and everywhere else at that time.
Our problems growing up were with kids from the vocational school a couple of avenues away or the Italian gang that hung out by the deli where we went to get lunch. None of our issues were based on ancestry because we were all in this together.
I had physical fights with friends of mine that I’m in contact with to this day. It had nothing to do with where someone’s ancestors used to live and everything to do with us having a personal problem with each other and deciding to settle it physically.
I can’t imagine going through life being told that the only wins that apply to me are achieved by people who “look like me”.
Yet and still, this is how a lot of kids are being raised… Which brings us to our “Black Panther” relevance.
If you watch documentaries about criminals, they just about ALL say the exact same thing.
The only people they saw living an enjoyable life were criminals.
The only guys with cars, women, & money were criminals.
The only people they saw in music videos were claiming to be criminals. (I told you earlier why that is)
The only people they saw who were popular and famous were criminals.
They wanted to be “somebody” instead of “nobody”, so that route was the only way they could think of.
… Except nobody publicizes what happens to you after you get caught and go to jail and you’re working for 26 cents an hour, doing jobs that previously paid American workers 26 dollars an hour.
Their set of possibilities for their lives was crafted by their families, friends, educators, and the media they were exposed to.
T’Challa (Black Panther) grew up lovely and had no interest whatsoever in helping anyone that wasn’t Wakandan to live a better life.
N’Jadaka (Killmonger) grew up horribly and wanted to relieve EVERYONE who experienced the same thing from suffering the way he did. And he wanted to take revenge against the perpetrators who caused that suffering.
This is part of the messaging of “Black Panther”, which we’ll get to in an ensuing article.
What’s relevant right now is your understanding that people aren’t rejoicing right now because they believe in a fictional kingdom called Wakanda, 😀 but because they’ve seen something that they didn’t previously believe existed, which is the making of and the immediate box office success of a film starring and directed by people who “look like them”.
The numbers are in and Black Panther is a monster hit. More than that, it has already earned a place in the box office history books in just its first three-to-four days of release. The movie earned a $201.8 million Fri-Sun weekend and will earn an estimated $235m over the Fri-Mon holiday. So, without further ado, I wanted to take a moment to note the copious big ways that the Ryan Coogler-directed/Chadwick Boseman-starring superhero spectacular has already planted its flag in the sand. Please enjoy eight box office records that Black Panther has already broken and ten more where it came awfully close to the top of the mountain. Let’s put “All the Stars” or “Opps” on your music device of choice, open up that Box Office Mojo tab and dive in!
Nobody was on drugs in this film.
Other than the arch-villain Killmonger, nobody was doing anything illegal in this film (unless you count speeding in South Korea).
Nobody was cursing in this film (that I noticed).
Nobody was demeaning themselves or anyone else in this film.
There were lots of “black” characters in this film, including dark-skinned “blacks”, which is an entirely different topic of conversation! 😀
There was a major budget for this film.
They did a ton of graphics work on this film.
There is international acclaim for this film.
The point is not the fantasy of Wakanda, but rather the process of making “Black Panther” and experiencing what happens when people who “look like them” do excellent things. 😀
Countless kids are now sitting at home understanding that they can be filmmakers instead of being nobody or worse than nobody.
They’re seeing all kinds of intelligent, fun interviews with the actors and the director.
They will point their smartphones at themselves and their friends and create scenarios that people are fascinated by, enjoy, and that they’ll want to monetarily support.
Although as I said before, I disagree with the parenting style of telling your child they can’t do something unless they see someone who looks like them do it, it’s too late for myriad kids. Their brainwashed parents have already brainwashed them.
Being that that’s the case, I think it’s a fantastic thing that kids (and adults) are being inspired to be creative and productive because now they can see a light at the end of the tunnel as far as their becoming “somebody” without portraying themselves and their community as a bunch of creeps.
Obviously, women played major roles in “Black Panther” as the General, the James Bond “Q”, the Queen Mother, the spy, the militia, and to a lesser degree the chick who got poisoned so N’Jadaka and Klaue could steal the artifact.
I thought this was great and wasn’t overdone in the film.
If you want your life protected, you want the best life-protector to handle the business.
If you select a male when a female is the best person for that job, you’re literally taking your life in your own hands, and you’ll get what you deserve.
Again, having grown up in Manhattan, NYC, there are literally hundreds of thousands of women on this island, and some of them excel in fields ranging from computer programming to jiu-jitsu.
It isn’t important to me to see strong female representation in films because I see it in real life.
Many of my bosses and clients have been women.
Select the best person to do the job and your company will thrive.
Having said that.. For the reasons I already outlined, it *IS* important for many other people to see women on screen trusted with important things such as creating gadgets for the king or defending his life.
Not for the reason of fantasy or affirmation or empowerment, but because there are people who never imagined that a woman could be a general or a President or whatever else is depicted in the arts.
I wasn’t a fan of the typical “hard to get” *yawn* narrative they wrote for Nakia, but she got with the prorgam by the end, and T’Challa received a couple of smooches before the ending credits.
I also wasn’t a fan of the writers making T’Challa give an excuse for kissing Nakia, talm’boud he almost died or whatever he said. :/ Corny.
At the end of the film, women were assigned to run the new Oakland outreach facility.
Also, Bilbo Baggins couldn’t have flown the plane to stop the weapons distribution without the technology and guidance provided by Shuri.
Do *I* know that women program computers? Definitely.
Do *I* know that women fight and run businesses and join the military? Yep.
There are other people who live in the fishbowl or bubble created for them by the people who surround them on a daily basis, as well as the lack of access to the internet where they would be able to look up information for themselves:
Katherine Johnson, the movie’s protagonist, was something of a child prodigy. Hailing from the small West Virginian town of White Sulphur Springs, she graduated from high school at 14 and the historically black West Virginia State University at 18. In 1938, as a graduate student, she became one of three students—and the only woman—to desegregate West Virginia’s state college. In 1953, Johnson was hired by NACA and, five years later, NACA became NASA thanks to the Space Act of 1958.
The movie muddies the timeline a bit, but Johnson’s first big NASA assignment was computing the trajectories for Alan Shepard’s historic flight in 1961. Johnson and her team’s job was to trace out in extreme detail Freedom 7’s exact path from liftoff to splashdown. Since it was designed to be a ballistic flight—in that, it was like a bullet from a gun with a capsule going up and coming down in a big parabola—it was relatively simple in least in the context of what was to come. Nonetheless, it was a huge success and NASA immediately set their sights on America’s first orbital mission.
*I* know this stuff because I attended school with intelligent & athletic girls and women.
I don’t need this education, but a lot of people do, so they can stop inhibiting themselves and live their lives to their fullest potential.
“Wakanda doesn’t exist! :O” isn’t an effective rebuttal to anything I just wrote. Superman’s native world, Krypton, doesn’t exist either.
Bruce Wayne isn’t Batman. He isn’t going to swoop down and save you in a dark alley.
Neither is Daredevil.
The point is to spark the imagination. To entertain people and also get them to think about things they hadn’t considered before.
Being that he is perceived as the arbitrarily-designated “black”, kids grew up for 8 years recognizing that people all over the USA voted for someone who excelled in his field and happened not to look “white”.
Does this mean that uneducated, unsophisticated kids are one day going to be PotUS? 😀 Nope.
hmm… Considering our country’s current condition….. um…. Anyway…
The point is that it doesn’t matter where the education comes from. It matters what’s done with it.
If a kid reads a Superman comic and then starts working out and eventually becomes an Olympic Athlete, “Krypton doesn’t exist! :O” is a worthless statement and a waste of the detractor’s time.
If a kid watches “Black Panther” and decides to be a computer programmer or become an armed forces general or even a mercenary soldier, it doesn’t matter if the inspiration came from a fictional kingdom in a comic book universe. 😀
If a kid decides to become a filmmaker because he or she saw people who “look like them” succeed, excel, and receive acclaim for it, it’s unfortunate they were programmed that way, but it’s great that they’re being presented valuable options for updating the code in their programming.
Still, you’re going to see joyless people attempt to prevent other people from being joyful, like the crabs in the barrel that attempt to prevent other crabs from getting out.
They’re creating nothing. Everything they have to say is derivative. Without the actual creation, they’d have nothing to complain about, and certainly nothing positive or progressive to say for themselves. They’re doing nothing to improve their own lives, and they’re wasting their lives trying to impede YOUR progress.
Unfortunately, people get caught up in worthless arguments with detractors because they perceive what they’re saying to be important when none of it is.
They’re trying to waste your time so you don’t move forward with your personal plans for excellence.
They’re trying to ruin your inspiration & break your stride.
Most of the time, they aren’t even minding their own business. 😀 They’re arriving IN YOUR THREADS on social media talking trash that you never asked them about and don’t care about.
Leave them to wallow in their misery.
Keep your eyes on the prize.
Next year, they’ll be exactly where they are right now, which is nowhere, and you’ll be 365 days closer to achieving your goals.
Continued in “Black Panther” Film Discussion [Part 04: Language]…