Once upon at time there was this guy named Don Imus. He said stupid racist and sexist things on the air about the Rutgers University women’s basketball team. He is a dick head. He got fired for being a racist, sexist, dick head. End of story.
Wait, no, not the end of the story.
Suddenly, all of the black people in the land started turning on themselves and blaming themselves for Imus’s comments. Now, these black people were a bit deluded. They thought they were talking about other black people. But somewhere along the line, after 1964, they forgot how to be one people. They forgot that pointing the finger at “them” was also pointing the finger at themselves. So sad. So very sad indeed.
You see, after Imus, the S.R.D.H., said what he said, black people across the land started emailing each other and going on tv and radio talk shows talking about how they really did Imus to themselves. They blamed their music, their ghettos, their Ebonics, their limited access to the best education in the country for people like Imus, the S.R.D.H. saying racist stuff like that. They discussed reasons why they shouldn’t be outraged about Imus, when there are misogynistic messages in their own music. It’s as though the powers that be sprinkled pixie dust among them and confused them and now they can’t distinguish between the cause and the effect. It’s a sad state for these people.
They have forgotten who controls the music industry, who controls the images they see of themselves on tv, in the media and on the silver screen. They have forgotten the role racism has historically played in the creation of their ghettos and how survival has caused many of them to forgo many of the luxuries and comforts others of them enjoy. It’s as if the lot of them has been brainwashed. They no longer think like the generation before them who knew that their survival as a people required unity and fighting for the collective. Instead, it seems like something akin to Stockholm syndrome is running amok in the land.
Is there hope for the people? Will those in the fringes who see the dastardly scheme at work learn how to communicate the need to stop the self-hating infighting? Will the people stop spending so much time being disgusted with one another and take back the spirit that embodied King and those of his time? Will the Cosby’s in the land offer solutions to the problems, instead of constant criticism? Or will they all turn completely individualistic and identify with “pull yourself up by your bootstraps, all by your damn self” ideology of …well, you know who the villains in land are. No need to utter their name.
Stay tuned for the next event that causes black people to convince each other that they shouldn’t express outrage about racism merely because there are problems at home.