BLACK PEOPLE THINKING IN EPISODES

Greetings,

I contend that one very large impediment to Black people eliminating the system of racism/white supremacy is our inability or our refusal to “connect the dots”.  By connecting the dots, I mean being able to understand how the multiple sub-institutions (the so-called government, the military, law enforcement officials (slave catchers, race soldiers), the mis/dis-education system, the prison industrial system, the media, and so on) all work in concert to enforce the system of racism/white supremacy in all areas of people activity.  But It also refers to our inability or refusal to be able to connect the dots of history, observations, facts and logic, to be able to better understand how everything that has happened in the past has led up to and continues to have a great impact on the conditions of the world today, especially concerning the world’s greatest problem for Black people, which is racism, and then using that understanding to inspire a permanent change in our thoughts, speech and actions.  This forgetfulness has a very deleterious effect on our ability to truly understand and correctly perceive our condition, as well as being able to correctly and accurately identify those who are the ultimate creators and cause of our condition.  I’m not even necessarily just referring to being able to know and understand the impact of something as historically ubiquitous as the Trans-Atlantic enslavement trade, our subsequent extreme mistreatment during our enslavement, or later Jim Crow has had on our condition, (although these things are very vital to study if you want to gain a complete understanding of our condition).  I’m simply referring to being able to remember things that have happened as recently as a year or even a few months ago, and having that be the impetus to understanding the fact that we are at war for our survival, and having that be the catalyst for the change, the permanent change, in our behavior and outlook that is necessary to solve our problem, THE problem.

Recently I watched a video from an internet platform that is very popular within what is referred to as the “conscious community”, in which the host had a conversation with two other gentlemen by the names of Jabari Osaze and Shakka Ahmose.  During this exchange, Mr. Ahmose made an excellent point in the form of a metaphor, that struck me as very true, and that made me think deeply about our inability to connect the dots.  In the video, Mr. Ahmose opined that a symptom of our brain trashing under the system of racism/white supremacy, is that Black people have been taught to think in terms of episodes, like on a television show sitcom.  In a sitcom, the characters essentially remain the same from episode to episode, but aside from the general frame of the show (the characters, the general setting, the “set”, kwk.), there is very little continuity from episode to episode.  There will be a very pressing situation that is the most important matter in the lives of the characters for that particular episode, but by the end of the episode, that particular story has ended, often with a resolution that neatly wraps up the story.  On next week’s show, there will be an entirely new situation that takes precedence, while the audience has completely forgotten about what transpired in the last episode.

Mr. Ahmose contends that this is how Black people have been taught to think, where for instance there will be something very distressing or tragic that happens, such as an unarmed Black person being murdered by race soldiers, or a Black child being subjected to vicious racism or race based harm, that gets Black people in an uproar.  Black people for that particular episode become somewhat conscious of how evil and unjust the system of racism/white supremacy truly is, as well as how dangerous those who perpetuate the system truly are. But once that news cycle ends, and there is a new story or issue or fad that captures the minds of the people via the media, the last episode has ended, and it’s on to the next episode; the latest blockbuster movie, celebrity scandal, sporting event, celebrity wedding, social media challenge or whatever.  Suddenly that wave of consciousness has been put on hold, and it’s back to the normal everyday existence as victims of racism/white supremacy.  That wave of consciousness is temporary and fleeting, and only lasts as long as that particular episode.  No connections are made, no further study is conducted, and no lasting changes to our thoughts, speech and actions are made.

Considering the brain trashing that has taken place over a period of hundreds of years, as well as the constant distractions and the deluge of nonsense that is constantly put in front of Black people, and that we are constantly being sold on the importance of, this is to be somewhat expected.  But this is also a condition that must be recognized and overcome if we are to achieve our goal of eliminating the system of racism/white supremacy, and producing a system of justice for Black people.  This myopic and episodic way of seeing (or not seeing) things causes us to never be able to understand and analyze things from a complete perspective, which hinders our ability to think, speak and act correctly against racism/white supremacy.  It causes Black people to not approach the problem with a full recollection and complete remembrance of exactly who and what we are dealing with.

This is especially crucial considering the fact that the ideas and tactics used by those who subscribe to, practice and refine racism/white supremacy are generally repackaged over and over again, with slight changes made to fit the time and place in which that particular form of racism is being practiced.  And it greatly helps those who wish to keep racism/white supremacy as the dominant social and political system in existence if Black people operate with such a short memory.  It is extremely important that we arm ourselves with constructive, accurate information, and let that information, as well as our past experiences, whether they were experienced by us personally, or we read or heard about them second hand or through our study, to inform our approach toward both the system of racism/white supremacy, and all of the institutions that comprise the system, as well as the white supremacists themselves.  Clearly if we are to eliminate what currently stands as the dominant social and political system currently in existence, and we are to change our pitiful condition, there are many changes that need to be first made within the minds of Black people in terms of how we think, which in theory then would and should trickle down to and begin to inform our speech and action.

I have to stress again that I understand that this is simply a symptom of living under a system that we have been forced into, and that many of us, in my opinion falsely, feel powerless to change.  The perception that I gather is that there is a feeling that there is only so long that many of us have to dwell on an upsetting, infuriating situation of racial injustice.  Some of us still have to live in the same areas of our oppressors within the system that they have created, and many of us still have to get up the next morning, often to work for and with the same people who we suspect to be supporters and practitioners of the system that oppresses us, and we are forced to put on a face as though we are “happy” being in their presence to boot.  God forbid we get branded as the “angry negro” at work, which will only bring unnecessary, unwanted attention, and cause more problems for many of us in our everyday lives.  But we cannot only be serious about liberation or producing justice only when a particularly egregious example of injustice is in the news, only to stop caring when the injustice stops being shown on a constant loop on television, and the hashtags are no longer trending on social media.  We must practice and work towards the goal of solving the world’s greatest problem at all times, with full remembrance of all of the incidents, both big and small, in which racism white supremacy was practiced.  We must keep in mind all of the examples that illustrate who exactly we are dealing with, and who has declared war on us, in order to attempt to eliminate the system in which they have come to depend on as their very lifeblood.  We have to remember all of the tactics that have been used in the past in order to inform the present, while using our brain computer, critical thinking skills, and ability to analyze information to attempt to predict what may be in store in the future, and to inspire our behavior in the present into the future.

Liberation Now!

Osei, 21st Century Race Man

Author: Brother Osei 21CRM

I am a victim of racism/white supremacy who spends my time and energy looking for solutions.

21 thoughts on “BLACK PEOPLE THINKING IN EPISODES”

  1. Reblogged this on shelbycourtland and commented:
    I have tried on my blog, countless times to beat back against the distractions that are put forward by this racist society to get Black people to not focus on the blatant racism that is confronting them even through the distractions. Case in point. When racist Disney and Marvel Comics released “The Black Panther” in the month of February, which we all know is Black History Month, the focus was taken away from the true Black Panther Party and was instead focused on some non-existent kingdom in Africa where there were untold riches and some secret, powerful weapon and yet somehow, a descendant of slaves ended up in this magical kingdom, dying at the hands of an African while a CIA operative gets to live to see another day.

    Black folks went to see that movie in droves and even spent a fortune on African dashikis and head wraps, popcorn, soda, Hershey and Nestle products, movie tickets and parking and when they left the theater, they went right back to “The Hood’ where gentrification is encroaching and the school-to-prison pipeline is much in evidence and drug deals were going down and prostitution and drug addiction is severely problematic and where Korean-owned liquor stores and Indian-owned convenience stores are on every single corner along with Chinese take-out joints. Those no-good, no accounts take our money and have nothing but contempt for us and we should not be giving them our business, but we do.

    I continue to blog about these things and the need for us to collectively come together and go back to the old ways of our parents and grandparents because they know what is needed to be done because they were on the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement and the Montgomery Bus Boycott. What we are doing today will not work because we need to go back to what worked. Boycott, boycott, boycott. Own our own businesses. In the 80s until the mid 90s, Baltimore, MD was known for having the most Black-owned businesses in America, that is not the case today. In my hometown in the south, Black-owned businesses were everywhere. Black people owned their own homes. Nowadays, thanks to that desegregation mess, which did the Black community no good, we have HUD(Housing and Urban Development) and what has that accomplished for us except to herd us into filthy white-owned dwellings that are substandard and that pay some unconcerned landlord millions of dollars to house us in the poorest section of town. That’s what.

    But unfortunately, many of the young people of today are loving being dumbed down and seem to be quite happy to only be made aware of what Kanye West is up to and who Niki Minaj is hanging with. Those things aren’t important. But many of us don’t act like we know what is. All we can do is to put it out there, it is up to them to pick up what we are putting down. I do know where you are coming from.

    Excellent post!

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  2. I have tried on my blog, countless times to beat back against the distractions that are put forward by this racist society to get Black people to not focus on the blatant racism that is confronting them even through the distractions. Case in point. When racist Disney and Marvel Comics released “The Black Panther” in the month of February, which we all know is Black History Month, the focus was taken away from the true Black Panther Party and was instead focused on some non-existent kingdom in Africa where there were untold riches and some secret, powerful weapon and yet somehow, a descendant of slaves ended up in this magical kingdom, dying at the hands of an African while a CIA operative gets to live to see another day.

    Black folks went to see that movie in droves and even spent a fortune on African dashikis and head wraps, popcorn, soda, Hershey and Nestle products, movie tickets and parking and when they left the theater, they went right back to “The Hood’ where gentrification is encroaching and the school-to-prison pipeline is much in evidence and drug deals were going down and prostitution and drug addiction is severely problematic and where Korean-owned liquor stores and Indian-owned convenience stores are on every single corner along with Chinese take-out joints. Those no-good, no accounts take our money and have nothing but contempt for us and we should not be giving them our business, but we do.

    I continue to blog about these things and the need for us to collectively come together and go back to the old ways of our parents and grandparents because they know what is needed to be done because they were on the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement and the Montgomery Bus Boycott. What we are doing today will not work because we need to go back to what worked. Boycott, boycott, boycott. Own our own businesses. In the 80s until the mid 90s, Baltimore, MD was known for having the most Black-owned businesses in America, that is not the case today. In my hometown in the south, Black-owned businesses were everywhere. Black people owned their own homes. Nowadays, thanks to that desegregation mess, which did the Black community no good, we have HUD(Housing and Urban Development) and what has that accomplished for us except to herd us into filthy white-owned dwellings that are substandard and that pay some unconcerned landlord millions of dollars to house us in the poorest section of town. That’s what.

    But unfortunately, many of the young people of today are loving being dumbed down and seem to be quite happy to only be made aware of what Kanye West is up to and who Niki Minaj is hanging with. Those things aren’t important. But many of us don’t act like we know what is. All we can do is to put it out there, it is up to them to pick up what we are putting down. I do know where you are coming from.

    Excellent post!

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    1. Thanks again for reading and for your support as always, and for another incredibly insightful comment, Shelby, much appreciated. To be honest, the furor that the Black Panther movie generated where Black people were repeating strong mantras about “colonizers” (a very thinly veiled euphemism for white people), only to turn around a few months later to celebrate like they won some money when an actual colonizer married a woman with some Black in her (that so-called “royal wedding”) was on my mind heavy when I wrote this. Peace and blessings!

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      1. I hear you! I have also written about that half-breed Markle, who prefers to be considered more white than Black, which most half-breeds do and the fact that her marrying that inbred ape, Harry was not a win for descendants of slaves. We were once forcibly raped by those monsters and now we willingly lie down with them and get up with fleas, ticks and parasites while believing that we are something better because of it when that is a bald-faced lie!

        And there is not a damn thing ‘royal’ about those inbred, depraved, lunatics who need some fresh blood because down throughout history, they have had to keep locked up, many of the so-called Monarchs of England and that diseased, parasitic filth is what crawled and squirmed itself all across this planet stealing, raping, enslaving and ‘colonizing’ every nation and country that had actual humans living there who had melanin and who were not pasty-faced. The world is dying because of those pasty-faced rejects from wherever the hell they came from.

        Peace and blessings to you as well!

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  3. 21st Century Race Man,

    I concur with Shelby. You masterfully spelled out the mindset of African American DOS, and how it it got that way. Truth be told, it comforted me, even though I know there are still countless to reach, that there is a another brother (sista in Shelby) who can see the veil being pulled over there eyes.

    To echo your sentiments of Neely Fuller Jr. (when you were speaking on the areas of activity), as he so eloquently put, “What else should you be working on that is more important than stopping the great system of injustice the world has ever known?”

    He said, “What else do you have to be working on that is more urgent, when you’re living in a state of oppression?”

    Nothing, when it comes to black people, should be of greater importance than doing the will of The Almighty in dismantling this santanic system of mistreatment.

    Thank you for composing this, sir. It breathes life into those who need it.

    One Love,
    The Stormy Poet

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  4. While I agree with [& am working toward in my own community from behind the scenes] most of the comments about us black folk owning our own businesses, tearing down white supremacy, our own empowerment, etc. The Lord has even shown me the NEW Black Wall Street. However, I must speak out. As a mixed black woman myself, it disappoints me to read you all’s contempt toward “half-breeds” such as myself. Despite having been born in, grew up in “the hood”, from childhood I have been treated this way & bullied by my [fellow] black people my whole life because my father is white & I have “light skin” & long “white girl hair”, neither of which are MY fault. My parents made that choice FOR me. I voiced my contempt to both of them that because of their poor choice, my very presence is “bothersome” to black AND white folk alike EVERYDAY here in red-state Kansas. For this very reason, I must do my activism from behind the scenes, because when I show up in person, I’m regularly told I’m “not black enough”. I’ve NEVER considered myself to be “white”. While black folk such as my husband & son [& likely you all, also] catch hell from white folk EVERYDAY, us mixed folk catch hell from white AND black folk EVERYDAY! Even when reading fellow black blogs that we “follow”, obviously.

    To summarize, the same way that those who LOOK fully black cannot help the fact that their ancestors were raped by white men, us “half-breeds” cannot help the fact that we are the VERY BY-PRODUCT firsthand of that white male lust for beautiful black women, then raised by black/Indian grandparents & single black mothers because of absentee white “fathers”. Mothers who resent us, as well, because we are reminders of that exploitation.

    We are ALL “mixed breeds”, remember that. White folk “bred” us to be fine workhorse specimens. In the words of Brother Rodney King, “Can’t we all [black & mixed folk] just get along?” Because this black hate [light v. dark] is a WHITE OPPRESSIVE TOOL to keep us apart, since slavery. Let’s do better TOGETHER. Because when these white folk get destroyed, it will require solidarity & teamwork to rebuild society.

    I had to speak up, as I am known in my hometown as “the angry mulatto/half-breed[negro]” since I pray & ask my heavenly Father for the words to speak to these racist white folk about their racist comments, legislation & “jokes” when no one else will [or can do so safely.] And they get SHUT. THE F*CK. DOWN.

    Love, in Yeshua’s Name.
    Queen Esther

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    1. Queen Esther, your viewpoint and support are always welcomed here at 21CRM. Even though I believe that having a white parent may have some significance in how one sees the world and thinks about the problem, I, for the record am not among the camp who believes that bi-racial Black people, so-called “mulattoes” or “half breeds” are instantly to be denigrated or mistrusted for having some white ancestry. There have historically been many among us who have a significant amount of “white blood”, even having a white parent, who have done more for Black people than any of us have or even could, and there are many who would be considered “pure Black”, who carry and spread anti-Blackness like a disease.

      In my opinion, so-called “bi-racial” people are to be judged strictly on who and what they identify with, believe and promote. If they promote things that are against replacing racism/white supremacy, and promote things that are directly against the interests of Black liberation and justice for people classified as Black, then they are to be judged on that. If they promote justice and liberation against racism/white supremacy, spread constructive information, and think speak and act in a way which directly leads to solving THE problem, then they are to be judged according to that.

      In this space however, I am a practitioner of the concept of VGQ (victims guaranteed qualification), as we are all still learning and attempting to come to conclusions about this system that has consistently brain trashed us and led us to come to many false, non-constructive conclusions, and engage in non-constructive squabbling about the different variances of skin color among those classified as Black. Even I have had to make some changes to the way I see things, as you may notice from my earlier blogs up until today, which reflect me continuing to learn and gain a more complete understanding of racism/white supremacy. None of us have the answers, and we are all learning together.

      Peace and Blessings, and thank you for reading and for your support as always.

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  5. Oh, & the “royal” family already has black blood, Queen Charlotte of Mecklenberg, so the way I see it, Meghan INTEGRATED the “royal” family. And she has been speaking out on & effecting change for WOMEN (black, white, whatever) since childhood when she saw a TV ad & wrote a letter to a dishwashing liquid company to say that WOMEN aren’t the only people who was dishes, because her dad washes dishes, too. They changed their television ad to say PEOPLE instead of WOMEN.

    None of us know which race she self-identifies as, not that it should matter. But her wedding was a celebration of her black identity, in a historically “white” space.

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    1. Your viewpoint is respected, I just question whether Meghan Markle’s “integration” into the so-called “Royal Family” (as you put it), makes any difference or is constructive toward the goal of eliminating the system of racism/white supremacy, in which the so-called “Royal Family” has promoted and participated in, and in some ways are emblematic of. I also wonder whether Black people’s attention on such an event is a constructive usage of our time and energy, as we are at war for our very survival in my view. But VGQ, once again. Thanks again for your commentary, Queen Esther. Peace and Blessings.

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      1. Understood. I referred to her that way because I’m not sure whether she refers to herself as “Black” or not. I’m not familiar with her at all, and only became aware of her during the lead up to that event. I do know that there are some people who are so-called bi-racial who resent being referred to as “Black”, (I know some personally). It was not meant as any disrespect.

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      2. Those types give us a bad name, but if their eyes aren’t open yet, they never will be. Unfortunate but true. Anyone who refuses to repent of “whiteness” will be destroyed along with them.

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  6. Thank you, Brother, for the thoughtful response. When I saw your comment wherein you said, “…an actual colonizer married a woman with some Black in her…” then I saw other comments “half-breeds” & others in agreement, I wasn’t HEARING love, I was hearing the hatred I’ve been hearing my whole life as a “woman with some black in her”. Meghan’s mother is black, as was how my own mother self-identified. We are all fighting for FREEDOM for black folk, which is why I “follow” your blog, but I was disheartened when I saw these comments & I had to say something. We’re in this fight together, we don’t need any sort of divisions.

    Blessings & peace.

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    1. Whenever you see or hear something that you take exception to, please do not hesitate to speak up as you have. This place is for constructive dialogue. “Each one, teach one” as the saying goes. I am not, nor is anyone who reads this blog, always correct, and we are all swimming in a sea of insanity, as Mwalimu Baruti says. As long as it stays as respectful and constructive as this exchange, then this is most certainly welcomed.

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  7. That’s how I feel, too. I’m just the type who loses sleep when I don’t speak up when the opportunity arises. I always want to learn new ways to treat people better. As always, I’m praying for the Lord to continue to bless the work of your hands! Keep up the great writing!

    God bless!

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