Wednesday, September 24, 2014

These 5 Things

"the air wreaks of burnt fire, and inside we're piercing flames...the burning of ‪#‎mikebrown‬'s memorial just makes us more focused...its an illusion meant for distraction. don't fall for it. staying focused." 
-a friend. 

When I saw that Mike Brown's memorial was burned to the ground, I was immediately reminded of the aftermath of Reconstruction and the days leading up to the Holocaust. I don't take such history lessons lightly. These days, it's not as clean cut as black and white. Furthermore, people don't just go around lynching people and getting away with it (unless they're police officers and the victims are black). But no one has to touch you to destroy you or your family. Pay attention.

This post is not intended to encourage or make people feel good. If you want to feel good, go get a massage. This post is about paying attention, being strategic about your life and safety, and doing what you need to do to survive based on what you value and not what public opinion tells you. News reports are skewed over time. You know what happened and you know how you feel about it. Trust your gut. 
Furthermore, this post is not eloquent. If you want eloquent, read The Prophet.
1. Trust What you Know: Simply pay attention to what's going on around you. Don't let anyone convince you that you didn't see what you saw. Don't let anyone tell you that you didn't hear what you heard. You know what you saw. You know what you heard. You also know who brought water versus who fanned the flames.

2. Everybody Is Not Your Friend: Stop posting social media memes just because they look clever. It is skewing your perception of relationships. Those who love you the most won't necessarily be there all the time. Those who love you the most will hurt you sometimes. Those who love you the most will not always agree with what you say and do. If your idea of love is people who agree with you or tell you how wonderful you are all the time or are always in your face, then you are setting yourself up to be deceived by the guy who was trained in college to tell people they're beautiful and wonderful all the time because that's how he makes his money. The people who love you are the ones you seek out when you're traveling because you know that you're welcome at their home. The people who love you are the ones who will make sure you have something to eat when you're hungry. The people who love you are the ones who interrogate you whenever you make a decision they don't understand. If you're not confident in your choices, that's a personal problem. Stop throwing away the best friends you'll ever know in this life just because some meme on facebook told you to. In fact, get off of facebook if you can't tell the difference between reality and a facade. 

3. Some People Intend You Harm Even When You've Caused Them No Harm: When people show you who they are, you can believe that. People will tell you who they want you to believe they are. But when they show you who they are, you can bet your bottom dollar on that. It is not mystical. It is not intuition. People are showing you who they are all the time. Stop making excuses for them. If they will burn your grave, they will burn your body.

4. Protect What Matters: Take care of yourself and your family. When Hitler was on the rise in Germany, many Jews stayed behind in the name of tradition and culture. Many, however, got out. Einstein was one of them. These people were dispersed, but they survived. The survivors were able to meet up again later and form comedy troops and write sitcoms and invent things. If you are so tied to community that you forget to protect yourself and your family, then you are co-dependent and addicted to an idea. It is human instinct to self preserve. If you are violating your nagging instincts in the name of "community" then you will not make it out in time.

5. Know Your Values: What you have is not an indicator of who you are. What you have is a bi-product of what you value. If you have lots of stuff, then this is evidence of what you value. If you are constantly surrounded by loving wonderful people, this is evidence of what you value. Neither is good nor bad. But don't plant watermelon seeds and expect an apple tree. Nobody else's opinion matters. You know if you're happy or not with what is around you. Furthermore, if you are attracted to people with lots of stuff and then discover that you are not valued, please stop being surprised.


Need a Black Leader?

Dear Black People,
Whoopie Goldberg has been carrying The View for nearly 10 years, pulling an Emmy for best talk show host and 3 NAACP Image Awards since she set foot in the studio. She is now the host of (arguably) the most influential and socially responsible daytime talk show in America. Not to mention that she is one of only 11 human people in the history of Hollywood to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award (EGOT).

Sensei Whoopie Goldberg
Whoopie Goldberg, Nikki Giovanni, Alice Walker, Oprah Winfrey, belle hooks, Debbie Allen, Phylicia Rashād, Angela Davis, Jamala Rogers, Karla Scott, Vetta Sanders-Thompson, Janet Helms, Laila Ali, Michelle Obama, Nicole Avant, Patricia Bath, Mary J. Blige, Majora Carter, Debra Martin Chase, Misty Copeland, Marian Wright Edelman, Thelma Golden, Bethann Hardison, and many others are alive, working, serving their communities, leading, and looking much younger than their years would tell. Furthermore, their skin shades, hair textures, and institutional affiliations are irrelevant because their work speaks to the people they serve in meaningful ways. Even further, they can all exist without competing with each other because they all have unique skills, talents, and contributions to society that they all celebrate and support among and between themselves.
If you're a black woman or man who is too sexist to follow a Black Woman, continue to lose hope and cry for black leaders. If you're awake and understand what's really going on in the world, join the team by lending a hand to the common cause of keeping the species alive and inspired.

"The View is the show that everyone has copied. But we are the original."
-Sensei Whoopie Goldberg

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Happy Bisexual Visibility Day!

I discovered recently that squares become offended when they don't know whose genitalia you are willing to rub on. I never quite understood this except that it seems that squares are very insecure about their decisions and the people they decide their decisions with, so us folks who don't have those problems are seen as threats. Who knew? right?
But now that I know, I make sure that everyone knows whose genitalia I'm rubbing on. I am one of those folks who only likes to rub on one set of genitals at a time. And frankly, I plan to be rubbing on the same set of genitals for the rest of my life (well 2 sets, if you count mine).
But alas...there is still a dilemma. Those who see the genitals I'm going to be rubbing on for life assume that they can possibly sway me away from those genitals and into the genitals of another (because they're narcissistic and selfish). This wouldn't be a problem except that the framework leads to the assumption that I'm interested in rubbing a certain type of genitals. So as a result, the people who recklessly flirt at me are sadly disappointed when I don't respond in the way that they would have predicted. I am not the type of person to want to attract unwanted attention just to disappoint (though those who are attracted would respectfully argue otherwise. Who am I to dash their assumptions?)
However, I just found out from my friend Kerry that today is Bisexual Visibility Day! In the olden days, when I would only rub on penises, these types of things seemed frivolous and silly. Like, what's the point of celebrating whose genitals you're rubbing on? However, now that I'm rubbing on genitals that are more similar to mine, I am learning that it makes a huge difference. The entire way that our culture is set up is based on the assumption that a woman is always going to choose to rub a man's genitals and a man will always choose to rub a woman's genitals while rubbing another woman's genitals on the side.
But I don't live by the rules of our culture. I live by my own rules. And as a result, the sooner I let people know that, the less likely it will be that I'll disappoint them by not returning their flirts. So thank goodness that my people have created a day where they simply say "hey. I exist. So stop being tunnel focused and recognize that there's more going on than your caveman patriarchal narcissistic mentality would have you believe. That's right. I have options. Lots of them."

So I am sharing this image for 4 reasons. One, in solidarity with other people who don't need the rules of this culture to dictate whose genitals they rub on. Two, in order to let everyone know that I'm in support of equal opportunity genital rubbing. Three, to pay homage to the people who struggled for sexual freedom and safety in this society, enabling me to not give a shit about what people think (a privilege that I take full advantage of). But mostly, because I am a person who doesn't believe in pursuing a relationship based on the types of genitals I want to poke and squeeze. I love the person who is willing to roll with me in this unpredictable and exciting journey called life. I love the person who is willing to care for me and about me when I don't even care for or about myself. I love the person who values my humanity and prioritizes my safety and happiness above even her own. And I love her so much that I want to rub her genitals because I'm a touchy-feely kinda person. And I don't give a shit who's offended. Suck my balls. They're in the second drawer on the left.
Happy Bisexual Visibility Day!!!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Slavery vs. Ho Shit

There is a lot of propaganda about slavery that is circulating on the internet. The goal of this propaganda is to get the public to believe that all American citizens are slaves working a giant plantation that is run by the economic top 1% of American citizens. I love a good conspiracy theory. In fact, I have many of my own...because America engages in many conspiracies to keep the larger populace working mindlessly for the advancement of a global agenda that is really going to backfire and end up a Chinese oligarchy which is fine with me because I like the Chinese. They didn't rob the continent of my ancestors and destroy family and tribal units over and over again through the institution of chattel slavery and the continued irreverent use of "urban sprawl" aka "gentrification" to justify continual community dismemberment in order to rectify their insecurities by attempting to position themselves as superior over indigenous cultures who had established civilizations based in love, food, and family long before they decided to flee British religious persecution in pursuit of capitalism...but the sensationalism of conspiracy theories and the spooky music in the zeitgeist videos is just a distraction that keeps many people from making sense of their current lack of funds. In the spirit of foundational clarity towards greater discernment of propaganda (or FCTGDOP) I am using this status update to explain the difference between "slavery" and "ho shit."
Slavery is a system of forced labor toward the building of an empire. A slave is someone whose rights have been stripped away and whose punishment for violating orders is much greater than the crime. For example, a slave who doesn't meet a quota might get 50 lashings, or a slave who looks at massa or massa's wife the wrong way might get killed. Slavery is an inhumane institution that continues in many hoods where people are criminalized for simply existing, the systemic de-creditation of their public schools leading to inability to qualify for acceptance into higher education institutions after high school, and the lack of investment in quality food and planting of trees that have been shown to increase quality of life and health within a region. This is why many cities aren't really cities anymore, but a collection of municipalities that have different police forces and tax bases in order to control and manipulate the people who are living in abject poverty and protect and defend those who own land and property. The only way out of slavery is to escape which is difficult because if other slaves perceive that you are attempting to escape, they will either discourage it for fear of consequences or they will try to prevent it out of jealousy. So discretion is absolutely necessary for an escape to occur. It is a lonely road, but once embarked upon, the escapee learns that there is an underground railroad designed specifically to get people to the point where they are free to choose their own path.!top-by-blue/c10zzWhich brings us to ho shit. Ho shit is part of a dynamic process that includes a pimp, a ho, and a trick. A pimp is someone who sells hos to tricks. Confused pimps use manipulation and lies to accomplish their goals. Pimps with clarity employ The Tao of Pimpin'. A ho is someone who is sold by a pimp to a trick in exchange for protection and security. A trick is someone who buys a ho from a pimp. There is no hoin' without a pimp and there is no trickin' without a ho. They all work together towards the realization of pimpin'. Pimpin' does not work collaboratively. There is no family of pimps or conspiracy of pimps. There is 1 pimp and 1 pimp can have many hos, but in order for pimpin' to work, hos have to be loyal. Loyalty is not something that can be forced upon an individual. Loyalty is a free choice. If a ho chooses at any point to leave a pimp, that ho will be broke of all the protection and security and left alone in a back alley to make new choices. The ho is in control of hoself until the ho chooses to relinquish that control to a pimp. as you can see, not every lack of funds is the result of forced labor. Many people have chosen to relinquish their control. The reasons people make the choices they make are vast, but if someone has a choice and chooses to give up their rights to a pimp, this is not slavery. This is ho shit.


I learned a new word! Ecofeminism. It's applying feminist principles to ecological issues. Apparently, there's a lot of discourse around what this means which has lead to quite a few academic debates.

I'm not a fan of terms like "feminist" or "feminism". The suffixes imply activism. Once something is active, it is in a masculine state of being, so to "feminize" femininity is to create masculinity, arguably the opposite of what was intended.
I prefer simply "feminine". Feminine implies stability, stillness, and resting. Yin, if you will. I believe that "feminist" is preferred in this culture because Westerners always have to be doing something in order to feel that something has occurred. Furthermore, to refer to a man as "feminist" is more acceptable than referring to him as "feminine" because people are terrified of sexual fluidity, as though the worst thing a man could be is feminine, when in fact, the most restorative state of being is feminine. Westerners are backwards.

So back to Ecofeminism. I can see why it would become another issue to debate. Instead of allowing nature to be in its most restorative, peaceful, still, and stable state, people want to "do something" as though nature's ability to win or lose is somehow associated with what people do. If we paid attention to nature, there would be no need for "ecofeminism". Nature would show you that she always wins simply by being herself and following her natural patterns. Then, we could simply study "ecology".

People have to study certain things under a microscope to appreciate them. I say begin with reverence, gratitude, and appreciation for all things. Then, as we learn, we're simply gaining conversation starters instead of complicating things unnecessarily.


Let's Talk Tribal Secession

Folks from privileged backgrounds want me to tell their story. I can't do that. My mother was a whore and my father was a hustler with no hustle. So I can't sincerely and genuinely talk about what it's like to have problems with racism. I don't give a shit about white people, I don't need their acceptance, and I don't want to be like them in any way. Who do you think has the money to afford a whore who doesn't want the community to know she's a whore? It's not the black folks in the ghetto. That's for damn sure.
A ghetto is an organized place where poor people are placed into cheap housing without proper social services to manage the culture of poverty. Then, they do drugs to escape their reality, have sex with tricks to pay for their drugs, then get pregnant and make babies that they neglect. Then, their children have to raise themselves and their siblings which results in their inability to do well in school. Then, the children don't graduate and they can't pursue higher education. So they end up working at minimum wage jobs. It's a system that needs poor people to work it. Always has been. Always will be. If "ghetto" is a bad word, it should reflect badly on the US government for being incapable of living up to its high ideals and, as a result, stashes its poor in open air prisons monitored by police who keep the perimeter guarded so that the poor people don't get into the rich neighborhoods.

When it's the United Nations in your house growing up, you don't give a shit about race because you know that men just wanna get their dicks wet and women just want to keep their reputations clear. However, if you want to talk about systemic poverty that is racially driven from the top down based on the history of the punk assed British who moved to this land and pillaged every person of color they came across in the name of "liberty," then we can start talking about a counter strategy which will probably include education or a form of tribal secession. However, if you just want what white people have, then stop wasting my time.

The Bill Clinton Effect

I used to think like this. I used to break down everything into its smallest pieces to try to explain why something happened. In this video, a guy breaks down all of Bill Clinton's facial movements to show that this is what creates a charismatic speech. However, all those things have nothing to do with Clinton's charisma. Clinton's charisma has to do with the fact that he heard this woman's question and responded to her genuinely as though he really cared about not only giving her an answer, but about her actual concerns and her actual humanity. It's because for that moment, he really cared. He made her question his concern and responded from his own experience. There are no techniques for expressing true concern. There is no amount of narrow staring or furrowed brow that will communicate real love when there is none.
I had a hard time working when I hated everybody and everything. I still hate most people and most things, but I love my work, I love my collaborators, and I love my audience. This subtle yet profound shift has changed the way I view work and has enabled me to be functional and charismatic without going through all these ridiculous steps. I am present, I am with you, and I love what I do.

Thuggin' Love,

Im BACK! This time, with Ray Rice Commentary

I have read a lot about Ray Rice and the tape and even saw the footage on CNN. I have come to conclusions.
Here's my list of opinions by philosophy.

The Taoist response:
Abusers attract abusees. Then, nature takes its course.

The Realist response:
Some men have money and like to fight. Some women value money more than they value their long term face.

The Christian response:
All things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose.

The Muslim response:
If you want to keep your job, beat your woman at home like you got some sense.

The Confucian response:
Confucius say: "If you want to keep your job, beat your woman at home like you got some sense."

Buddhist response:
Steroids are some fcked up drugs nam myoho renge kyo.

Hindu response:
We are born, shit happens, we die, then we're born again.

Evolutionist response:
Basketball players cheat. Football players beat. The difference is genetic.

Creationist response:
They were made for each other.

Feminist response:
Men ain't shit.

Black Revolutionary response:
It's whitey's fault.

Young adult response:
Men shouldn't hit women.

Middle adult response:
The only reason he got fired was because there was a tape.

Older adult response:
He'd better sleep with one eye open.