Watching this video, and reading the comments people have left in response to it, makes me sick.
Black men, particularly African American men, have been “losing it” for centuries, and the result has generally been death or incarceration.
“Losing it” is tantamount to a surrender, at best, and a suicide attempt, at worst. It’s especially troubling for me because I could feel every emotion that guy felt. Every single one!
Only difference perhaps between that guy and me is, rather than let that pressure build up to a combustible level, I’ve learned to open the valves and release it, little by little. Sometimes I do so here on my blog. Other times I read. I might release it in conversation with my students or friends, or in the bedroom, or even in the gym with a basketball.
Sometimes I breakdown and shed tears when none of those other measures will alleviate the stress of keeping it together.
They say men aren’t supposed to cry. I don’t subscribe to that foolishness. I could put up a tough front if I need to but inside I’m sensitive and vulnerable. I’m moved to tears by the heroic, and by the tragic, by the courage of humanity, and by its wickedness. I absorb it all for not only is it fertilizer for creative thinking, but I believe it’s what the Creator intended for humanity.
Days like today are tear-worthy.
Like war, events like this bring out the absolute worst in people, and they say and do the most god-awful shit. It’s like the sun’s energy focused through a magnifying glass at a colony of ants…only we’re the ants and there is no sun, only a pervasive all-encumbering darkness, rich with hate.
To these hate-mongers, whether they’re aware of it or not, I want to say something.
To the people that think that this MAN is an animal cuz a misunderstanding lead him to let his emotions get the best of him, well, you’re in good (so to speak) company. Thomas Jefferson, a slave-owning rapist and one of the forefathers of the US, would agree with you. He said:
“To our reproach it must be said, that though for a century and a half we have had under our eyes the races of black and of red men, they have never yet been viewed by us as subjects of natural history. I advance it therefore as a suspicion only, that the blacks, whether originally a distinct race, or made distinct by time and circumstances, are inferior to the whites in the endowments both of body and mind. It is not against experience to suppose, that different species of the same genus, or varieties of the same species, may possess different qualifications.”
Yeah, I know, he was highly intelligent, a man of his time, but doesn’t it make your skin crawl to know that a rapist with thoughts and actions like these had anything to do with designing a multicultural society in a brave new world?
Hitler, another man of his time, had similar ideas.
And, just so my point isn’t lost: any person of ANY RACE is capable of committing crimes against other people, and justifying them with some ill-conceived notions. And if you think men of our time (of all races, yes, even Koreans and Japanese) are not capable of doing what this man did or the equivalent or worse, then you have been walking through life with blinders on, baby! Try reading the Newspapers, books, or even the sick thoughts of our fellow men and women on Youtube and many other places on the net.
Mankind hasn’t evolved much, and sometimes I think we’re a handful of incidents from sanctioning yet another holocaust / ethnic cleansing.
And to those folks out there who like to place all the blame on blacks for our current status, here’s a letter I often think of when I find myself doing the same (as I’m prone to do occasionally.)
The letter is dated August 7, 1865, and was written by Jourdon Anderson, once a slave in Big Spring, Tennessee, to his former owner, Colonel P.H. Anderson, who had written to the ex-slave in Dayton, Ohio, where he had resettled with his wife and children. The colonel had written to persuade Anderson to return to Big Spring and work for him as a free man:
Sir: I got your letter, and was glad to find that you had not forgotten Jourdan, and that you wanted me to come back and live with you again, promising to do better for me than anybody else can …
I want to know particularly what the good chance is you propose to give me. I am doing tolerably well here. I get twenty-five dollars a month, with victuals and clothing; have a comfortable home for Mandy, – the folks call her Mrs. Anderson, – and the children – Milly Jane, and Grundy – go to school and are learning well … Now if you will write and say what wages you will give me, I will be better able to decide whether it would be to my advantage to move back again.
As to my freedom, which you say I can have, there is nothing to be gained on that score, as I got my freedom papers in 1864 from the Provost-Marshall-General of the Department of Nashville. Mandy says she would be afraid to go back without some proof that you were disposed to treat us justly and kindly; and we have concluded to test your sincerity by asking you to send us our wages for the time we served you.
I served you faithfully for thirty-two years, and Mandy twenty years. At twenty-five dollars a month for me, and two dollars a week for Mandy, our earnings would amount to eleven thousand six hundred and eighty dollars. Add to this the interest for the time our wages have been kept back, and deduct what you paid for our clothing, and three doctor’s visits to me, and pulling a tooth for Mandy, and the balance will show what we are in justice entitled to …
Please send the money by Adam’s Express, in care of V. Winters, Esq., Dayton, Ohio. If you fail to pay us for our faithful labors in the past, we can have little faith in your promises for the future. We trust the good Maker has opened your eyes to the wrongs which you and your fathers have done to me and my fathers, in making us toil for you for generations without recompense … Surely there will be a day of reckoning for those who defraud the laborer of his hire …
Say howdy to George Carter, and thank him for taking the pistol from you when you were shooting at me.
Of course, Colonel Anderson, a Man of his time, never paid Jourdon Anderson what he owed him for his labor.
Multiply that by the millions of African slaves (my great-grand parents, grandparents and to some extent my parents as well, for slavery’s progeny- peonage and prison labor- went on well into modern times) that were similarly robbed of everything (culture, language, religion, history and labor) and you have the true birth of a nation, and the true birth of a nigger, and the root of this black anger that these hatemongers like to attribute to the nature of black people.
Nature played no role in these crimes against humanity. Unless it’s being suggested that such crimes are the natural inclination of the criminals in question.
When one race strips another race of all the things that make a people a people over the course of several centuries, and then deny them recompense (while handing it out to other groups,) then it stands to reason that that people will have some issues that will take some time to iron out.
Right now, we’re ironing them out, slowly but surely…but it’s an ugly process, just as the process of birthing a nigger was ugly!
When I watch the behavior of the black guy in this video, as well as other issues African Americans bring to the world stage, I think of this ironing out process which undoubtedly will go on for several more generations, at least. What keeps me hopeful that, someday, as Martin Luther King said, we shall overcome, is the promise I see in some of the youth of today, youth born with the knowledge that they too could be President of the US, or ANYTHING they put their minds to. Also, in the fact that this wild man left the confines of his homeland and went abroad to become a citizen of the world and to share his wealth of experience and knowledge with peoples of other nations. Even the inclination to do such a thing is an improvement against what I’ve seen in my lifetime.
I’m sure he regrets his behavior, and though this violent outburst may (and probably should) cost him his livelihood and perhaps even his Visa, I don’t think that this should reflect poorly on any other black person living in Korea or anywhere else in the world, no more than the Columbine murderers, George Bush (another murderer) or Sarah Palin should reflect poorly on white people everywhere in the world, or Subway Perverts (Chikan) or gya-ru (Japanese girls in black face makeup) should reflect poorly on Japanese people…the inclination to do such a thing is the true ugliness that even I am guilty of at times.
Personally, I think he probably just got fed up with people harassing and disrespecting him when he’d done nothing but show them respect and tolerance. But, I like to give people the benefit of the doubt.
We’ll probably never know, but at least one fact should be unquestionable:
He is a MAN of our time!
Who is this guy, Loco, anyway? Click here