Reign, Queen of African Descent

The darker her skin,
the darker her days,
the harder she works,
the harder she prays,
the deeper she loves,
the shorter he stays,
the faster she tries,
the slower it pays

Your royal highness,
constantly oppressed queen,
though your days may be dark
like the colour of your skin,
you are bright enough to be
whatever and wherever
you want to be;
you are supposed to stride in.

How Do They Destroy the Blacks?

“I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. The Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a ‘more convenient season’.

Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.”
-“Letter from a Birmingham Jail”, Martin Luther King Jr., 1963.

Green Nose

The elites know what they are doing with the African-Americans, and you have to think beyond man-made laws and policies to understand. A President sits in his office, snorts coke and smokes pot, and it’s totally fine, but not for everyone.

It has been really hard for Michael, an African-American, to get a job because he is often profiled as unsuitable for certain positions, not just because of the colour of his skin and the way he speaks, but because he’s just not disciplined and ambitious enough to push against  and through societal stereotypes. His priorities in life are his Jays, his chains, his grillz, and some cash, so he results to selling marijuana and some drugs.

Why? Well, he grew up in a dysfunctional home. He has had very little or no contact with his father because his father is in jail, and his mother’s focus is mainly on survival than on Michael’s psychologically well-being. Michael did not realize as a child that his purpose in life did not revolve around making mixed tapes, playing football, buying sparkling trash and hitting the club.

Michael has been arrested, and he’s on his way to jail too. He already has a son. His girlfriend is now a single mother, and his son, in a few years, wouldn’t even know how to describe his father.

Michael will die in jail. Micheal’s son, Chris, will not learn the average family values, like discipline and the need for ambition. There most likely will not be a proper dad or dad-figure for Chris to look up to.

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The rich get richer because they make themselves and their descendants rich. They teach them the importance of maintaining dominance, of saving. They give their sons small loans of a million dollars or positions at Goldman Sachs after sending them to the best schools. The poor will get poorer; Chris’ mother will be too focused on survival than on training Chris. One thing will lead to another; Chris will replace his father in one of the correctional institutions. The cycle will continue.

“C’est la vie”, but it shouldn’t be. This is just one scenario. Robbery, murder, abuse/molestation, and all sorts of vices often stem from the disruption of Black families. When you disrupt the family, voila!

Dysfunctional families are so functional for the very few who have it all mapped out. That is just one of the means to the desired end. Even when he does nothing wrong and he simply minds his business, the Black man could still be killed. The Few in charge are ruthless. By any means necessary, they cling to power and control, and they’ll make sure that it never slips out of their hands. Slavery was once legal. That something is legal or illegal doesn’t mean it is so for the well-being of everyone involved.

There is more to any society than you can see on your televisions and radios. Enough said.

 

“Moonlight” Review

“In moonlight, black boys look blue.”

The intersectional aspect of the movie is amazing. It’s one of the very few movies I’ll never get tired of. It’s not like Black Panther or other movies that are based on illusions. It’s not a movie that lets you escape into some kind of fantasy. It’s real, and it addresses several sterotypes on gender, race, sexuality and masculinity in America, as well as the performance of societal expectations.

A lot of people relate homosexuality to femininity. “You like other men, and since only women should like men, you must be feminine. You are somehow weaker than the regular man.” This is why straight men are “suspected” [as if they have committed some sort of crime] to be gay (and “weaker”) when they display behaviours or attitudes that the society regard as “feminine”, since there is a subconscious “weaker” element associated with femininity.

Moonlight

This is why many gay men would become obsessed with being fit or ripped, and appearing as masculine and “hard” as they can [like the older Chiron in Moonlight] after they come out, to not be regarded or treated as weak. Some may do the exact opposite, and start to “act” femininity, to show that they are gay, because the society thinks it means “feminine”.

Their is a societal solid line between the masculinity and the femininity of people and things, and “we” unfortunately assume one to be weaker than the other. The society doesn’t like it when the waters of one flow into the other, although the solid line is a total illusion. I find it interesting.

It’s the same for the women, and so you see lesbian women trying (hard) to perform “masculinity” and act “aggression” in order to be taken seriously. Being transgender is very different from being gay. There’s a lot to be said about the popular culture of it all.

🎬: “Moonlight” [It’s still on Netflix]. Directed by Barry Jenkins.