For example, when Pres. Obama recently announced his “My Brother’s Keeper Initiative”, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly – a man never known or believed to be a friend of “The Blacks” – said that while he believed the Initiative will work, Obama’s efforts would meet with less resistance if entertainers like Jay-Z, Kanye West, et al. would only tell their legion of fans to STOP DOING STUPID SHIT.
Look, I don’t like writing this anymore than you like reading it, but the Truth is, O’Reilly’s got a point on this one: There are WAY more young African American youth going out of their way to become the next Jay-Z and Kanye West than there are those who are trying to become the next Barack Obama, and that’s a problem.
I see it everyday: Young Brothers with their pants pulled down beneath the cracks of their nonexistent behinds, listening to AND repeating some of the most ignorant, disrespectful, and chauvinistic lyrics in the whole of human history, all the while daring anybody who has a problem with listening to “music” that demeans and undermines an ENTIRE group of people to “jump if they’re feelin’ frog”.
And so on, and so forth.
Because imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, and many of these kids mistakenly believe that by behaving the way so many of these clowns behave (e.g. irresponsible spending, irresponsible sexual practices, ZERO respect for themselves, and even less respect for THEIR OWN PEOPLE), they will inevitably end up with the same lifestyles these people brag about.
But education is not a priority in a household where Jay-Z is God, so if the Obama Administration is sincere in its desire to change the fate of children who are – according to damn near everybody, it seems – statistically DOOMED TO FAIL, then it does stand to reason they’d reach out to the Lil’ Waynes and Rick Rosses of the world, and DEMAND they clean up their act, and quit with the bullshit.
STOP using martyred teenagers as metaphors for your sociopathic, perceived omnipotence.
STOP calling YOUR SISTERS “bitches and hoes”.
STOP bullying – and encouraging your fans to also bully – African Americans who are following the straight and narrow path by labeling them “squares”, and questioning their “authenticity” as Black people, as if you have the right to decide who’s Black, and who’s not.
SERIOUSLY. JUST. STOP.
It’s a pretty thought to imagine that happening, and actually working, isn’t it?
But, here’s why it won’t: If Jay-Z the Unrepentant Drug Dealer can brag about how “tight” he is with the President of the United States, and Beyoncé, LEAD Perpetuator of the Negro Female Sexual Stereotype can claim the President’s wife as a fan, I can’t say I have much faith in the Initiative’s viability and chances of success.
After all, you wouldn’t trust a thief to watch your valuables, nor would you give a gun to a serial killer.
What’s more, you shouldn’t be expected to.
In any case, O’Reilly did have a point (even if it was filtered through his usual White Supremacist lens): My Brother’s Keeper would likely be more effective if the Obamas spent more time hanging out with the people they claim they want little Black boys (and little Black girls) to become, and less time taking selfies with the ones they don’t.
That only makes sense.
Is My Brother’s Keeper a sincere “better late than never” gesture, as some noted African American political scientists and analysts have called it, or is it the latest in a long line of Symbols Without Substance being used to manipulate the African American vote in the upcoming mid-term elections?
I know which one I think it is, but Time will tell.
It always does.