The Sad Truth…

It’s no secret that many YouTube comments are notorious for their ignorant, racist, and belittling remarks. Usually, I choose not to respond to many of these comments, but yesterday night, I just couldn’t help it…

Let me tell you how it started. I was watching one of my favorite YouTuber’s, Phillip Defranco. Towards the end of his video, I looked in the sidebar and noticed that YouTube recommended a video by the name of “Black Folk Don’t:  Join the NRA”. I was curious, so like any curious cat I decided to go on a little adventure into the unknown. What did I find? Well, apparently the actual channel is named ‘BlackFolkDont’. I could’ve sworn it was a joke because, I thought there was no way that any semi-intelligent person would actually create videos that stereotyped and generalized their own race- seemingly reinforcing racial division in society today. Unfortunately, I was wrong.

I began to watch…

My INITIAL response was somewhere along the lines of, “really guys, you’re killing me here”, but I decided to scroll through the comments to see what other people might have been thinking. As I expected, there were people who were on the same page as I was. They didn’t see the point in this channel. They felt as if it was perpetuating ignorance and showed some of the Black community stereotyping themselves. The comments were civil. Well, civil in terms of Youtube. However, with one small swipe downwards, I saw a comment that read:

“Here I have a couple ideas for the next series of videos for you: BlackFolkDont:  Use common sense, read, or educate themselves! BlackFolkDont:  Vote out racist parties and politicians whom are DEMOCRAT! BlackFolkDont:  Raise their children in a normal loving family that isn’t broken! BlackFolkDont:  Forgive and forget about slavery when everyone was a SLAVE! BlackFolkDont:  Pay bills, tip generously, get out of debt, or save for the future! BlackFolkDont:  Join ALL people under the common banner of FREEDOM! BlackFolkDont:  Wake Up from complete stupidity and ignorance!”

As I said before, I usually don’t respond to things of this sort, but I just…couldn’t…help it. I became “that guy”, I know. But, the audacity of someone to even type this down, troll or not, is disgusting and disgraceful to the human race. So I responded with this (I apologize sincerely in advance for the language. I did my best to contain myself.):
“*Name Omitted*, ahead of time, sorry for the novel, but your response to this video is beyond ignorant.
Real quick, let me hit you with some facts:
1. I am an educated black man who is attending a University. As a matter of fact, I’m currently looking at becoming published in one of my schools textbooks for a paper I wrote in my English class, I have the opportunity to work with my Chemistry professor on a research idea of MINE, I manage my own blog, I am looking into starting a charity, and to further disprove your theory on black people not having common sense, well, I’m in college so fuck it, I study my ass off , so I have the right to fuck shit up when needed. To further disprove your claims, it just so happens that I come from a long line of educated black men and women. I’m not just talking about my folks, I’m talking about their friends, and their friends friends etc. WE educated black folk do not appreciate to be generalized by this negative stereotype.
2. I am a Democrat, for the most part. Why? Because, I happen to hold true to a lot of liberal social idealism’s. Does that mean I like and/or agree with President Obama? No. It does not. As a matter of fact, I did not like either candidate that ran in this past election and wouldn’t have voted for either. Oh, and just so you know I actually have some republican thoughts of mind as well. I believe in the second amendment thoroughly. Love me or hate me, I do. I love my guns, and as a matter of fact, I was once apart of the NRA (I wasn’t going to make my dad pay my monthly NRA fees for me. I wanted to be my own man and pay for them myself when I came of age. So for now I guess you can say I’m not “paying [my] bills on time.” I believe in our military and I do my best to support those who support us. I can continue down the path of my own personal political opinions, but that’s not what I’m here for. I can talk about them later if you’d like.
3. My family was extremely loving and supportive. Was it hard sometimes that my daddy wasn’t there? Yes, it was, but see I knew he had a higher calling. The calling to serve as a Colonel in the United States Military, where he fought long and hard to protect and serve those he loves. But THANK GOD I had a strong, educated, loving, supportive black mother there to help see me through those hard times when daddy was bye bye.
4. Listen, sir, as much as you might want people to suddenly just forget about slavery, it’s not going to happen. It’s as engrained into out past as the Revolution was. Can we forgive? Yes. Forget? No. Also, although many people like to be in denial and say that, it’s “2013” racism is dying, well, I’m afraid to tell you that it’s not. It really isn’t. In fact, there are a few studies and a great documentary done by the Youtuber’s on the ‘Vice’ documentary channel where they explain how it’s actually, once again, on the rise, but in not such a violent manner. Much more discrete if you know what I mean. No dogs. No firetrucks. That sort of thing.
5. We pay our bills. We aren’t in debt. We tip whatever the standard tip rate is. Lastly, I think they’ve invested in their future quite nicely. For an example, see #1.
6. Freedom? Is that what America stands for as of right now? We can’t even allow gays rights in most states. Oh, and don’t forget the increasing possibility of internet censorship. Should I also mention the MANY lobbyist groups that influence government policy to bend towards their own goals (NRA included)? Nah, I save that rant for later. Oh, and before I move on, I can’t forget to add in one of the most highly discriminated people in America, muslims. Yea, a lot are really feeling that love and affection of racism, prejudice and discrimination. Real free right there.
7. I will refer you to #1, but also, I must say comment on how ignorant this is. Are you saying that all blacks are stupid and ignorant? Because, if you really think that, then may I refer you to a child and her family…what’s that little girls little name? Oh that’s right, Honey Boo Boo. There are ignorant and stupid people in every race, so the fact that you have the audacity to even make such a comment makes me believe that you’re one of those ignorant little fuckers of your race ;).Just so you know, I completely disagree with this video and I happen to find it  ignorant and racist (Yes, I do believe black people, my “own kind” can be racist too!) and slightly distasteful, especially since they are generalizing and border-line belittling their own race. However, The assumption that all black people act the way you wrote, or even think the same as those in this video is rather offensive and degrading. As much as it sounds like you’re directing your anger just towards those in this video, you are really projecting you anger on an entire race and have come off as racist. I’d refrain from encouraging these stereotypes, as they are dehumanizing. Anyways, let me get off of my soapbox, I have to take my “completely stupid” black ass back to that EDUMACATION. BUt, before I go, let me hit you with a quote. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, ‘Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.'”
Once again, I do apologize for the language and the grammatical mistakes. But, in my defense, I was a little bit riled up. Anyways, I thought I would share it with you all. I’m mainly doing this to show that racism, discrimination, all of it, is still very real and relevant in this “new day in age”. It’s sad, but it’s true. It’s not just a “white thing” either, as you saw and read, these traits apply to all races, ethnicity’s and backgrounds.
I’d love to know your opinions on the video, the person’s response, as well as, my response. Was he in the wrong? Was I in the wrong? Did we both go too far?
 As always, Thank you for reading and remember…
You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world” – Woodrow Wilson

Chasing Your Dreams

This past week, I have been stressing constantly over what to post. There were so many ideas floating around in my mind, it was hard to choose from them all. But while there were so many ideas in my mind, there was only one message that was on my heart- chasing your dreams. I feel as if I didn’t complete that message in my post from last week. Last week, I had said, in short, that the graveyards are the richest places on earth because, it holds the many ideas and dreams that were never tried.

Society will tell you that your dreams are unrealistic and not practical in the real world. But, how will you know if you never tried. My old basketball coach once said, “Never be afraid to fail because, at least you tried.” People look at a challenge and imagine 1000 ways that they can fail. That’s natural. The problem is when people look at the challenge and become afraid. Don’t be of the failure, learn to love it. Because with failure, you learn from your mistakes.

On that note, I’d like to share a motivational video that gets me going when I’m down.

My Journey to Blogging (May I Introduce Myself?)

I always thought it’d be interesting to have a blog. It would allow me to talk (Lord knows I love to do that). Well, in this case write about whatever came to my mind. So, when I first signed up for this site I told myself that I’d have my first blog done within a few days. A few weeks later, it still wasn’t complete. I would push back the blogs completion every single day. I’d tell myself that I was waiting on the right time to do it. It’s not like I didn’t have the time or the inspiration, I just needed to wait on that “right time”, but why? Oddly enough, I was able to find that answer in a video clip my friend posted online. As if it was god-sent, the clip began with a man saying that there will never be a right time in your life to work towards achieving a goal, and if you wait for that perfect moment or that perfect timing, your goal will NEVER happen. You have to dig deep and create the perfect moment, time, and opportunity. The clip was inspiring to say the least.

See, it seems as if the more I waited on that “right time”, the more I talked myself out of pursuing my goals. The more I talked myself out of my aspirations the more I planted the seeds of doubt in my mind. Eventually, that doubt turned to fear. I became afraid. I was afraid of what people would think. I was afraid of failure. I was afraid that my real goal, the goal to keep someone’s spirits high by keeping them entertained, to help someone, or to even just make them think, would go unnoticed…

But now, I can’t be afraid. Because if I allow fear to dictate my life, then I won’t be able to accomplish anything. So here is me writing my first blog. For those of you who have yet to see my about me page, I’ll do my best to sum it up here. I’m a freshman in college. I’m a chemistry major that loves to write. And, I’ve got a lot to talk about. Before I go though, there’s two things I’d like to do.

One, I’d like to leave you with one of my favorite quotes from a motivational speaker named Les Brown. This is for those of you, who like me, have so many dreams, but sometimes allow yourself to become your own worst enemy. Here’s what he says: “The graveyard is the richest place on earth, because it is here that you will find all of the hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled, the books that were never written, the songs that were never sung, the inventions that were never shared, the cures that were never discovered, all because someone was too afraid to take the first step, keep with the problem, or determined to carry out their dream.” Two, I’d like to ask everyone two questions. What has held you back from pursuing or achieving your goal? And, if you to die today, what ideas and what aspirations would die with you?

Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed.